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IDEO China Young Talent Program - Spring 2019

In a nutshell:

IDEO Shanghai is in search of young talents who will be immersed in the true spirit of design through client projects, one on one mentorship with seasoned IDEO designers and if you are exceptional, a long-term role designed for you at IDEO.

The IDEO China Young Talent Program is a 3-month on-the-job learning experience for young talents who want to explore career opportunities in the exciting world of unlocking innovation through design.

Once here you will:

Get your hands dirty

The main part of the program is centered around fast-paced projects at IDEO. Some of the past projects our young talents participated include redefining the mission of an international brand in China, painting a vision for the future kitchen, and designing a new venture from scratch. You will be expected to contribute along the entire design thinking process of a project.

Engage a creative network

We believe that young talents are the most inspired when they are surrounded by people that could act as role models. You will meet a variety of talented individuals from the IDEO creative network, and have the chance to broaden your perspective by speaking with designers who come from wildly diverse backgrounds.

Learn, reflect, and shine

As a part of the program, you will have several mentors and guides to help you along your journey. We will provide a safe space for you to test out personal projects that showcase your passion and creativity, and share our personal experiences and insights on the IDEO culture, skill development, and potential career paths.

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

Relevant experience and mindset:

A current graduate student and/or a college graduate with up to 5 years of work experience; Any major!

While we got our start as an industrial design firm, IDEO now prides itself on hiring talents from a variety of fields to form our interdisciplinary teams. Don’t be shy if you are not from a typical ‘design’ background! We are excited to see both your craft and your personality through the resume, cover letter, and answers to your application questions!

Prepare to bring your whole self to work

We want to be inspired by you! You are someone who compels, even challenges us to look at the world through different lenses. If you have any unique skills, experiences, or points of view, please let us know! IDEOers are more than just designers, we are also documentarians, drummers, and stand-up comedians.

Passionate about design thinking

We are looking for young talents who understand the fundamentals of our methodology, and who are passionate about applying human-centered design to real-life challenges. Regardless of whether your background is in design, social sciences, literature, or finance, you should have a strong interest in using your skills to drive social and business innovation in China.

A great team player

We celebrate the strength of the collective rather than the individual; a fundamental factor that makes IDEO unique is having interdisciplinary teams on each project, and valuing each team members’ experience and insights every step of the way. We want to see that you are a story-teller, and an even better listener; an idea-generator, and an even better executor; a leader, and an even better collaborator. Show us how you have made others successful in the past.

  • Native-like Chinese speaker
  • Legally allowed to work in China

Application requirements and instructions:

Fill out this questionnaire (https://jinshuju.net/f/extRup) in which you would input your basic information, attach your resume and cover letter, and answer the following two questions (all materials need to be in English):

  1. In written form: how do you envision your passion and craft coming together at IDEO Shanghai?
  2. In 1-min video form: Tell us about the last thing that inspired you and why (please upload your video to any platform and provide us with the link in the questionnaire)

The deadline for submission is Saturday, January 5th, 2019. If you pass the first round of screening, you will be receiving an invitation from us by Thursday, January 10th, for a one-day immersive experience at IDEO Shanghai.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.