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Design Intern

In a nutshell:

IDEO Tokyo is in search of talented Design Interns who want to be involved in exciting work across a variety of projects. We are looking for individuals with a strong portfolio, proven design skills, and a passion for design. The ideal Design Intern has a background in interaction, product, or environments design and is capable of making digital prototypes. A Design Intern will work collaboratively, creatively, and flexibly within interdisciplinary teams together with IDEO Tokyo’s clients and partners. 

This is a fully remote internship. We accept applicants from anywhere in the world but we expect interns to be available to join the project’s core hours (typically 3-4 hours in the 9AM-6PM JST window, Monday through Friday) and perform consistently with the expectations of the role. Design Internship at IDEO Tokyo is typically 12 weeks long. Start date and the length of the internship is flexible. 

The application deadline for this position is Sunday, February 14th, 2021 at 11:59pm JST.

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

At IDEO, we create disproportionate impact through design. Our goal is to create work that resonates as deeply desirable, feasible, and viable. Being a designer at IDEO means you do a lot of listening, observing, brainstorming, and iterating with a group of people with backgrounds very different than yours. This diversity of thought and approach results in breakthrough ideas that lead to innovative outcomes. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work across a range of projects. Prototyping and production skills are essential, as well as a passion for design, and a point of view about your work.

Why IDEO Tokyo?

IDEO Tokyo’s mission is to help enable change in Japan through design and creativity. As part of a small studio that is growing, this person must demonstrate a collaborative working style, excellent communication skills, and the ability to flourish in a flexible environment of creativity and innovation.

More about IDEO Tokyo:

IDEO Tokyo website

Once here you will:

  • Collaborate with a diverse collective of talented people from multidisciplinary backgrounds to create holistic solutions to complex challenges
  • Get exposure to and involvement with all aspects of the design process: user research, brainstorming, concept development, prototyping, production, and design stewardship
  • Build empathy with users and translate research data into powerful, concise design solutions
  • Help design physical and/or digital prototypes and not be afraid of getting your hands dirty
  • Explore and define design opportunities and communicate the essence of these ideas through powerful storytelling

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO values people who are optimistic, collaborative, who take ownership, embrace ambiguity, talk less and do more, learn from failure, and make others successful.

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve complex challenges for our clients, alongside thoughtful individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. We work hard, but we also 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 both the design process and your career.

Design Internship at IDEO Tokyo is full-time and equitably compensated.

Some previous projects to check out:

Relevant experience and mindset:

  • Strong visualization and prototyping skills, from early concept sketches to final deliverables
  • Ability to work across a range of projects in many industries and sectors
  • Excellent storytelling, narrative, and communication skills especially around your craft
  • Comfortable working within interdisciplinary teams
  • Self-directed toward excellent work outcomes
  • Contemporary software skills relevant to your design discipline
  • 2-3 years of work experience in applicable areas of design  
  • Strong English verbal and written skills; Japanese language skills a plus

Pop quiz:

Please answer the following questions in addition to your cover letter:

POP QUIZ: What is one product or service in the world that interests you? What makes it so compelling?

Application instructions:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter (with your answer to the pop quiz), and your portfolio. Your portfolio should demonstrate your specific role and contributions for each project. In particular, we want to hear about the process involved in developing the design or project.

What you can expect from the process: 

By mid February we will notify candidates if they are moving forward in the process or not. Candidates who advance to a first round interview will have a 30 minute phone conversation with a member of our team about their background and their interest in the role. Candidates who advance to the second round will have an interview with our designers which includes a mix of behavioral interview and sharing your portfolio. Third round will be with the members of the IDEO Tokyo's leadership team. 

This is a paid internship and compensation will be based on the applicant's qualifications.

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.

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