Saturday, October 31, 2009

Interaction Design Internship, IDEO, Boston

Position Summary:

IDEO helps companies innovate. We design products, services, environments, and digital experiences for organizations seeking new ways to provide value to their customers. IDEO creates visible and tangible strategies for innovation and executes all aspects of design and development, from conception through production.

IDEO is looking for interns to work for 3 -6 months in our Boston location.

Key Activities:

Design Interns work collaboratively, creatively, and flexibly within interdisciplinary teams and with our clients. IDEO's human-centered design process involves careful observations of people; gathering insights from those observations and other creative perspectives; exploring and defining design opportunities; helping to define strategy; creating tangible design expressions; and communicating the essence of these ideas. 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.

The ideal candidate has strong visualization and prototyping skills in addition to being comfortable working within multidisciplinary teams.

Additional Skills Required:

Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work across a range of projects, from product interaction to software tools and applications for the web. Prototyping and production skills are essential, as well as a passion for design and a point of view about your work. Please indicate your specific roles and contributions for each project submitted as part of the portfolio.

All Intern candidates must

be passionate about their craft/area of specialization
demonstrate a clear “point-of-view” relating to their design
play nicely with others (IDEO is a very team-oriented culture)
be self-directed toward excellent work outcomes
Technical Skills Desired:

Information Architecture; Conceptual Model Design; Visual UI Development Required tools: Flash (including actionscript); Illustrator; Photoshop Desired tools: Final Cut Pro; After Effects; Hardware Prototyping tools such as Arduino

Please note that we are only considering students who are in the midst of their education or who will be returning to school following the internship. You can apply online at or e-mail Maria at directly.

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