Our 2017 Summer Designership application phase is now complete. The Designership runs from May to end of August 2017.
For more information, visit our Job Postings page.
The Designership is a paid, full-time internship working on a social impact project.
Here are the key details:
- The Designership team works out of our office in downtown Toronto.
- The summer program runs from the beginning of May to the end of August, the fall program from the beginning of September to the week before Christmas in December, and the winter program runs from the beginning of January to the end of April.
- A note: while we can accommodate time off in the middle of the Designership, it is crucial that successful applicants be available to work at the beginning and end of the program
- We typically hire a number of team members for four roles: strategist, researcher, visual designer, and communications lead.
- We welcome anyone to apply.
How do I apply?
You can find the job postings for the four roles here.
We have a three-stage application process:
- Submit your application, including the materials listed in the job posting.
- We’ll review your materials, and put together a long list of applicants.
- Talk to us via video interview.
- If you’ve made the long list, we’ll contact you to film a very short video interview. These are typically 10-15 minutes, to get a really quick sense of who you are. After the long list interviews are complete, we put together a short list.
- Respond to a brief, and present your solution in person.
- If you’re on the short list, we’ll contact you to set up a time for an interview at our office in Toronto. One week prior to your interview, we’ll send you an assignment: this is usually a prompt or brief that we’d like you to respond to creatively and thoughtfully. You’ll give a 10-minute presentation on your response, and after that we’ll talk about it and get to know you better.
- Pick one role to apply for. Applications that don’t specify a role tend to be less focused than those that do.
- Design your application for readability. Even if you’re not a designer, think about how you can make it easy and pleasant for us to read your application.
- Follow the application instructions carefully. If you don’t submit all four components, we won’t consider your application.
- Tell your story; hearing your genuine voice is a great way for us to know if you’re a fit or not.
- Pay attention to the details. An application with no typos or errors suggests an attention to detail that you’ll bring to your work as well.
- In your resume, focus on relevant experience and try and give us a sense of your skill set.
- Cover letters that are focused and give us a clear sense of who you are and why you want to work with us go a long way.
- Your mission statement is a crucial piece of the application; it’s an opportunity for you to distil your approach to the world into a single, clear statement.
- Make sure you submit a portfolio. In the past, we’ve only required them from applicants for the Designer position, but in general, we’ve found they make for strong applications. Just make sure the projects or artifacts are relevant to the role you’re applying for, and remember that brevity is important; no one has time to read your novel manuscript.
Have additional questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Bridgeable Designership is more than a summer internship program. The networks we build strengthen our client and community relationships as we always find ways to collaborate again.”