Who can be an intern?
It could be you. You don’t need to be a trained designer, and there aren’t specific tools or frameworks that you need to be familiar with. Instead, we look for people who are tenacious, self-directed, and thoughtful in how they frame problems and arrive at solutions. In articulating those solutions, we like people who pay close attention to both social and technical factors in implementation. In the past, we’ve had interns whose backgrounds include public health, urban planning, sociology, and film. We love to be blown away by an amazing application coming from an unexpected direction.
We try and make our selection process somewhat ‘credential neutral’: we evaluate each applicant on their potential, and where they are in their own learning and career journey. In other words, if you’re a great undergraduate student, you have as much of a chance as a great graduate student. However, we do have a preference for applicants who will be returning to school following the Designership.
While we require our interns to be eligible to work in Canada (and cannot support work permit sponsorship), we do provide a small travel stipend for successful applicants who don’t reside in Toronto, to help defray the cost of moving here for the summer.
Finally, it’s important to us that we don’t contribute to the cycle of unpaid internships, which can close out great candidates who can’t afford to work for free. The Designership is competitively compensated. You’ll be paid a weekly salary based on your education level and experience. Our Designership salary range starts at $800 per week for undergraduate students
Check out some profiles of past interns below, including where they’ve ended up afterwards.
“During my four-month Designership at Bridgeable as a Design Intern, I had the opportunity to design and prepare an array of visual assets for the MaRS Health Innovation Forum. I was also part of the Oncology Experience project where I helped conduct ethnographic research, translate insights and visually communicate the data on a topic that is complex and broad in scope. Although challenging, the experiences were both rewarding and invaluable.”
After leaving Bridgeable, Sally went on to work at MyPlanet Digital in Toronto and now works as a product designer for Spotify in New York, NY.
“During my designership, I was a design research intern. I worked on the FoodShare/Field to Table Catering project. We built an architecture of interlocking systems, processes, and tools to help Field to Table Catering grow into a thriving social enterprise. One of my favourite memories from the Designership was showing our partners what our early prototypes during our co-creation workshop; you could see them starting to envision how the end result might look and they were pretty excited.”
After the Designership, Spencer has continued to work at Bridgeable as a design researcher and strategist. He’s worked on challenges related to behaviour change for a chronic condition, smoother experiences for millions of telecom customers, and designing co-creative experiences for doctors and patients.