What kinds of projects might I work on?
Each year, Bridgeable works with a community partner who has a great project. We select our project partners concurrently with our intern hiring process, helping us create a great fit in terms of skills.
We’re typically looking for systems where we can fundamentally change how they work, contexts where we can actually implement things (not just make recommendations), and projects that give back to the world in a tangible and meaningful way.
This broad category means that our projects are pretty different, year to year. You can see some case studies below.
MaRS: Maternal and Infant Health
The 2015 Designership project focused on the intersection between maternal/infant health and the increasingly open nature of our health data. Working with MaRS, the Bridgeable team conducted research with more than a dozen parents, health care providers, and other health and technology experts. Working with stakeholders like these, they co-created new ideas for making key points in the maternal journey more manageable, and delivered a prototype application for helping moms keep track of their baby’s health.
Prosper Canada: RESPs
In 2014, our Designership team tackled a challenge in financial services related to education. The Canadian government provides a number of financial supports for higher education in the form of registered education savings plans (RESPs); unfortunately, many of the low-income families who would benefit most from these plans don’t take advantage of them. The team produced educational pieces and tools for financial advisors to encourage adoption.
Read the RESP case study to learn more.
FoodShare: The Social Enterprise
Our 2013 Designership interns looked at how a social enterprise can be redesigned to deliver more value and better service to its clients while staying true to its values and mission. We worked with Field To Table Catering and their parent organization FoodShare to help streamline their service and improve service standards. In January 2014, Field To Table Catering saw their catering orders double over the previous January.
Explore the Field to Table case study to learn more.