Industrial Design Intern - Summer 2020

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Who we are

Shopify is a leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform used by small to medium sized businesses and global brands alike. We believe entrepreneurship should be accessible to everyone. We are powering the future of commerce by removing barriers to enable anyone anywhere to build, grow, and scale a business, both online and offline. Shopify currently powers over 1,000,000 businesses in approximately 175 countries. 

Our industrial designers are exploring the future of Retail and they take ownership over the entire physical product development process. The internship program is an opportunity for new designers to take ownership over their projects and to collaborate with a variety of experts internally as well as with outside agencies and vendors in order to design and prototype new products and experiences, helping to shape the strategic direction for Shopify hardware. Design interns are enabled to be crucial parts of every stage in the design process: from idea to research, building, shipping, and launch. 

Here’s some examples of what our Industrial Designers have worked on in the past and some insight into Retail Hardware at Shopify:

Shopify Retail Kit
Shopify Retail Kit Video
Our new Tap & Chip Reader 

As an Industrial Design Intern at Shopify, you will:

    • Be paired with a dedicated mentor who is committed to supporting your success and growing your skills through consistent feedback
    • Pick up the tricks of the trade by working closely with highly-skilled designers.
    • Learn how to approach complex problems and design elegant solutions.
    • Improve how you communicate the design challenges and opportunities you encounter.
    • Actively collaborate with product managers, designers, researchers, as well as external engineering and design agencies and manufacturing partners.
    • Present ideas, concepts and detailed design work to various audiences. 
    • Be an active part of every stage of the design process: from initial concept development and prototyping through to manufacturing and production, including the unboxing experience, graphics, and packaging.

You’ll be the kind of person who has:

    • A portfolio that strongly demonstrates your passion for all things design and user-centered problem solving.
    • Strong ideation, brainstorming, and rapid visualization skills.
    • The ability to clearly present your point of view, express ideas, and accept feedback
    • A passion for unpacking and solving complex problems
    • A unique interest for the end user - advocating for them in all areas of your work is core to what you do.
    • A desire to improve on iterative design practices.
    • Proficiency with parametric CAD software (Solidworks / Fusion 360) and/or surface modelers (Rhino / Alias), Adobe Creative Suite - (Illustrator / Photoshop) and rendering tools such as Keyshot
We will be accepting applications until Friday January 31st at 5:00pm EST. Applications will not be accepted after this date and time. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis in the weeks following. 

Application Requirements

Help us learn more about you! Please complete ALL of the following tasks. Answer fields are provided on the application page:

We're always looking to see where passion and engagement shows itself in all aspects of your life. Please answer the 2 questions outlined in the application to tell us why you want to join Shopify and work in Industrial Design.

Portfolio Submission
We’d like to see an example of your previous work. This can be a project completed at school, at work, or as a personal project, anything that you were responsible for and that you can speak about confidently. Please include it with your application!

Life at Shopify

Interns at Shopify are fully integrated with their teams and the things you will work on are thoughtfully considered. If your team is working through a tough problem, so are you. If they are travelling to another city, you’ll be joining. There won’t be any latte fetching, there are no “intern projects” and you’ll have access to a wide range of perks based on your individual interests.

Mentorship will be available to you and you’ll join +4000 exceptionally bright people who are serious about personal growth and learning. We build products that support all kinds of entrepreneurs - from the one-product independent business owner to rapidly scaling brands like Kylie Cosmetics. We’re also the platform for those that haven’t taken the first step toward getting started yet, and we try to level the playing field for anyone with a great idea to start and grow their business.

High trust and flexibility have always been a part of our culture, and if you’re expecting to be told exactly what to do, Shopify may not be the place for you. We don’t claim to have all the answers, and that’s why we look for independent thinkers, collaborators, and people hungry to grow alongside their team. Find out more about our past interns experiences and learn more about how we approach mentorship at Shopify.

Shopify internships are 4 and 8 month paid terms, and are open to students, co-ops, recent graduates and those early on in their development careers. The 4-month Summer Internship will run May 4th - August 28th 2020, and the 8-month Summer/Fall Internship will run May 4th - December 18th 2020.

Our Internships are open to anyone starting off or early in their career; including students, co-ops, recent graduates or those making a career change. We know that experience comes in many forms; many skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way. If your experience is close to what we’re looking for, consider applying! We know that diversity of thought makes for great problem-solving and creative thinking, and diversity of experience allows us to see the world from new viewpoints, which is why we're dedicated to adding a diverse range of new perspectives to the team and encourage everyone to apply.

At Shopify, we are committed to building and fostering an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.