Though we love having interns join us in Portland, our internships have temporarily moved virtual.

Passionate about what comes next

We wouldn’t be where we are today without mentorship throughout our careers. Our internship program provides the next generation of designers with active professional experience and a team dedicated to helping them find what’s next.

How to Apply

Are you highly curious, a compelling storyteller, and equally happy both thinking and making?

Evolve is collaborative by design, which creates an ideal environment for you to work on a range of projects and develop your skills by learning from some of the best in the industry.

Equal opportunity employment

We believe that true innovation is a result of diverse perspectives and encourage designers from all backgrounds to apply. Evolve is a committed equal opportunity employer. We hire without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Making something meaningful at our studio

Equal Opportunity Employment

We believe that true innovation is a result of diverse perspectives and encourage designers from all backgrounds to apply. Evolve is a committed equal opportunity employer. We hire without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Let’s make something meaningful

Internships at Evolve provide broad exposure across multiple product and service categories. You will be actively involved in live project work ranging from tactical product-to-market projects through to strategic design programs focused on future innovation.

Let’s make something meaningful

Internships at Evolve provide broad exposure across multiple product and service categories. You will be actively involved in live project work ranging from tactical product-to-market projects through to strategic design programs focused on future innovation.

What to expect

Exposure to a range of design tools and processes: hands-on sketching, prototyping, and thinking through making. 

Internships at Evolve are mutually beneficial. We look forward to learning about your past experiences and providing opportunities for you to learn and grow.

What to expect

.Exposure to a range of design tools and processes: hands-on sketching, prototyping, and thinking through making.

Internships at Evolve are mutually beneficial, we look forward to learning about your past experiences and providing opportunities for you to learn and grow.

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I have interned at many places and Evolve does an amazing job at making interns feel like a part of the team. I was included in many projects and everyone in the office was ready to help and teach me something new.

— Sarah, Communications Design Internship, 2020

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Diverse, challenging, and gratifying. Company culture is one of the many things that makes Evolve great.

— Virosh, Product Design Internship, 2016

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During my internship I learned a lot about design language…but in general I was very impressed by the way of working in a team where everyone’s voice is heard and being appreciated, and I am very grateful for that. This experience has shaped my view on how I want to work in the future.

— Gabriela, UX Internship, 2018

Cara-intern-quote

I felt like the people at Evolve take a very unique and fun approach to every new design challenge that helped me look at things differently.

— Cara, Product Design Internship, 2019

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Evolve took a chance on me at a time my portfolio wasn’t as deserving. I left my internship both grateful and confident in my journey as a designer.

— Ephrem, Product Design Internship, 2015

26 interns and counting...

We’ve hosted interns from the following schools:
University of Cincinnati DAAP, ArtCenter College of Design, Portland State University, University of Wuppertal, University of Oregon, and Carleton University.

Are you a design student looking for an internship?
Are you a design instructor looking for internships for your students?

Apply or reach out to us at intern@evolvecollab.com

Are you a design student looking for an internship?

Are you a design instructor looking for internships for your students?

Apply or reach out to us at intern@evolvecollaborative.com

Things that are important to us

Visualizing your ideas

You must be able to generate ideas and communicate your thinking beyond a verbal/ written medium. All levels of physical or digital sketching will be considered.

Telling stories about your work

You must be able to build context around your ideas (people, place, culture, trends) and communicate using simple presentation tools.

Beyond your work samples

We are looking for candidates that connect with our vision and approach to design. Our core values of Love, Optimism, Humility, Responsibility, and Play guide our approach and our relationships. Tell us what they mean to you!

How to Apply

To apply, you must be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of accredited University in Industrial, Communications, UX Design, or Design Research / Strategy.

You must attach a portfolio, process samples, or a link to an online personal website that demonstrates your experience in Design. We would love for you to submit a cover letter that describes your goals for your internship with us and a current resume (CV).

 

We’ll be accepting applications for our Fall 2021 internship on July 1st.

Applications

Internship timing and application window

Spring Term

January – April

Accepting applications September 20th

Decision by October 12th

Summer Term

May – August

Accepting applications February 10th

Decision by March 3rd

Fall Term

September – December

Accepting applications July 1st

Decision by July 22nd

Any Questions? We hear these a lot…

What is an intern's role at evolve?

We don’t believe in ‘intern’ projects. At Evolve, from day one you are a member of the team. You’ll work alongside designers and directors and we’ll do our best to offer a range of experiences working on different types of projects and across different teams.

What is a mentor?

You will be assigned a mentor during your internship. They will guide you, and be there for you if you have questions or challenges. Your mentor will also dedicate time to work with you on achieving your professional and personal goals.

What kinds of projects does Evolve work on?

We are proud to call ourselves generalists. We have developed our process working across many industries and categories such as healthcare, finance, outdoors & active, medical products, technology, mobility, education, and many more!

How often do you hire interns?

We typically hire interns for fall, spring, and summer.

What is your company culture like?

We believe in a good work / life balance, and we don’t expect our team to be working late every night. We are a friendly, laid back group, we love to eat lunch together, listen to music in the studio, and sometimes escape to the coast for a cheeky beach day. Once a month, we set aside time to close our laptops, hang out with each other, share some recent projects, and say cheers to a job well done.

What are virtual internships like?

Although we are not in the studio much right now, we still connect and collaborate as if we were. We love virtual tools like Google Meet and Miro, and while they’ll never replace an in-person work session they have been pretty amazing in keeping our work collaborative.

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