Real Projects, Real Impact
Do you want to have a meaningful impact on the world around you? Every summer, Bridgeable partners with community organizations to work on important initiatives and invites creative problem solvers from diverse backgrounds to join our team.
The application for the Designership focuses on your ability to embrace and understand complex challenges and share your thinking and problem-solving skills.
You don’t need to be a designer or have experience in service design to apply. You just need an appetite for learning and a desire to create meaningful change. We’ll give you the tools and support you need to be successful.
This year’s application process is happening in three stages:
Submit Your Application
Our team will be reviewing submissions on a rolling basis until mid-January. To ensure the process is equitable, submissions will be anonymized before the review team scores applications. Up to 10 of the highest-scoring submissions will be invited to a virtual panel interview. Review this scorecard to see how your submission will be scored.
Virtual Panel Interview
If you are among the 10 highest-scoring submissions, we’ll contact you to attend a panel interview with members of the Bridgeable team. At this stage, you may be asked to share additional information such as a resume to help demonstrate your professional training or other relevant experience.
After the panel interview, the review team will recommend candidates to be hired for an internship role. Bridgeable will hire 3 interns for the summer. The Designership begins on May 8th, 2023 and runs until August 25th, 2023.
Your Designership submission is an opportunity to showcase your ability to embrace and understand complex challenges and show us your thinking and problem-solving skills.
You have the choice to submit your response in one of two ways:
Share a project that you’ve worked on in the past
Share a project or initiative that you have led or contributed to that demonstrates your ability to address complexity and ambiguity related to a particular challenge.
Share a project you would like to work on in the future
Share with us a project that you would hope to complete in the future. Your submission should address an existing complex challenge that you are passionate about and should demonstrate your unique skills and ability to address the problem.
To ensure the process is equitable, please remove any identifiable information from your work submission.
We know that everyone communicates differently and we want to ensure that you have the flexibility to prepare your submission in the format of your choice. We also anticipate receiving a large number of submissions for this year’s Designership.
To help our team give each and every submission the time and attention it deserves, please consider the following guidelines as you prepare your submission.
To keep the process equitable, our team will be reviewing applications with personal information anonymized.
We are only able to review one project per submission and recommend sharing a direct link to the project that you’d like to showcase. Please do not submit your whole portfolio.
Possible formats include but are not limited to:
Video recording – try to keep it to less than 5 minutes in length
Audio recording – try to keep it to less than 5 minutes in length
Slide presentation (eg. Powerpoint, Google Slides) – try to keep it to 10 slides
Word document – try to keep it to between 1 and 2 pages
Your submission should clearly explain the following:
The problem you are addressing
Why this problem is important to you
The process you took (or would take) to address it
The intended impact of the project
Key lessons you learned (or hope to learn)
Can non-designers apply?
Yes! You don’t need to be a trained designer to be a successful Designership participant. We’d love to hear from people with diverse, multi-disciplinary backgrounds with an appetite for learning and having an impact. The only catch at this time: you must be eligible to work in Canada by the time the Designership begins.
Can this lead to a full-time job?
Fun fact: All of last year’s Designership hires that were eligible were offered full-time roles following the program! We also have several other Bridgers who first joined us at the Designership level. If there are relevant full time opportunities open after your time in the Designership, past participants of the Designership will be of strong consideration.
Will I be paid?
Yes, the position is paid. Designership participants can expect to earn a competitive $25/hour salary. We’d be happy to share more details and answer questions at the panel interviews.
All application submissions will be scored against this scorecard.
Please ensure you review this when crafting your submission. Considering these criteria will give your application the best opportunity to score highly.
Want to learn more about Designership?
Our virtual info sessions have passed, but you can find the recordings here.
The sessions were led by senior leaders and past participants of the Designership. They discussed everything you need to know about the Designership program, ran through our scorecard, and offered application submission tips. Previous Designership participants were also be available for a Q&A session.
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2019: Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Demonstration Lab
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2018: SE Health
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2017: Credit Human
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2016: Heart and Stroke Foundation
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Bridgeable is a service design studio whose office occupies land in Toronto, Ontario. We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.