Designership 2022 applications have closed on January 7th. Please check back next year if you’re interested in applying. Or, explore other opportunities on our careers page.

Our team is currently working to review submissions. Due to the volume of submissions received, timelines may be delayed by 1-2 weeks.

The Designership Program

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.

At Bridgeable, we aspire to create a more human world. As part of this aspiration, we make every effort to be as inclusive and equitable in our hiring processes as possible.

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 service design experience to apply – just an appetite for learning and a desire to create meaningful change. We’ll give you the tools and support you need to be successful no matter what your experience looks like.

Real Projects, Real Impact

The Designership is a paid, full-time internship at Bridgeable’s office in Toronto, Ontario. If selected, you’ll be part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to working on a project with real social impact under the direction of an experienced Bridgeable team member. The internship starts in May and finishes in late August.

Application Instructions

For this application, we are asking you to showcase your ability to embrace and understand complex challenges and show us your thinking and problem-solving skills. 

Click here to read a PDF of the full application instructions.

This year’s application process is happening in three stages:

1. Application Submission:

After you submit your application, you’ll receive confirmation that we’ve got it. Our team will be reviewing submissions on a rolling basis until mid-January and score it against our scorecard. The team reviewing applications won’t have any identifying information to keep things fair and equitable for everyone. Up to 10 of the highest scoring submissions will advance to Stage 2.

2. Virtual Panel Interview:

If you’re among the top scoring applicants we’ll contact you to attend a panel interview with members from the Bridgeable team. At this stage, you may be asked to share additional documents demonstrating your professional training and/or other relevant experiences.

3. Final Selection:

We have 3 roles open for the Designership team this year. The top 3 applicants can expect to receive an offer to join the Designership, beginning in May 2022.

We know it takes time and effort to apply for these types of programs and experiences. We’re committed to keeping you informed about your progress and will share updates in a timely manner. Even if you don’t make it to the next round, we’ll be sure to send you a note including a summary of your scorecard so you know what you did really well and where you can improve for next time.

The Designership helped me to translate my academic training as a researcher into a service design context and set me up for success in my early career. I got to work on a challenging and interesting real-world problem with very involved support and mentorship from senior Bridgeable Staff.

Tim MacLeod
Designership 2016 (P.S. Tim is our Managing Director now!)

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 available for a Q&A session.

Please click here to watch Designership Info Session 1, and click here to watch Designership Info Session 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called “Designership”?

We know that some people may find that the term “internship” carries around some unwanted baggage, so why not be creative and rename it to something more relevant and meaningful? In all seriousness, the name of the program speaks to what we hope you’ll get out of it – experience with applying service design to create a more human world.

 

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.

Will I be paid?

Yes, the position is paid. Designership participants can expect to earn a competitive $21-23 / hour salary. We’d be happy share more details and answer questions if you make it to the panel interviews.

Who will I be working with?

You’ll primarily be working with fellow Designership participants over the summer. Together as a team, you’ll collaborate with our client, their stakeholders, and members of the broader community to tackle this year’s challenge. Along the way, you’ll be supported by an experienced Bridger acting as project lead, with plenty of other opportunities to get to know the entire Bridgeable team and receive mentorship to help you grow.

Can this lead to a full-time job?

Fun fact: our Managing Director started his career at Bridgeable in a Designership role! 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.

What will an average day look like?

One of the great things about the work we do at Bridgeable is that every day looks somewhat different. What you’ll be doing depends on where you are in the project. You can expect to gain experience with drafting interview guides, conducting interviews, building useful research frameworks refining prototypes, designing a workshop experience, running co-design sessions and much much more. You will always be working to better understand the experiences of those impacted by the challenge you’re addressing, and creating more human-centred experiences.

 

What types of roles are available?

We typically have three roles for our summer internship a project journalist, visual designer, and researcher. The Designership application is a general submission and as you progress through the interview process we will work with you to identify which role fits your goals best.

What will I learn on the job?

By the end of the Designership, you will have a better understanding of the entire service design process and first-hand experience applying it to create meaningful change with a community organization.

Is it demanding?

The Designership is hard work, but it’s definitely going to be fun, exciting, and rewarding work. We pride ourselves on having a great work-life balance, flexibility, and are intentional about connecting meaningfully as a team on a regular basis.


Land Acknowledgement

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.

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