Industrial Design Intern (Spring & Summer 2022)

Whipsaw is seeking talented industrial design interns to join the San Francisco or San Jose studio.  During this open application period, we are accepting applications for the Spring and Summer periods. Work periods are typically semester-based, therefore between 3 to 6 months depending on your program. Interns at Whipsaw are highly valued and fully embedded members of the team and have direct interaction with clients and senior management throughout the course of their experience. With this responsibility, interns are given the opportunity to have their concept selected by a client and make it to production. An ideal candidate has strong problem-solving skills and is driven to develop thoughtful design solutions.  The application window for both Spring and Summer internships will close on December 15, 2021 at 5 PM PST. Please indicate your preference for a Spring or Summer position in the Message field of your application. 

Learn more about what it’s like to be a Whipsaw Intern


What You’ll Do

  • Interface with industrial design, UX, visual design, and engineering team members to create seamless design solutions
  • Actively research design solutions and user applications
  • Concept exploration for diverse projects
  • Contribute to client presentations
  • Model making


What You’ll Bring

  • 3+ years as an Industrial Design student
  • Exhibit sound problem-solving skills, strong attention to detail, an innate sense of good aesthetics, strong communication, uniqueness, and passion
  • A portfolio that demonstrates concept exploration, innovative solutions, and communicates problem-solving skills
  • 3D modeling skills – preferably Rhino, Solidworks or Alias
  • Confidence with 2D and 3D design visualization tools
  • Important: You must have current documentation to work in the United States


Important Note For Applicants

Whipsaw will only review applicants who are either a recent graduate of or have completed their 3rd year in an Industrial Design Program by the internship start date. For a portfolio to stand out it should demonstrate only your most impressive work. Examples of what we look for: imaginative solutions to real problems, clear process development, advanced ideation and model-making skills, and an understanding of common manufacturing processes.



About Whipsaw

Whipsaw is an Industrial Design, User Experience, and Engineering consulting firm located in San Francisco and San Jose, California. We are known for creating smart, unique, and intuitive solutions that profoundly connect with end users on both a rational and emotional level. Since our founding in 1999, over 900 Whipsaw-designed products have shipped to market and many became major hits. Our clients range from startups to international corporations including Brita, Cisco, Ford, GE, Google, Haier, Intel, Leitz, Merck, Motorola, Nike, Olympus, Samsung, Sony, and Uber. Whipsaw has won over 285 design awards and our products are featured in the Smithsonian Institution Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, The Henry Ford Museum, and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

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