Design Internship

Design Internship

About the internship

Every year at Kinneir Dufort we select a number of brilliant students to join our team for a variety of work placements.  Previous interns with KD have gone on to work in amazing careers, and many of them are part of the KD team now!  This opportunity is for a 12-month placement working as a member of our Design team and providing support to our work across a variety of multi-disciplinary project teams.

Throughout the placement you’ll be keen to bring your skills to producing high quality work for our clients.  In return you’ll be given the opportunity to gain valuable experience and a deeper understanding of the design process within an award-winning consultancy.  You’ll also have the support of a mentor within the very experienced KD team to help you on your way.

You’ll have the chance to develop creative and business skills during your placement and can build relationships with influential and experienced KD staff.

Want to learn more about what our former interns get up to? Check out this KD conversation podcast with former KD intern Simon Enever, CEO of Quip.

About you

You will be partway through your Design degree and looking for industrial experience before completing your studies.

You’ll be enthusiastic, eager to learn and ready to apply your academic knowledge to real challenges.

Your skills and experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Design-based degree – ideally at a 2:1 level or higher
  • Enthusiasm to deliver high quality work on a range of projects
  • Willingness to work independently (often remotely) on a project or task, seeking advice or support as needed
  • Experience working to a brief and delivering work within specific timescales
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

About us

At Kinneir Dufort (KD) we combine creative, technical and user experience expertise with agility. This enables our collaborative teams to rapidly define, create, develop and deliver world-changing products and experiences.

We think KD is a special company to work for. Our team are intelligent, hard-working, fun, non-egocentric, and collaborate brilliantly together to produce creative solutions. We work with some of the biggest, best and most interesting international clients that you’ll find anywhere. We’re a multi-disciplinary team, with experts in research, innovation, human factors, digital UX, 2D and 3D product & packaging design, engineering, prototyping, and electronics & software, all uniquely integrated within one great company.

Our team are collectively driven to “design a better world” by creating impactful change and positive outcomes for our clients and the people we are designing for. Designing a better world is something we strive for, both in the work we do, and the way we work. We believe strongly in equality and fairness and try hard to do the right thing; we speak up for and support groups who are working to make a difference. Our official KD partners are the RSA, Frank Water, Kerning The Gap, TeenTech, Babbasa and The Big Bang. Many of our team are also involved in, or run, events in their local communities, making a difference to those around them.

Founded in 1977 by Ross Kinneir and Francis Dufort, the KD team are based in an iconic building in the vibrant city of Bristol. The characterful Grade 2 listed stone building was originally built as a sugar refinery around 1850 and was later used to store theatre costumes. It’s now completely refitted, and houses all of our staff plus our workshops, labs, the design studio, an HF usability suite, and client meeting spaces. The local area, “Christmas Steps Arts Quarter”, is full of independent shops and makers. It’s a short walk up to Park Street, or over to the Harbourside and St Nick’s Markets, both of which have regular street food markets.

We offer flexible working policies in terms of both location and working hours.  We see our Host St office as a hub for everything we do, and our teams use it to collaborate, co-create and generally just keep in touch with everyone.  We recognise that working environment affects productivity, so for most roles, we’re able to offer staff the opportunity to work in the office or at home depending on what they need to do and where they can be most effective.  We also encourage flexible working hours, trusting our teams to work in a way that supports teamwork, keeps clients happy and allows for a bit of balance at the same time. Please contact us if you are thinking of applying and would like more information about how our flexible working policy might work for you in this role.

Check out our   Instagram account  to gain an insight into what life is like as part of the KD team, and inside KD HQ.

Why work with us?

At KD we have strong values which underpin everything we do. As a business and as individuals we are Curious, Open, Adaptable, Expert, Human & Inclusive.  We expect a lot of our team, but in return we think we offer a lot too.  We understand that we are only as good as our people, and we know how important it is to support our team.

As part of your internship we offer:

  • Training and development opportunities
  • Flexible working approaches.
  • Secure in-building bike storage and shower.
  • The opportunity to learn more about other projects being undertaken at KD
  • Our cafe acts as the focal point for the whole agency to get together for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. There is always daily fresh fruit and usually cake! Staff also organise KD runs and yoga sessions, plus monthly “Firsty Friday” socials.

And after your internship:

  • For future roles at KD there’s every chance you’ll be on our short list!

How to apply

If this sounds like you, then please send your CV and portfolio (using KD-DIDec21 in the subject line) to [email protected]

If you have any queries about the role you would like to talk through before you apply, please get in touch. If you’d like to apply we’d love to hear from you (unless you’re a recruitment consultant). We embrace equality and diversity in our business, it’s really important to us.

The deadline for this vacancy is  31 January 2022.

At KD we consciously embrace diversity and proactively encourage this with our recruitment process. We welcome applications to this position from anyone meeting the skills criteria, from any background.