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Design and Research Internship

Locations: London, Cambridge, Manchester

Salary: £30,000 per annum (pro-rata)

Join Our Summer Internship: Where Design Meets Innovation 

This summer, we’re on the hunt for emerging talents in design and research eager to dive into the world of cross-disciplinary team projects. If you’re passionate about translating your academic knowledge into real-world solutions, our internship is your launchpad! 

Why choose us?

  • Impactful work on real projects: Dive into client projects that matter. Experience firsthand how research and design shape the commercial landscape and witness the tangible impact of your contributions. 
  • Collaborative cross-disciplinary teams: Beyond design, our internship offers a holistic view of project development. Collaborate with developers and project managers to see how your designs contribute to broader organizational goals. 
  • Unparalleled support & learning: Thrive under the guidance of a project lead, a design mentor, and a dedicated line manager. Engage with our extensive research and design community for answers and assistance whenever needed. 

Experience the dynamism of working in a cross-functional team, focusing on UX, UI, or research to craft user experiences that resonate. Under the mentorship of industry veterans, join a crew of designers and developers committed to creating solutions that users adore, from client projects to initiatives addressing needs within Softwire. 

What you’ll do

  • You will work within a cross functional team of interns, led by a project lead and supported by a design mentor to bring a client’s vision to life   
  • Conduct workshops, interviews, surveys and focus groups to gather the information needed to realise a high-quality outcome   
  • Put together service blueprints, journey maps and content outlines showing how your product works at a high level  
  • Design prototypes and high-fidelity designs as your interface becomes more and more real  
  • Collaborate and share insights with non-design team members to ensure they are aligned at each step of your process   
  • Work closely with developers, involving them in the design process and collaborating around constraints and solutions  
  • Test your product with real users and analyse findings with team and stakeholders to learn lessons for the next iteration  

Who we’re looking for 

Are you a student in design, psychology, technology, or a self-taught creative with a project showcasing your passion? Whether freshly graduated, mid-degree, or seeking your first professional experience, this opportunity could be yours. We’re not looking for perfection, we’re looking for honest, fun people who are willing to give it their best, not afraid of making mistakes, who are curious, eager to learn, and ready to explore the realms of design and research together! 

What we would expect from you

  • A keen interest in applying Design Thinking in real scenarios. 
  • Creative problem-solving skills, ready to embrace new challenges. 
  • A genuine interest in user research and cross-functional teamwork. 
  • Proficiency in or willing to quickly learn design tools like Figma. 
  • A humble attitude to learning and the team environment – you don’t need to have all the answers, and that’s completely OK!  

The benefits package

Salary £30,000 per annum (pro rata) for summer internships

Great offices; free on-site gym and subsidised restaurant in London

Take part in our varied programme of social events and entertainment

Be part of a diverse, inclusive culture

Variety of Softwire career paths for successful interns

* We’ve been in the Best Companies To Work For list 10 years in a row.

Application process and start dates

You must be eligible to work in the UK (we cannot offer visa support currently). We value your application effort and strive to provide swift responses. Interviews can be scheduled at your convenience through our online system, conducted remotely. 

Location & duration

Choose between our London, Manchester or Cambridge offices. This internship is a fully in-office experience, 5 days a week lasting 8-10 weeks from early June, with lots of fun socials and extra-curricular activities to partake in! 

Places are allocated to successful applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply as early as you can to avoid disappointment! 

Our foundation: People, Culture, Workflow 

Of course, there’s more to Softwire than creating great software experiences. We’re working hard to nurture a diverse, inclusive and supportive culture, where people love what they do and feel inspired by working with some of the best minds in the business. We also have a generous budget for a varied programme of staff events and activities, with employees, not management, deciding how the money is spent. 

Put all of this together, and you see why we’ve got such high retention rates, and why we’ve been in the Best Companies to Work For list, 10 years in a row. 

Learn more about our core values, and discover some of our company culture initiatives. 

Summer internships

  • Locations and pay: London, Manchester and Cambridge £30,000 per annum (pro-rata)
  • Dates and duration: June 2024 for 8-10 weeks.
  • Who can apply: This vacancy is intended for anyone looking for permanent employment starting in 2024 or 2025 (you do not have to be a student / undergraduate). Students graduating in 2026 or later are unfortunately not eligible this year.

    You must be eligible to work in the UK until at least 2026 (we cannot offer visa support currently).