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Business Design Summer Internship 2022

In a nutshell:

IDEO Tokyo is looking for a Japanese/English Bilingual Business Design Intern to join us for the summer of 2022. The ideal candidate loves to craft and build new businesses and understands how (and why) designing products and services can drive strategic growth for our clients. We are looking for someone with a depth of experience in business model design, market analysis, and developing and launching new products and services.

The application deadline for this position is Sunday, April 17th, 2022 at 11:59pm JST. 

Why IDEO Tokyo?

IDEO Tokyo’s mission is to help enable change in Japan through design and creativity. As part of a small studio that is still growing, this person will work closely with designers that come from various disciplines, in a non-rules based environment of innovation. Together, we dream up and make the future tangible, by designing new businesses that make a difference for both our users and clients. 

Once here you will:

  • Act as a core team member working alongside your fellow designers to design and evolve clients’ products and services in ways that increase viability and drive strategic growth.
  • Use business as a lens to inspire fellow designers about new possibilities by sharing innovative business models and product offerings with your teams.
  • Collaborate with clients to understand their business challenges and growth opportunities.
  • Explore the business potential of design concepts and create compelling business cases to push new product and service ideas forwards
  • Identify key assumptions that need to be true for business success and design experiments to test those assumptions.
  • Design and recommend new capabilities, organizational structures, strategic assets, and operating models to help our clients innovate.

Relevant experience:

  • 3-5 years of working experience in one of the following areas: product management, retail, consumer packaged goods, healthcare, technology, new business creation, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and venturing.
  • Experience taking an idea from theory and analysis into a market launch — either as an entrepreneur, member of a start-up team, or as an intrapreneur (e.g. product manager).
  • Comfort with executive level clients or stakeholders, working as a collaborator and advisor, and the ability to confidently and credibly share your point of view and expertise.
  • Ability to work in an ambiguous and dynamic environment and collaborate with multidisciplinary design teams in a non-hierarchical organization.
  • Excellence in highlighting the financial potential of new offers or ventures through complex business model development, scenario planning, forecasting, and/or in-market experimentation, with a depth of experience using Excel as a baseline.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills in both Japanese and English. 

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Application Process:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and responses to the pop quiz questions no later than Sunday, April 17th, 2022 at 11:59pm JST. 

What you can expect from the process: In early/mid April, we will notify candidates if they are moving forward in the process or not. Candidates who advance to a first round interview will have a 30 minute phone conversation with a member of our team about their background and their interest in the role. Candidates who advance to the second round will have a mix of case interviews and behavioral interviews by video or in-person. Third round will be with the members of the IDEO Tokyo's leadership team. Summer internships are approximately 12 weeks in length. The start and end dates are slightly flexible.

Pop Quiz:

1) What is an example of an emerging business model that you are excited or inspired by, and why? How will this business model change or impact that industry?

2) How might you apply this business model to another industry to innovate? 


Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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