Deadline: December 9, 2011
The IDEO.org Fellowship Program enables future global leaders from the design, business, and social sectors to spend one year working with experienced IDEO designers to address poverty-related challenges using the tools of human-centered design.
Over a 12-month period, Fellows will deliver solutions for non-profits, social enterprises, and foundations on an array of topics, such as: agriculture, gender equity, financial services, health, water, and sanitation. Sample projects include: Working with a non-profit to improve sanitation in Ghana, partnering with an Indian low-cost health care provider to design an effective nurse/patient experience, and collaborating with a U.S. health care non-profit to bring birth control options to low-income women. Fellowships are based in California. Frequent travel in the field is required. The application process is highly competitive and open to applicants from around the world; preference is given to innovators with work experience in the developing world and/or with low-income communities. Candidates should have an openness to other cultures and lifestyles and will be expected to be self-reliant and thrive in a start-up environment.
The ideal candidate is:
- You are open-minded, self-reliant, and excited about being part of a diverse, fast-paced, non-profit, start-up environment.
- You are comfortable working collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams.
- You have a demonstrated passion for improving low-income communities and sharing human-centered design.
- You have examples of work grounded in insights about people. You’ve applied your skills to real-world human problems (not just artistic or academic exercises).
- You demonstrate “depth and breadth” in many different ways. For example, you may have considerable experience in mobile application development, but you’ve also performed consumer research in India. Or launched a non-profit related to maternal health. Or started making documentaries about your neighborhood, or, or, or [insert your personal story here].
- You can easily switch from macro to micro: from understanding the strategic value and business dynamics of an organization’s product or service, to caring about visual designs at a pixel or message level.
- You’re able to demonstrate key components of the human-centered design process: empathy, synthesis, prototyping, storytelling.
- You’re an excellent written and verbal communicator. You have a knack for succinctly capturing thoughts and expressing them to others.
- You contribute to the larger dialogue of social innovation. You may be attending conferences, contributing to publications (blogs, Twitter, online printed, etc.) or designing new programs for this community.
- You have great instincts: How to tell a captivating story; how to give honest feedback; how to establish a deeper rapport.
- Minimum 5 years of professional full-time work experience, or a graduate degree plus 3 years of work experience.
- English fluency (written and spoken). Additional language capabilities are preferred.
- Ability to legally work in the U.S. for one year. (IDEO.org can help with visa application process.)
For more information: click here
To apply: click here