Summer 2022 UX Design Internship

Who we are

Substantial is a design + build studio made up of designers, strategists, and technologists driven by ambition and curiosity. With diverse backgrounds—design agencies, strategy consultancies, start-ups, and ed-tech—we’re united by a collective vision to create products and services with lasting impact. If you’re inquisitive, committed to quality, and optimistic about what design and technology can do for people, we’d love to talk.

We are looking for two UX Designers and/or Design Researchers for a 3-month, paid, Summer 2022 Internship. You’ll be working within both our design team and a client-facing project team using Human-Centered Design and Equity-Centered Design research and strategy practices. We work with a broad range of clients from non-profits to startups and large corporations.

We’re open to candidates not based in Seattle, and will support remote work even when there isn’t a global pandemic.

What will you do day-to-day?

  • Contribute to the exploration of interaction patterns, visual design, research, and strategy approaches for a client-facing new product, service or strategy
  • Collaborate with design, strategy, technology, and project management daily on your client-facing team to help your team build the product
  • Collaborate with our design team internally to research, design, and create a new product, service, or strategy for Substantial
  • Present and communicate design decisions and deliverables to your team
  • Immerse yourself in understanding client industries and problem spaces to greater understand client needs
  • Define opportunities, strategies, and user needs with research synthesis methods
  • Meet with leadership and senior decision-makers to ask questions about Substantial or the industry as a whole


Who are we looking for?

To be eligible to apply to our internship program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • You are currently enrolled or will be a new graduate in summer 2022 from an undergraduate or graduate-level program in design, UX strategy, UX research, psychology, sociology, or related field.
  • The ability to work the majority of your hours in PST
  • A portfolio that showcases your strengths as a UX designer and/or researcher/strategist
  • Preferred: A familiarity with Figma, Miro/Mural, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or other prototyping tools
  • You are a proactive, collaborative project contributor and effective communicator
  • You work together with project teams to understand, act, and deliver on next steps translated from product and client needs
  • You have a passion and interest in Human-Centered and Equity-Centered design/strategy
  • An eagerness and openness to learn

What will you walk away with?

  • Competitive compensation
  • An internal project/case study for your portfolio
  • Insight into the client-services world
  • Mentorship by experienced and passionate designers
  • Ability to improve and grow your skill set by working closely with your manager and project leads on areas of focus

To apply, please submit a cover letter that speaks to what areas of design/strategy/research are of most interest to you and your resume with a link to your portfolio by January 10, 2022.

For full posting and to apply, click here!