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application deadline (phase 1) Dec 9.

We’re out to design a better world, and we need your help.
IDEO.org is a non-profit design and innovation organization focused on solving challenges in poverty and spreading human-centered design through the social sector. Human-centered design enables organizations to create and deliver innovative solutions to pressing challenges that are rooted in the needs of people. IDEO.org works directly with organizations on projects using the human-centered design process across a wide range of focus areas related to poverty, including health, financial services, gender equity, water and sanitation.
How to apply
Please follow the instructions for applying contained in the 2013 IDEO.org Fellowship listing.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
IDEO.org 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.
Position Summary

IDEO.org is a new non-profit that brings design solutions to poverty-focused problem solvers around the world. 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.)

In addition to the online application, the following components are required. Candidates selected for Phase Two will be asked to submit additional application materials as described below. Please do not submit Phase Two items unless requested. 


Please include the following items in your initial submission. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
1. A current resume.
2. A one-page cover letter articulating why IDEO.org and you are a fit.
3. 500 words (or less) telling us about an experience you’ve had with a culture other than your own that changed your perspective in some way.
4. OpenIDEO challenge submission: Participate in a current OpenIDEO challenge (add inspiration, comment on someone else’s idea, submit an idea, etc.) Share your user ID so we can see what you contributed.
5. Portfolio link/work samples: If applying as a designer, please include a link to your portfolio or provide work samples. Please indicate your role and contribution for each project submitted.


If you are selected for Phase Two, IDEO.org will contact you to prepare the following materials.
1. Short Visual Story: Create a visual story about something more you’d like us to know about you. Use photos, video, drawing, or whatever visual medium seems most appropriate for you. Remember, we appreciate powerful, concise storytelling.
2. One letter of recommendation from a professional or academic contact.

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