TEAMS Chicago

Not your everyday fall internship

We are looking for a student, studying industrial design, that is looking for a hands-on experience for no more than 3 months. You will learn our unique design process and develop an intuitive sense for good form, detail and a wide knowledge of manufacture processes while working with our teams of designers.



TEAMS Design is an award winning, multi-national Design firm with studios in Chicago, Esslingen, Hamburg, Belgrade and Shanghai. Our work ranges from housewares to industrial tools, from forks to forklifts. We are known for our brand-wide approach, often developing whole product lines.

We are known for our brand-wide approach, often developing whole product lines.


The Chicago studio is a creative environment in a light-filled, open loft with a great view of the city's famous skyline. Centrally located in West Town, we’re nestled in the middle of a creative warehouse neighborhood that's home to art and design studios, architectural salvage stores, and two pro sports teams. We enjoy biking to work, caffeinated beverages, and competitive lunchtime foosball in a pet-friendly environment.


What you’ll be doing while you are at TEAMS

  • Learning good visual skills, critical judgment of form and visual detail through participating in critiques with team members.
  • Learning the ability to create and improve complex sculptural forms through sketching and mock ups.
  • Improving your concept exploration sketching skills and ability to think on paper or Cintiq through constant sketching on projects.
  • Maximizing your presentation and computer rendering skills.
  • Honing your 3D modeling skills – preferably Rhino, Pro/E or Solidworks.
  • You must be self-motivated and passionate about design in this fast-paced environment.
  • You’ll learn why great communication is a key skill for advancement.
  • You must have the ability to think on your feet -react and problem-solve on the spot and you’ll learn why.


Specific Skills Desired

  • Student in an accredited industrial design program
  • Verbal communication and showmanship skills
  • Story telling skills
  • Aesthetic skills, critical judgment of form and visual detail
  • Concept exploration sketching skills –ability to think through problems visually
  • Understanding of materials and processes
  • Presentation and computer rendering skills (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • 3D modeling skills – preferably Rhino, Pro/E or Solidworks
  • Self-motivated and passionate about design
  • English proficiency required, German or other languages a plus



Please be sure to include a complete portfolio with your resume to help our selection of interview candidates.

Please keep email attachments under 8MB.

We would also appreciate a cover letter (which may be your email) that explains what job you are applying for and why. You may submit your materials via a cloud-based file transfer such as Hightail, DropBox, Google Docs, or post on your own ftp or portfolio site.


Please send your application to: [email protected]

Your contact person is: Marianne Grisdale


Please apply via email only. No phone calls please. You will hear from us, but due to the number of applicants, we’d appreciate your patience.


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