Visual Thinking Design Internship in Amsterdam

  • Digital, Products & Services
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visual Thinking Design Internship in Amsterdam

Job description

Circle Economy is looking for a purpose-driven and analytical design intern who wants to help make the world a better place!


Who we are:

We use design to map, illustrate and translate complex ideas and data flows into clean, simple and kick-ass visuals. Designers here play a direct role in both improving the understanding of the issues we tackle and increasing the impact we have around the world. We also contribute to building the company’s brand through our values and strategic input.

Circle Economy is a rapidly growing international social enterprise, supporting cities and businesses in developing practical and scalable solutions to accelerate the transition to the circular economy. We conduct trailblazing research on topics such as climate change, circular jobs creation and societal impact. Through dedicated programmes, scans, digital tools and workshops we share our knowledge to accelerate a circular change.

We’re a young team of driven and ambitious professionals, working in a lively and dynamic office at the Tropen museum in Amsterdam. We like to have fun while we work and have a culture of getting things done.

Here are some examples of our work:

Design Portfolio:

Website (under reconstruction):


Project and role:

In this position, you will work under the supervision of the Design Lead of Circle Economy, joining a team of 3 full-time designers and another design intern. Your role will be to work closely with the Cities team on the "Thriving Cities" project. This initiative is based on an innovative approach to agenda and policy-setting for cities around the world. The goal is to co-create the future of cities along with the city officials themselves, based on the principles of the Doughnut Economics model, developed by Kate Raworth, who is also closely involved in this project.

Your responsibilities would include:

  • Along with the Cities team and our partners:
    • Visual thinking: participating in team meetings to gather and understand data, identify problems and help the discussion by translating ideas into shapes during the meetings.
  • Along with the Design team and under the supervision of the Design Lead:
    • Data visualization: Boiling down complex data into powerful infographics and data visualizations for non-scientific audiences
    • Graphic design:
      • Developing visual solutions for workshop materials, reports and online communications
      • Offering functionality-driven and data-driven visual solutions developed over multiple iterations
      • Extracting messages from complex scientific notions and building a visual narrative that is relevant to the users and their needs


Who you are:

A multi-talented and highly adaptable designer who is looking for a fun and versatile internship. Your portfolio combined with your awesome personality matter more than your educational background!

Required skills:

  • Expertise in the Adobe Creative Suite, digital and print design
  • Training in live visual thinking, or equivalent visualization skills (facilitation, industrial drawing...)
  • Training in design-thinking methodologies
  • Notions in user empathy and human-centered design
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Being proactive and autonomous

Cool if you have these, okay if you don't:

  • Dutch language fluency
  • A passion for sustainability


What we offer

A paid internship for 5 days a week for a period of 6 months, to start in January 2019. We offer a stipend of €400 per month for Master’s level based on full-time employment and can provide a travel stipend if necessary. We offer a challenge for a passionate person that loves to learn and take on responsibilities in a vibrant and talented team, in a pioneering organisation. The opportunity to grow an in-depth insight and knowledge on the topic of circular cities.


You’ll be embedded into our charismatic in-house Design team of four. We offer a challenge for a passionate person that loves to learn and take up responsibilities in a demanding and dynamic environment. We will coach you to put your skills and ideas to work. We care about our interns, and we want you to learn and grow during your time with us. 


If you recognize yourself in most of the above, we would love to hear from you!