2020 US Internship - Color & Material Design

Portland | United States | Design


adidas – Portland, OR

Do you want to experience hands-on what your dream job is like? Are you a sports lover who's ready to work in an international environment and take responsibility for your own projects? Then welcome to adidas. This is an opportunity to join a truly global business with an environment that is often described as dynamic, innovative, and culturally diverse. If you share our love for sport and competition and have the drive to be number one in what you do, then consider this option to join our winning team!  

NOTE: The application for a 2020 internship will close on November 15, 2019. We will not accept any late applications. You will receive confirmation that your application has been received and we will communicate your status after the application closes on November 15. Thank you for your patience while we review your candidacy!


You are mobilizers who push us forward. Who challenge the status quo. The generation of ground-breakers, pace-makers and game changers. Your confidence breathes life into our brand and helps us to create unique experiences.  

We don’t have all the answers yet, that’s why we need you! Join us. Create the new.

Our design teams work relentlessly to create products that help make athletes better. We are looking for true creators, makers, and problem solvers to join our teams to make products for athletes all over the world.  


Interns are paid hourly a minimum of $19/hr based on position and level of education. Our benefits include travel to and from the internship paid for up front by adidas as well as an additional stipend to assist in your time in Portland, OR. 

The Internship program includes the following elements to round out the work you do with our design teams on a day to day basis: 

  • Intern Orientation
  • Speaker Series with business leadership
  • Cross-Functional Project
  • Social Events
  • Mentorship Program
  • Employee Perks – product discount, gym membership, etc


  • Assist team in the design of new concepts for the relevant season
  • Work with the design team to create design solutions 
  • Complete CAD revisions, color updates and technical packages
  • Assist in trend forecasting content relevant to our consumer and brand
  • Research and creation of color and material stories
  • Creation of sketches for color and material content and direction for footwear and/or apparel products
  • Creation of prototypes to communicate ideas


  • Trend / Industry / consumer insights
  • Sketching / technical drawing / tooling
  • Storytelling / Visual / Verbal Communication
  • Textiles, Color & Material knowledge, compeitor and market insights
  • Microsoft Office, Proficient in Adobe Suite, CAD, 3D Design programs


  • Currently enrolled in a 2019-2020 full-time academic program.
  • Graduating in winter 2020 or spring 2021
  • Eligible to work in the US without restrictions.
  • Available to work full-time in Portland, Oregon for the duration of the 12-week program (May 27th – August 14th)  ***June start date optional based on academic calendar***
  • Submit a portfolio of your work


We’d like to get to know you beyond a traditional Cover Letter. Please attach a 1-page PDF document to communicate to us what makes you a CREATOR. You may use written communication, images, sketches, or any other means to communicate this as long as it is on 1 page and formatted as a PDF. This should be fun – we want to see what makes YOU uniquely you! 

File must be under 5MB and attached in place of the Cover Letter.

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adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

At adidas, every day is a chance to flip the script. An invitation to take everything we know and re-invent it. Do it better. Never settling for good enough. Every day we get up, invent, adapt, improvise, find new ways to collaborate, and do the unexpected. We’re creators, makers and doers. Helping athletes make a difference, not just in their games, but in their lives and in their world. It’s an obsession.

We’ve been doing this for more than 65 years. With an unmatched history and tradition of creating iconic products, consumer connections and experiences, we’ve been defining sport culture since the beginning. And we’re never done. Come be a part of shaping the future together with us.

The Facts

Jobtitle 2020 US Internship - Color & Material Design
Team Design
Brand adidas
City Portland
Location United States
Number 204340
Position Type Intern
Date Oct-15, 2019
Relocation yes

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