NXT SPACE Design Innovation Graduate Intern

Nike Inc.
Beaverton, OR, USA
Posted 9 hours ago
Full time

Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team

NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world’s best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At NIKE, Inc. it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

You will be working as an intern on the NXT SPACE Design Innovation Team within the Nike Explore Team (NXT).  

NXT SPACE explores and ignites big ideas that create significant change, harnessing the power of the collective to better serve our athletes* and consumers.  

Our work includes exploratory platforms and strategic products. Formally known as Nike’s Innovation Kitchen, it is one of the world's’ foremost laboratories in which anything is possible. A playground where a celebrated lineage cohort of designers, engineers, risk takers, and visionaries draft the next generation of technology infused products, experiences, and methods of make. 

Who we are looking for: 

We are looking for an exceptional Product Design Innovator and entrepreneurial problem solver that is driven by curiosity, leads with optimism and prefers collaboration over competition. Who is self-starting and thrives in an ambiguous, highly creative and collaborative environment. Who is passionate about sustainability, social impact, and creating a better future. Champions diversity has a growth mindset, and consciously nurtures radical thinking. This role will help dimensionalize and strengthen our Design Innovation capability, which is the foundation of NXT SPACE.  

You'll apply your advancing Design skills and entrepreneurial approach to create future forward, original innovative designs and concepts, including but not limited to footwear, apparel and experiences that reflect and push the boundaries of Nike's design philosophy and standards. Helping to unite the world through sport to create a healthy planet, active communities and to help elevate the athlete* experience. 

What you’ll experience: 

If this is you, you’ll be collaborating with cross-functional teams in a matrix environment, Your workload will be focused on a summer project brief, along with existing programs that you will partner with the team to explore and evolve collaboratively.  

You'll champion and influence new ways of critical thinking and visioning to create and initiate research for product Innovation and design concepts. Applying performance and cultural insights, consumer/athlete* and Nike Sports Research Lab (NSRL data), to influence growth opportunities and competitive advantages in the marketplace.  

You’ll effectively communicate and present concepts to various internal and external audiences, sharing your vision, building momentum, gathering feedback, influencing, and gaining alignment. 

As a key member of the Design Innovation team, you’ll help strengthen and shape the collective as a positive force of creativity and curiosity by engaging and uplifting your Design Innovation peers. Along with your multi-disciplinary design teammates, you will collaborate with concept creators, engineers, and developers.  

You’ll build relationships working with a variety of cross-functional teams across the organization, including Advanced Manufacturing, Sustainability, Nike Sports Research Lab (NSRL), Digital, Merchandising, and the Business.  

You’ll report to a Senior Design Innovation Lead, in NXT SPACE, who reports to the Senior Design Director of NXT SPACE. 

This is a paid internship opportunity with relocation assistance. Curious to know what it’s like to be part of a world-class Internship Program? Check out our recap video from last summer: Nike Internship Program Recap Video

This internship – as well as full-time positions – are located in-person at the NIKE, Inc. World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR. Check out this video of our World Headquarters to learn more about life on campus: Nike WHQ Campus Video

What you will bring: 


  • Enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program with an expected graduation date of December 2024 or Spring 2025 

  • Background in Industrial Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, Materials Design, or a related field.  

  • 1-3 years work experience preferred  

  • Resume submission (PDF) required 

  • Well-curated portfolio, variety of projects/mediums, demonstrating your process, showing ability to work through physical prototyping and experimentation required 


  • Ability to build an individual diverse portfolio of exploration work, prioritize workload and manage short term and long-range projects 

  • Ability to work independently, with minimal guidance, embrace ambiguity, ensuring key dates and deliverables are met 

  • Strong teammate, successful collaborator, ability to inspire others, understands that failure is part of the creative innovation process 

  • Ability to ideate, generate, develop, and implement designs and product details including form, style, construction, material, color, trim, etc. considering performance, fit and feel 

  • Advancing knowledge of product construction concepts, including but not limited to; pattern engineering, model making, part drawings, materials, manufacturing processes, sustainability concepts 

  • Proficiency in Illustrator, Photoshop, Miro and Keynote other visualization and 3d design tools are a plus 

NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

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