Industrial Design - Placement Year

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Job Type:Full Time

Become part of the team

Join us for a 12 month placement to experience being part of PA Consulting’s growing global Design team including Essential Design, Astro Studios, Sparkler and We Are Friday. The internship has flexible start and end dates, but generally runs from July-July for 12 months. If your course does not allow year-long placements, please let us know! We are happy to offer shorter placements to the right students.

The deadline for applications is end of March, 2021 after which we will begin conducting candidate interviews.

The industrial design internship position is a paid, 37.5 hour per week professional internship. While working at PA Design, interns are expected to work as a full junior member of the design team, tasked with client projects, internal initiatives, and presentations for marketing and awards. Interns will collaborate with other disciplines within PA: consumer research, human factors, engineering, digital experiences, transport and medical teams. You may also get the chance to work with our global design team in Boston and Chicago.

You will be involved in curating consumer insights, concept ideation/ sketching, user interaction, user experience mapping, design development, design strategy and CMF design. We design everything from consumer electronics, to medical devices, through to packaging and new to world products. We work with a range of clients from start-ups, all the way through to world famous brands.

Why is this role important for PA’s work?

PA brings on dozens of interns from a variety of academic backgrounds throughout the year. Internship requirements vary among roles and locations. We truly value our interns, as they work alongside our full-time employees to tackle challenges and make real impact on PA’s projects and culture. Interning at PA is an exciting opportunity to learn, grow, and have a lot of fun.

What we're looking for

Analysts are expected to be contributing members of the team and so we look for candidates with:

  • Good technical and communication skills
  • Skills in the Adobe Creative Suite, Solidworks, and Keyshot
  • Candidates should have a sophisticated sensitivity to form and CMF, as well as a willingness and ability to learn, self-initiate and push themselves.
  • Proficient in visual representation of their ideas, physical prototype development, and 3D printing.
  • Knowledge of animation, and other rendering packages are a bonus.

How to Apply?

When applying, please include a resume and cover letter. Design applicants should include a PDF or URL for an electronic portfolio. Physical portfolios don’t work well for sharing among reviewers, so please keep it digital. Attachments must be formatted as a text-based Adobe PDF, PowerPoint, or Word document. Applicants without portfolios will not be considered.


  • Private medical insurance
  • Travel allowance
  • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Company pension scheme
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • Life and Income protection insurance
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)
  • Additional optional benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Inclusion & Diversity

We believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to PA’s goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

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