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Internship: Product Designer Intern

Date posted: 02/14/13
Employer Name: LeapFrog Enterprises
Deadline: Open
Who should apply? Both Undergrad and Graduate Students

The Product Designer Intern (PDI) will employ a range of creative thinking and design activities while working with the ID team at Leapfrog. The PDI will be working within the Design group on project that will encompass innovative design, functional requirements and aesthetic appeal. The products/projects that the PDI will be working on are for infant, toddler, and preschool aged children. The skills that the intern will be using on a day to day basic include: good sketching skills, Illustrator support, simple modeling skills, participation in brainstorm sessions (not afraid to speak your ideas in front of a group), problem solving, CAD support, creating presentations, and concepting.

Skills & Abilities:
  • Concepting – Work on ideas for both current design problems/solutions as well as new concepts.
  • Drawing – Be able to sketch on the fly during meetings as well as complete presentation renderings using Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • 3D Model Generation-We have Pro-E, Alias, and Rhino available. We also have 2 FDM machines for rapid prototyping.
  • Creating Presentation Boards- These will include Color Variations, Orthographic, or General ¾ View Presentations.
  • Testing – During their stay the PDI will schedule and participate in our Leapfrog Kid Testing Lab. The testing that he/she will perform is to review functional play and ergonomics for specific projects that they will be involved in.
  • Presentation – The PDI will be asked to present back to the Toy team as well as other presentations using both their visual and verbal skills.
  • Brainstorming- The PDI will be involved in brainstorm sessions with a multi-disciplined team. The PDI should be able to speak out loud in front of the group and let us know what your ideas are. The PDI will be responsible for two projects during their stay at LeapFrog under the supervision of the lead designer: 1.Support of day to day design related activities for our 2013 Fall products including sketching, developing designs, color exploration, simple mock-ups (foam core, etc), participating in team meetings and presentations. 2.Project X – With the help and guidance of the lead designer in charge of the intern, the PDI will submit a project proposal for a new LF concept. The project will be approved and revised at the beginning of the internship and will have set presentation milestones during their stay including a final presentation back to the team. The PDI will work with other designers, producers, marketing, and kid testing to finish their project. *Since this project was created while employed at Leapfrog Enterprises , the idea and all materials created for this idea will be owned by Leapfrog Enterprises. Before the PDI finishes their stay it will be arranged with Legal and Jorge Soto what the PDI can/cannot show and publish. Education & Experience
  • Students working towards Bachelors in Industrial Design required, with some toy projects in their portfolio preferred Apply Online:

Company Overview: LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in educational entertainment for children. LeapFrog’s award-winning product portfolio helps millions of children achieve their potential by delivering best-in-class curriculum through engaging content, fun multimedia learning platforms and toys. The Learning Path, LeapFrog’s proprietary online destination for parents and extended family, provides personalized feedback on a child’s learning progress and offers product recommendations to enhance each child’s learning experience. Through the power of play, LeapFrog’s products and curriculum help children of all ages prepare for school and life success. LeapFrog’s products are available in more than 45 countries and have been used by teachers in more than 100,000 U.S. classrooms. LeapFrog is based in Emeryville, California, and was founded in 1995 by a father who revolutionized technology-based learning solutions to help his child learn how to read. Come see the learning at

Intern Program Overview: The LeapFrog Intern Program offers undergraduate and graduate students an exciting insider’s view of LeapFrog operations and provides an opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience while exploring the many career opportunities at the Emeryville, California based company. During this program, you can look forward to collaborating with other LeapFroggers on products and projects that are important to the business, networking cross-functionally, attending Intern-only brown-bag sessions, access to our executives, and fun activities with other interns. You’ll feel like you are part of the team because you are! Serving as a LeapFrog Intern will give you direct, specific experience to put on your resume and the chance to work on a project that you will present directly to LeapFrog executives. By the end of your internship, you will have a better understanding of the inner workings of this innovative, technology-focused, consumer product company, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that your hard work has directly contributed to children’s learning and entertainment! It will be an experience that you will never forget, and one that will benefit you in your future endeavors.

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