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Tom's Shoes | Los Angeles, CA
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Job Description

Why become an intern at TOMS? We are more than a company, we are a Movement. At TOMS, we take our mission or "Using Business to Improve Lives" very seriously, and we hope you will too.

As a TOMS Intern you will work on individualized projects that not only grow your talents and skill sets but also add real value to our business. You will have a professional mentor, meet with senior-level executives, and attend field-trips designed to build your knowledge about improving lives through business.

Interested in Applying?

Are you a current undergraduate student or will you be graduating in the next few months? Are you available to join our team from June 18th to August 21st, 2019? During this full-time internship program, we expect our interns will work an average of 40 hrs/week at our Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA and be available for the entirety of the 9.5-week program.

About the Role:

The Footwear Design Intern will be working alongside our designers to learn first-hand the process and components that go into creating TOMS's core silhouettes, the Alpargata, the Cordones, and the Bota.

Over the 9.5-week program, the intern will work closely with our design, product development, and materials teams to create and present his/her own versions of the TOMS classics. Our team of experts will guide the intern through the full life cycle process of shoe design. The intern the walk away having created their own TOMS shoe designs from mood boards, sketch reviews, spec sheets and CAD creation. The ideal candidate will be highly innovative, energetic and have a passion for design in the footwear/fashion industry.

Here's what you will do:

* Create innovative versions of the TOMS Originals: Alpargata, Cordones, and Bota from conception to prototype that represents our next generation of product, while considering form and function.
* Research market data and analyze trends - we're looking for on-trend and fashion-forward
* Ideation and sketches of upper and outsoles
* Create color CADs sketches to present to the design team
* Compile and present a material and application story
* Assist with creating product team presentations

Does this sound like you?

* Positive, easy-going attitude - you'll be working with some really passionate and inspiring people at TOMS
* Self-starter who likes to jump right and take initiative - do your friends call you a go getter?
* Flexible and adaptable work style - we are a pretty fast paced environment so you need to be on your toes
* Eager and ready to learn - we want you to get as much out of your nine weeks as possible!
* Effective communicator - we're listening, want you to share your ideas and influence us!

Skills that you'll need:

* Art/ Fashion/ Industrial or Product design background - with an interest in lifestyle/fashion
* Graphic design skills - do you have the ability to sketch and create original designs?
* CAD experience preferred / Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop proficient - do you have an online portfolio? We want to see it!
* Ability to lift, push, pull and/or carry up to 25lbs of product or office supplies - we all pitch in where we can!

EEO Statement

TOMS is an equal opportunity employer and will consider applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the ordinance.

Join the Movement

At TOMS, our business philosophy is rooted in the concept of Giving. With every product our customer purchases, TOMS helps a person in need while standing for issues that matter.

Since our founding, we have given over 86 million pairs of shoes to children in need, helped restore sight to more than 600,000 people, supported safe birth services for over 250,000 mothers and children in need, provided more than 600,000 weeks of safe water, served more than 145,000 youth through bullying prevention and response programs and gave over 100,000 people solar light for one year. We are giving in 50 countries around the world through partnerships with more than 75 Giving Partners. Excited Yet?

About Tom's Shoes

TOMS has also made a commitment through the Clinton Global Initiative to give 100,000 pairs of shoes to children in Haiti. In our short 2-year history, one of TOMS' greatest accomplishments is seeing other companies implement the One for One model. Thanks to the emotional rewards of conscious capitalism, customers cease being consumers and become heroes. TOMS is built on the loyalty of customers who choose a better tomorrow with every purchase. TOMS has one of the coolest internship programs in the country, according to Inc.