We're looking for talented design interns who want to be part of our team, creating and making our gifts and home accessories.

We are now in our third year of providing two week, travel expenses-paid, intern placements at our studio in just outside Faversham, in Kent. Forget the clichéd coffee runs and photo-copying, we provide a fast-paced, hands-on experience in which your creative and technical skills are applied every day.

The sort of thing you'll be doing (and of course, training will be provided):

  • working alongside designers - creative ideas and suggestions always welcome
  • using laser cutter machines
  • learning to choose appropriate and relevant maps, fabrics and materials
  • hand dyeing and sanding products
  • hand-finishing personalised products
  • framing
  • gift wrapping
  • participating within a team environment

We urge all our interns to get stuck in, learn new skills and have fun!

What we are looking for:

  • ideally, you'll be a graduate from art/design or product design background
  • experience in working with Adobe Illustrator is a distinct advantage
  • a strong creative eye
  • attention to detail is critical
  • well-developed practical skills
  • innovative way of thinking
  • passionate about up-cycling

Success stories

One of the great things about taking part in an intern programme such as ours is that it gives you an inside view to a possible career path. You'll get a great feel for working in a hands-on, creative production studio and will find out if you enjoy it and if you're capable of doing it full time. Even if you decide it isn't for you, it's never a waste of your time as you will still have gained valuable skills and experience that will make you more employable.

Our in-house illustrator, Esther, began here as an intern 5 years ago and Carly, who is now our in-house photographer as well as production studio assistant, joined us originally as an intern in 2013. Most of our interns have gone on to work in the the creative industries of their choice.

Internships also provide you with fantastic networking opportunities. Everyone you meet whilst doing your internship is a potential contact that you may be able to use in the future to advance in your career.

It's good for us too

We encourage interns to challenge our methods and greatly welcome fresh, new ideas to the company. Questioning us and our processes can often help us see a better way of doing things, things that because we've been doing it in one way for so long, we might not have thought of.

We hope our intern scheme will help you get a foot on the career ladder. It's a small way we can give back to our local community.

Interested?

Internships will be available from May until September 2015. Email amie@bombus.co.uk telling us why you'd like to be considered as an intern, along with your CV and a PDF version (or similar) of your creative portfolio.

We look forward to hearing from you.