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Help Wanted: Summer Jobs

Posted by Damien on June 07, 2011

We incubate some of the things that come out of our work with our clients. It is the perfect way to stay involved in implementing the ideas we developed with them. Right now, we have one non-profit incubating with us that needs some help over the summer. Read on if you’re interested in some pretty fascinating and interesting summer work. We already have one super-smart Summer intern. We hope to find four more to join the team immediately.

June 2011
We’re looking for four stellar summer interns to help us with an immense challenge for one of our clients. We are looking for students (or recent graduates) who could work in our offices in Sausalito, CA, who are interested in both research and using design to change the built environment we live in. We are looking to fill roles that involve a tremendous amount of research and shaping that research into meaningful insights and tools for a client of ours.

We have four key areas we’re looking to fill, which we explain a little below. If you think you’re best suited for one in particular, suggest so. It will make it much easier to see your value and likely enable us to get back you quickly.

The non-profit we’re working with seeks to have the greatest impact on design possible, by changing what’s included in what is considered necessary for a successful urban or community design. The non-profit works with cities and communities to help them build an environment that supports people through their lifecycle to enable the cities and people to thrive.

All roles require the ability to conduct primary research, interviews, getting “out into the field”, writing and editing skills. As well as being able to prototype ideas and scenarios, and create strategic and practical plans of action for design and implementation. You must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

1. Community Engagement
Truly successful design isn’t just done with the user in mind, but instead with the actual users participating in the design itself. We’re looking to develop the tools, principles and complete process of community engagement for our client. As well as take the existing assets and experience the organization has, and repurpose them.

2. Practical Tools
Central has been working with the client over the last year to create tools that help teach and engage people in working together to redesign city blocks or the environments they live in. We’re looking to continue the work in researching and develop a suite of teaching and engagement tools that can help fund the non-profit sustainably.

3 + 4. Built Impact + Assessment Tools
We’re looking to use the intellectual framework developed by the non-profit to create an assessment tool for finished and built projects around the world. Working with other non-profit organizations, we’re looking to see where the framework can show project successes, failure or possible places for intervention.

We’re also looking to develop a method or system for measuring the impact of using the framework and the designs that emerge from using it.

Who might you be?

If any of this sounds truly interesting, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you’re the type of person who relishes at the thought of hardcore research, finding every piece of worthy information about a relevant topic and pitching its importance, or someone who is energized by a large and loosely defined scope of direction and can easily turn that into smaller, more manageable and practical tasks, then we should meet. If you’re driven to take on large and immensely important tasks that have a direct impact on making the world a better place to live in, then definitely let us know. If you’re highly collaborative, super-hardworking individual, and enthusiastic about helping a non-profit, with an exceptional cause meet their goal, then what are you waiting for? Write us an incredible cover letter, send some examples of your work and experience, along with your resume. And a reference from someone we might already know.

What you’ll get in return?

While you’ll be working for our client, a non-profit urban design organization who is preparing to take its work out to Haiti, possibly Cambodia and Japan, you’ll also get to work alongside a highly creative and successful transformation company. Central uses the design process to transform organizations to design better futures. For themselves, their stakeholders, customers and the people they’re trying to help.

So you’ll get exposed to the design process, along with a very innovative process for redesigning the built environment we all live in. If you have any interest in architecture, planning, permaculture, community engagement, measuring social impact and biology or neuroscience, then you might find this work very inspiring.

These paid internships are for the summer, starting immediately and run for 8-10 weeks depending on your availability. All must be able to work in our offices in Sausalito.

Please no calls, or drop-ins.

Email your stuff to: iamperfect [ at ]

Look forward to hearing from you.