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Strategic Design Intern

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Who We Are

Boston Consulting Group partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges and capture their greatest opportunities. BCG was the pioneer in business strategy when it was founded in 1963. Today, we help clients with total transformation-inspiring complex change, enabling organizations to grow, building competitive advantage, and driving bottom-line impact.

To succeed, organizations must blend digital and human capabilities. Our diverse, global teams bring deep industry and functional expertise and a range of perspectives to spark change. BCG delivers solutions through leading-edge management consulting along with technology and design, corporate and digital ventures—and business purpose. We work in a uniquely collaborative model across the firm and throughout all levels of the client organization, generating results that allow our clients to thrive.


BCG X is the tech build & design unit of BCG. Turbocharging BCG’s deep industry and functional expertise, BCG X brings together advanced tech knowledge and ambitious entrepreneurship to help organizations enable innovation at scale. With nearly 3,000 technologists, scientists, programmers, engineers, and human-centered designers located across 80+ cities, BCG X builds and designs platforms and software to address the world’s most important challenges and opportunities. Teaming across our practices, and in close collaboration with our clients, our end-to-end global team unlocks new possibilities. Together we’re creating the bold and disruptive products, services, and businesses of tomorrow.

Practice Area Profile

What You’ll Do

Our Strategic Design team develops solutions informed by deep customer research and insight, working diligently to uncover the intangible attitudes, behaviors, and motivations that drive people‡s choices and desires. By identifying key consumer pain points, our Strategic Designers craft contextually impactful opportunities and platforms through empathetic design thinking. Simultaneously, we’re elevating design to address business challenges head-on, producing solutions that are novel, feasible, and desirable. Embracing a human-centered approach, our team‡s innovative end-to-end experiences at the nexus of people and technology, and we’re looking for curious individuals passionate about championing user needs.

Designers at BCG are:
Flexible and user-focused. They have the ability to design in multiple mediums and levels of interactivity, all while employing appropriate human-centered design methods.
Iterative. They are excited to prototype at all levels of fidelity—and have the humility to walk away from ideas when they fail.
Human-Centered. They start with people and thoughtfully consider the usefulness and usability of everything they create.
Designers. They create user journeys, experience blueprints, wireframes, storyboards, and data visualizations to communicate a desired future state.
Collaborative. They have the ability and enthusiasm to work alongside engineers, business consultants, and other designers who will challenge and support one another.
Communicators. They have strong verbal, written, and presentation skills, and the ability to provide the rationale behind their design decisions to colleagues and clients.
Empathetic. They desire to truly understand humans and their behavior—and turn complex tasks into intuitive, easy-to-use solutions.
Comfortable with ambiguity. They know projects and businesses move fast. That means the path forward isn‡t always well-defined. They are comfortable and collaborative through our process.

What You’ll Bring (Experience & Qualifications)

You’re good at:
Supporting diverse sets of clients across domains and industries
Being an advocate for user needs and experiences throughout the design process.
Designing and prototyping digital products—websites, apps, and beyond—at all levels of fidelity
Analyzing and synthesizing research findings using tools like concept mapping
Evaluating user experiences by conducting evaluative research, such as usability testing
Collaborating with engineers, business consultants, and other designers to create world-class work
Supporting the facilitation of workshops with diverse stakeholders, from client teams to community partners, to collaboratively explore domains and challenges, synthesize data, generate concepts, and present work.
Participating in user research, communicating findings, translating insights into great new experiences
Envisioning new, novel experiences beyond what is expected—pushing the envelope beyond screens towards the edge of interaction and technology
Broadening your skill set beyond your core abilities—which might include project management, client relationship management, and/or technological skill development
Your Qualifications:
Pursuing a Masters in design, interaction design, design planning, human-computer interaction, or other relevant field.
Graduating between December 2024 and September 2025
An outstanding portfolio of work demonstrating strong human-centered design capabilities across a diverse range of projects.
Knowledge of research methods and frameworks, user interface standards, tools, and industry guidelines. The ability to reference best practices and design patterns, and can solve complex problems and novel interface challenges.
Understanding of user experience design principles and best practices, with the propensity and judgment to question convention when appropriate.
Visual communication skills, using sketching and other tools to articulate thoughts about complex problems, datasets, or experimentation.
Knowledge with at least 2 of the following tools or technologies:
Additional consideration for candidates with the following skills:
Project management
Branding & identity

What to include in your application:

A link to your portfolio that demonstrates your affinity for human-centered design and shows how you approach a design challenge.
Locations: New York, Los Angeles

Please note: Our internship program operates in a ‘hub’ model to create BCG X cohorts in our New York City and Los Angeles offices. If you receive a full time offer, you can transfer to a different BCG X Office as long as it makes sense for chapter and business needs.

FOR U.S. APPLICANTS: Boston Consulting Company (“BCG”) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

The first-year base compensation for this role is $136,000 USD.

For Full Time Employees, BCG offers a comprehensive benefits program, including medical, dental and vision coverage, telemedicine services, life, accident and disability insurance, parental leave and family planning benefits, caregiving resources, mental health offerings, a generous retirement program, financial guidance, paid time off, and more.

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