Digital Design Intern - Summer 2022 (Remote, US&Canada)

ShopifyinToronto, ON, Canada

Company Description

Shopify is a leading global commerce company, providing trusted tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business of any size. Shopify makes commerce better for everyone with a platform and services that are engineered for reliability, while delivering a better shopping experience for consumers everywhere. Shopify powers millions of businesses in more than 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Allbirds, Gymshark, PepsiCo, Staples, and many more.

Shopify is now permanently remote, and we're working towards a future that is digital by design. That location you see above? Consider it merely an example of hundreds of potential locations across Canada and the United States where Shopify is hiring. Learn more here:

Job Description

If you are applying from outside the Shopify careers page, please apply through our careers page ( to ensure you are completing all application components.

As an intern at Shopify, you will be fully integrated into your team. In addition, mentorship will be available as you join 7000+ people who are serious about personal growth and learning. We value high trust and flexibility (it's always been a part of our culture) and if you're expecting to be told exactly what to do, Shopify may not be the place for you. We don't claim to have all the answers, and that's why we look for independent thinkers, collaborators, and people hungry to grow alongside their team. Find out more about our past interns experiences, watch our Intern Diaries video, and learn more about how we approach mentorship at Shopify. We were also selected as one of WayUp's Top 100 Intern Employers!

The UX team untangles complex problems and designs experiences that improve the lives of millions of creators and ambitious entrepreneurs. We're building experiences that will define the future of commerce. Our design team is made up of over 500 designers and researchers.

These entrepreneurs rely on Shopify to provide them with the tools they need to run their business. Creating beautiful products includes identifying the right problems, performing research, prototyping solutions, and shipping features (sometimes all in the same week). The Shopify design internship program is an opportunity to take ownership over projects and to collaborate with other creatives, UX researchers and engineers, on a multi-disciplinary team. We believe in testing, iteration, and in giving our employees the room to experiment and grow.

Our Shopify design team creates tools that give even the most inexperienced entrepreneur the best chance to succeed. At the same time, we design solutions that help some of the world's leading businesses manage enormous complexity. Making commerce better for everyone is Shopify's passion and one of our designers main objectives.

We welcome design interns from all backgrounds, whether you're a student leveling up or a professional transitioning from another industry.

As a Design Intern at Shopify, you will:

  • Be an active part of every stage of the design process to improve our merchants' experience: from idea to research, building, shipping, and launch. This includes participating in design sprints to define and explore merchant problems.

  • Help your team develop empathy for our merchants and advocate for our merchants' needs. Data will be just one of the many tools you will use to help inform your work.

  • Be paired with a dedicated mentor and a team of highly skilled designers who are committed to supporting your success and growing your skills through consistent feedback.

  • Collaborate with different disciplines. You'll get the chance to work closely with engineers, product managers, and front-end developers to help explore, build, and ship your designs.

  • Learn how to approach complex problems and design elegant solutions.

  • Improve how you communicate the design challenges and opportunities you encounter.

Shopify internships are 3-month, 4-month, or 8-month paid terms, and are open to students, co-ops, recent graduates, and those in the early stage of their engineering/development careers. The summer internships will start in May or June* 2022.

* June's start date will be a 3 month term.

This posting will close on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 at 11:59PM EST. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.


You're the kind of person who has:

  • The desire to grow -- you'll have the opportunity to dive into new and uncomfortable challenges.

  • The ability to clearly present your point of view, express ideas, and accept feedback.

  • A passion for unpacking and solving complex problems.

  • A unique interest for the end user - advocating for them in all areas of your work is core to what you do.

  • A desire to improve on iterative design practices.

  • Proficiency with Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator or Figma.

Mandatory details for application below.

Additional Information

In your application:

1. Include your resume.

2. Project Submission: We'd like to see an example of your previous design work. This can be a project completed at school, at work, or as a personal project, anything that you were responsible for and that you can speak about confidently. Wrap up your project in Github or a public Google Drive link labelled Shopify-Summer2022-FirstName-LastName (using your name, of course!) and include it with your application. You may include things like pdf, HTML file without your name. Non-exported files e.g. Illustrator, XD, Sketch, Figma file will not be reviewed. (If you are new to the field or do not have a project to share, feel free to use this project idea to design a submission.)

3. Project Writeup: Please provide a maximum 1 page write-up about your project including the information below. Please include this separately.

  • The problem: Tell us about the problem you're solving. How did you learn more about the problem space? Were there constraints and what were they?

  • Your process: What was your approach in solving the problem? If this was a group effort, what role did you play? Did your project go through multiple iterations? Tell us about it!

  • Your solution: Describe your solution. How would you validate that your solution solves the problem?

  • Reflection: What was challenging about solving this problem? What did you learn while solving this problem? Is there anything in this project you'd like to get feedback on? If you had more time, or were doing this a second time, what would you do differently?

4. We're always looking to see where passion and engagement shows itself in all aspects of your life. Please answer the questions outlined in the application to tell us more about yourself!

  • If you were to open a Shopify store, what would you sell and why (or tell us about your store if you have one!) (200 word limit)

  • Any last thoughts? (ie. proud accomplishments, cool ideas, a joke, etc.) (200 word limit)

At Shopify, we understand that experience comes in many forms. We're dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team, so if your experience is this close to what we're looking for, please consider applying!

The Hiring Process:

1. Candidates that move beyond the initial application stage will be invited to a "Life Story" interview with a Recruiter on the Intern Program team.

2. After the Life Story, successful candidates will be invited to a 60 minute technical interview with two (2) Shopify Designers. You will be informed in advance of the interview of what you need to bring.

3. After the technical interview, successful candidates are placed on teams based on their interests, skills and experience - each placement is done individually and with significant consideration.

Application screening will be on a rolling basis, with Life Stories happening throughout February, technical interviews throughout February and March, and final hiring decisions made by or before late March.

Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity & inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities, and/or people with intersectional identities. Please take a look at our Sustainability Reports to learn more about Shopify's commitments to our communities, and our planet.

This posting will close on Wednesday, January 19th 2022 at 11:59PM EST.

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