How might frontier technologies like drones and alternate connectivity tackle some of the biggest challenges in development? How can we better link researchers to employers to improve employee well being? How might we improve the lives of the most marginalised using rigorous evidence and innovation?

These are just some of the questions we explore every day at Brink and now we’re looking for an Innovation Intern to help us.

At Brink we believe in the power of innovation to create radically better world. We’re working with clients like the UK Department for International Development, Humanitarian Grand Challenges Canada, and others, to collaborate with and enable technology pioneers and innovators around the globe to create social impact.

If you have a passion for international development, innovation or new technologies (or preferably all three!), who have an eye for words and design, we want to hear from you.

We have one open full-time internships for 3 months:

design Internship 

You will work with us to:

👀 Convey complex systems and processes visually. This could include describing systems and strategy with visual templates, mapping innovation processes, and producing the final output(s).

💥 Think creatively across mediums to describe the work we do. We work across multiple programmes, sectors and geographies, and the information we receive is both fascinating and varied. We’d love your help to identify themes and ways to represent these themes.

We expect you will be someone who is interested in visual information design, and translating complex concepts into an understandable medium and format. We’d like you to be comfortable using open source, non-technical tools for your work, which can be easily picked up by others in the future.

What do we look for in all of our interns?

More generally for Brinkster interns, we are looking for some of these behaviours and skills:

🧠 A finger on the pulse of key trends in either international development or new technologies. You’ll know and have a point of view on the latest trends and dominant discourses in either the international development areas or the technologies we work with. A knowledge of innovation methods like design thinking or lean startup is a bonus.

⚖️ Personal accountability. We are a small team working with people around the world to take on big challenges. You will be able to take on multiple tasks and prioritise them. More importantly, you understand gaps in your knowledge and know when to ask for help.

🌍 Global outlook and experience. You enjoy working with others in different contexts, from global governments to grassroots innovators in developing countries.

📈 Growth mindset, keen and eager to experiment and learn, comfortable with not knowing all the answers yet, and happy to let stuff go when it doesn’t quite hit the mark


This role is based in London and we will pay you the London Living Wage (£10.55 per hour). However, if you’re based elsewhere and would consider doing the work remotely, we’d be happy to discuss this.

Next steps

If you’re interested in applying, please submit a CV, and a short covering letter outlining which role you’re interested in and why, and what you’d bring.

Please also provide an example of your work - for example a website or a graphic.

Please also confirm you are eligible to work in the UK and when you’d be available to start work.

Send everything to with the email subject: I’d like to be your Design Intern

The timeline for the application process is as follows:

  • Deadline for applications - Wednesday 30th October at 23:59 BST

  • Interviews - 6th - 8th November

  • Final decision made - Monday 11th November

  • Start date - Monday 18th November


We hire people that don’t just ‘fit in’, but instead actively seek to help build and shape our culture. That’s why diversity and inclusion matters to us. We work globally across geographies, contexts and organisations, so embracing diversity, being inclusive and treating people with equity are central to what we do; we take pleasure in being that way.