Steampunk Design & Strategy Intern
McLean, VA 
Posted 8 days ago
Job/Internship Description
Steampunk Design & Strategy Intern
Job Location US-VA-McLean
Job ID 2709
Clearance Requirement None

Be an agent of change on a team committed to achieving client-focused, mission-driven excellence. Steampunk is the explosive collision of human-centered design and traditional government contracting. We are an employee-owned company with a startup mindset and time-tested approaches tailored for the federal government. We're passionate about creating solutions that are impactful, practical, and scalable while meeting our clients' ever-changing needs. We believe in empowering our people to find creative solutions to intractable problems. We believe the best environment in which to grow and thrive is outside our comfort zone. We believe that while good design makes for a good product, human-centered design makes for an excellent one.


Key Responsibilities:

As a Design & Strategy intern, you will support our teams using our Design Intelligence framework by incorporating human-centered methods to solve complex design challenges. You will work with cross-functional teams including service designers, UX designers, developers, analysts, system architects, marketing professionals, and business development stakeholders.

    Participate in all aspects of the design process to frame problems, define insights, and understand user and mission needs
  • Participate in and support user research and synthesis including user and stakeholder interviews, facilitated workshops, and co-creation sessions
  • Support our Design Intelligence Studio events and activities on an as needed basis
  • Support internal and client demos and presentations as needed

  • Current study of or relevant experience in Human-Centered Design
  • User Experience Design, Service Design, and/or Design Strategy
  • Understand the relevance of and how artifacts like journey maps, service blueprints, persona's, ecosystem, and experience maps fit intocrafting user and service experiences
  • Knowledge of UX and/or Service Design methods, tools, and best practices including wireframing, low and high-fidelity prototyping, and moderated and unmoderated user testing
  • A natural curiosity for solving problems coupled with an analytical mindset
  • A collaborative nature with good written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to obtain a U.S. government Public Trust Security Clearance
  • Bonus points for experience with Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Invision, or other prototyping tools
  • Extra bonus points for Visual Design or Data Visualization talent
About steampunk

Steampunk is a Change Agent in the Federal contracting industry, bringing new thinking to clients in the Homeland, Federal Civilian, Health and DoD sectors. Through our Human-Centered delivery methodology, we are fundamentally changing the expectations our Federal clients have for true shared accountability in solving their toughest mission challenges. As an employee owned company, we focus on investing in our employees to enable them to do the greatest work of their careers - and rewarding them for outstanding contributions to our growth. If you want to learn more about our story, visit

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.Steampunk participates in the E-Verify program.

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Position Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
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Full Time
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