Internship - Creative Direction Design Color (m/f/d)

With sport playing an increasingly important role in more and more peoples’ lives, both on and off the field of play, we operate in a highly attractive industry. Based on our deep understanding of our consumer and the authenticity of the adidas brand, we push the boundaries of products, experiences, and services. We do so according to our strategy, which allows us to fully capitalize on the acceleration of favorable long-term structural trends.  


‘Own the Game’ is our strategy that guides us through to 2025 – a plan rooted in sport. Sport is adidas’ past, present, and future.


Our purpose: Through sport, we have the power to change lives
Our mission: To be the best sports brand in the world 
Our attitude: Impossible is nothing 


An internship at adidas provides you with a unique opportunity to apply what you have learned at university, use your knowledge in practice and live your passion for sports.
Creative Direction shapes and steers the horizontal Global Creative Direction for adidas. CD creates concepts with inspiring vision and direction to elevate product design excellence. The CD Color team creates inspiring seasonal direction in collaboration with the Material and Graphics team and leads the strategy for the brands Color Direction as well the creation of physical and digital color tools to support this.

  • Assist the horizontal color design team in the design of new concepts for the relevant season
  • Translate research and insights into color ideas and concepts
  • Deliver a personal project aligned to the seasonal design work
  • Explore color application and expression through digital and physical sampling
  • Work with the color design team to create seasonal color palettes and toolboxes
  • Support the Color team in the creation of presentations and exhibitions – digital & physical
  • Support in creating inspiring imagery and key looks
  • Support organizing and engaging in creative workshops 
  • Engage with all functions in the Color team- Apparel, Footwear, Print & Pattern, Innovation & Sustainability and Color Management.
  • Support the horizontal Color team to deliver seasonal content and toolboxes in a timely and impactful manner, from vision until execution
  • Support Color team in day to day tasks


  1. Student of Fashion/Footwear Design, Industrial Design, or Textile
  2. Enrolled as fulltime student for the complete duration of the internship 
  3. Or in the so-called gap year between Bachelor and Master’s degree (Gap year regulation only applicable to EU citizens due to working permit regulations)
  4. Fluent in English
  5. Strong skills in Illustrator and Photoshop, InDesign programs preferably on a Mac environment
  6. 3D Design skills are a plus 
  7. Good skills to communicate concepts and ideas
  8. Ability to work well in a team and in a fast paced environment with cross-functional teams and handle multiple tasks
  9. Some fashion/footwear design experience is a plus but not a must 


  • Application Deadline: October 31st, 2021
  • Start Dates: March 1st, 2022, or March 15th, 2022
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Location: adidas Headquarters in Herzogenaurach (near Nuremberg)


  • Submit your resume and, instead of a traditional cover letter, please submit your personal adidas 1-pager and show us your authentic self and what makes you passionate about joining the brand and this role. The only requirement is that the adidas 1-pager is submitted as a PDF. Inside of it, you can use any format such as print, visual, written, digital, a link, etc.
  • Please include your portfolio max. 5MB or a link to your online portfolio in your application! 
  • Please apply in the same language as the job description
  • Be aware that incomplete applications will not be considered

Make your move to the World of Sports. 
Check out: www.herzo.adidas-group.com or http://bit.ly/adidas_GFTA 

adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Title:  Internship - Creative Direction Design Color (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Design
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Intern
Number:  364108
Date:  Sep 29, 2021