Internship - Design Sports Performance Footwear BU Football & BU Outdoor (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.


We offer one opportunity respectively with the following Footwear Design Teams. Please specify your preferred team in your application. 
2006 the brand decided to move the outdoor department from Portland to Herzogenaurach. We had the opportunity to grow our outdoor range offer from HIKING – WATER – TRAILRUNNING to a wide offer of outdoor-footwear-products. Our team is designing all adidas-TERREX and adidas-5.10 products plus all BOS-outdoor footwear products.


Play as ONE team to design the next generation of Predators, Copa & X. The Heart of Adidas legacy!
You will have the opportunity to design, conceptualize and enhance our prestigious range for the best Athletes in the world! As an intern you will have the chance to learn all facets of the product from its design creation to its development, moving through colors, graphics & materials. 



  • Support team in day to day tasks
  • Assist the design team in the design of new footwear concepts for the relevant season
  • Work with the design team to create design solutions of adidas sport performance footwear
  • Complete CAD revisions, color updates and technical packages
  • Gather relevant trend and consumer information for the product category
  • Research on trends, colors and materials
  • Creation of color and material stories
  • Defining materials for footwear
  • Creation of sketches for footwear concepts
  • Assist and observe the entire design phase from concept creation of final product


  1. Student of Footwear Design or Sport Performance Design
  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, ideally German language skills
  5. Fluent in Illustrator and Photoshop programs preferably on a Mac environment
  6. Good sketching and renderings skills to communicate concepts and ideas
  7. Ability to work in a fast paced environment with cross-functional teams and handle multiple tasks
  8. Previous Design experience is a plus



  • Application Deadline: October 31st, 2021
  • Start Dates: March 1st or March 15th, 2021
  • 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   


HR contact: Melanie Metzner


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 - Design Sports Performance Footwear BU Football & BU Outdoor (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Design
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Intern
Number:  364073
Date:  Sep 30, 2021