Internship - Design Sports Performance Footwear BU Running (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.

Come and join the design team at adidas running that creates some of the most innovative footwear products in the industry. Let it be the world record breaking adizero adios pro, the legacy of Ultraboost , the everyday running shoe Supernova, or the next new innovative running shoe that you only dare to imagine. You can become part of our collective journey to change people `s live through running.



  • 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, Sport Performance Design or Industrial 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
  9. Experience in 3D tools is a plus (Gratify Sketch, Rhino, ProCreate) 



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


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 Running (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Design
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Intern
Number:  364197
Date:  Sep 30, 2021