Internship - Design Sports Style Color & Material Footwear BU Originals (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.


The Originals Design team is a multi-faceted team that works in a fast paced environment with focus on creating industry leading Color & Materials Designs and culturally relevant products where fast thinking and solution orientated creative design skills, in combination with an eye for product and an understanding of sneaker culture is put to test daily. 



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



  1. Student of Footwear Design, Fashion, Grafic, Photography, Textile design or related
  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. 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 but not a must
  9. Interest in Culture, Music, Art, Design, Sneakers



  • 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 Style Color & Material Footwear BU Originals (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Design
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Intern
Number:  364128
Date:  Sep 30, 2021