Product Design Intern

As a Product Design Intern at Nutshell, you'll work alongside our team to research, define, craft, test, and deliver the design of our web and mobile applications. You'll work with members of every team at Nutshell to gather information and perspectives, and ultimately craft productive and delightful user interfaces.

Who you are

You are a junior or senior in college, a graduate student, or someone who is early in their design career and eager to learn more. You're always making new things and you consider yourself a creative person. You're also a highly motivated individual and you're comfortable working as an active member of a cross-functional product team.

You care about pixel-level details but see the big picture, you seek feedback continuously, and you're passionate about creating delightful experiences. You have a genuine interest in well-designed interfaces, and keep up-to-date on trends and progress in UI design.

What you'll do

  • Learn about our design process and how to create meaningful, goal-driven solutions that address both the why and the how
  • Team up with our designers to wireframe, prototype, and iterate on features and improvements
  • Actively participate in product design reviews and regularly provide design feedback on the work that your teammates are doing, as well as receive feedback on your own work
  • Contribute to our living design system by identifying, designing, and documenting the reusable components in our product to create a uniform, cohesive interface
  • Work with our developers to balance trade-offs and see your work come to life in code
  • Collaborate with the product and customer-facing teams to improve engagement based on real customer feedback

You should apply if...

  • You love to create and you're passionate about great products
  • You're fired up by design and creating solutions that solve real problems for people
  • You're eager to work on meaningful projects and put your name on our product, which is used by thousands of sales and marketing pros every day
  • You'd appreciate mentorship opportunities with design, product, and leadership team members that are invested in your growth

Skills and credentials you have

  • Current undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate enrollment preferred with a Graphic Design, Visual Design, User Experience, or Product Design focus, or at least one year prior work experience in Product Design
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for teamwork
  • Passion for user-centric design
  • Curious and creative
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • A bias for action, iteration, and continuous improvement
  • Comfortable juggling multiple tasks, managing your own time, and working independently
  • A “yes-and” approach to problem-solving
  • Nice to have: comfort working in the design tool of your choice (we use Figma, but Sketch and the Adobe Suite work too)

The details

  • Report to our Product Designer, Madi Togrul
  • Work with our designers and software engineers as part of a cohesive, customer-centric product team
  • Role is part-time at 20 hours per week
  • Competitive pay and employee perks like membership at Cahoots and team hangouts
  • We're hoping for a candidate that is able to work in person at our office in Ann Arbor, Michigan (COVID guidelines and comfort permitting), but we have a flexible remote work policy and are open to a remote or hybrid scenario for the right candidate

To apply, send us an email with your resume and a brief, personal cover letter to We can’t wait to hear from you!

5 reasons to make Nutshell your new home (figuratively speaking, of course)

#1 We need people who can make an impact

Nutshell is a growth-stage business with very ambitious goals. No matter what your professional or educational background is, if you never back down from a challenge and take pride in your work, we want you.

#2 We’re solving meaningful problems in innovative ways

Know any cool small businesses? We know (and love) thousands of them! That’s why we’re designing, building, marketing, and supporting cutting-edge software that helps small businesses thrive. You’ll learn something new every day at Nutshell and be able to see your real-world impact on the people who choose to use Nutshell as their growth software.

#3 We’re proud to support the Ann Arbor community

Ann Arbor is one of the region’s tech success stories and Nutshell is an established member of that community. We host the SE Michigan JavaScript Meetup right in our own office, and Nutshellers have been featured presenters at numerous conferences, including The Small Business Web Summit, CodeMash, Detroit Dev Day, BrightConf, Girl Develop It, and the Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference.

Nutshell is committed to doing our part to create an equitable and just society, and has supported local organizations including Hack the Gap, Black Girls Code – Detroit, Detroit Justice Center, Survivors Speak – Ypsilanti, and SafeHouse Ann Arbor.

#4 We work in the heart of the action

Nutshell’s modern, energetic office in downtown Ann Arbor is within walking distance of everything and loaded with all the resources our team needs to create amazing things.We enjoy flexibility in our working locations and hours. We’ve been working from home since 2020, and are excited to eventually return to our workspace in Cahoots.

#5 We’ll treat you right

Nutshell offers established-company perks (competitive compensation, health benefits, 401(k) matching, paid parental leave, family-friendly outings, and an experienced leadership team), plus all the trappings of a startup (offsites in northern Michigan, trivia nights, an office writing club, a #dadjokes Slack channel, and desks that go up AND down).

Our team cares about creating and facilitating an inclusive environment for everyone. We don’t discriminate based on race, gender, religion, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or other factors that serve to increase our diversity, creativity, and experiential differences.

Nutshell is one of the “Top Ann Arbor Tech Companies to Watch in 2021” according to

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