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Product Design Internship

April 2, 2024

Our mission is to make the world programmable. Sight is one of the key ways we understand the world, and soon this will be true for the software we use, too.

At Roboflow, we’re building the tools, community, and resources needed to make the world programmable with artificial intelligence. Roboflow simplifies building and using computer vision models. Today, over 250,000 developers, including those from half the Fortune 100, use Roboflow’s machine learning open source and hosted tools. That includes counting cells to accelerate cancer research, improving construction site safety, digitizing floor plans, preserving coral reef populations, guiding drone flight, and much more.

Our team is small relative to our impact, and we believe our user success is our success (not the inverse). A team member summarized: “Roboflow is a company full of giant brains and tiny egos.” We find software has a multiplier effect on all roles (not only product and engineering), so Roboflow employs developers across the company in design, sales, customer support, marketing, and beyond.

We’re supported by great customers and investors, having raised over 23 million from Y Combinator, Craft Ventures, Sam Altman, Lachy Groom, amongst other leading software investors.

What We're Looking For

Primarily, you like to make great things with passionate colleagues. You are someone that likes to own outcomes, not only inputs. You’re motivated by having responsibility and accountability. You’re eager to ‘do the work,’ big and small.

You’re curious and learning about new technologies, perhaps an early tinkerer with ChatGPT and AI products. You show more than you tell.

You’re motivated by the question, “How can I improve this?” and have a track record of doing so, even in ways adjacent to your role. Much of our current team is made up of former founders and thrive in the level of autonomy at Roboflow. Maybe you had a side hustle in high school or college.

Many Roboflowers have used our tools before joining. One of the best ways to stand out amongst other applicants is to write about something you have built with Roboflow or contribute to one of our open source projects.

The Opportunity

We’re looking for a budding designer with a passion for innovation, curiosity, and experimentation. As the second ever design intern at Roboflow, this role will have a direct impact on the product and design organization and inevitably include wearing a lot of hats. Wide-ranging enthusiasm for diving into abstract problems, seeking out data and a variety of solutions, and seeing them through to implementation is essential. There’s also a massive opportunity to collaborate across the board with a variety of folks in different departments as both stakeholders and project partners.

Our core belief is that computer vision is a foundational technology that is going to transform nearly every industry. This is an opportunity to shape how millions of developers will experience and use it for the first time. Your contribution will have a massive impact.

The Role

At Roboflow, we believe in championing our superpowers and leaning into how we can grow and excel with them. This internship role is no different. While this is a general design intern listing, we’re looking for folks that want to focus on one of these particular areas:

  • User Experience
  • Front End Engineering
  • User Research
  • User Interface + Design Systems

You will work with our small, cross-functional core team to shape problems into solutions and report to our current Product Designer, collaborating closely to shape your intern project that you will have the opportunity to direct and decide. The role could range from researching the current status quo and imagining the ideal future state, to talking to our users and understanding their needs in a more detailed, thorough manner.

As an early hire both from a company and design organization perspective, you’ll have an immense impact on the product and the direction of design at Roboflow.

What You'll Do

Core responsibilities could include:

  • Produce wireframes, mockups, and prototypes for new features and products
  • Work on and expand the Ringtail Design System
  • Identify computer vision knowledge gaps in user base and find ways to incorporate more educational context throughout the interface
  • Conduct user research and customer studies to help deepen our understanding of pain points and opportunities of leverage
  • Collaborate closely with our development team to architect and implement solutions
  • Take loosely defined problems and explore various ways to tackle them
  • Advocate for users, their needs and pain points, and weave that into smart and impactful designs

We want this internship to serve you and your goals as much as you’ll be helping us. This is an experience we want to be truly collaborative and tailored as such!

Who You'll Be Working With

Our team of ~50 attracts talent like executives that wanted to return to building, founders with a 100M+ exit, Roboflow users turned team members, open source contributors, a cyclist who biked across the United States, prolific high school hackers, a CTO from 100+ engineering organization, amongst many exceptional others.

You will directly be working with our Engineering Lead and a team of Full Stack Engineers.

Who You Are

  • A junior designer or engineer who has experience working on digital product and/or software teams.
  • Someone who understands the development process, engineer’s toolkits, and their limitations. Coding and front end development experience is not required, but a definite plus.
  • A strategic thinker who can participate in discussions about product roadmaps and new features.
  • A quick learner with a profound interest in computer vision, machine learning, and developer tooling. While previous experience is preferred, computer vision knowledge is not required and we can teach you the fundamentals.
  • An analytical mind who loves to solve complex problems in a variety of industries and companies.
  • A self starter who enjoys finding problems they are passionate about and areas of improvement or opportunity in a product or user flow.
  • A collaborative coordinator who can work on multiple projects with different individuals to get them released quickly.
  • An enthusiastic creator who is willing to dive in, get their hands dirty, and experiment with new things.
  • A user advocate who will speak up if something will affect the user’s experience.
  • A flexible personality who is okay releasing things that aren’t quite perfect.

The Tools of the Trade

We use a modern stack of tools and technologies that is always evolving and expanding.

A sample of our stack is as follows:

  • Our core product has been designed in Figma and uses TailwindUI, the React library, and standards like HTML, CSS, and Javascript.
  • We use modern analytics products, such as Google Analytics, Amplitude
  • To facilitate async communication, we use Loom to record short videos of our work and create opportunities for feedback
  • We use Slab to document internal knowledge and processes to help new teammates get up to speed.
  • We are open to exploring and adding new technology to help us work better — your input is welcome!

Where You'll Work

Roboflow is distributed across the US and Europe. We currently have Hubs in New York City and San Francisco (and plan to open more as we grow density in new cities). We provide opportunities (like team onsites in different cities) and resources (like a $4000/yr travel stipend) to work in person with other team members as much as you'd like, while also supporting remote team members. You can work from one of our Hubs (we offer a relocation bonus), work from home, work at co-working spaces, etc. We want you to work where you work best!

When You'll Work

Roboflow primarily operates during the daytime hours in the US and there are some synchronous meetings you’ll be expected to attend each week. Apart from that, we have a flexible schedule that allows you to work collaboratively with other team members and asynchronously when needed.

What You'll Receive

To determine your salary, we use a number of market and data-driven salary sources. We review all salaries every 6 months to ensure we stay in line with the market.

💰 The target compensation for this role is $40 - 60/hr range based on experience and location.

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