We help people to solve their problems using Design Thinking and other creative problem solving tools. We help the people in our SDSU community – people, teams and organizations – on campus and afar. We also work with the business community to help them solve problems, develop products and services, and improve process.

The Idea Lab is led by Director Kevin Popovic. He is also the CEO / Founder of Ideahaus®, an award-winning creative communications agency, an experienced teacher of Creativity + Innovation, and a published author.

Student Intern Position Description

We are accepting applications for a one-year student assistantship starting in the fall semester. At the end of your assistantship you will have one year’s experience as a Designer, with experience in Design Thinking using Creativity to solve problems. This will be a valuable experience to apply for a position with any startup, to add to your LinkedIn profile to differentiate your skill sets or to help you solve your own problems through life.
The Idea Lab operates like a start-up. For many things there are ideas and plans, but nothing is written in stone. You will help us with organizing and managing lectures, workshops, trainings and creative session for clients. You work closely with the Director to develop project plans, facilitate the design thinking process and create the best experience for our clients.
Assistants are required to work (10) hours per week, and include both in lab and out of lab responsibilities. Assistants are not paid for on campus work but credits may be available depending on your program. We are looking for students with the following skills and mindset:
  • Naturally curious, and self-motivated
  • Open to collaboration and evaluation
  • Interested in Design Thinking, Creativity and Innovation
  • Interested in meeting new types people and working with cross-disciplinary teams
  • Good project management skills and excellent communications skills
  • Appreciates learning by doing with a high tolerance for a dynamic work environment with rapidly changing priorities

For off campus or non-SDSU work, student assistants may be paid an hourly wage based on the number of hours worked, their completed training and skill sets.

Academic credits are available for assistantships through approved classes including:

  • MGT 401: a 3-unit course required for all Management majors, including HRM and ENT.
  • BA 401: a 1-unit course designed for non-management majors. This credit does not count towards major requirements but does apply to the 120 units required for graduation.

In return for this work, students will build a skill set of strong verbal and written communications, design thinking and creative problem solving – all skills needed to be a paid consultant. Successful assistants will also receive a written letter of recommendation from the Director, as well as a professional reference as needed to speak to your work and level of commitment.

No prior knowledge of Design Thinking is required, but it is a plus. We are looking for students with a passion for innovation – making something from nothing –with a strong sense of entrepreneurialism and the desire to learn. Students with any background and level of experience, from arts and humanities to computer science and beyond, are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please apply for this position by sending a short email introduction and a link to your LinkedIn profile to Director Kevin Popovic via email to kpopovic@sdsu.edu. Include any knowledge and experience with Design Thinking, creative development, communications, innovation, workshops or training. Also include an answer to one question, to the best of your ability: why would you want to serve others at Idea Lab?