F.A.Q

Who is INDEX: Design to Improve Life®?
INDEX: Design to Improve Life® is a Danish non-profit organization with global reach.
We Inspire, Educate and Engage in designing sustainable solutions to global challenges.

What is Design to Improve Life?
Design to Improve Life is a concept coined by INDEX: Design to Improve Life® in 2002, and refers to design that substantially improves important aspects of people’s lives through a deep understanding of their needs.

Why Design to Improve Life?
We encourage designers all over the world to stop designing ashtrays and teacups, and instead, focus their creative skills on more pressing challenges like our changing climate, overpopulation, shortage of water, etc. as we believe that design and design processes can play an important role in creating better solutions for a rapidly changing world.

What is INDEX: Award?
INDEX: Award is the biggest design award in the world (€500,000) – and probably the most important. The importance of INDEX: Award lies in the unique, over-arching theme of Design to Improve Life – a concept that has established INDEX: Award as a global, inspirational design beacon.

Who can nominate for INDEX: Award?
People from all over the world can nominate themselves or someone they know or admire for INDEX: Award – and nominating is completely free of charge. Furthermore, there are no age, or education restrictions connected to nominating a design for INDEX: Award.

How can I apply for an INDEX: Design to Improve Life® internship?
We are always looking for interns to come join our team. We recruit for interns throughout the course of the year. That said, please check our Good News feed for internship opportunities. Please feel free to contact us for available internship opportunities, and make sure to include an attached cover letter and resume.

What is duration of our internship program?
For the internship to be worthwhile and effective, we only accept interns who can work between the periods of three to six months, with the exception to be extended. You are expected to work Monday through to Friday, 9.00 to 17.00 for the duration of the internship.

What kind of interns do we look for?
Typically at INDEX: Design to Improve Life®, we look for interns who are recent graduates or who are completing a graduate degree program. Successful candidates will display exceptional skill and a high-quality of work within the domain of the internship they have applied for. All candidates must be passionate about their area of expertise.

If accepted, what kind of work will I be doing?
This depends on the needs of the department you are assigned to, as well as your qualifications and interests. The terms of reference outlining the work is prepared and discussed with the candidates before the internship begins.

Do you get paid as an intern?
Yes, in most cases we offer paid internships at INDEX: Design to Improve Life®. However, this will be subject to the type of internship we offer, but we will disclose whether the internship is paid before you apply.

Should you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by sending us an email.