Applications are closed for the Winter 2018 session of our Design Fellows Program.

We're looking for designers that are smart, tenacious, and hungry. Designers that have done well in our program have exhibited the following:

  • You have a background in design and a portfolio to back up your skills.
  • You're a doer—willing to roll up your sleeves, moving beyond uncertainties, to get things done.
  • You're excited by the potential to positively impact the lives of people around the world through technology.
Our Program

Our Design Fellows are provided the unique opportunity to grow in design knowledge and craft while working inside a rising tech startup.

  • Personalized Learning
    Through personalized feedback we'll help you elevate your design skills no matter your experience level.
  • Startup Days
    3 days a week are spent on-site at a partnered startup—designing, iterating, and shipping product.
  • Studio Days
    2 days a week are spent at Whitespace studios collaborating with instructors, mentors, and fellow designers.
  • Talks & Workshops
    Learn from industry insiders—collaborating, convincing, and communicating is as important as pushing pixels.

    Past Talks & Workshops
    Branding your Startup
    UI Style Guides & Pattern Libraries
    UX Fundamentals
    Metrics Driven Design
    Designing for All Sizes
    Prototyping with Framer
  • Field Trips
    Company visits offer a glimpse into the working environments and best practices of leading tech startups in San Francisco.
  • Meetups and Happy Hours
    Connect with designers in our community over food, drinks, and insightful design debates.

Our Selection Process



Create a Whitespace profile and submit your application


Vetting Process

Select applicants will be invited to interview


Introductions to Startups

Vetted applicants will be invited to interview


Match Made

Designers are matched with companies


Whitespace Kicks off

Our Winter 2018 session will run from early-September to November 2018