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Illustrator, Thrive Intern



Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Application Deadline: January 8, 2024

Note: A portfolio is required to apply for this position.

Our mission at Duolingo is to develop the best education in the world and make it universally available. But we’ve got more left to do — and that’s where you come in!

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning application in the world, with over 500 million users and over half a billion exercises completed daily. Beyond our core learning product, we also offer English proficiency testing with the Duolingo English Test, and are bringing new subjects into the Duolingo app, where people can develop their Math and Music skills.

We are passionate about educating our users, making fact-based decisions, and finding innovative solutions to complex problems. We offer meaningful work, limitless learning opportunities, and collaboration with world-class minds. Come brighten your life and over half a billion more!

The Duolingo Thrive Program is an immersive 10-week summer training program that provides second-year students from underrepresented communities the opportunity to develop their illustration skills and experience what it’s like to work at Duolingo.

As part of the Thrive Program, you’ll spend the summer learning Duolingo’s approach to illustration. You’ll work with our Studio Artists and other trainees to complete projects that will sharpen your art and problem solving skills while receiving hands-on technical training, mentorship, and professional development. We’ll provide you with support and guidance to advance your skillset as you Illustrate Duolingo World Characters.

What you’ll do...

  • Work independently and in small groups to complete challenging illustration projects.
  • Develop your technical skills through hands-on training, workshops, and lectures from Duolingo artists.
  • Receive coaching and mentorship from a Duolingo Studio Artist.
  • Partner with others who share a passion for making the best education universally available.
  • Contribute to our inhouse instagram

What we’re looking for…

  • Second-year undergraduate student currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration, or a related technical field graduating May 2026 (or December 2025).
  • Completion of at least two college-level design courses (please upload your official or unofficial transcript).
  • Experience illustrating in creative software such as Figma, Photoshop, or other comparable software
  • Available for a full-time 10-week internship from June to August.

Why you’ll love working here…

  • Language learning opportunities
  • Catered in-house lunches, and breakfast
  • Company-wide Hackathon
  • PTO and company holidays
  • Frequent company-wide dinners, monthly celebrations, social clubs, and so much more!

Must have a portfolio of relevant projects to be considered for application.

We invest in and support our Duos! The hourly range for this internship is $36-$38.

We will do everything we can within reason to make sure that your interview takes place in an environment that fairly and accurately assesses your skills. If you need assistance or accommodation, please contact your recruiter.

Duolingo is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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