Bridge Fellows meet weekly for inspiring talks and workshops

Bridge programs focus on a range of different disciplines including Product Design, Communication Design, User Research and Design Management.

Meet design leaders for insight into their creative process

See how influential designers work so you can hone your craft and get insight into the latest methods and tools. Past speakers include Jonathan Lee who showed the origins of Material Design, and Renda Morton, who talked about product design lessons from the New York Times. Our events are small, curated, and off the record so you can find out what really happens behind the scenes. You’ll also be invited to special events for design leaders like Women in Design and Source.

Learn from your peers at intimate dinners and workshops

Every Tuesday evening during Bridge, you’ll meet with fellows in your program for a family-style dinner and a workshop, or talk. This is an opportunity to share stories, ask questions, reflect on challenges and give feedback to each other in a tight-knit, supportive space. You’ll also have candid conversations with special guests like speakers and designers from our community.

Get a new perspective on your work

Great design isn’t created in a vacuum, and designers often limit their work with input from only coworkers. You’ll have the opportunity to get feedback from Fellows in your program and understand how designers approach challenges at some of the best companies in Silicon Valley. In turn, you’ll be able to give back and share skills with your fellow designers.

Meet one-on-one with members of our Bridge Guild

Our Bridge Guild includes alumni, speakers, and leading designers who are available to meet with you as trusted resources to help you advance your career. Based on the expertise and experience you’re looking for, we’ll match you with a Guild member for a one-on-one to discuss your goals and challenges.

Build relationships and get inspired during weekend outings

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in unique, experiential weekend events such as outdoors trips, community service, or personal development activities. Fellows also organize social events during and after the program to connect outside of work and away from screens.

Who is Eligible

Bridge is for experienced designers who are interested in or currently working full-time at top startups in the Bay Area. Designers with over 5 years of experience are encouraged to apply. Most Bridge partners actively hire Bridge applicants as full-time employees, nominate them as Bridge Fellows, and sponsor their participation in the program if they qualify.

Looking for a new role? Apply through Bridge.

Many Bridge Fellows enter a program by accepting a new full-time design role at one of our partner companies. If you’re looking for a new role, your Bridge application can act as a common application that’s visible to all our hiring partners.

We review applications on a rolling basis and we’ll introduce you to partners that invite you to participate in their interview process. We’ll support you throughout the process by providing portfolio reviews, practice presentations, general interview tips, advice during the offer stage, and more. Our partners offer long-term employment with top market salary, equity, and benefits. If you choose to accept an offer from a company, they may nominate you for Bridge and sponsor your participation in a program of your choice.

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Happy with your current role?

Great! You can still join our Bridge community and participate in a professional development program. Fill out an application to be a fellow, indicate you’re not looking for a new role and we won’t share your information with our hiring partners. Your current employer would typically sponsor your participation, so if your company isn’t already a Bridge partner, contact us at [email protected].

Upcoming Programs

We have new, exciting programs coming soon. Stay in touch with us for updates.