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UX Accessibility Inter

Rakuten Kobo Inc

Toronto, ON,CA

Job Description:

In order to be considered for this opportunity, you must be available to work full time for a period of one year.

This opportunity is open to people who are early in their career or looking to make a career pivot. We welcome applications from recent graduates, career switchers, and bootcamp grads!

The Company: 

Here at Rakuten Kobo Inc., we offer a casual work environment and a group of friendly and talented individuals. Our employees rank us highly in terms of commitment to work/life balance. We realize that for our people to be innovative, creative, and passionate they need to feel supported and valued.  

If you’re looking for a company that inspires passion, personal, and professional growth – join Kobo and come help us make reading lives better.  

The Role:

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is looking for a UX Accessibility Intern to join our User Experience (UX) team! The team is comprised of many highly talented, enthusiastic individuals who ensure the services and offerings from Kobo are available to both internal and external customers.

Reporting to the Accessibility Lead, the UX Accessibility Intern will gain real-world professional experience through hands-on participation in core design activities like research, (problem) discovery, collaborative solution ideation, execution, and delivery of design assets. The UX Accessibility Intern will also learn how to work with professional design tools and assistive technology in the execution of their design tasks. The UX Accessibility Intern will also have the opportunity to learn about accessibility standards, accessible user research, and performing accessibility assessments.

The Person:

Do you love reading? Are you curious, enthusiastic, and willing to learn? Do you enjoy working with others and are you ready to put your knowledge and skills to the test in solving real world problems for 35 million users spread across the planet? If you answered yes to the above, we can’t wait to meet you!

The Skillset:


Understanding of basic design principles and some experience in solving real-life problems

Familiarity with (any) digitals tool to create content and/or design assets

Ability to think critically and be receptive to learning through constructive critique

A curious mind and a passion for reading

Nice to Haves:

Familiarity with digital design software like Figma

Experience working with or ideally leading a group of co-contributors

Knowledge of assistive technology or digital accessibility standards

The Perks: 

Flexible and remote work environment 

Free Kobo device + free weekly e-book or audiobook 

Weekly trivia happy hours (Thirsty Thursdays, as we like to call it!) 

Mentorship and many other learning and development opportunities 


About Rakuten Kobo Inc. 

Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the most advanced global ecommerce companies, with the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 6 million eBooks and audiobooks to 30 million + customers in 190 countries. Kobo delivers the best digital reading experience through creative innovation, award-winning eReaders, and top-ranking mobile apps. Kobo is a part of the Rakuten group of companies. 

Kobo is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations for candidates with disabilities participating in the selection process are available on request. Any information received related to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially. 

Kobo would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this role however only qualified candidates will be shortlisted. 

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