Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will the process take?
A: The intern selection process starts in January and will wrap up by May 1. The length of the process will vary based on when you apply.

Q: What can I expect from a telephone or Skype interview?
A: This initial interview is a time for us to learn more about your studies, interests, and any related work or school organization experience that you have. We will also give you some detail on the department and the projects you would work on if chosen as an intern. Relax and be yourself!

Q: What can I do to prepare for my interview?
A: Be sure to visit one of our stores or our award winning website ~ buildabear.com. Please bring printed copies of your resume, two letters of recommendation or a reference list and the Build-A-Bear Workshop paper application form you will receive via email.

Q: How long will the interview take?
A: Individual interviews usually take between 30-60 minutes and you may have several in one day. We value team input and may have many members of our team meet with you.

Q: What are the work week hours for summer interns?
A: Generally, our interns work 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday with a one hour break for lunch. Exceptions to this schedule may be made on an individual basis if needed.

Q: How is temporary living handled for out of town interns?
A: Living expenses are the responsibility of the intern. We work with you to assist in coordinating living arrangements.

Q: What is the dress code at Build-A-Bear Workshop?
A: Our office is business casual. Jeans and sandals are acceptable. You may want to have a few nice outfits for meetings and presentations. Additionally, you will spend a day in our store. On that day you will need to wear either the company provided white short-sleeve T-shirt, or choose to wear your own white collar shirt (such as a polo, button down, or turtleneck), khaki-colored or black bottoms, and black, brown or white shoes.

Q: Is the application process different if I am a current Build-A-Bear Workshop store associate?
A: Yes. As an internal applicant, your supervisor and District Manager must provide approval and recommendation before we process your application.

Q: What is a typical work day like?
A: A typical day at Build-A-Bear Workshop will vary by department, but all interns will have project work. Not all projects will be finalized until your start date approaches since everything in retail moves and changes quickly. It’s essential to be flexible and adaptable, but rest assured we will consider your background, interests and skills when choosing your project and team.