A UX design internship or UI design internship is one of the career paths to pursue as a UX/UI designer. The internships are giving UX/UI interns the experience of working in the design industry. But, what are the requirements to apply for a UX design internship or UI design internship? In today’s topic, two of our mentors- Tim Rosenberg a Senior UX Designer at WELL, and Hussain Dewani a UX Lead at Decathlon will share with you the tips to land a placement in either a UX design internship or UI design internship.
“You might think that if these are the requirements for a portfolio, I might not experience yet. I would recommend making your portfolio hypothetical as much as possible”. - Tim.
You can refer to Tim’s website here for some inspiration. Tim suggested to:
a) Add an overview of the objective of the project
b) Show your research documentation (User Research & UX Diagnosis). Talk about what research you do, how did you plan it with wireframes, user flows, etc.
c) Don’t just show the finished product.
d) Tell a story of how you achieved the product.
a) Divide portfolio into an online portfolio and an offline portfolio.
The difference between an online portfolio and an offline portfolio is online portfolio
would be my public portfolio and present bite-sized content. The top section will be the
final results, followed by the problem statement, the objective, and the team involved, if
not at least state what was your role in the project, interaction, and interactive flow. At
the end section, provide the call to action button. For example, “Interested to know
more about this project, let’s connect!”. Tim’s 4 steps of the portfolio (problem, process, product,
and results) are the details I will put on my offline portfolio.
b) Use the online portfolio as a hook to grab hiring managers’ Attention.
What kind of UX design internship or UI design internship that you are looking for? It depends on your personality what kind of environment you thrive in. Do you have any industry background that you have volunteered with before that might give you an advantage as you apply as an intern?
Define what industry you are interested in and at the same time highlight what are the other attributes that you want in your job, for example, teamwork, tech-driven organization, how well do they balance their time, etc. Some companies require a different kind of time investment from you.
Do not go in on the first day of joining an organization of your internship and expect the organization to refer you to an internship. Take time to build meaningful relationships, over time you will naturally get great referrals. Another way is to volunteer. Get your name out there and be involved in your local design community or join a virtual design community.
Start by applying from the people you know as they will be the best referrals such as the people you worked with within an organization, the community you have volunteered, or via the Slack group you joined. These could probably be the efficient way to get referred for a job.
Spend time building quality application that is well-crafted and personalized for that particular company. If you are applying for highly competitive companies such as Apple or Google, you might not get in the first attempt as it is difficult to customize a cover letter and custom resume for each company. Come up with pretty good templates that you apply on a quantity basis.
By getting in organized for the job application it helps to stay on track and make the final step a lot easier.
Showcase how you are culturally aligned with the company; decide whether you are more into an Outgoing & Social company environment vs Formal & Serious company environment.
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