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If you want to get experience working on a wide variety of UX Design projects and build a portfolio then this might be the internship for you.
My name is Mira, and I’m the one running this internship. This means that I’m the person you’ll be interviewed by, and work under if you get the position.
I have no pre-requisite requirements for this position. You don’t need;
- A Degree
- A Certification
- Prior Experience
- A Polished Resumé
What I’m looking for is someone who’s passionate about solving problems for real people and businesses by continually improving the the usability of the software that supports them.
What you do need;
- At least one reference
- A high degree of emotional intelligence
- An attention to detail
- A good strong ethic
- An eagerness to learn new skills
We’re very accessible to public transit. Our building is located at 399 Market St. and is directly between two Market Frankford Line stops. We’re also directly in-between bus stops for the 57 going both ways. We also have a bus stop for busses going along market street right outside of our front door.
Our building is wheelchair accessible.
We have dedicated breast feeding rooms for new mothers, and our space is child friendly.
We work out of a co-working space called Indy Hall. We do this because Indy Hall isn’t a typical co-working space. It fosters real community. It’s good for me and my employees to be in a space with other professionals & colleagues who all work for themselves or different companies. This encourages us all to grow our personal network, share resources and knowledge, and socialize with others without having to tiptoe around office politics. It’s a pretty chill place.
There’s a lot of information below, you don’t have to read all of it. The TLDR is;
- This is a very multi-disciplinary job & you need to learn Design & Code.
- You’ll learn by working on real projects.
- The timeline of this Internship/Apprenticeship depends on your individual learning speed.
- The application form is at the bottom,
Here’s what you’ll learn
How to design with purpose.
What do I mean by that? I mean that you’ll learn how to create designs that are well organized, well planned out, and handoff ready.
You’ll also learn the basics of front end development. Don’t let that scare you though! I require all new designers to learn basic front end development skills because it makes you a better designer. When you have a sense of how your designs are going to be built and implemented you make better design decisions and can think in-depth about the interactivity of your designs.
Remember the humans on the other end.
Don’t forget that everything you create will be used and relied upon by real people. I’ll show you how to look at users and businesses with compassion and understanding. This is often over-looked and under-taught in this industry (despite what buzzwords will tell you) and at this agency we strive for better standards.
How to conduct user research.
Have you ever wanted to help run real user studies? You’ll learn how to configure analytics, user tracking and how to effectively gain insights from the data that is collected.
We do in-person user studies too!
How to research pre-existing studies.
You’ll learn how to find, compile, and intemperate user studies. You’ll also learn how to find and use common, and not-so-common design patters and incorporate them into projects. Good artists copy, great artists steal.
While I’m personally wary of the term “culture fit”, it is beneficial to outline the kinds of personalities we feel would be a good addition to our growing team.
Our company greatly values diversity, community, personal responsibility, personal growth, empathy, and honesty.
This isn’t just something I’m throwing into the job description to make me look good. I mean this in the sense that my employees are the foundation of this company and I want to ensure that the people I bring on are going to emulate these qualities to ensure that we’re fostering an environment where everyone is valued and has the resources and support they need to grow as a professional.
We look out for each other, lift each other up, and call each other out on our bullshit when needed.
If this sounds like a team you’d like to be a part of, then this may be the job for you.
Here’s How This Apprenticeship Is Structured
There’s two levels to this program. This is purely to account for differences in the skill level of new recruits. You’ll be learning the same stuff in both programs but the Internship is designed for those who have little to no prior experience and/or need a refresher. It’s also to help you understand our specific processes and style of working.
Once you learn enough to work independently on real projects you’ll have the opportunity to be promoted.
The only work you’ll be doing at this level is going to be directly helping you learn.
For coding, you’ll aquire a basic understanding of;
- CSS / SASS
For technical design skills you’ll learn;
- Color codes & profiles
- Digital color theory
- Image file types
- How the graphical elements of UI relate to code
For user experience design skills you’ll be working through small projects each week that will help you gain an understanding of all of the above mentioned skills in a natural and dynamic way.
You won’t be going through dry, overly structured tests and exercises. You’ll learn by doing.
Going through the UX Internship does not guarantee that you will be accepted into the UX Apprenticeship.
What you’ll be learning;
- A/B Testing
- Multivariable Testing
- In Person User Testing
- Systematic Modular Design
- How to legally spy on the competition
- How to find and interpret existing user research papers
- How to reverse-engineer existing UX
- User Personas
- Accessible Design
- Mobile First Design
- UX Microcopy
- How to use common design patterns the right way
- Visual Grammar
If you’re accepted into this apprenticeship, that means that you’ll have a guaranteed opportunity to apply to become a full time Junior UX Designer.
You’ll receive a monthly stipend that will be determined based on the schedule we agree to if you’re accepted into the position.
Scheduling & Timeline
For the UX Internship the schedule is flexible. Three full days a week, but depending on how quickly you complete the work, or if you have other needs that require a different schedule this can be adjusted.
This internship is 1-3 months depending on how quickly you become proficient in the skills outlined in the description. This isn’t a hard timeline. It’s just an estimate, since everyone learns at a different pace. And this just means that when the internship “ends” you’ll have the opportunity to apply for the apprenticeship.
At the end of the internship once you’ve completed all of the educational projects and exercises your work will be reviewed to determine if you’re eligible for the apprenticeship.
For the UX Apprenticeship, the schedule will be determined once you’re accepted to the position.
If you made it to the end of that long job listing, then you can apply by filling out the form below.