You’re  here because you’re interested in learning about internships in UX, and  you’re in the right place. But before we get into that, let’s make sure  we’re on the same page about what UX really is.

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As a UX designer, you should understand a diverse range of fields like consumer psychology, computerized and aesthetic design, technological tools, market research, business strategies, and even copywriting. You should be able to gauge the consumer’s exact needs and develop a product that matches or surpasses their expectations.  

If you want to break into UX, an internship could be an ideal way to gain hands-on experience. We’ll break down the different types of internships you  might apply for, and help you plan out the beginning of your new career  in design.

Landing an internship with a good organization can spring your career forward dramatically. Even if you have a solid academic record and expertise, nothing compares to having real-world, industry experience. When companies hire, they often place a lot of focus on practical industry exposure--which in some cases beats out education. In any event, there’s a chance that the company you interned for might hire you full-time once you complete your studies. This is a win-win situation for both the  intern and the employer; the intern benefits by getting hired  full-time, and the employer benefits by not spending extra money training a new person.

Luckily, most internships these days are paid positions. This is because most students can’t afford to work unpaid with all their student loans and tuition fees looming over their heads.

Interns are also more affordable than full-time employees, which is still a benefit to the employer. However, if you can afford it, some companies still offer excellent unpaid positions with incredible learning opportunities.  

Experience You Need to Land A UX Design Internship

Now, you’re likely wondering what an employer looks for in a new intern. Well, there are a few key factors to keep in mind.

What You Need to Succeed in a UX Internship  

There are a few key skillsets you can work that will improve your chances of getting hired as a UX intern.

Showcase Your Talent

Networking Events and Career Fairs

Attending local UX events of virtual meetups meetups, career fairs, or networking programs are wonderful ways to connect with other design professionals and students.  They're also useful for finding out about potential job opportunities. Meetup.com is a great website to find these events.

LinkedIn and Job Portals  

Build out an engaging LinkedIn profile, and link to your online portfolio on your profile. When you apply for a posting on LinkedIn or any other job portal, the employers have access to your entire candidature and contact details. AngelList, Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, Monster, and Indeed are some other popular job portals. You can even find information about an organization’s culture, salary scales, and employee ratings on these sites.

Join Online Communities

Social media platforms like Medium, Facebook, and YouTube offer several online networking opportunities like interactive sessions or online programs. You can use these to expand your UX skills and professional network. Many organizations often post about open internship positions on their social media handles.  

The Internship Is Just The Beginning  

Securing an internship in a good organization might be difficult, but it’s possible. Persevere, apply, and interview wherever you can. There are plenty of coaching centers and career counseling services offered for those in UX.  To complement your internship experience, an accelerated bootcamp could help you transition into a new career track. Our UX/UI Design Immersion comes with 1-on-1 mentorship, career counseling, and a job-guarantee. Check out our outcomes for some inspiration, and we wish you the best of luck on your journey.

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