UX Internships πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»

Since 2016, I've taken design internships at various companies: a startup, a unicorn, and now a large multinational corporation.

I took on a variety of design projects and collaborated with a number of amazing designers, engineers, and product or account managers in China and Silicon Valley.

Though most projects cannot be shown due to N.D.A., let's briefly go through my journey of what I've learned and achieved!

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 June 2019 - present | Santa Clara, CA

 June 2019 - present | Santa Clara, CA

 Ericsson 

Making mockups to show the potential of 5G, I design to pitch stories

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/Industry/ Telecommunication (5G, Internet of Things) 

/Customers/ Hyperscale cloud platforms, mobile network operators

/Skills/ Prototyping, Storytelling, Design System

/Tools/ InVision, Adobe Xd, Adobe CC

my learning

  • Design for storytelling
  • Design for desktop, iOS, Android, and VR
  • Using design systems
  • Communication in a large corporate

The team

Ericsson is a world leader in telecommunication. I work in its Global Customer Unit - Emerging Business team, based in Santa Clara, California. We co-create with customers to identify business opportunities, offer innovative network and digital services, to help our customers capture the potential of 5G, IoT, and distributed cloud. 

my roles

As a prototyping design intern, I design user flows and craft 10+ high fidelity prototypes, to help visualize how our solutions will upgrade our customers' IoT products and cloud platforms. Also, for illustration and clarification, I make graphics of our co-creation process for the team and our customers.

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 June - August 2018 | Shanghai, China

 YITU Technology 

Design for empathy-building & alignment throughout the organization

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/Industries/ AI, Public Security

/Skills/ Design Research, Product Design, Graphic Design

/Tools/ Sketch, Adobe CC, Confluence

my learning

  • Identifying design opportunities in all possible areas
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Managing design research documentations
  • Cultivating design culture in a company

The team

YITU is a pioneer Artificial Intelligence company, building enterprise products for a safer, faster, and healthier world. The in-house design team had around 30 designers as of 2018. The designers lead product innovations and support all kinds of projects in public safety, healthcare, finance and other industries.

my roles

I joined the User Experience Design team as a UX intern. Thanks to my mentor, I owned various projects in the 10 weeks:

  • A structured, visualized system of design research documentation for easy access to research insights, domain knowledge education for PMs & designers, and showcase to customers and visitors
  • A poster/pamphlet as a toolkit for designers to implement the standard design process.
  • UX/UI design and usability tests for public 3 safety products.
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 2016 - 2017 | Beijing, China

 Early transition 

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After I decided to pursue a career in design when I was still a psychology major, I started to seek opportunities from other departments in my university. I took courses in Human-Computer Interaction and joined a UX project, OPENTHOS, in a lab led by a design professor.

I began my first UX internship at a startup, ο»Ώzhiwen. We made educational technology products to help college students and new recruits suceed in their early career. Working there for two summers, I collaborated with designers and engineers, first time enjoying delivering products I designed and creating value for our users.

These are what happened before I packed my luggage and left for the other side of the world for a formal design education. All above helped me get prepared in this unknown but thrilling territory. πŸ’ͺ

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