XA Design Intern

JOB LOCATION

Chicago

OVERVIEW

XA has become one of the most important acronyms in the digital world (sorry LOL). And that’s why we’re looking for a VIP XA Design Intern to help us create ideal user experiences for VSA clients and end users. Apply ASAP if you’re ready to work with interface designers, developers, content strategists, and others to take websites, apps, etc., from WTF to OMG. You’ll learn how to beautifully take users from point A to B to C and BTW learn some amazing things along the way.

 

A little bit about the VSA Summer Internship Program: If you’re looking for another bullet point on your resume, look elsewhere. At VSA, like much of what we do, we take our internship program seriously. Which means our interns work on “real work,” with real meetings, deadlines, and business challenges from our brands and clients. This is the education you won’t get in a classroom. Consider it career practice, with the freedom to learn, make mistakes, refine, question and tag along. You’ll work with an individual mentor and supervisor in a unique cross-disciplinary environment focused on brand, communications, marketing and digital. As part of the larger program, you’ll take part in intern meetings, team outings, activities and initiatives (can you say networking?). And yes, it’s paid, with an hourly rate, for 40 hours/week, on-site. It starts June 4th. Bet you can’t wait for summer.

Note: this position is part of VSA’s Design Practice.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • You will play a crucial role in assisting project teams to define The User Experience on various projects.
  • You will turn your ideas into mockups, wireframes and/or prototypes.
  • Testing and editing—you’ll evaluate work for design and XA issues.
  • Your familiarity in the field is important as you help us conduct industry and competitive research.
  • You will assist in the design, facilitation, and analysis of user research.
  • Speaking of research, you’ll work with teams to incorporate research insights at all stages of a project.
  • Guidance and mentorship from a XA lead as you work on design execution.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Have a strong academic record related to the field
  • Are very familiar with user-centered design methods, including: user research, requirements gathering, solution concept development, prototype design and specification, and usability testing
  • Have experience working in responsive design and touch/mobile interfaces
  • Are proficient in common XA and user interface software and tools
  • Can advocate a well-reasoned point of view with passion and R-E-S-P-E-C-T (find out what it means to meeeeee)
  • Can communicate effectively in conversation, in writing, and visually
  • Are inspired by complex problems, and you enjoy exercising judgement and critical thinking in their solution
  • Can handle multiple tasks and prioritize
  • Are able to think systematically while engaging creatively
  • Are self-motivated and willing to work independently, while also within a team structure
  • Are committed to improving the user-experience on a variety of projects and want to learn from real, real-nice pros in a uniquely design-focused setting