Thomas J. Watson said it best: “Good design is good business.” Visualization is critical to discovering data-driven insights and effectively communicating that knowledge to others. Designers at IBM work to create experiences that work together, work the same, and work for our clients. Does the thought of creating the platform at the heart of solutions like Watson, Blockchain, IoT, and Security excite you? If so, read on!
Your Role and Responsibilities
- During your 10-12 week summer internship, you’ll have an exciting opportunity to: Join our IBM North America intern community and meet other IBMers during networking events, special team events and career development activities.
- Meet with a mentor to help envision what your future at IBM could look like.
- Participate on a consulting project or initiative and experience first-hand how we help businesses transform and stay competitive in the marketplace.
- Learn how we focus on our clients’ technical and business needs to co-create solutions that add value.
- Work on a high-performing team to collaboratively deliver for clients. Depending on the project, you’ll have the opportunity to develop an understanding of our client’s future state goals and processes, then define the steps needed and leading technologies to help turn their goals into reality.
- Learn about a client’s industry, tackle new challenges, and learn about how their business and technology intersect.
At IBM, we prioritize ongoing learning, development of technical and core consulting skills, and investing in your personal growth, all grounded in a culture of coaching and mentorship – you’ll get exposure to all that and more as an intern.
Work you could do as a Designer Intern:
As a Designer Intern, you’ll focus on customer and employee strategies that explore opportunities to improve digital innovation, addressing user needs and designing world-class digital experiences. Since IBM provides a variety of consulting services to our clients, the specific work and technologies you’ll learn will vary depending on your assigned team.
As a Designer intern, you may:
- Support UX and UI work such as: creating wireframes, visual interfaces, and prototypes; annotating the wireframes; collaborating with other designers, researchers, consultants and developers; making sure the interaction is getting recorded and addressed correctly.
- Learn and apply User Experience, Design Thinking, and Information Architecture methods, to help to uncover user and business requirements in the context of the technical landscape.
- Conduct direct user research as part of supporting a project.
- Assist with design workshops, incorporate input from multiple stakeholders, communicate conceptual ideas and design rationale, outline digital experiences screen by screen, working with front-end development teams.
- Perform Visual Design work, such as creating delightful concepts and exploring art of the possible, creating mock-ups and prototypes from sketches and wireframes, working closely with IBMers to implement dynamic human-centered digital solutions.
- Create storyboards, layouts, impactful presentations, graphics, data visualizations, and other design artifacts in preparation for client meetings or product development.
- Work with a Designer to gain exposure to UX and UI production tasks, getting and incorporating the feedback, and working very closely with developers and testers on a day-to-day basis.
INTERNSHIP LOCATIONS: New York, NY; Columbus, OH
Note: While no travel is required for this internship, please be advised that our full time opportunities do have a travel component.
Required Technical and Professional Expertise
- Track record of academic success.
- Highly motivated with a strong growth mindset – take the initiative to actively seek new knowledge and improve skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Professional or University-based design experience with a basic portfolio representing design artifacts and associated projects.
- Ability to communicate design approaches and complex situations clearly and simply (via voice, words, and pictures), listen actively, and convey difficult messages in a positive manner.
- Interest in, understanding of, or experience with the principles and methods for human-centered design including user research, rapid ideation and iteration, prototyping, and user testing.
- Experience working with one or more design tools such as Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, XD), Sketch, InVision.
- Experience working with one or more communication and workflow platforms like Slack, JIRA, Workfront.
Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise
Currently in pursuit of BA/BS in following majors:
- Graphic Design, Web Design, Graphic Art, Fine Arts, Human Computer Interaction