Product Design Intern, Summer 2022

Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Dec 07, 2021
Closes
Dec 22, 2021
Ref
JR-90272976
Hours
Full Time
Job Description

The Washington Post is seeking a Product Design Intern to join its Product Design team for Summer 2022. This team of product designers and researchers leads design strategy, UX, and visual approaches for The Post's suite of digital products, including washingtonpost.com, our native iOS and Android apps, email, internal publishing tools, and subscription experiences.

In this internship, you'll have the opportunity to focus on the UX/UI Design, Visual Design, UX Research, and UX Content. Your work will span across our web and mobile web experiences. The ideal candidate will have passion for identifying users' pain points and have experience with designing through all phases of the product design process. The role will include day-to-day collaboration with newsroom editors, engineers, product managers, and other types of designers.

You'll be part of a growing team of more than twenty-five designers. You'll collaborate with product managers and internal stakeholders across multiple teams to identify, ideate on and propose new approaches to our user experience to help redefine how The Washington Post digital experience is consumed by our millions of users.

Responsibilities
  • Design and present mockups, wireframes, sitemaps, user flows, and prototypes that adhere to user-centered design principles to produce high-quality visuals, from concept to execution
  • Work on the entire lifecycle of the product: research, user flows, prototyping, high fidelity comps, and collaboration with engineers on implementation
  • Work with other designers to iterate on style guides, standards, and design systems
  • Partner with engineering, newsroom, and product leadership to ideate and create new features and capabilities
  • Take advantage of building relationships with senior and principal designers. Seek out mentorship from other designers and design leadership.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement in our products and process by leveraging your design experiences, best practices and user insights to recommend solutions


About You
  • Must be hands-on with design and design strategy
  • Loves to collaborate closely with colleagues in research, product management, engineering, and non-technical partners
  • Is organized, driven and excited about designing the storytelling of the future
  • Can clearly and passionately articulate the thinking behind a design
  • Is energized by problem-solving and loves to develop solutions for difficult problems
  • Enjoys gathering user and project requirements to create conceptual wireframes, prototypes, and final designs for user-facing products
  • Loves designing for content rich experiences that have a major focus on user interface, end-to-end user experience, and user-driven needs


Qualifications
  • Rising junior or senior
  • Strong interest in Product Design
  • Optional - Working towards a bachelor's degree or higher that will be obtained between December 2022 and August 2024 in Design, Graphic Design, Communication Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science or in a design-related field, closely related discipline or similar curriculum such as Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Factors, Information Systems, etc.
  • A portfolio that shows a strong body of work including outstanding visual and user interface designs. For content or research, a portfolio that represents the equivalent. Acceptable formats include PDF, Powerpoint, website, etc.
  • Interest in research techniques including user/stakeholder interviews, persona creation, journey mapping, and usability testing
  • A collaborative spirit and a proven ability to work well with others, building strong partnerships across teams
  • Understanding of designing for web, mobile, and native applications


Bonus Qualifications
  • Comfort with design and prototyping software like Figma, Zeplin, Sketch, the Adobe Creative Suite, Invision, and ProtoPie (or willingness to learn this software over the summer).
  • Experience designing for digital platforms, interactive applications and website experiences
  • Knowledge of front-end development and best practices for design implementation
  • Strong interest in digital media and news


The internship is paid and will span 90 days from May to August 2022. Start/end dates are flexible.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

The innovation doesn't end in the Newsroom dozens of teams power The Washington Post. We are now hiring the next innovator how will you Impact Tomorrow?

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

The innovation doesn't end in the Newsroom - dozens of teams power The Washington Post. We are now hiring the next innovator - how will you Impact Tomorrow?

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