Today I began an internship as a UX Analyst.
I have been preparing as well as possible for this experience – I received an offer for the opportunity well in advance of my start date – but I have not known what to expect. Who would I be working with? How will I be perceived? What will I start with and will I be prepared? I am glad to say that the answers to all of my questions have been positive so far.
My hope is to chronicle the journey I follow through this internship including challenges, learning opportunities, and the result (hopefully a full-time offer…)
The day began with a pretty typical orientation with a mixture of interns and full-time new hires. RIght away I was struck by how much there is to learn about a large organization. My work will be closely associated with all of the many facets of the business I am supporting.
Feeling pretty good, I was escorted to my work area – set up the desktop, did some administrative stuff, and received…my first assignment. Wireframes.
So first things first
I will be beginning with a lo-fi mockup using Balsamiq. A senior developer has already started the project so my job will be to assist her as a support so that the coding can drop a little quicker. So although I was somewhat nervous at first, I quickly realized that these guys aren’t kidding around! I am truly diving into the beginning of what looks like a start as a UX professional.
So What’s Next?
The list of projects the team is sitting on is extensive so I suspect that the things to come will increase in scope and by the “end” of this I think I will be well on my way. I noticed some things that I didn’t expect today as well.
It seems like people that I am working alongside are all from different backgrounds, varied skill levels, and have unique software/method preferences. As an intern, I expected to be the only one in the learning stage. As it turns out, UX might just be about learning over and over again. About taking a challenge and sharing it, working it over, screwing it up, and then hopefully getting it right. Maybe I know more than I thought I did?
Either way, my first day has been enough to confirm that this is what I want to do – and keep on doing – for a long time yet.