Career Mondays: User Experience Intern — Costa Mesa, CA

I know the guy posting this (Brian Salzman), and this is a great position. If you are looking to break in the field, this is a good place to start.

IBM in Costa Mesa, CA has an opening for a paid user experience intern. We are looking for students to start early in 2010 and to work for at least six months. We do not offer summer internships.

IBM interns join multidisciplinary product development teams to design, prototype, and evaluate graphical user interfaces for IBM’s industry-leading database, business intelligence, and content management products. Interns collaborate with user experience colleagues in Silicon Valley and around the world.

Applicants should have some combination of the following skills, experience, and personal characteristics:

Technical and Professional Skills

  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly
  • Familiar with graphical user interfaces and style guidelines
  • Knowledge of User Centered Design methodologies
  • User interface design experience
  • Prototyping experience
  • Usability evaluation experience
  • Strong interest in Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

Software Experience

  • Software applications for Windows, UNIX or LINUX
  • User Interface prototyping tools (Visio, Axure, Visual Basic, Photoshop, etc.)
  • HTML, XML or Javascript
  • BASIC, C++, Java or other programming languages

Essential Characteristics

  • Adaptable and dependable
  • Highly motivated and a self-starter
  • A good communicator
  • Works well in teams
  • An innovative attitude


Internship candidates must be enrolled in a degree program —  Preferred candidates will be pursuing a graduate degree with an emphasis on human-computer interaction (HCI). To be competitive, candidates should have HCI coursework and user interface design experience (class projects OK).

Send a resume and cover letter listing HF/HCI courses, programming/prototyping experience, and user interface design experience to:

Brian Salzman