2018 Interaction Design Intern, Palo Alto

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2018 Interaction Design Intern, Palo Alto
Palo Alto
Ford Motor Company

Job Description
Position Overview
The Ford Global Experience Design (GXD) Team is committed to envisioning and creating simple, thoughtful, enjoyable, and compelling product experiences that continually inspire our teams and customers to go further. Our team works to understand our changing world, identify new opportunities, and take action to design and innovate for the future of mobility – Ford’s vehicles and surrounding experiences. We are looking for candidates to join us in this journey to develop and deliver exciting and ground-breaking human centered transportation products and services.

In line with our desire to move forward with the design and prototyping of new mobility experiences, we are looking for an Interaction Design Intern to push our efforts forward. This Interaction Designer will guide project teams through research, analysis, ideation and prototyping to design.

Position Responsibilities
Interaction Design within the Global Experience Design group includes planning and execution of human-centered design activities to facilitate the progression of Ford RIC-PA’s project portfolio. The Intern will provide support for existing work streams, and provide leadership in research, framing insights, conceptualizing/prototyping, and product realization. Specific deliverables and any estimated milestones will be listed in the Work Requirements sections of this SOW.

  • Support the GXD team in research planning and execution, including asset development, study prepping, and annotation
  • Support RICPA teams with user experience vision development, guiding tech development with human-centered design
  • Provide support in digital asset development, including mobile, desktop, and HMI mock-up content
  • Support development of physical prototypes (from low-fidelity to production-facing) for research purposes

Required Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or GED and currently enrolled in a design/HCI program.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Recent graduate or undergraduate from user experience design/HCI program
  • Core interaction design principles and skills including concept sketching, interaction models, wireframing, information architecture, and flow mapping
  • Passion for human-centered design particularly as applied to web-based applications, services, and experiences
  • Interested in mobility and transport; the art and science of moving people and goods seamlessly, safely, and sustainably
  • Comfortable with design software for wireframing and prototyping (Sketch, Illustrator, InVision, Axure, etc), with an ability to come up to speed with new emerging technologies quickly
  • Experience with design research, coding, and video production a plus
  • Knowledge of capabilities and limitations of Web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS
  • Passionate, detail oriented, hard working, self motivated, and proactive
  • Strong communication and time management skills
  • Ability to work both on a team and independently
  • A passion for creating products that resonate with people and create value

At least three work samples will be requested - online portfolio preferred.

The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.