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UX Design Summer Intern 2023

Date: Jan 19, 2023

Location: Atlanta, GA, US, 30308

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

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A Day in the Life of a UX Design Intern:

 

Work Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday
  • 7:00AM to 4:00PM 
  • During the months of May to August

 

As a UX Design intern, you will collaborate with UX Design professionals to design and enhance user-experiences across Norfolk Southern. In a team environment, you will proactively research and identify customers’ needs early in the design process in order to produce and iterate intuitive and user-centered design solutions.

In addition to knowledge of user-experience fundamentals, the UX Design intern should also possess non-technical abilities such as communication skills, critical thinking, ability to conceptualize a design, and openness to being taught and critiqued. UX Design, at its core, is based on empathizing with users, teammates, and management in order to bridge the needs of all stakeholders, resulting in innovative user-centered experiences and increased ROI.   

 

Working with Organizational Change Management (OCM):

UX Design adds a lot to the strategy and process of change management, as both spaces are focused on people and critical for solution adoption. Alongside the OCM team, UX Designers are involved in projects from day one and can integrate with either Agile or Waterfall. UX Designers assist with involvement in stakeholder and user conversations. Working in parallel, UX design integrates with OCM by ensuring solutions are what the user needs, wants, and that their problems are efficiently solved. 

Working with Project Teams:

 

The UX Design intern will participate in user research, examining common needs and pain points to fully understand users, add context to projects, comprehend the problem-at-hand, and propose user-centered solutions. After collecting quantitative and qualitative data, UX Design collaborates with project teams to promote empathy of users and their pain points, outline the intended user experience and process workflow, effectively communicate design rationale, as well as present other deliverables related to the user-centered design process (user flows, sitemaps, wireframes, prototypes, etc.). Alongside Technical UAT, UX Designers observe end-users interacting with the product to pinpoint successes and areas for improvement.

Working with Agile Teams:

 

To work in parallel with the Agile team, UX Designers should be embedded in meetings such as release planning, stand-up, retro, and other meetings where UX might be discussed or add value. UX Designers should be involved from the beginning to be able to understand the requirements, collaborate in the creation of user stories, identify assumptions about user behavior, involve user research and usability tests to build empathy for users, and determine how user workflows and features should work.

Education:

 

Pursing a Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree, or equivalent certification

Preferred Degree Paths: User Experience, Design, Human-Centered Interaction, Psychology, Computer Science, or other equivalent discipline

 

Preferred Experience & Qualifications:

 

  • Previous design internship(s) and/or project experience in UX Design
  • Portfolio demonstrating the application of design thinking methodology
  • Experience in UX research by combination of quantitative data and qualitative user insights
  • Experience using Adobe XD and/or other UX/UI Design tools to design, wireframe, and prototype
  • Knowledge of Agile Methodology is a plus

Skills Required:

 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Self-motivated with a high degree of initiative
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Expert understanding of design thinking methods and best practices
  • Work with design lead to translate research findings into design artifacts, including personas, journey maps, business requirements and constraints, sketches, user flows, sitemaps, wireframes, and low- and high-fidelity mockups and prototypes
  • Able to participate in user research and user testing to guide and validate design decisions
  • Strong prototyping skills using Adobe XD, or other UX/UI Design software
  • UI design skills including color psychology, branding, typography, and style guides
  • Strong information architecture and interaction design knowledge
  • Basic understanding of HTML, JavaScript, and CSS is a plus
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft TEAMS

Responsibilities:

 

  • Follow the established processes, policies, standards, and procedures to assure compliance with corporate policies and standards
  • Align user experience efforts across products and projects
  • Participate in design thinking sessions as part of new product creation or existing product iteration
  • Moderate research studies and usability tests, in person and/or remotely
  • Gain a thorough understanding of user needs, both existing and potential, through leading and participating in user research and usability testing
  • Align with OCM team to understand users and empathize with them, through personas, to communicate with and connect with all stakeholders for user adoption

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  • Evaluate business requirements, user and market research, site metrics, and usability findings to drive design decisions
  • Design conceptual diagrams, wireframes, visual mockups, and clickable prototypes
  • Work with agile team to iterate quickly, ensuring designs are implemented as envisioned in prototypes
  • Advocate for the end user and stakeholder by becoming associated with the product, empathizing with and understanding user needs and pain points
  • Translate user experience requirements to development teams
  • Work with product and development teams to track the effectiveness of new and existing user experiences, and make recommendations for usability improvements where needed
  • Acts as a proponent of UX practices
  • Advocate passionately and effectively for user-centered design with non-design audiences

Compensation:

  • Freshman Year $3,430
  • Sophomore Year $3,768
  • Junior Year $4,107
  • Senior Year $4,347
  • Masters Year $5,126
  • PHD Year $5,960

You must be able to work in our midtown Atlanta office for 3 months in the Summer of 2023

 

Relocation assistance is not provided, but Norfolk Southern does offer a Living Stipend of $850/month, which is taxed, to those who qualify.

Company Overview

Since 1827, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and its predecessor companies have safely moved the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Today, it operates a customer-centric and operations-driven freight transportation network. Committed to furthering sustainability, Norfolk Southern helps its customers avoid 15 million tons of yearly carbon emissions by shipping via rail. Its dedicated team members deliver more than 7 million carloads annually, from agriculture to consumer goods, and is the largest rail shipper of auto products and metals in North America. Norfolk Southern also has the most extensive intermodal network in the eastern U.S., serving a majority of the country’s population and manufacturing base, with connections to every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes. Learn more by visiting www.NorfolkSouthern.com.

At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.

Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Together, we power progress.

Effective December 8, 2021, NS has paused its implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate given the dynamic legal proceedings.  The ultimate outcome of the federal contractor vaccine mandate is yet to be determined. It is still possible that the mandate, as it applies to NS, could be upheld in court in the near future. If the mandate is upheld, NS employees will be required to be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation.


Nearest Major Market: Atlanta