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Unveiling User Experience Design: Nicole's Internship Experience at Amazon

Meet Nicole, a Class of 2025 member and UX Designer intern at Amazon in Seattle, Washington.

September 11, 2023

Can you describe the career opportunity are you pursuing this summer?

I am working as a User Experience (UX) Designer at Amazon in Seattle, Washington. In this role, I have the opportunity to collaborate with a team that defines and designs user interfaces, systems, and interaction, visual, motion, and voice design patterns.

What led you to this opportunity? What help did you receive from your peers, alumni, or CTD in your journey to this position?

The support I received from my peers, the alumni network, and the CTD team at Minerva were all instrumental in my journey to this internship. My peers assisted with interview preparation and provided valuable feedback on my project presentations. The alumni network guided me through the application processes, sharing relevant resources and advising me in the field of UX design. Additionally, the CTD team at Minerva helped refine my resume and ensured I effectively communicated my previous experiences. I also received exceptional recommendation letters from faculty members, particularly Professor Ribeiro, which I believe played a significant role in my applications to design scholarships and, subsequently, my selection for the internship at Amazon.

What skills have you acquired during your studies at Minerva that you believe made you stand out?

Minerva's curriculum prepared me with strong research, design, and problem-solving skills. The cornerstone classes equipped me with experience in conducting interviews and surveys, crucial skills in my role as a designer. Through my core classes in Arts and Humanities (AH) and Computer Science (CS), I have deepened and practiced my skills in design thinking and problem-solving, applying these to my design projects. More importantly, my global experience, including working on diverse design projects in different countries during my CPT and internship experiences, gave me a unique and diverse perspective on design that I believe made me stand out.

What advice would you give to peers or younger students regarding finding and leveraging professional opportunities in your industry?

I would advise peers and younger students to proactively connect with others, including peers, alumni, and professionals in their field. Personally, I have found that dedicating time to seeking advice and feedback from experienced professionals is incredibly beneficial. Specifically, at Minerva, I participated in the mentorship program, which provided me with a mentor who guided me throughout my journey as a designer from my first year. Lastly, I strongly recommend students take full advantage of Minerva's global rotation. Engaging in diverse design projects across different countries had a significant impact on my career decision-making and helped me gain valuable experience for pursuing professional opportunities, including internships.

If you were inspired by Nicole's story and are seeking a college experience that will teach you valuable pragmatic skills that will effectively equip you for a successful career,consider applying to Minerva.

Quick Facts

Name
Nicole Dantas
Country
Brazil
Class
2025
Major

Cognitive Science and Economics & Political Science

Social Sciences & Business

Business & Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Computational Sciences & Social Sciences

Computer Science & Arts and Humanities

Business and Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Arts and Humanities

Business, Social Sciences

Business & Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences, Natural Sciences

Data Science, Statistics

Computational Sciences

Business

Computational Sciences, Data Science

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Business, Natural Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Computational Sciences, Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Science

Social Sciences, Business

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Science

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Science, Statistic Natural Sciences

Business & Social Sciences

Computational Science, Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Business

Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Arts and Humanities

Computational Science

Minor

Computational Science & Business

Economics

Social Sciences

Concentration

Cells and Organisms & Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Applied Problem Solving & Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence & Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Designing Societies & New Ventures

Strategic Finance & Data Science and Statistics

Brand Management and Designing Societies

Data Science & Economics

Machine Learning

Cells, Organisms, Data Science, Statistics

Arts & Literature and Historical Forces

Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science

Cells and Organisms, Mind and Emotion

Economics, Physics

Managing Operational Complexity and Strategic Finance

Global Development Studies and Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Scalable Growth, Designing Societies

Business

Drug Discovery Research, Designing and Implementing Policies

Historical Forces, Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Artificial Intelligence, Psychology

Designing Solutions, Data Science and Statistics

Data Science and Statistic, Theoretical Foundations of Natural Science

Strategic Finance, Politics, Government, and Society

Data Analysis, Cognition

Brand Management

Data Science and Statistics & Economics

Cognitive Science & Economics

Data Science and Statistics and Contemporary Knowledge Discovery

Internship
Higia Technologies
Project Development and Marketing Analyst Intern at VIVITA, a Mistletoe company
Business Development Intern, DoSomething.org
Business Analyst, Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

Conversation

Can you describe the career opportunity are you pursuing this summer?

I am working as a User Experience (UX) Designer at Amazon in Seattle, Washington. In this role, I have the opportunity to collaborate with a team that defines and designs user interfaces, systems, and interaction, visual, motion, and voice design patterns.

What led you to this opportunity? What help did you receive from your peers, alumni, or CTD in your journey to this position?

The support I received from my peers, the alumni network, and the CTD team at Minerva were all instrumental in my journey to this internship. My peers assisted with interview preparation and provided valuable feedback on my project presentations. The alumni network guided me through the application processes, sharing relevant resources and advising me in the field of UX design. Additionally, the CTD team at Minerva helped refine my resume and ensured I effectively communicated my previous experiences. I also received exceptional recommendation letters from faculty members, particularly Professor Ribeiro, which I believe played a significant role in my applications to design scholarships and, subsequently, my selection for the internship at Amazon.

What skills have you acquired during your studies at Minerva that you believe made you stand out?

Minerva's curriculum prepared me with strong research, design, and problem-solving skills. The cornerstone classes equipped me with experience in conducting interviews and surveys, crucial skills in my role as a designer. Through my core classes in Arts and Humanities (AH) and Computer Science (CS), I have deepened and practiced my skills in design thinking and problem-solving, applying these to my design projects. More importantly, my global experience, including working on diverse design projects in different countries during my CPT and internship experiences, gave me a unique and diverse perspective on design that I believe made me stand out.

What advice would you give to peers or younger students regarding finding and leveraging professional opportunities in your industry?

I would advise peers and younger students to proactively connect with others, including peers, alumni, and professionals in their field. Personally, I have found that dedicating time to seeking advice and feedback from experienced professionals is incredibly beneficial. Specifically, at Minerva, I participated in the mentorship program, which provided me with a mentor who guided me throughout my journey as a designer from my first year. Lastly, I strongly recommend students take full advantage of Minerva's global rotation. Engaging in diverse design projects across different countries had a significant impact on my career decision-making and helped me gain valuable experience for pursuing professional opportunities, including internships.

If you were inspired by Nicole's story and are seeking a college experience that will teach you valuable pragmatic skills that will effectively equip you for a successful career,consider applying to Minerva.