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I want to get an internship in a UI/UX Design role, but everything I find are senior roles or min.5 year experience. I don't know how else to get experience unless it's through Freelance, but then that way I won't learn much. Any leads or suggestions on how to make this happen?

Current UI/UX Design student, with Industrial design and Visual Merchandising background.

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Mojtaba’s Answer

Securing a UI/UX Design internship may seem challenging due to the need for experience, but here are some friendly tips to increase your odds:

Sparkling Showcases: Display your design prowess through personal ventures, academic tasks, or case studies.

Networking: Join design gatherings and mingle with professionals to learn and possibly unearth opportunities.

Be Proactive: Reach out to firms that pique your interest, regardless of whether they're openly offering internships.

Begin Humble: Search for openings at smaller firms or startups.

Freelancing and Personal Endeavors: Enhance your experience and expand your portfolio through freelance jobs.

Volunteering: Assist nonprofits with their design needs to gain experience and contribute positively.

Learning and Certifications: Sign up for online classes to boost your skills and establish credibility.

Short-Term Roles: Think about accepting temporary or contract-based roles as a stepping stone.

Internship Schemes: Look out for internships specifically designed for beginners in the field.

Show Your Zeal: Express your passion in your applications and during interviews.

Constructive Criticism: Seek advice on your portfolio for improvement.

Stay calm and keep pushing on your journey to land a UI/UX Design internship.
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Alison’s Answer

In light of the excellent responses already shared, I'd like to offer a few more suggestions. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager for a moment. Hiring someone without any UX work experience carries a certain risk - they need to be sure that you're capable of meeting the job's demands. For this reason, it's advantageous to have some UX experience outside of academia, to reassure the hiring manager that you've been "tested" in the field.

Internships offer one avenue to gain this experience. Volunteering is another option. Freelance work is also a viable route, especially if you can secure a short-term contract with a well-regarded company, or if the freelance project gives you the opportunity to work on a practical project that you can include in your portfolio (always make sure to get permission from the company to publicly display the work). Freelance projects, particularly those for established companies, can provide a wealth of experience.
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Judy’s Answer

Mojtaba's response is great and I will add as you pursue experience for your growth and your resume, always make sure to keep track of the work you've doing including projects, personal soft skills growth and technical growth. It's one thing to gain experience but it's equally important to keep track so you can "sell yourself" on your resume and in the interviews.
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