2019 User Interface Design Intern - Spring/Summer

Charles River Analytics Inc. – Cambridge, MA

Temporary, Internship

At Charles River Analytics, our interns work on real projects and cutting-edge technology. We believe strongly in promoting within, which is demonstrated by the fact that we not only have hired former interns, but that several of our Senior Scientists and one of our division Vice Presidents began their careers at Charles River as interns!

We are seeking a UI design intern to develop cutting-edge solutions to the most challenging problems. This is an exciting opportunity to perform state of the art research, propose novel solutions to challenging problems across a broad set of domains, and see those solutions implemented into actual systems.

In this role, you will with small teams of research scientists and software engineers to design innovative interfaces to empower users as part of a user-centered design process. You will employ principled and creative approaches to move from research concepts to design prototypes. You will work with our scientists and software engineers to determine requirements, design creative approaches, and assist in implementing these designs in elegant decision support systems. You will support evaluation and application of research ideas throughout the systems engineering process and create documentation of your results for technical and scientific presentations.

You will need to be able to quickly read and understand scientific papers in new domains, and apply previous research to create new designs, while staying on top of current design trends, scientific advances, and development practices. In addition to research and designing quality user interfaces, the candidate must be able to clearly communicate his or her rationale and underlying analysis through written and verbal means.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Ability to take wireframes and turn them into high-fidelity modern, slick interface mockups
  • Ability to define and translate user needs and system features into actionable requirements software engineering teams to define the direction of technical solutions
  • Research, design, and support development of novel user interfaces
  • Ability to generate visual graphics to communicate key interaction concepts
  • Willing and self-motivated to quickly learn by searching and reading, by example, and by trial and error
  • Contribute to proposals, reports and papers, and present work at briefings and conferences as appropriate
  • Analyze and design visual representations to support solving complex problems
  • Work with the Principal Investigator to identify cutting edge UI design methodologies and points of intersection across multiple, similar, domains
  • Work with software engineers to develop envisioned technology solutions
  • Interact with users, and subject matter experts to analyze and understand domain challenges and needs
  • Minimum Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Working towards completing a degree this spring or completed a degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Interaction Design, User Interface Design, Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Cognitive Systems Engineering or a related field (e.g., Computer Science with HCI or Interaction Design focus) or a strong track record conducting research and development in these areas
  • Strong aesthetic design sense and functional reasoning skills with superior attention to detail
  • Strong portfolio of interface design and writing that shows high quality of work
  • Knowledge of design and prototyping tools (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator))
  • Interest in and ability to researching and applying leading design trends and data science techniques
  • Proven experience designing user-focused interfaces and systems with a strong aesthetic design sense and superior attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability generate clear and grammatical written materials
  • Strong portfolio of interface design and writing that shows high quality of work
  • Desired, but not Required:

  • 2 or more years of relevant experience
  • Proven ability to generate proposals, publications, or similar written materials
  • Experience directly interacting with customers and/or users
  • Experience performing literature reviews and using the results to recommend system improvements and/or enhancements
  • Experience with Agile/Scrum development processes
  • Experience with the SBIR/STTR process
  • Military Service or DoD work experience
  • Experience in multimodal interfaces, autonomous systems, augmented reality (AR) interfaces, human-robot interaction, or interactive data visualization
  • Technical or peer-reviewed publications in any of the above fields
  • Benefits:

    Charles River Analytics offers an attractive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Casual work environment
  • Free snacks and beverages
  • Eligible for medical plan enrollment or opt-out incentive
  • Paid sick/excused time
  • Free onsite parking and easily accessible by the MBTA
  • Internship Activities:

    Interns at Charles River Analytics can participate in activities such as:

  • Intern challenge problems
  • Seminars
  • Company-wide outings
  • You can learn more about our internship program here as well as check out last year’s Great Promise Award (GPA) winners to hear what it is like to be an intern at Charles River Analytics!

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