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UX/UI Design Internship Summer 2021 at UIUC Research Park

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Job ID UNI05993 Date posted 09/15/2020 Location : Champaign, Illinois
YOU MUST CURRENTLY BE ENROLLED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, URBANA-CHAMPAIGN (UIUC) FOR THIS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY WITH CARGILL AT THE UIUC RESEARCH PARK
 
In partnership with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Research Park, you will be given the opportunity as an intern to work with Cargill Digital Labs through our local office, The Cargill Innovation Lab at UIUC, to gain hands-on experience in real business situations and be exposed to many of Cargill’s businesses and functions during the work term. 
 
As an intern, you would work in a project team where software engineering, analytical skills, product design, UX / UI design, leadership, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation are keys to success.
 
As an organization Cargill’s mission is to lead in nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Cargill Digital Labs (CDL) strives to help prepare Cargill for a digital future. The vision of this future includes a thriving digital culture, continuous launching of new digital business initiatives, and that Cargill will be a digital thought leader in the food and agriculture industries.
 
In May 2019, Cargill established a research site within UIUC’s Research Park to further this mission. In its first iteration, we leverage the site to host digital research projects, such as software, hardware and engineering prototypes that are staffed by student interns from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. As we gain learnings from the experience, we will grow and mature our development capabilities within the park to best suit Cargill’s evolving digital journey.
 
Why intern with us? 
  • Professional Experience - Gain professional experience as a UX UI Designer working in a cross-functional team. Learn best practices from industry professionals. Understand what it is like to work within an agile software product team.
  • Build Prototypes - Work on fast-paced, prototype projects. Ship a functioning prototype over the course of weeks. Collaborate with clients to test prototypes and gain real-world insights. 
  • Cross-Functional - Gain exposure speaking with and presenting to a variety of stakeholders across business, engineering, design and product functions. Work in tandem with a full stack software engineer to understand how to implement your proposed designs, feasibility of proposed designs, and how to use code libraries to bring features to life. Throughout the process, advocate for the voice of the end user in team planning meetings. 
  • Startup Culture – Wonder what it would be like to work within a product team at a software company? Or how about getting a software MVP off the ground? Your project for the semester will include building a prototype from scratch or exploring future features of an existing app. You’re paired with software engineers and UX UI designers to go from requirements gathering, planning, design, architecture, dev, quality assurance to testing with real users over the course of a semester.
  • Use Cases That Matter – Work on real innovation initiatives that serve a variety of clients at Cargill ranging from animal nutrition, animal supply chain, food industry, learning and development, to trading and analytics. Apply your talents on digital initiatives that transform global food systems. 
Having the Right Mindset
 
While design thinking and some engineering knowledge is a must, we look for students that enjoy startup culture and are adept at working collaboratively within a team. Comfort with ambiguity is a must. Empathy for other functions is critical. Lean mindset to build the smallest thing possible is a key to success. We don’t expect you to be an expert on the entire software design process, but we do look for students that are hungry to learn new things. Expand your skills in a high growth ag tech industry just a few blocks off campus.  
 
Job Locations: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL

Required:
  • Must be currently enrolled as a student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign graduating between December 2021 and Summer 2023
  • Must have the right to work in the US that is not based solely on the possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third-party employer.
  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree with a major or minor in UX Design, Industrial Design, Human Computer Interaction, Product Design, Design, Graphic Design, or other related disciplines, OR commensurate experience with design in lieu of pursuing a related major/minor.
  • Experience with creating user flows, wireframes, mock-ups, prototypes, and conducting usability testing using tools provided. 
  • Experience with Figma, Adobe XD, Sketch, Axure, Balsalmiq, Adobe Creative Suite OR comparable software
  • Able to complete a semester-long internship in Summer 2021 for 40 hours / week (late May 2021 – early August 2021)
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Must possess a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness in completing work with limited guidance
  • Willing to take ownership of project and work
  • Must be able to complete essential functions of this job as outlined in the job description with reasonable accommodations
Preferred:
  • Pursuing a cross-disciplined degree in either Economics, Business, Food Science, or Agriculture Business.
  • Overall 3.0 GPA preferred
  • Commercial product software UX UI design experience; web design experience, mobile design experience; experience working within an agile software team
  • Strong prioritization and problem-solving skills; collaboration skills; verbal and written communication skills; and information research and gathering skills 
  • Knowledge of design best practices across material design, iOS design, web design and responsive design 
  • Interested in returning to the Lab across additional semesters beyond summer 2021
Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who use new technologies, dynamic insights and over 150 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. 
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