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Design Lab Community Team UG Summer Volunteers 2020


The UCSD Design Lab’s Community Team has openings for undergraduate student researchers interested in advancing their skillset in human-centered design, with a particular emphasis on supporting our university-community partnerships with diverse public and private sector organizations. Please note these summer positions are unpaid. 

Summary of requirements:

  • Must be able to commit 5-10 hours per week during Summer 2020 for work (entirely remote). Approximate start and end dates: June 15 – September 18 2020
  • Must be enrolled at UCSD for the 2020-2021 academic year in sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Ideally seeking candidates who are interested in working with the Design Lab over multiple quarters. 
  • All majors are welcome to apply. We highly value multi-disciplinary teams. (We work with students across cognitive science, mechanical engineering, urban studies and planning, communications, computer science, anthropology, business, and more.) 
  • Prior experience with human-centered design is a plus, but it is not a requirement. Above all, we are looking for students who are collaborative, curious, and comfortable taking initiative when faced with ambiguous or novel projects.  


Under general supervision, the Undergraduate Student Researcher will gain experience supporting the development and implementation of key ongoing Design Lab projects spearheaded by the Community Team. The role will primarily focus on supporting coordination of our human-centered design community-facing programs, as well as conducting primary and secondary research for specific partner projects intersecting civic design, urban planning, mobility, and public health. 

Tasks include:

  1. Desktop research to support strategic planning and user research
  2. Support with planning and execution of user research and design workshop activities (experience with remote user research tools and online collaboration tools such as MURAL a plus)
  3. Support with development of presentations and reports for external partners (use of Google Drive suite)
  4. Development of print and online materials
  5. Programming, logistical, and event support

A good candidate will bring strengths in at least one of the following areas, with interest in learning about one or more of the other areas:

  1. Research & Analysis: Experience with secondary and primary data collection methods such as web searches and field observations, collating and synthesis, record keeping. 
  2. Programming & Event Support: Experience collaborating with organizations to design and implement programming.
  3. Print & Web Design: Experience with visual design to guide creating of marketing/promotional materials, reports, and presentations.
  4. Communications: Ability to communicate in written and oral format for diverse audiences including industry clients, students, and program participants. 


To apply:

  • Please send an email to Jennifer Taylor with the subject line Community Team Student Researcher Application
  • Include in the body of your email a brief introduction of who you are (including your current major and academic year as of spring 2020), what made you interested in this position, and the kinds of experience you would hope to gain from this position. 
  • Include your resume as a PDF attachment. Other resources may be included such as personal websites or LinkedIn profiles, but these are not required.

Priority deadline for submissions is Monday, June 1, at 5pm. Submissions received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 

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