12-week full-time immersive program for young adults (18-24 years old) who live in St. Paul or Minneapolis

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: June - September 2022

UX Academy will run March 28-June 17, 2022. Students will be available for internships following graduation on June 17, 2022. Please see full details below.

Summer 2022 Internships

UX Academy is offered in partnership with MSP Tech HireRight Track, Step Up and Prime Digital Academy, and is intended for career-launchers who are early on in their UX career journey. 

During the 12-week immersion training program, students learn UX practice through practice, engaging three (3) client-sourced projects, conducting evaluations, and building prototypes, all while establishing meaningful relationships with industry mentors.

Graduates of the program will be matched with 3-month summer internships to help them continue their professional development working with one of our many awesome local employers. Internships will be offered through the Step Up and Right Track programs. 

Right Track and Step Up aim to build Minneapolis & Saint Paul’s workforce by providing career-readiness opportunities and Internship experience for under-resourced youth and young adults.

Student interns hope to…

  1. Gain insights as to ways in which UX team members work and collaborate in order to expand their understanding of the practice
  2. Further advance their UX skills by collaborating with the team on project work, such as helping to plan, facilitate, or report on research efforts or translate research into design concepts, sketches, or wireframes. 
  3. Receive feedback and guidance from a UX team mentor/leader on ways in which they can continue to level-up their budding UX practice
Minimum requirements:
  • 6 weeks long (Most are 8-10 weeks long; ideal timeline is mid/end of June through September)
  • $15.00/hr We'd recommend $20-25/hr for these graduates (last year's pilot cohort average was $19/hr)
  • 20 hours/week (can be up to 40 hrs/week)
  • Allow for 2 hours/week for interns to engage in scheduled Professional Development sessions with Right Track or Step Up job coaches



Pledge an intern today!

Hosting a UX Academy intern is an immediately achievable way to demonstrate your commitment to diversifying and creating a more inclusive UX industry.
If you have the funds, willing mentors, and project work to be tackled, these folks have budding talent and inordinate amounts of gumption to work towards that shared goal! Plus, as an employer partner, you will be instrumental in helping to inform the manner in which we recruit, train, and provide career opportunities to under-resourced, under-represented, and predominantly BIPOC talent. 

Pledge to host an intern



What's next?

Once you've pledged, it's time to start preparing for your intern!

Submit a job description

Use the goals above to frame the internship experience while considering any gaps you have that an intern could potentially fill! Remember to leverage the uniqueness of your organization and team!

Want feedback?
Schedule a quick chat with our team >

Attend an Employer Round Table

Meet with some other employers and program staff to share more about what your organization and team are looking to get out of the internship. This will help us when matching interns!

(Round table dates/times for 2022 still TDB)


Mark your calendar for orientation!

All employers will participate in an orientation hosted by Right Track/Step Up. Get all the pieces in place for a successful internship experience!

(Employer Orientation date/time for 2022  is still TBD.)



Solo project presentations
Friday May 27, 12-1pm CDT

Team client project presentations
Thursday, June 16, 12-1pm CDT


Events will be streamed Live on Facebook 



Process/Requirements questions

Nardos Tesfalidet
Right Track Program Manager (St Paul)

Tammy Dickinson
Step Up Director (Minneapolis)


UX or Project Questions

Ange Wang
Prime Digital Academy
Sr. Director of UX Instruction & Strategy

Schedule a call  >

View MN Tech Connect Presentation:
Powering the Possible through Partnerships

Download our
Short-term UX Project Planning Guide (PDF)