Intuit Internship Reflection, Northern California
Silicon Valley Internship Experience
It’s been an amazing experience interning in Mountain View this past summer. Thank you Intuit for providing such an incredible opportunity to work on the QuickBooks design team. I’ve learned so much from each and every single individual I’ve met, I’m grateful for how valued I felt working within my own experience design team, as well as many other additional teams across the QuickBooks small business group ecosystem.
From daily peer review critiques, presenting in front of the executive design team, attending early career team socials and meeting many other fellow interns from across the United States (some from Canada too!) — thank you for making my first design internship experience one to remember.
From visual, interaction, content design mentorship to a better understanding of the importance of business needs and seeing things from a managerial lens through the weekly one on one talks with my manager — I’m incredibly thankful to have worked with such a talented and experienced team. (Not only was I able to get great design critique, but I appreciated the parenting advice I got for the future too!) You will all truly be missed, but this hopefully won’t be goodbye forever.
The biggest takeaway out of this entire experience has honestly been to learn how to trust your gut, admittedly, I didn’t at first. Having been my first design internship experience I faced a great deal of the imposter syndrome. Never feeling good enough, taking a great deal of time to fully launch my portfolio website because it didn’t “feel ready”, avoiding applying to big company names feeling like it’d be a waste of time – I had so much hesitation in what direction I wanted to go in. But truthfully I’ve learned you’re never gonna feel ready, but you can trust along the way how much you’ll learn from at least trying.
I’m not the greatest student, I struggled a lot within my first year to the point where I almost felt I wasn’t going to get through a semester. Those feelings started to come back my third year and I felt a lot of intimidation towards applying to a few particular companies. I truly owe a lot to my good friends, mentors, designer coffee meet ups and video calls to keep me going – if it weren’t for these certain people motivating me and pushing me to not give up, I’m not sure where I would be. I can’t stress how important it is to surround yourself around the right people, break out of your comfort zone and have confidence in yourself.
Set some time aside to do what you genuinely enjoy learning, which might not always go exactly by the school books. From online TED talks, joining design meet up groups, attending hackathons, reading more, writing more, etc. – there are so many opportunities beyond school to explore. I value all these experiences that have led to meeting some incredibly passionate people and an openness to learning from new perspectives. I’ve seen growth in myself towards what I truly enjoy doing.
Being in California specifically this summer, has always been an absolute dream of mine since I was younger. I fell in love with the beautiful weather, took up more opportunities to road trip and hike on my weekends, attended design/tech events every week, but most importantly I enjoyed just being surrounded by such intelligent, driven, motivated individuals and continuously learning new things both work and non-work related.
I never thought I’d be working in the valley this summer, it’s been the most rewarding experience in my life so far – and I know this is just the beginning!