Sharing an Industrial Design Internship Experience

May 8, 2012

Our team has always encouraged students to participate in internships to gain valuable experience that they can’t learn in the classroom. At Beyond Design, we typically ask students to intern for a minimum of three months to get the most from their experience and learn more about the product development process.

Jae Won Chang, from the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), joined our team in February of 2011 and completed his internship in January of 2012. He initially came to Beyond Design to further his knowledge and skills in SolidWorks, DFM (Design for Manufacturing), and ideation.

SAIC’s Career and Co-op Center offers students an award-winning Cooperative Internship program. It allows the students to earn course credit and refine their career objectives while establishing a strong employment history and references for future work experiences.

As part of the Co-op program, Jae was asked to share his experience with others through both video and writing.

“I participate in the ideation and the sketching stages of home improvement product design and modify designs for personal care products. I base product details on research from case studies for product development. It was extremely helpful to work at Beyond Design, a team-oriented industrial design firm. I not only learned a lot about the industrial design process, I was able to develop and build relationships with clients and fellow designers.” – Jae Won Chang

To learn more about Jae’s experience and to watch the video he created, please check out his SAIC Co-op Internship Conversation here.


For more information about our internship program, or to apply, please email your resume and a sample of your portfolio via PDF to

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