A design internship is an opportunity for a student in a design program to gain hands-on experience in their field of choice. There are many different kinds of design interns can focus on, such as graphic design, UX design, interior design, and more. The tools that a design intern learns how to use may depend on the kind of internship they have. For example, a graphic design intern may spend a lot of time with Photoshop while a UX design intern needs to know basic coding languages such as HTML.
However, many of a design intern's tasks are similar no matter what kind of design they are focusing on. They shadow professional designers and attend meetings with them to learn about the work. Interns often take on menial tasks like managing social media in addition to their design work.
Most design interns are working towards a bachelor's or master's degree in design or are recent graduates. They do not need many years of professional experience to work as an intern, but a few design projects in their portfolio will make their application stand out. The average salary for a design internship is $46,512 a year, however many internships are unpaid.