Every Fall and Spring quarter, our cohort of associate teams tackle innovative and impactful human-centered design projects over the course of 6 weeks.

Our next cohort application will be released Friday, April 2nd. Follow us to stay connected! Recruitment event links are on our Facebook Event Page.

Our Cohort Structure

Design Fellow

Our new fellowship program is a community of UCD students passionate about design and human-centered problem-solving. Fellows will have access to curated educational UX resources, office hours with DI alumni, and our official discord server.


An interest in human-centered design / user experience and a passion to learn is all we're looking for!

Design Associate

These are teams of experienced designers focused on solving exploratory, out-of-the-box problems or providing innovative solutions for real-world clients.


Significant knowledge in human-centered design shown through a design portfolio showcasing UX projects such as internship experience, DES 112 final project, or personal passion project.

Our Sprint Process

As an associate, you will design and deliver a client or exploratory project over the span of 6 weeks. Each project team will consist of 3-4 associates and aided by an experienced project mentor. These projects range from digital prototypes to physical experiences and follow the design process split into four hands-on sprints: research, ideation, mockups, and prototyping.




Design Interactive Info Session

We're kicking off our Spring Recruitment with an Info Session during Week 1! This is your chance to meet members and learn about Design Interactive, our past work, and how to join. Check-in here.


Applications Open

We'll be releasing the application at 7PM PT sharp, so stay tuned!


Application Workshop

We'll be walking through the application, providing tips and tricks as you tackle the design challenge this week. If you're looking for some guidance, this is the place to ask questions! Check-in here.


Applications Due

The application will be due at 11:59PM PT; submit through the application form. 


Office Hours

Want additional help? We’ll be holding virtual office hours every day starting Tuesday, April 6th, 2020 until the application deadline — feel free to ask us questions, seek guidance for the challenge, or just have someone to talk to about design. Sign-up instructions will be posted here soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who's eligble to apply?

Associate: We're looking for applicants with some prior design experience to apply for our cohort. Prospective applicants must be willing to commit to 6 weeks (Week 3 to Week 9) of the quarter in order to participate in a team.

Fellow: We’re looking for undergraduates of all majors at UC Davis with a love for design! Whether you're completely new to UX or an experienced designer, you are eligible to apply for our fellowship and join our community. 

Do I have to be a Design Major?

Absolutely not! We take people of all majors — from Economics to Cognitive Science to Statistics! We give no preference to particular majors, as great design teams are built from diverse backgrounds.

What are the time commitments for the quarter?

Associates are placed in teams, and thus must be willing to commit to the 6 week time-frame (from Week 3 to Week 9). We estimate associates will be working around 4-6 hours a week, spent on —

1. Team meetings (2 hours)

2. Individual, remote work

3. 1 hour cohort meetings every Monday, 6-7PM PT

Consultants have variable time commitments.

I’m new to design/UX/product design. Should I still apply?

For our cohort, we are looking for mid-level designers or students with some experience in UX design. We're passionate about helping out designers of all levels, which is why we started our Fellowship program. If you are just beginning your UX journey, we strongly encourage you to apply to our fellowship where you'll have the opportunity to interact with other aspiring designers and access help & educational resources we've curated for you!

Am I required to attend Recruitment events to apply?

Attendance is not required to apply, but come out if you're looking to be involved in the UX community!

What can I expect to learn by being a part of Design Interactive?

You’ll be working in a small team doing research, prototyping, testing, and more. Be ready to learn about —

◦ Practicing the human-centered design method, by being passionate in understanding the user's perspective when developing solutions to problems.

◦ Picking up and practicing different design techniques (ex. user research, usability testing) and tools (ex. Figma) critical to the field

◦ Working collaboratively in teams, balancing opinions and reaching agreement, and helping support each other's growth


Fellowship Applications Open Now!

Applications close on April 16th. Application link on our Join page.

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