User Experience Research Intern, PhD, Summer 2022

Google Remote (United States)

Please complete your application before January 28th, 2022.

Participation in the internship program requires that you are located in the United States for the duration of the internship program.

This internship is intended for students who are currently pursuing a PhD degree program in Human Factors, Psychology, Human Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Information Science or related field, with an anticipated graduation date before June, 2023, depending on their program and unique circumstances.

To start the application process, you will need an updated CV or resume and a current unofficial or official transcript in English. Click on the “Apply” button on this page and provide the required materials in the appropriate sections (PDFs preferred):

  1. In the “Resume Section:” attach an updated CV or resume.
  • Please ensure you’ve listed your anticipated graduation date (in MM/YY), experience with coding language(s), research methods, qualitative analysis software/packages, statistical analysis software/packages as applicable, along with any technical experience or projects.
  1. In the “Education Section:” attach a current or recent unofficial or official transcript in English.
  • Under “Degree Status,” select “Now attending” to upload a transcript.


Note: By applying to this position you will have an opportunity to share your preferred working location from the following: Mountain View, CA, USA; Atlanta, GA, USA; Austin, TX, USA; Cambridge, MA, USA; Bellevue, WA, USA; Chicago, IL, USA; Irvine, CA, USA; Kirkland, WA, USA; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Madison, WI, USA; New York, NY, USA; Palo Alto, CA, USA; Portland, OR, USA; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Redmond, WA, USA; San Diego, CA, USA; Goleta, CA, USA; San Bruno, CA, USA; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco, CA, USA; Santa Cruz, CA, USA; Sunnyvale, CA, USA; Washington, DC, USA; Boulder, CO, USA; Redwood City, CA, USA; Reston, VA, USA; Chapel Hill, NC, USA.


Minimum qualifications:


  • Currently pursuing a PhD degree in Human Factors, Psychology, Human Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Information Science, or related field.
  • Relevant internship, work, or project experience with research design utilizing various methods including, but not limited to, usability studies, contextual inquiry, and surveys.


Preferred qualifications:


  • Experience integrating user research into product designs and design practices.
  • Working knowledge of statistics and experimental design.
  • Effective communication, negotiation and collaboration skills.
  • Currently attending a degree program in the US with plans to return to the degree program after completion of the internship.
  • Available to work full time for a minimum of 12 weeks outside of university term time.


About the job


Join us for a unique 12-14 week paid internship that offers personal and professional development, an executive speaker series, and community-building.

At Google, we follow a simple but vital premise: "Focus on the user and all else will follow." User Experience Researchers (UXRs) make this possible.


User Experience (UX) is made up of multi-disciplinary teams of Designers, Researchers, Writers, Content Strategists, Program Managers, and Engineers who care deeply about the people who use our products. We play an integral part in gathering insights about product user needs, attitudes, emotions, and behaviors to inspire and inform design. We collaborate closely with each other, engineering, and product management to create industry-leading products that deliver value for our users and Google’s businesses.


As a User Experience Researcher (UXR), you’ll help your team of UXers, product managers, and engineers understand user needs. You’ll play a critical role in creating useful, usable, and delightful products. Working with stakeholders across functions and levels, you'll have impact at all stages of product development. You’ll explore user behaviors and motivations by conducting primary research such as field studies, interviews, diary studies, participatory workshops, ethnography, surveys, usability testing, and logs analysis.


The UXR community at Google is unique and will help you do your best work. You’ll have the opportunity to work with and learn from UXRs across Google through regular meetups, mentor programs, and access to internal research tools.

Google is and always will be an engineering company. We hire people with a broad set of technical skills who are ready to address some of technology's greatest challenges and make an impact on millions, if not billions, of users. At Google, engineers not only revolutionize search, they routinely work on massive scalability and storage solutions, large-scale applications and entirely new platforms for developers around the world. From Google Ads to Chrome, Android to YouTube, Social to Local, Google engineers are changing the world one technological achievement after another.

Additional Information

(Colorado only*) $80,000 Please reach out to offer-help@ for non-salary compensation information..


*Note: Disclosure as required by sb19-085 (8-5-20) of the minimum salary compensation for this role when being hired into our offices in Colorado.


Responsibilities


  • Design and conduct independent research using a variety of qualitative research methods, utilizing quantitative methods when necessary.
  • Work cross-functionally with design, engineering and product management to ensure teams makes user-centric, data-driven decisions.
  • Ensure effective communication of research findings and advocate findings outside of the project team.
  • Collect and analyze user behavior through lab studies, field visits, ethnography, surveys, benchmark studies, server logs and online experiments (A/B testing).


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