Almost two years ago, I landed my first design internship at a startup. When looking for an internship for my first summer at university, I solely focused on startups because I believed that I would learn much more at a startup with a smaller team than a design agency or a larger company.

Here are some of the key lessons I learned during the eight months I spent designing at a startup that illustrate why I think it can help you become a better designer when starting your career.

You get to wear lots of different hats

When designing at a startup, you’ll get the opportunity to take…

Moaaz Sidat

designer, developer, photographer • computer science @UWaterloo • software engineering intern @coursera, building @hackthenorth

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