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Cover Photo by Hasque May

Holiday Office Hours 🎄

Brought to you by Cofolios and Students Who Design

Sahil Khoja
Dec 19, 2018 · 9 min read

The holidays are a time for relaxing, spending time with family, and catching up on all the things you wanted to do over the semester. It is also some of the rare free time that students and design newcomers have to work on their portfolios, apply for jobs, and receive critiques. Here are some awesome students and new grads who would love to help you out and share their experiences.

Also while you’re here, check out Cofolios to find your next design internship and check out portfolios of students who’ve interned at top tech companies.

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Nishant Panchal

Georgia Institute of Technology

Nishant is a Product Designer at Salesforce. He graduated with a Bachelors in CS and Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech. His interests lie in Enterprise UX and UX Strategy.

You can book time with Nishant here.

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Abbey Lee

Rochester Institute of Technology

Abbey is a recent grad from RIT and a User Experience Designer at Amazon. Previously Abbey was a UX design intern at Amazon and an interaction designer at RIT Web Services.

You can book time with Abbey here

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Tanaya Joshi

Georgia Institute of Technology

Tanya is currently a product designer at Instacart. She has a ton of professional experience ranging from product companies like Facebook & Instacart to design agencies like Frog.

You can book time with Tanaya here

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Rachel He

New York University

Rachel is currently a junior at NYU and an incoming product design intern at Airbnb this summer. She was previously a Kleiner Perkins Fellow at Doordash last summer.

You can book time with Rachel here

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Rachel Cheng

York University/Sheridan College

Rachel is currently a junior at York University/Sheridan College and an incoming product design intern at Facebook this summer. She is also currently an intern at Universe.

You can book time with Rachel here

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Meena Nanduri

Purdue University

Meena Nanduri is a junior at Purdue University majoring in UX Design. She recently interned at Adobe where she channeled her passion for empowering others through digital experiences. Through a mentorship program at Purdue, Meena has provided constructive feedback for multiple design students’ portfolios. Giving feedback to fellow designers is her way of giving back and strengthening the community.

You can book time with Meena here

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Hwanghah Jeong

Savannah College of Art and Design

Hwanghah is a recent grad from SCAD and is also a product designer at Airbnb. She was previously a design intern at Airbnb as a Kleiner Perkins fellow and a design intern at Microsoft. She was also named one of the most influential women in UX by Invision.

You can book time with Hwanghah here

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Sean Leach

Simon Fraser University

Sean is a design addict based out of Vancouver, BC and will be a Product Designer at Instagram after graduation. He wants to be at the crossroads where technology and design-driven thinking meet. Sean was a Product Design Intern at Instagram this past summer and UX Apprentice at Junior.io in the summer of 2017.

You can book time with Sean here.

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Humphrey Obuobi

Harvard University

Humphrey is an Associate Product Manager at Google. Humphrey has designed full applications and websites for startups and organizations, managed product development at Microsoft and Harvard Student Agencies, and engaged in large scale engineering projects from early on in his academic career, from a world-class FIRST Robotics robot to bio-printed kidney models.

You can book time with Humphrey here.

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Karen Li

University of California, Berkeley

Karen is a Product Designer at Facebook. She has previously worked as a Product Design Intern at Facebook and at Quora. In college, she studied Cognitive Science and Human Centered Design. She works at the intersection of the virtual world & the physical experience and explores the way the brain determines the human condition.

You can book time with Karen here.

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Fisher Adelakin

Purdue Univeristy

Fisher is a multidisciplinary software engineer. He has previously worked at Slack, Tesla, Qualcomm, and Pinterest as a Software Engineering Intern.

You can book time with Fisher here.

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Brendan Elliott

Cornell University

Brendan is a senior at Cornell and will be a Product Designer at Facebook after graduation. Previously, he was a Product Design Intern at Apple. His interests include design thinking, human-centered design, product development and entrepreneurship.

You can book time with Brendan here.

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Aahel Iyer

Rochester Institute of Technology

Aahel is a senior at RIT and will be a Product Designer at Lyft after graduation. Aahel was previously a Product Design Intern at Lyft and has been freelancing for 3 years. He’s a design thinking practitioner when not obsessing over delay pedals and analog synthesizers.

You can book time with Aahel here.

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Jemma Kwak

University of California, Berkeley

Jemma is a junior at UC Berkeley and will be a product design intern at Facebook. She has previously interned at Adobe. She is studying Psychology at Berkeley and is interested in the intersection of art, technology, and social good.

You can book time with Jemma here.

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Olivia Grace

Rochester Institute of Technology

Olivia is an Interaction Designer at Google and was previously a UX Intern at Misfit Wearables.

You can book time with Olivia here.

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Ethelia Lung

Rochester Institute of Technology

Ethelia is an Interaction Designer at Youtube. Ethelia was previously a Product Design Intern at Google and Junior Design Intern at an agency called Greyscale in Hong Kong

You can book time with Ethelia here.

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Mariano Avila

University of Oklahoma

Mariano is currently a junior at the University of Oklahoma studying human-centered product design and will be a Product Design Intern at Facebook. He was a part of the inaugural Facebook University for Design class. He studies human behavior in order to make digital products better. He believes building great technology starts with understanding how people think.

You can book time with Mariano here.

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Cody Reppert

Savannah College of Art and Design

Cody is currently a senior at Savannah College of Art and Design studying User Experience Design and will be a Product Design Intern at Uber. He is dedicated to achieving success through hard work and design thinking to innovate and improve the lives of people through technology. He wants to create things that can make people feel like their life is easier every day.

You can book time with Cody here.

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Andrés Arbelaez

University of Maryland

Andrés is a senior at the University of Maryland studying Human-Centered Product Design and will be a Product Designer at Facebook after graduation. He has designed advertiser experiences as a Facebook Product Design Intern, built cross-platform products as an Instagram Software Engineering Intern, and developed iOS apps as a Facebook FBU Engineering Intern.

You can book time with Andrés here.

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Yannick Zanfack

University of Maryland

Yannick is senior at University of Maryland studying Information Science and will be a Product Designer at Nextdoor. He was previously a Product Design Intern at Handshake and a Kleiner Perkins Design Fellow.

You can book time with Yannick here.

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Ismael Berry

Columbia University

Ismael pursuing a Bachelor of Art studying Computer Science and Psychology with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction at Columbia University in the City of New York. He will be a Product Designer at Robinhood after graduation and was previously a KPCB Fellow and an Experience Design Intern at Airbnb. He has always been interested in human interaction in both the physical and digital space: how telling, specific, and dynamic it can be and how it continually changes.

You can book time with Ismael here.

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Vivian Zhang

Wellesley College

Vivian is a senior at Wellesley College currently interning at Palantir. She’ll be a Product Designer at Quora. She designs experiences and products to connect people in meaningful ways. Previously, Vivian was a Product Design Intern at Quora and Facebook.

You can book time with Vivian here.

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Ishaan Kansal

University Illinois at Urbana Champagne

Ishaan studied Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne before joining Samsara as a full-time Product Designer. He previously worked at Airware as a Product Design Intern via the KPCB Fellowship and a Product Design Intern at Facebook and Pinterest.

You can book time with Ishaan here.

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Brandon Jacoby

The Ohio State University

Brandon studied Human-Computer Interaction at Ohio State University before joining Cash App. He previously interned at Square and enjoys photography and building products that make people’s lives easier and create impactful change.

You can book time with Brandon here.

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Mind Apivessa

Cornell University

Mind is currently a senior at Cornell University studying Information Science. She’ll be a Product Design Intern at Facebook and has previously worked at IBM and Thai Airways.

You can book time with Mind here.

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Catherine Legros

Emily Carr University

Catherine is a senior at Emily Carr University studying Interaction Design. She was a Product Design Intern at Google and has previously worked on a variety of tech startups, including one she founded in Singapore.

You can book time with Catherine here.

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Patrick Burtchaell

Loyola University New Orleans

Patrick studied design at Loyola University New Orleans before working as a Product Designer at Facebook on Messenger. He previously interned at Facebook on the Messenger team and launched the daily weather feature on Facebook.

You can book time with Patrick here.

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Geunbae Lee

Georgia Tech

Geunbae completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech. He interned and now works at Facebook as a Product Designer.

Want to help out up and coming designers over the holidays? Let us know and we’ll add you to the list!

Special thanks to Hasque, Omar Abdul-Rahim, and Zain Khoja for getting this scrappy project together.

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