Designing a platform to connect students with global research internships.

My Role

Desk Research
Interaction Design
Visual Design


Dec 2018 — Feb 2019

Tools Used

After Effects

Team Members

Gurudutt Perichetla
Paarmita Bhargava
Hafsa Nefouci
Simanta Pathak
Divyanshu Rawat
Afelio Padilla


What is Ignitus?

Ignitus is a non-profit organization for the welfare of the student community that helps students and professionals get handpicked top-quality global research and industrial internships, for free! The students participate in projects and training programs supervised by experts. The goal of Ignitus is to skyrocket a students’ career by providing the best global opportunities. The platform has got exponential growth after successful internship completion by the associated students with researchers from SAIL (Stanford AI Lab) and Oxford University.

Students will work on research projects with professors, graduate students, PhDs, and PostDocs of top universities including Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, UC Berkeley, CMU, Yale, Princeton and more. The end goal is to publish top-quality papers through a collaborative effort.


To identify the major challenges encountered by students interested in research internships and professors who are searching for applicants to work on their projects. Design a solution that could assist and provide information wherever they might face a problem.


Designing a Web Platform

The solution proposed is a web-based application that can list opportunities posted by professors and can be viewed by students, also include a chat system to communicate on the application. Students can search for internships based on their fields and form a community of professors and students.


From Concept to Live Product


Competitive Analysis
User Persona
User Stories


Site Map
Brand Identity


High Fidelity Prototypes
Design System




Understanding Business and User Needs

Competitive Analysis

In order to understand how to place Ignitus in the business space, we had to look into competitors that offered internship search services. Simanta Pathak found two companies - The Intern Group and Idealist which provided internship searching services and we closely analyzed them to find out what they offered, their advantages and their drawbacks. Simanta organized his findings using Xtensio. I looked at alternatives like Internshala and AngelList and found out their advantages and their drawbacks. By looking at these different platforms, we focused on who to design for? (the user base) and what kinds of features and functionalites we should offer.

User Personas

Through the existing research at Ignitus, we found out that the target user group would be undergraduate students in countries like India, Brazil, China, and Indonesia. The team came up with a user persona to understand a student’s goals and frustrations. Consider Jimmy who represents a student who is trying to search for a job/research in his specific field and at the same time wants to build his resume strong. So basically he served as my primary persona which I wanted to focus on for this project.

User Stories

The user story represents the core features of the platform. Here, we also display the different features that are to be released in the upcoming versions of the platform.

Site Map

After the team had brainstormed potential solutions and analyzed pain points, a site map outlining features that need to be developed was created. This allowed us to get a grasp of how the platform would work system-wide. This allowed me to understand the information architecture and how to design a step-by-step process of finding and applying to internships.

Brand Identity

At this stage of product development, we already had insights into the company perspective. So it was the right time to look upon the branding aspect of the application.

Gathering the insights about the education platform we decided to choose a blue color, since blue is associated with open spaces, freedom, trust, loyalty, sincerity. We wanted to create a platform to facilitate communication between professors and students, and we wanted to find a font expressing a friendly and human feeling. That’s why we chose the font - "American Typewriter".


Collaborating and Designing, Remotely

We designed the application using Figma since it allowed us to collaborate remotely. Based on the site map, we had to understand how to integrate all of the different features under one common platform. It was an interesting experience for me since I was collaborating with other designers and we brainstormed a lot about how to design the interface and represent the information in a way that can be easily understood by the user.

Design System

Sign Up

Sign Up Page

Sign Up as Student

Sign Up as Professor


Login Page

Log in as Student

Log in - Alert



Student - Feed

Student - Feed (Alternate)

Student - Profile

Student - Edit Profile


Professor - Feed

Professor - Jobs Board

Professor - Job Description

Professor - Job Applicants


Internships - List

Internships - Detail

Internships - Apply

Internships - Share

Internships - Success

Internships - Saved

Internships - Applied


Settings - General

Settings - Password

Settings - Messaging

Settings - Blocked Users

Settings - Account Deletion (1/2)

Settings - Account Deletion (2/2)


Messages - Menu

Messages - Detail View

Messages - New Message

Messages - Recipient Suggestions

Messages - Forward Message

Messages - Reply View


Notifications - Present

Notifications - Empty