Communications graduand Dilara Dinc enjoys the view in Italy where she attended SFU’s two-month ItaliaDesign 2016 field school.

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Experiential internships lead to Apple job

October 03, 2018
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By Diane Luckow

As soon as this October’s convocation ceremonies are over, new alumnus Dilara Dinc will be on her way to Cupertino, CA to begin a full-time job as a product designer at Apple.

Dinc has just completed a BA in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT), where she developed a keen interest in user experience (UX) design.

“I found the projects to be challenging, yet rewarding, so I tried my best to land an internship to further my education in this field in the real world,” says Dinc.

She first landed a UX internship at Crispin, Porter + Bogusky’s Los Angeles office, then went on to accept further internships in UX design with Tealeaves, SAP Canada and finally, Apple.

“All of these internships exposed me to different aspects of the design industry, and helped me understand what I want, and don’t want, to work on in terms of design projects,” she says.

Her eight-month internship with Apple ended in a job offer that was finalized earlier this spring.

“I would say that in addition to your achievements and the responsibilities you take on at work, the way you communicate with others and build strong relationships are what can make a difference and help you stand out.”

Dinc found time during her studies to volunteer extensively with the Interactive Arts and Technology Student Union, serve as an FCAT mentor to new students, and organize a major design conference for SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology.

“This took a lot of time and hard work, but allowed me to gain confidence in myself,” she says.

She also participated in the two-month ItaliaDesign 2016 field school in Italy where she and other participants interviewed and learned from well-known designers and architects.

Dinc is excited about her new job at Apple, a company she says she has admired for many years for its product innovation as well as its values.

“I Iook forward to working hard every day towards creating something I love and believe in.”