This is the fifth in a series of interviews with SAP employees in a variety of roles in the area of user experience and design.
Clemens Sandner is a design intern with the SAP Global Design Enablement team. Clemens has been working at the SAP headquarters in Walldorf, Germany since September 2014 while studying audiovisual media at the Stuttgart Media University (in German, Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart).
Please briefly explain what you do as a design intern at SAP.
The Global Design Enablement team covers a wide range of interesting and challenging topics. So it is a great opportunity for me to improve my skills and enhance the knowledge that I acquired so far during my studies. I’m currently working on several projects, such as development and design support for the SAP User Experience Community, the newest release of the SAP Fiori UX Design Guidelines, and as well as drawing images in Adobe Illustrator for an animation project. In addition, I’m using Unity to design and develop a new type of gamified file database for SAP employees.
What are you enjoying most about your internship?
One of the biggest benefits for me is experiencing the professionalism of the people I am working with and their approach to projects. In my last semester, we ran a project on our own. There I learned how to conduct a project, which was helpful for my internship at SAP, but also the other way around, my internship helps me to close the gaps I didn’t know existed or that didn’t work last semester.
Also, I’m very happy to have such diverse tasks here. The variety makes work fun, so it never gets boring here!
What did you learn during your studies that have been most useful to you during your internship?
The combination of creative and technical thinking is the foundation of my major in audiovisual media. This is the same basis I need for my internship here!
What is the most important aspect of your internship that you will take back to your studies and later to your professional career?
Learning how to carry out a project end-to-end from design to development was really useful for me. It’s so beneficial to know both the design and development sides. This way I can either carry out a project on my own, or, when working in a team, fulfil my tasks while maintaining a high level of awareness and sensibility for the other part to ensure a flawless collaboration and execution.
What is your design motto?
Know as much as you can about every part of the whole design process.
Clemens, thank you for the interview and good luck with your studies!
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