Prime Air Internship

UX Design Internship

Summer 2023


UX: Jon Rodz, PM: Jatin Bajaj, Dev: Elisha Stevenson, Alec Echevarria, Gevorg Akopyan


March 23’ - May 23’


Figma, Quip, Chime


Under NDA

Project overview

In the summer of 2023, I completed a 12-week internship with Amazon as a UX Design Intern, contributing to the Prime Air org—a pioneering 30-minute autonomous drone deliveries.  Across two projects, I dived deep into the physical and digital experiences using internal tools, conducting UX research, crafting user stories, and designing UI. Collaborating closely with Product Managers, Developers, and stakeholders to shape essential employee experiences for enabling swift drone deliveries.


In my role as a UX Design Intern, I took ownership of the software driving the employee-drone delivery experience. This encompassed a thorough software system redesign for loading packages onto the drone, as well as integrating a new feature into the drone maintenance software.

The Problem

Scaling operations for the next phase of Prime Air

The Solution

Incorporate new features and revamp existing software through redesign.


In reality, the design process isn't as straightforward as school projects, especially when managing multiple projects. Instead, relying on tenets (principles), goals, and a shared vision was more effective for this internship.


The experience should be easy to understand, EX: flow should be consistent and the language

All Encompassing

Thorough in use cases, which means there would be no confusion with the experience.


Changes happen, so how can those changes happen seamlessly on a whim.

Streamlining Innovation

When implementing features or redesigning, I believe the key is to simplify and innovate. The software I redesigned was initially created without much consideration for customers, using complex language and unhelpful data. By focusing on readability and addressing customer pain points, I collaborated with product and engineering teams to improve both the physical and digital processes.

Navigating Constraints

For Project 1, I gathered feedback from a single customer due to time and resource limitations. Despite interviewing only one customer, I recognized the value of their input. In Project 2, time constraints prevented interviews, but I always considered the customer's perspective. Their frustrations, when shared, became my guiding light for the redesign, rooted in data-driven decision-making to address customer problems.

Working with Product Management

In the project, I initially focused on redesigning a specific software section as assigned by the Product team. However, as I explored the entire product, I grasped its overall vision and future goals. While giving priority to my designated section, I took on the responsibility of considering the entire product, resulting in a more unified redesign. Moreover, I spotted a potential future-facing feature and imagined how it could fit in—highlighting the importance of flexibility.

Embrace uncertainty

Unlike the first project, Project 2 lacked explicit business requirements. Despite this, I leveraged my UX Designer toolkit to create a user flow which help stakeholders gain clarity. I derived questions from customer feedback, collaborating with product and engineering teams for iterative development. While making UI, continued with a few assumptions, I maintained consistent communication with multiple stakeholders to align on physical process to inform the digital space. Embracing an agile approach, I iterated based on assumptions, refining as requirements clarified.

Dev Handoff

In Projects 1 and 2, through iterative processes and meticulous documentation, I ensured developers had all necessary information. This approach prevents them from overlooking key details or seeking clarification post-project. Notably, my design hand-off to developers garnered positive feedback, setting a new benchmark for UX Designers in the org.

Overall... excited for the future

Here is an ad I made that you might see one day, as an exercise to understand the Prime Air brand. Prime Air has a big promise that would revolutionize how we receive packages, so I am happy to be apart of that.

Thank you, Prime Air, for an unforgettable summer

Jon's dedication to understanding the needs of our associates have been evident through his proactive efforts to gather their input and delve into various resources to explore foundational product requirements. His holistic approach to the product has led him to initiate improvements that extend beyond its defined scope. Consistently, Jon has proactively sought assistance and remained receptive to feedback and critique, effectively overcoming obstacles in his path. Jon' dedication to customer-centric design process, ownership mentality, and results-driven approach will make him a valuable asset to any team.

Senior UX Designer

I'm very impressed with Jon's UX design work. He developed an intuitive, simple, and flexible UX for our operations software based on inputs from stakeholders and customers. He demonstrated ownership by thinking long term and developing a product that will adapt to all types of changes. Very excited to see the final product in action!

Industrial Engineer II

Huge Kudos to Jon for driving the UX exercise for the project. He showed great customer obsession and insisted on highest standards by iterating and evolving the UX designs for better customer experience. Also, loved the creativity in the mid-point presentation!! Great work!

Software Development Manager

Really appreciated Jon's enthusiasm, communication, and attention to detail when working on UX mock-ups for the the project. He was very good about staying in touch with his customers regarding the status of deliverables and was also quick to incorporate feedback. His products were delivered on time and his presentations were top-notch!


Great Design starts with a spark of creativity

Jon Rodz Spark Star