Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Onyx Valley for?

We are seeking diverse candidates from underrepresented groups; however we encourage all people who are interested in User Experience to apply. Even if you are not considering a career in User Experience, you can benefit from learning new tools and strategies to solve problems. You must be at least18-years-old to participate in our open programming. We participate in special events for children only with our partners.

I'm not sure if I want to pursue a career in User Experience... should I still participate?

Yes! Preparing for leadership roles and decision maker roles in any career. If you are preparing to speak with employers, this is a great way to get hands-on experience and you can talk to them about the impressive work you did with us. There are several transferable skills that you can find useful in many other careers.

Do I have to be a college student to participate? 

No. Most of our events are centered on college campuses because it's a place we know there are a lot of people actively preparing for their careers, but that is not to say those people don't exist elsewhere. We believe talented people can be found in lots of other places, too.

We find that our programming is also of interest to recent college graduates, up-and-coming professionals, and start-up workers, just to name a few. 

Do I need to be able to code?


Do I need to be able to draw?


Do I need to be able to _________ (fill in the blank)?

No! Enthusiasm, a learning spirit,and tenacity are the main requirements. We are looking for people who are ready and willing to put in the effort to learn.

I'm interested, but I don't think I'm available for your programming.

We plan to offer programs more than once, so there will be other opportunities for you to get involved. We host several events throughout the year. Follow us on social media @onyx_valley [Twitter, Instagram] and sign up for our mailing list to be updated about upcoming programming. Our events are also posted on our website.

How much do Onyx Valley programs cost?

Unless otherwise noted, our programs are free and there is no fee to apply.