Choose the right design processes in your toolkit to solve a real problem on a team, in 7 weeks
“Working in sprints with our PM and Developer helped me to understand the realities of development, providing me with valuable, real life experience! I've grown as a Designer and am more confident!”
“I haven't had much opportunity to work in cross-functional teams and this program was a great chance to do so. I know my pod members and I will continue to keep in touch.”
“We worked closely with our target customers, and actually built a product they loved. I feel like this program probably changed my life. And I feel like it could potentially change yours as well.”
“Co.Lab was a great place to connect with other tech professionals that I wasn't able to experience at my bootcamp. I definitely recommend this program to anyone starting out their tech career.”
“Co.Lab has huge potential to help someone in the beginning of their product journey out. I will recommend it to anyone I know trying to break into product.”
“Co.Lab gave me an opportunity to work in a team environment with designers and PMs. We got to test our products with users and worked on implementing their recommendations.”
“I met a lot of brilliant minds at Co.Lab, that I don’t think I would’ve met otherwise. And on top of that, the experience I gained really helped me find and hone my voice as a designer.”
“Co.Lab provides key practical work experience that hiring managers want to see. I was able to connect with several employees of what turned out to be my future employer!”
“Co.Lab challenged me intellectually, and gave me a supportive community that inspired me every day. I got much more from the program than I expected, and am forever grateful.”
“What set Co.Lab apart for me is the real-life project component that I hadn’t seen anywhere before. I truly felt I was able to experience the entire product development process.”
“Co.Lab was 100% worth the time and energy. Coming from the finance industry, I now feel ready to take that next step in applying for jobs in tech!”
“This was a fantastic journey and it provided me the combination of practical experience and community support that I never would have gotten anywhere else.”
“Co.Lab was a phenomenal experience for me. I feel more confident as a PM early in my product journey and feel more comfortable for any product interviews ahead.”
“Co.Lab is worthwhile for gaining much needed experience working with cross-functional teams. Super supportive all around, no matter what your level of experience is!”
“It’s an actual full-on experience. After taking Co.Lab, I have more confidence that Product Management is definitely something that I can do.”
“With my non-traditional background, Co.Lab inspired a newfound commitment to keep building & breaking things into the future. Calling it a fulfilling experience would be an understatement!”
Stand out from the crowd by showcasing your ability to design for real users and iterating based on feedback to solve their problems
Lead the efforts to understand customer pain points, create personas and gather insights to back up your design choices.
Explore multiple solutions, create wireframes, perform user testing on real customers and prioritize features based on feedback.
Improve your designs, create clickable prototypes and hand them off to your Developer to watch your product come to life.
Co.Lab provides a safe and inclusive space for all the questions you didn’t think you could ask. We’re all here to help one another succeed.
Form friendships and working relationships with cross-discipline coworkers. Leverage your networks and create a name for yourself!
Be part of a close-knit community, committed to supporting and celebrating one another. And once a Co.Laborator, always a Co.Laborator.
Be part of an inclusive and supportive environment, with dedicated mentors and industry experts looking to invest in your success
Product Design Director
Lead Product Designer
Sr. Product Designer
Sr. Product Designer
Simulating the real work environment, to give you the practical experience you need to succeed in the role
You must be able to demonstrate some design abilities (have completed a bootcamp, self-taught or equivalent), and be able to commit 15-20 hours per week.
Start planning your user research plan, and decide upon a problem space and user journey!
Discuss the technical feasibility of your designs and make necessary trade offs to accomplish the core user goal.
Create high fidelity mock-ups, user test with customers to get feedback, iterate and hand changes to your dev.
Prepare to pitch and demo your MVP to expert judges from the industry.
Wrap up your project and make time to celebrate your hard work!
Explore some of our Co.laborator stories and journeys
“I was drawn to Co.Lab because of the opportunity to collaborate with people, as I didn't have any experience working with a product manager (PM) and a developer simultaneously.“
“Going from school, where everything is given to you at a structured interval, to the workplace where most of the time, you’re expected to pick up new things by yourself, was a big change. I had a lot of self-doubt.“
“Co.Lab gave me a platform not just to learn product management but to perform product management. I launched a web-app… which is now live by working with the designer and developer I was provided, as a team.“
“Before I was really intimidated by it because I thought it was so technical. I’m not an engineer, I don’t think like an engineer. But if you need a great communicator, if you need someone who can organize, then I can do well in a role like that.“