So I've just learned about UX/IxD design a few months ago while talking to an alum of my program and have been becoming more interested in it since then. I'm wondering where I go from here to prepare myself for at least an internship.
My background: BS in biology with lots of premed classes, BA in fine arts, did research in a plant lab, and am now in my last year of a masters program in medical illustration at a very good university. I took a pretty weird path to get here so I won't go into detail about it.
But anyways, I have a lot of sketching/illustration/3d modeling/animation skills with some graphic design and a couple courses of instructional and web interactive design. My thesis which I'll be working on for most of next year will be on designing an interactive learning module for a new surgical procedure.
In the future I'd like to eventually do design for healthcare - medical devices, patient experiences, medical simulations, etc (no idea how big that market is btw since it seems like a lot of UX is web related). I'm still very much committed to my original goal of using art/design for making a difference in healthcare.
Anyways, a couple questions:
Am I being naive? Considering my background could I even get an internship in UX which will hopefully lead me to a job afterwards? Or do I need to go back to school?
Where do I go from here? How can I prepare for applying for at least internships or junior positions in the field?
I realize I have a long way to go. The main thing I want to know is if my goals are possible to get to without going back for another degree, and if so, where to go from here to do it. Any kind of feedback would be really appreciated!