Do US companies know Ron Arad Associates ,Conran & Partners, Ultimo Grito & Hopkins? Would a summer internship with one of these companies help a product design student from the UK find a job in the US (providing there are relevant visas)?
Are these UK firms known to the US consultancies?
too much sarcasm on this site…or so i hope thats what that was. yes, if you like design you know of these companies, if not you should do something else. all of these companies are internationally known and respected.
There really is no need to be picky about which companies would be better places to intern than others. The most imporatant thing is to get experience in industry. You will learn tons no matter what the name of the company is.
I say go for it.