Professional Practice

In the Internship students have the opportunity to link their academic environment to professional practice. The Internship is typically taken the summer before senior year. In the spring of junior year, students are required to secure an Internship from a pre-approved industrial design firm, individual or corporation (or the equivalent). During the internship students are mentored and given the opportunity to work alongside designers in a variety of roles giving them valuable insights into the inner workings of industrial design. Skills reinforced: industry awareness.

With Junior reviews as a mandatory milestone (end of Junior Fall semester), students will draft an early career path, collect and reflect on their "body of work" and develop professional tools such as portfolio, resume and potentially website. Investigating their upcoming summer internship, they will work in small groups to practice interviews, research internship positions, network and investigate appropriate channels as well as define their professional preferences and personality. Students will work with a graphic design instructor for the first half of the course and an ID instructor and career team member for the second portion of the fall semester. Students will meet periodically in the spring semester with their internship coordinator and will receive a final grade when the internship is completed over the summer between Junior and Senior year. Skills introduced: Graphic Design, presentation layout and typography, product photography, resume and cover letter writing, interview protocols. This course must be taken in conjunction with ID3.