|Published online: January 9, 2015||$US5.00|
This paper describes an on-going design internship program that was developed through a partnership between a public college and a regional economic development intermediary. There were thirty-two students participating in the study, all majoring in graphic design from a large, urban public college in New York City. This paper describes the design components of the internship program and the detailed results obtained from the first three years of tracking students after completion of the internship. Retention, graduation rates, and career paths former interns have followed are presented, with the updates indicating that former interns find employment within their degree field at a higher rate than the national average and exhibit a greater resiliency to stay within the field. Community outcomes are assessed by the growth of participating businesses and the creation of new jobs. Both student and community results are encouraging and suggest that this combination of program elements in an internship program has promise for adoption into undergraduate design curricula. Several topics are given for the purposes of further research.
|Keywords:||Internships, Experimental Learning, Graphic Design Curriculum|
Associate Professor, Art Department, Queens College, CUNY, Queens, New York, USA