What do you do with a student who doesn’t have enough experience or skill to be an intern?
Something many of you may not know is that I’ve dabbled in academia. And by dabbling, I mean I’ve taught one class at KU and might teach a class next semester at KCAI. But, It’s something I enjoy and I have gotten a positive response from my students, which leads me to believe I can’t be too terrible at it. So, when I was approach about an internship by an inexperienced young designer/user experience student from UMKC this is where my mind immediately went.
It would have been really easy to give the standard, “get back with us when you have a little more experience under your belt”, but something in the back of my mind has never forgotten what it’s like to be a student. A student with graduation looming and the anxious feeling of needing to immediately wrangle some gainful employment before the loan bills start arriving. With this in mind, I decided to try something different, something I’ve been thinking about for some time actually. I decided to hold a class of 1 and see if in a few months I could teach enough about design to give my student the necessary tools to have a solid portfolio and find a job.
I’ve cherry-picked my favorite classes from when I was a student and will be conducting mini versions as an experiment to see if this is a viable idea. Given her interest in user experience I thought Multi-Media Experience and Professional Practice would be a great choices.
In Multi-Media Experience designers are required to identify and research a sub-culture of their choosing. Once thoroughly researched they design and brand a speculative online community that enhances the subculture’s ability to participate and communicate with other like-minded individuals.
Professional Practice is an exercise in branding yourself and preparing a portfolio site to present your work for interviews and freelance gigs.
I have no idea or preconceptions about how this is going to turn out, but I’m excited about it and plan to continue to document the experience and anything we learn along the way, so check back!