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Graphic Design Cooperative Education Internship Procedures

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Cooperative Education (Internship) courses illustrate a growing and successful part of the graphic design curriculum developed through an active partnership with TWU Career Services, continued relationships with both on-campus and off-campus employers and early professional practice instruction for students. First, partnering with Career Services through a service-learning project, graphic design students created a new logo, tagline and promotional poster for the department. This allowed Career Services’ leadership and staff to experience the creative process and presentation skills used in the graphic design courses.

Resulting improvements include creating an informational web page with PDF documents, providing course materials via Blackboard prior to course enrollment, and conducting Co-op Prep Sessions during Week 8 of each semester. At the sessions, students learn about resources for finding and applying for internships, review current resumes, and create lists of possible internships. As employers hire for positions, each student meets with the professor individually prior to the beginning of the semester, and again at the end of the semester for an exit interview.

A Future In Graphic Design Through Texas Woman's University

As a result of Cooperative Education courses, many TWU graphic design students have been finalists for or have won the following prestigious internships:
  • The Southwest Airlines Infinite Possibilities Summer Internship: Katelyn Osborne (over 5,000 resumes submitted, under 30 open positions, 1 for graphic design)
  • Dominos Pizza Summer Internship, Detroit, MI: Ashleigh Haworth, Semi-finalist
  • CBS /TXA Channel 21: Stephen Platt
  • How Babies Learn, NYC: Nitashia Johnson
  • Brinker International: Katherine Hale
  • Fossil, Inc.: Heather Abbott
  • RSW Creative: Jonathan Thompson
  • Neiman Marcus, Kid Kraddick Morning Show: Michelle Blakey
Beginning in 2007 and as of Spring 2012, external companies have offered permanent positions to 15.38% (6 out of 39) of TWU graphic design students employed as interns.

Requirements:

  • 30+ Semester hours completed
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Must have declared a major 
  • Must work the entire semester

Students should begin this process the semester PRIOR to enrollment in the Co-op Education course.

  1. Week 5: Students should find several on- or off-campus coop opportunities on the TWU Career Services page or through any design related job board such as the DSVC, AIGA, AAF, etc (see list below). Create a list of 3 – 5 opportunities, email this list along with a current resume to the major adviser, Jana Perez, at JPerez5@twu.edu
  2. Week 9 or 10:
    • Download and complete (type) all forms from Career Services website
    • Make an appointment with Career Services and bring completed forms
    • Place Departmental Recommendation Form in major adviser's box in Visual Arts office

Deadlines:

On-Campus Coop Positions: Contact the department (see list below) about available positions: Summer/Fall, March 26 - 30 / Spring, October 29 - Nov 2.

Off-Campus Coop Positions: Students can apply for other internship opportunities up to the last date for regular registration.

Resources:

Possible On-Campus Coop Opportunites:

• Career Services, Deidre Leslie, 940.898.2950

• Center for Student Development (CSD), Melissa Carr, 940.898.3868. For this internship, see these additional requirements [pdf]

• Department of Music, Joni Jensen, 940.898.2500

Possible Off-Campus Coop Opportunities:

Dallas Society of Visual Communication DSVC http://www.dsvc.org/resources/job-board

American Institute for Graphic Artists /DFW Chapter AIGA | DFW http://aigadfw.org/jobs/

Internshipfinder http://internshipfinder.jobamatic.com/a/jobs/find-jobs/q-Fossil/l-Dallas,+TX

Fossil http://www.fossil.com/careers

Brinker International http://www.brinkerjobs.com/

Kid Kraddick / KidNation http://kiddnation.com/internships/

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