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OCAD UNIVERSITY

CREATE OPPORTUNITY YOUR GUIDE TO INTERNSHIPS AT OCAD UNIVERSITY


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ABOUT

BRING AN OCAD UNIVERSITY INTERN INTO YOUR ORGANIZATION

OCAD University is Canada’s largest Art and Design university, and has more depth and breadth in visual art and design programs than any school of its kind in the country. OCAD U students are courageous and innovative thinkers, organizers and makers. Discover what an OCAD U student can contribute to your organization!


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WHAT WILL AN OCAD U STUDENT DO FOR YOU?

An OCAD University student provides inspired input to your strategy, supports the role-out of projects or events, and assists with technical execution. An OCAD U student works as a publication assistant creating dynamic layouts, organizes an archive, researches key issues and writes persuasive content. An OCAD U student leverages transferrable skills to participate in marketing, outreach, education, and administration. An OCAD U student creates a beautiful, sustainable and better-functioning world. An OCAD U student imagines the impossible to be possible. LET’S GET STARTED!


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OVERVIEW

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HOW ARE FOR-CREDIT INTERNSHIPS AT OCAD UNIVERSITY STRUCTURED? Internships are part of the continuum of experiential learning opportunities offered at OCAD University, by which upper-year students are actively immersed in professional work environments. Work is performed over a specified period of time under the guidance of a community partner and faculty member, who mentor and evaluate performance in relationship to core learning objectives.

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REGISTRATION AND PREPARATION In a for-credit scenario, students select an internship placement based on a range on offer as part of a formal course. Courses are structured to be a hybrid comprised of classroom and experiential learning modalities, with an introductory portion designed to prepare students for being placed in the field.

INTERNSHIP During the work placement, students are required to perform the equivalent of of 120 hours of work. These hours will be scheduled around the needs of your organization and the student intern’s schedule.

POST-INTERNSHIP Following completion of the work placement, students will return to the classroom to produce a final report and share their experience with other students enrolled in the course. The culmination of the course results in an event where students present their findings, reflections and feedback, which community partners are encouraged to attend for added context.


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WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN INTERNSHIP PARTNER?

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INTRODUCTION Learning outside of the classroom or studio can be an adjustment.. We recommend setting up an introductory meeting with your student intern to discuss work schedule, responsibilities and objectives. Setting the stage for the experience and clearly laying out expectations can ease the transition for all parties.

ALIGN THE EXPERIENCE WITH THE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Internships carried out on a for-credit basis require a heightened awareness and responsibility of all constituents to ensure that the experience meets the learning objectives and curricular goals . For this purpose, it is recommended that the community partner and the course instructor strive for a collaborative relationship with open communication to ensure that these needs are initially consulted and agreed upon, and then ultimately met.

APPOINT AN APPROPRIATE AND ACCESSIBLE SUPERVISOR

Connecting a student with a supervisor who is available to take the time to mentor and develop a student, as well as one who will be able to communicate and provide valuable feedback, is an important part of the internship experience. A supervisor who is regularly available to a student, and who can develop a cooperative relationship with the faculty member, will ensure the success of the outcomes for all stakeholders.

PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEEDBACK Allowing time for all parties to reflect upon, and respond to, the outcomes of an internship is an important aspect of this unique teaching and learning opportunity. This careful consideration can take the form of performance reviews, presentations, surveys or community sharing projects. Community partners are encouraged to participate in the Community Sharing event at the culmination of the course.

ASSESSMENT The community partner is expected to participate in an assessment and feedback process at two points during the placement: mid-point and upon completion. Developed in collaboration with the faculty member leading the course, these assessments are used in conjunction with tangible student deliverables to assign a grade.


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SUPPORT

WHAT SUPPORT DO WE OFFER YOU?

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OFFICE We are here to guide you through the process of connecting with OCAD U students in meaningful ways. The Experiential Learning office focuses on helping students gain experience that will complement their classroom- and studio-based learning experience. We build sustained, reciprocal relationships and link partners to faculty and students for curricular or co-curricular activities. SKILLED FACULTY As your partner in the educational process, faculty members bring their expertise in teaching and pedagogy to this collaborative venture. OCAD University professors and instructors are practicing artists, designers, researchers and scholars who are passionate about working with you to ensure both a viable outcome and the best possible experience for our students.


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HOW TO GET INVOLVED?

CONTACT

To become a partner and bring students into your organization as interns, or to find out more, connect with us OCAD University! CONTACT US Angie Griffith Program Coordinator, Experiential Learning agriffith@ocadu.ca 416-977-6000 x 4020


OCAD UNIVERSITY

100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1 WWW.OCADU.CA


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