The internships, the essential formulae to ally practice and theory

The school’s MDes (Master’s in Design) curriculum includes several internship options

3rd-year of undergraduate studies internship

During the 3rd year of studies, students are expected to pursue an internship to validate their year. The internship length is 8 weeks. The interns’ educational follow-up and evaluation process are the chance to reflect on the experience and what they took away from it.

Role of interns and learning goals
Interns provide assistance either to an individual or a team of designers. They are overseen by an Internship Supervisor who also happens to hold the role of designer or creative specialist.

Interns are expected to apply their know-how in creative projects. Depending upon their future career plans, four creative sectors are available to them:
- Product Design,
- Interaction Design,
- Spatial Design,
- Graphic Design..

1st-year of postgraduate studies internship

Internship abroad
During their 4th year of studies, students have the option of a semester abroad or an internship in a foreign company or agency. The period must be a minimum of 13 weeks. Internships abroad are the opportunity for students to experience first-hand cultural differences in terms of methodologies and project management.

Role of interns and learning goals
Interns are considered Junior Designers. They are to take part in all steps factoring into one or more projects. Students’ activities can range from Product Design – Interaction Design – Spatial Design – Graphic Design. Their role spans myriad aspects, from devising specifications to carrying out the technical nature and plans of the project.

2nd-year of postgraduate studies internship

Workforce Preparation internship
During their final year of studies, students have two tasks to complete before earning their degree: a Workforce Preparation internship and a long Final Year project. The interns’ educational follow-up and evaluation process will highlight their professional competencies and project manager strengths.

Role of interns and learning goals
Interns are considered Junior Designers. They are responsible for a project, and are overseen by the Internship Supervisor. They are expected to demonstrate their ability to manage all phases of a design project.

They tackle the design project from the beginning stages, including specifications, all the way through to technical design for the purposes of industrial feasibility. They examine the difficulty, lay out the steps involved, and estimate the means and resources necessary. They keep concerned parties in the know on the project’s course, and manage every step along the way.

Sarah DEMERY and Soazic DUAULT
Student placement Coordinators