Internships 2020: Mentorship

We are happy to announce an 8 week Internship program for Design students starting 27th March, 2020. We will be inviting mentors to be a part of the program soon. Click here if you are interested to register as a student.

How to get started

This is an 8-week Internship program in Design Research, being offered to the students of Design. A Think Design initiative from its leadership, we wanted to offer this to students who may be facing uncertainties during this time and help them with positive utilization of time and energy while working from home. The structure has been designed to be conducted entirely online.

You need to be a Industry professional, Academician or a Design practitioner with the ability to guide team members. Duration of mentorship is for 4 weeks, starting May 2020 and the interaction between student intern and the mentor is entirely online. We understand that the mentors may be busy during this time and hence, the schedule of online calls, reviews and feedback sessions are expected to be flexible between the student and the mentor.

Mentors are expected to guide the intern in the project the intern takes up. The duration is for 4 weeks and we anticipate about 8-10 hours of guidance during this period. The mentor is not expected to help students in execution of work or pedagogy. At the end of the 4 week period, the mentor is expected to provide us with the evaluation of the student intern’s work and recommend the award of Internship certificate. During the period of mentorship, the mentor is expected to motivate, guide and direct the student and provide regular feedback.

The format of evaluation will be provided to the mentors post successful registration.

Mentors will be provided with a certificate of mentorship by Think Design, on successfully mentoring the student, post providing evaluation of students’ work. Student’s work will be showcased on Think Design’s web and social properties and will be acknowledged in our posting/s.

Internship and Mentorship are voluntary and are not bound by financial remuneration. Mentors are not expected to provide remuneration to the students and are strongly discouraged from commercial transactions with their student interns.

 

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We will update the mentors on a regular basis. Check back later here for more information.

Guide to evaluate Interns’ work:

  • Interns undertake projects from this list
  • We will be making groups of students based on the projects they select and we will be assigning one group to each Mentor. Assignment of the group is based on several parameters such as geographic location of students (time zone), language barrier and availability of Mentors based on the selection of availability mentors made.
  • Mentor is expected to guide students during the research assignment and evaluate students individually at the end of the Mentorship module based on the following criteria:
    • Regularity/ Consistency: Is the student attending your meetings/ calls regularly and submitting or showcasing work consistently?
    • Clarity of concept: Has the student understood that research question and is s/he applying theory meaningfully? Is the student able to justify the reason for a particular method being used, the sample size, the process of collecting and analyzing information?
    • Diligence: Is the student working hard? Do you see diligence and thoroughness in their approach as well as deliveries?
    • Visible quality of work: Is the documentation demonstrating visible quality of work that could be appreciated by its readers? Is there elaboration and finesse in the work being produced?
    • Do you recommend the group’s work to be of the quality and standards, fit to be displayed in public domain?
  • On each of the above parameters, Mentors would grade each of their students from 0-10 and submit the evaluation to us. Towards the end of the month of mentorship, we will be sending out Forms to mentors to input their evaluation results of the students they are mentoring.

Student submission guidelines for Practicum (mentored module):

  • Final submissions: We will be providing a template for students to input their final work, so that all the work has consistency in terms of number of slides and a broad framework. Students need to submit open files and use system fonts only in their presentation. The final submission should include the following:
    • Slideshow presentation as an open file (template will be provided).
    • A PDF version of the same.
    • A video not exceeding 120 seconds in length, and covering the research project in brief. Make sure you are including subtitles when we have voice in videos.
  • Interim work progress: Students make weekly presentations/ submissions to Mentors (minimum of one submission/ presentation per week) that shows progress over the course of time. This could be done individually or in a group, it is up to the discretion of the Mentor to ask for interim presentations and how they need to be presented.
  • Research ethics: When the Final submissions are made, the students are to comply with the following research ethics:
    • Privacy: Mask respondents’ identities in the report and videos, unless the respondent has given explicit permission to reveal the real identity.
    • Consent: Take explicit consent from respondents while recording audio, video or while taking notes.
    • Intellectual Property: Credit original authors or copyright holders. Also credit your mentors in your final submissions. Provide references where appropriate.

 

More details about Internship program

The course is divided into two modules: Theory of Design research followed by Practicum. During the first module, Theory of Design research, the Intern will be studying the material on Design research, exploring each method further. The intern will be submitting weekly assignments and will be taking a test at the end of the 4 weeks period.

During the second module, the student will choose 1 or 2 projects to be completed in 4 weeks. The choice of projects can be discussed between student and mentor. Students will be expected to report the project work periodically and take guidance from the mentor; the schedule of guidance is entirely up to the understanding between the student and the mentor.

We would love to see outstanding work coming out of this programme; and our intent is to provide positive utilization of time and skills of the students; with the hope that the world will be a better place to live if the young creatives are given the positive opportunity to effect that.

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