AR415 Internship in Art or Design

for SP 2008

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AR 415 Internship in Art or Design


SP 2008 HOA


Boehr, Kay Miller


Assistant Professor of Interior Design


Master of Architecture
member:  IIDA and IDEC
registered architect

Office Location


Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday:  3:45  - 5:15 pm and Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

January 14 - May 9, 2008

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


None required

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Course Description:
Off-campus placement in a professional environment such as a graphic design studio, art gallery, or art organization, to gain insight into a particular art of design career and work experience in the field. Many different internships are possible. Variable credit from 3 to 6 hours (i.e., a minimum of 6 to 12 hours per week). Departmental approval required. Intended for seniors. Variable credit from 3 to 6 hours.

Educational Philosophy:

·         Design:  Design is a process that involves generating ideas, editing and refining those ideas and producing the final result. It is both individual and collaborative. It is both creative and meticulous. It involves critical thinking and effective communication through writing, drawing, describing, modeling and drafting. I believe in the universality and importance of the Design Process. Learning the process of design will enable one to apply that process to any problem, whether it be a written document, the design of a space or the design of a product. Every project and assignment shall be approached as a design problem.

·         Teaching: As a teacher I collect a body of knowledge and share it with other people. This shared information becomes a springboard to a variety of activities that reinforce the course concepts. Students observe, read, write, discuss, evaluate, collaborate and create. Cross disciplinary projects are encouraged and forays into the design community help make the boundary between the professional world and the academic world fluid.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Participate in the practice of interior design under the supervision of a professional designer in an interior design firm, architecture firm or related business offering interior design services.
  2. Document observations and insights concerning the responsibilities of the practicing professional designer.
  3. Participate in or observe all phases of the employer's design practice.

Core Assessment:
  • Completion of core assessment project:  a journal documenting experience (outcomes 1-3)
  • Reporting on experiences, sharing them with other students (outcomes 1-3)
  • Satisfactory employer evaluation (outcomes 1 and 3)


Class Assessment:

1.      It is the responsibility of the student to secure an acceptable position with a firm, designer or business prior to the beginning of this course.          

2.      The firm and position must be reviewed with the instructor in advance and the instructor will notify the student of the acceptability of the proposed employment. This acceptability will be based on:

a.      The instructor’s recognizance of the professional firm and the nature of the firm’s work.


b.      A submittal on the part of the student of material documenting the character of the firm and the nature of the firm’s work.

3.      The student will give his/her immediate supervisor an information packet including this syllabus, an introductory letter, employment documentation form and an evaluation form. The student’s immediate supervisor in the proposed firm must return the employment documentation form to the instructor acknowledging the employment of the student for at least the minimum required contact hours (depending on the number of hours credit) and describing the expected nature of the work involvement of the student.

4.      Upon completion of the required work, the employer will be expected to:

a.      Evaluate the work effort on the part of the student, using the evaluation forms attached.   

b.      Recommend “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory” for the student’s grade.

5.      Work requirements for sixteen week spring session:

a.      Three hours credit: 6 hours a week or a minimum of 96 hours.

b.      Four hours credit:    8 hours a week or a minimum of 128 hours.

c.      Five hours credit: 10 hours a week or a minimum of 160 hours.

d.      Six hours credit: 12 hours a week or a minimum of 192 hours.

6.      The student will be required to keep a journal of the internship experience. Entries should be made at least once a week, describing the full week’s experience. Include dates and hours worked, and describe tasks you did each day. In addition, over the course of the semester, discuss each of the following topics:

a.      Describe your personal goals for the experience and evaluate how the goals are being met.

b.      Discuss insights you have gained from your coworkers, employers, manufacturer’s reps and/or clients.

c.      Observe business procedures, policies and work ethics at your place of employment.

d.      List reasons your employer is successful (or not.)

e.      Describe how the internship affects your future employment plans.

f.        Describe how your education has prepared you for this internship, and describe what you wish you would have learned.

g.      Describe what have you learned about the duties and responsibilities of interior designers.

h.      Describe what you have learned about products, suppliers, related services and other firms.

 7.    Attendance will be recorded each week after noon on Friday. To be considered “present” you must send an e-mail report to by noon. State the number of hours you worked and summarize the week's activities. Include any questions or comments you may have about the internship in your e-mail. All e-mail pertaining to this class shall have “AR415 Internship” in the subject line.


Employer evaluation:               70%                             A = 90 -100                
Journal and weekly e-mails.     30%                             B = 80 -89

                                100%                            C = 70 -79

         D = 60 -69

                                                                                 F = below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Employment forms, journal and employer evaluations must be turned in to the instructor’s mailbox by noon on the Friday afternoon that the material is due. Failure to turn in the required material could constitute failure in the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Employment Record Form: 
   Form may be completed and sent via e-mail or postal mail,  or hand delivered, and must be received by the instructor by noon, Friday, January 25.
   Journal shall be turned in by noon on Friday, May 2.
Employer Evaluations:
   Employer Evaluation forms must be turned in by noon on Friday, May 2.  They may be mailed or hand delivered.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Attendance will be recorded each week after noon on Friday. To be considered “present” you must send an e-mail report to by noon. Each failure to report via e-mail will result in a 5% deduction from the final grade unless there are exceptional circumstances, to be explained in a written excuse is sent by Monday noon. After three such excuses, any failure to report by Friday noon will be considered "unexcused" and result in a 5% deduction in the final grade for each.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Employment Record Form

Employer Evaluations

Letter to Employer


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