Doesn't have the same ring to it as "weekend," does it? Sorry if the reference doesn't make sense.
This week I decided to focus on probably one of the most daunting requirements (at least I thought as a freshman) for graduating with a degree in graphic design: the required internship. I have a lot of friends who did their internships at a variety of different places in a variety of different settings. Some have found success working for the marketing office at University Dining Services; others have worked as designers for the Department of Recreational Sports; and a few have done them at local design agencies such as Uno (check out their extremely fluorescent webpage at http://www.unobranding.com/. Totally gels with my blog title, score!)
Personally, I did my internship at the College of Design Student Services office, where I have worked since my freshman year (minus that one semester I jumped ship to work at OIT. Now I don't pick sides; I just work for both). It was hard for me to identify learning objectives for my internship, but a conversation with my supervisor and my faculty adviser, Brad Hokanson (check him out, he's super cool, and you'll learn more about him when you come to school here. http://data.design.umn.edu/directory/DirDetails.aspx?txID=50grp4mHAN0%3d) lead me to some objectives that have added depth to my current position in the office. Basically, since I was already a graphic designer, we just set out some specific projects for me to tackle and I also worked through some video editing, which I had never done before.
Career & Internship Services is the place to go for all things internship, including help finding one, practicing for interviews, and getting your resume critiqued. Check them out at http://www.careerhelp.umn.edu/index.html.
Side note: if you didn't notice, CDes launched its new website yesterday. It's super cool. Check it out at design.umn.edu if you haven't already.