Transitioning into the Professional World: IARc internship fair

May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Internships are an integral part of the Interior Architecture program, helping students transition into professional life after college. These internships position students to make connections with professionals, find jobs, and realize their passions. At the IARc internship fair, students shared a wide range of internship experiences, showing the diverse interests among students in the program.

Rebecca Ladd acquired her internship at CMJW in Winston-Salem by responding to the firm’s advertisement seeking an interior designer. During her internship, she organized the materials library, arranged material boards, and working on red-lined drawings.

Katherine McCain interned at Horvath Associates, PA, a civil engineering firm, which she had already been working at as a bookkeeper. The internship gave her the opportunity to experience working more directly on projects brought in by the firm.

In a much different environment, Veronica Harvey completed her internship at Anthropologie in Greensboro’s Friendly Center. Her internship entailed designing window fronts and in-store displays. Anthropologie is well known for its inspiring interiors and store fronts.

Karla Caroll took a more independent route for her internship, helping Dr. Jason Miller acquire a temporary office space, then selecting its furnishings and finishes.

A group of students started during winter break designing a backdrop for the TEDx at Wake Forest University. Despite a tight budget, they managed to create an interesting design for the stage. Carlos Smith, one member of the group of students who worked on the project, stated that the tight budget made the project more interesting, and allowed for more creative experiences, such as touring a manufacturing facility that makes the cardboard tubes used in the above design.

The Phillips Collection, a furniture design, fabrication and distribution company, accepted Ben Adams as an intern. He spent his time mainly doing inventory of showrooms and their warehouse, as well as writing specifications for their products while gaining insight in the furniture design process.

photography by Kate Ewen [2nd year]

post submitted by Kate Ewen [2nd year] + Cassandra Gustafson [4th year]


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