Consultants must gain the knowledge and experiences that contribute towards wisdom.
The knowledge comes through training programs provided by Idea Lab. Access to the online training program will be provided, as well as schedule for completion within the first semester of service. Each module of the training program will provide information, examples, graphics, videos and stories to help you understand the concept of Design Thinking, the Design Thinking process and the application to client opportunities.
The experience comes from participation in workshops, events and hours of service inside the lab. Each intern is required to provide (10) hours of service each week of two consecutive semesters. During time in the lab you will participate in workshops to gain experience as a participant, support workshops to learn how to deliver them, and lead workshops to build presentation skills. Through these experiences you will become familiar with how to answer questions, plan projects and facilitate process.
Opportunities to apply knowledge to gain real-world experiences will be provided during service hours with clients. Supporting client projects includes participating in project planning, answering client questions and assisting project managers in the successful completion of a project.
Academic Credits Available
Up to (6) credits are available to students as part of the Idea Lab internship program if registered prior to service. Classes 301 and 401 have been approved by SDSU as compatible with the requirements of this program. Contact the registrar to learn more.
Recommendations and References
Upon the successful completion of the internship, students can add their job title and year of experience as a consultant at an agency to their resume. Students will receive a recommendation from the Director that correlates to their success and contributions. Students may also reference the Director during employment applications.