Professor    Lauren Meranda
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Meetings  ⁄  Tuesdays, 4:00—5:15 pm

Course Description

Workshop experiences and discussions preparing the student for external internship employment. Topics will include resume writing and presentation, portfolio preparation, job search strategies, personal finance and interviewing techniques. The sequence of internship courses has been developed for the purpose of providing a learning experience for the career-oriented student and the provision of thoughtful and educated service to the industry or studio that will employ the intern. To achieve this, the student must be prepared to engage in job searches and interviews, as well as understanding the requirements of the internship he/she intends to pursue.

Goals & Objectives

  • To become knowledgeable about careers in graphic design
  • To prepare and evaluate an effective professional resume package
  • To understand integrity and ethics in the workplace
  • Conduct three job shadows as a form of research and evaluation
  • Practice job search strategies
  • Practice interviewing techniques


Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work.
8.5″ x 11″ Iytoya Portfolio Binder

Students are required to read assigned articles as well as career inventories

  • to complete all worksheets
  • to keep a specific binder for this class
  • to purchase a pre-professional portfolio structure
  • to create a self-promotional mailer


You will also receive a grade for each individual class session based on participation, appropriate use of class time, and improvement. At week 8 you will receive a preliminary midterm grade to help you assess your performance.

Homework and discussion preparation is due at the beginning of class the date it is due. No late work is accepted. If your post is not correctly posted on the blog BEFORE class begins, you will receive a 0 for that assignment.


Attendance at all class meetings is required. As we only meet one day a week, you are only permitted one absence. More than one absence will impact your grade negatively, and more than two absences are grounds for failure. An administrative withdrawal will be given to any student exceeding 4 unexcused absences.

Please note: No distinction will be made between excused and unexcused absences. You are responsible for maintaining your own schedule. Arriving more than 10 minutes late or leaving more than 10 minutes early will result in an absence for the day.

You must bring your key card to every class. The classroom door may not be propped open at any time, and you will not be let back into the classroom if you lock yourself out.

Late Work

All assignments are due on the date indicated on the assignment sheet unless otherwise noted.

Late work will be marked down one grade for each day past the due date, e.g. an ‘A’ paper turned in after 5pm but within 24 hours will receive an A-. If you foresee a potential conflict, see Prof. Meranda; with sufficient notice, it might be possible to arrange an alternative schedule.


You are expected to conduct yourself courteously and professionally. Arrive to class on time and stay for the entire class period. Time spent in the classroom will be dedicated to presentation, discussion, and self-directed work time. Any other activities or behavior not conducive to our coursework will NOT be tolerated. Prohibited activities during class time include use of cell phones for talking or texting, surfing the web or social media for unrelated purposes, private conversations amongst students, rude or insulting language or behavior, and any other form of distraction from the tasks at hand.

We have a lot of exciting work to do, and our time together is valuable. Let’s make the most of it.


Judson University is committed to making reasonable accommodations to assist students with disabilities in reaching their academic potential. If you have a disability which may impact your performance, attendance, or grades in this class and are requesting accommodations, you must contact Gineen Vargas, ADAA Compliance Coordinator in the Student Success Center, located in the Lindner Tower—2nd floor at 847-628-1556.

The ADAA Compliance Coordinator is responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities. Accommodations will not be granted prior to receipt of a current  licensed clinician report outlining the disability, possible limitations and reasonable accommodations in order to meet the needs of the post-secondary coursework. Accommodations are never provided retroactively–prior to finalization of the Letter of Accommodation. Gineen will be happy to meet with you to discuss your accommodations. All discussions will remain confidential.

Further information is available by visiting the Student Success Center website

The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus should the need arise.