Projects can be designed for one student or a team of up to five students. The students work as interns in the Center for the Creative Economy facilities in the Depot Building, and/or on site at the industry affiliate, under the guidance of CoLab faculty and industry mentors. Project timeframes range from five to 30 weeks throughout the academic year and/or summer months. The engagement is formalized by a gift donation to VCUarts, outlined below.
The companies we work with see what our students offer, and become partners with us providing educational experiences that help them cultivate potential recruits. An interdisciplinary student team can perform in ways a traditional class might not.
In a way, we reimagined what an internship experience can be. Instead of individuals getting a 1-to-1 internship, we assign small intern teams to a diverse range of projects and organizations.
Students enroll in the CoLab course (ARTS 393) and serve as interns who work on research-intensive, industry-based projects. Students undertake a complex project that consists of a series of planned experiences with clearly defined goals and pre-determined assessment strategies. This allows students to contribute and learn with an organization and develop their skills as a professional.