Where some our undergraduate students are working over the summer of 2020
The nature of work and study is changing, and our students have adapted to the new situation, doing internships in situ or remotely.
This will be a very different summer for most of us. The world is in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic that is changing the way we live, but this has not stopped our undergraduate students from pursuing their goals and ensuring that their personal and professional development continues through their internship. Together with the help of the school’s careers department, students have found the opportunity that fits their interests and passions. “We help our students to find placements that suit these diverse interests and to chart their own paths forward”, highlights David Goodman, Associate Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design.
Edgar González, Director of the Bachelor in Design, explains how doing an internship in summer is an excellent way of putting into practice what students have learned and to contrast it with real life situations, where their perspective of the profession is complemented by these experiences.
“This special situation hasn’t stopped our students having hands-on experiences, either via teleworking remotely from Pune in India to Valencia, Spain or physically in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark.”
Edgar González, Director of the Bachelor in Design
Some students have been able to carry out their internship in the studio they had chosen before the pandemic, as is the case of María González, who starts the fourth year of the Bachelor in Architecture this September, and who is spending her internship at the Miralles Tagliabue EMBT studio in Barcelona: “What I love most about Miralles Tagliabue EMBT is the opportunity to work in the fablab, modelling: the technique and craft of all the studio’s models is incredible! I have realized the relevance that models have in the creation of a project. The craft and materiality have some kind of essence that is, somehow, lost along the way with new means of representation, like rendering”, she says.
Anna Bundgaard, who is about to start her third year of the Bachelor in Design next September, also feels lucky to be able to work in the offices of Vertic, in Copenhagen: “To even have the opportunity to work as an intern is incredible, and with this being my first experience within the design industry I am trying my best to learn as much as possible.” Asked what she enjoys the most about her internship experience, she answers: “At Vertic I am working with amazing people who dedicate time and effort to guiding me through real world tasks and issues faced within the industry.”
“To even have the opportunity to work as an intern is incredible, and with this being my first experience within the design industry I am trying my best to learn as much as possible.”
Anna Bundgaard, Alumn of the Bachelor in Design
Due to the current scenario, some of these students have had to adapt their plans and do their internships remotely. However, they say this setback has not stopped them pursuing their goals and enjoying their new professional experiences.
“I see the opportunity to work at Visionalley as a miracle. Coordinating work remotely from a different continent is amazing and the experience has definitely been educational for me. I’m very glad to be making good use of the summer recess despite the disruptions,” explains Anurag Phalke, who starts the fourth year of the Bachelor in Design in September.
“I’m very glad to be making good use of the summer recess despite the disruptions.”
Anurag Phalke, Alumn of the Bachelor in Design
Ignacio Mejía, who will end his Bachelor in Architecture studies next year, sees these challenging times as an opportunity to keep learning: “In Modelical I have learned the importance of team-building and continuous education for the next academic year, as well as having developed different software skills, like Revit and Unreal, that will be necessary in my professional future. I started working at the company for the first month, but when lockdown started I switched to remote work and I have been working from home ever since,” he explains.
“In Modelical I have learned the importance of team-building and continuous education for the next academic year.”
Ignacio Mejía, Alumn of the Bachelor in Design