Define your journey. Design your path.
Designing your path through MIAD’s high school Design Internship program is more than just introducing students to careers in design. It is about a series of opportunities that lead to something more. Developed to create pathways for high school students into creative careers, the Design Internship at MIAD is a free, year-long program for motivated high school students interested in design as a career option.
Structured around accessibility and repeat contact, students learn foundational skills in various design workshops from MIAD faculty and are immersed in a two-week, paid internship at one of five professional partners collaborating with MIAD to explore hands-on projects and gain industry experience. With tuition-free access to MIAD’s Summer and Weekend Pre-College courses, interns may select from a variety of courses that range from introductory to advanced, investigative explorations. Fall and Spring mentorship opportunities provide additional access to be a part of the MIAD community and experience Wisconsin’s premiere art and design school, and gain the tools necessary to begin to design a path from high school to college to career.
Learn more about the program and our professional partners for 2022-2023:
The yearlong Design Internship Program includes:
- A program orientation on April 30, 2022 at MIAD
- An afterschool project at MIAD with MIAD faculty in May 2022
- A two-week paid internship in summer 2022
- Free tuition to MIAD’s Pre-College programs during July 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023
- Mentorship with MIAD students and/or alumni
- An end of program celebration in April 2023
The program began in response to the Greater Equity 2030 challenge, an initiative which recognizes a lack of diversity in Milwaukee’s creative industries. As a shared interest among all partners, special consideration will be given to BIPOC students in support of increasing diversity in Milwaukee’s creative workforce.
The application period for the 2022-2023 Design Internship program is now closed. Applications will be accepted October 1, 2022-February 1, 2023 for the 2023-2024 Design Internship program.