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Get your company
engaged with IxD students

When you engage with our program, you support diverse students on their journey to a profession that needs them. Whatever the nature of your business, IxD students are eager to collaborate with you and put their design thinking skills to work.

Santa Monica College IxD Students engaging with industry
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Will gamez, cohort 4

Will Gamez learns to collaborate with stakeholders

“Designing for Activision was an incredible experience. The guidance and support of Activision’s design team throughout our 16 week journey provided valuable real world context to the lessons our professors have shared with us in the IxD program. Having the opportunity to develop solutions that balanced the desires of their users while simultaneously adhering to business needs helped elevate my designs from blue sky thinking to working creatively within practical constraints.”

Industry Partner: Activsion

“Working with the SMC IxD program was a rewarding and mutually beneficial experience. We were able to leverage students in a key demographic (18-34 year-olds) to help come up with ideas and validate them against others in the same demographic. The students were able to come up with solid concepts that we’re actively working to incorporate into our product.”

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Mark burmeister, Activision

Partnership Projects

Industry Partners

Types of Engagements

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Flexible

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1-2 hours (per tour)

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1 hour (per session)

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~3 hours (per session)

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20-40 hours per week

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2-3 hours (per session)

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Flexible

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2-3 days

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Internships

Provide students work experience at your company throughout the academic school year and summer.

Commitment:

20-40 hours per week

Job Opportunities

Share openings for entry or junior-level positions at your company or in your network with graduating students.

Commitment:

Flexible

Propose a Design Challenge

Have students work on challenges or questions facing your business or industry. These might be practical (how do we increase sales?) or exploratory (what’s the future of healthcare?).

Commitment:

Flexible

Attend a Student Showcase or Presentation

Meet, engage, and offer feedback to students as they show their work.

Commitment:

2-3 hours (per session)

Mentorships

Provide students opportunities to ask questions and seek advice as they learn and grow in their new profession.

Commitment:

Flexible

Guest Speaking

Visit students in the classroom, share your passion, and provide insights into your design or tech career.

Commitment:

1 hour (per session)

Provide a Company Tour

Spend time with students at your workplace, expose them to the company culture, and show them a typical day in the office.

Commitment:

1-2 hours (per tour)

Host a Hackathon

Bring your company and our students together to collaborate on a challenge in a compressed time frame.

Commitment:

2-3 days

Donations / Scholarships

Your financial contributions give deserving students opportunities to thrive and enter a profession that was previously out of reach.

Commitment:

Flexible

Job Shadowing

Give students the opportunity to see what it’s like to work in design or tech by spending one-on-one time with them at your company.

Commitment:

~3 hours (per session)

Past industry engagements

Let’s talk!

Ready to engage with our program and help our students start their careers? Our industry liaison is here to understand your unique needs and find an engagement style that works for your business. Our students can’t wait to work with you!

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