MKThink’s unique internship program is more than an opportunity for young designers to gain professional experience. About half of an intern’s hours are dedicated to a research project that addresses a topic in a way that advances the understanding of the issue in question, provides guidance to MKThink in regard to approaching the issue, or tests concepts through a physical installation. With prompts including, “How can we design libraries to perform in 21st century learning environments?” and, “What are the essential characteristics, design features, and elements of innovation-inspiring space?” our interns embark on a summer-long journey of discovery and design, culminating in a published report and presentation to the firm. As our 2014 interns embark on their summer work here at the office, we thought we’d take a look back at what our fabulous interns accomplished last year!
Willy Mann, now a full-time Strategist in our office, began his tenure at MKThink as an intern interested in the reinvention of the library. His Playbrary(TM) fosters lifelong learning, empowers children, and provides an active and dynamic learning environment. Read about it in full above!
Rhiannon Fleming interned with our architecture studio last year; her focus was on how the physical environment could foster engagement and creativity in the workplace. Check out her final report in full above!
Last but not least, Zachary Moore, now a full-fledged designer here at MKThink, conceived and created a sensor kit that would allow better analysis of behavior factors in the built environment to determine whether or not designed spaces are used for their intended purposes. Check out the kit and its potential applications above!