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MICA Partners With PNC for Design Fellow Summer Program

MICA's Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development and Graphic Design Department have partnered with PNC Bank to offer the program

Posted 05.22.13 by MICA Communications

PNC Design Fellows

This summer, MICA's Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development and Graphic Design Department have partnered with PNC Bank to launch PNC Design Fellows, a pilot program offering students a paid eight-week opportunity to work with Baltimore nonprofits. By working collaboratively with community partners, the fellows are tasked with helping identify and implement solutions to issues through design.

"The PNC Fellowship will give students the opportunity to take internships working directly with nonprofits as clients, which will be an incredible professional development experience for the students," said Director of Career Development Megan Miller.

The selected students for the PNC Design Fellows program are: Crystal Dimeler '15 (graphic design), Shiraz Gallab '13 (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design), Sung Mun '14 (graphic design) and Juntong (June) Yu '15 (graphic design).

"This unique fellowship brings together some of MICA's most talented and equipped students to collaborate with insightful organizations," said Graphic Design Department Chair Brockett Horne, who will provide direction for the MICA fellow projects. "The students are excited to demonstrate the role that design can play in transforming the community."

Working in pairs, students will collaborate on discovery, design ideation and implementation through projects, such as visual identity systems, posters, apparel graphics and website design.

Gallab and Yu will work with the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc., a nonprofit community development corporation in East Baltimore that works with residents to improve their neighborhoods.

"I am especially excited to brainstorm on ways in which graphic design can strongly impact and improve the presence of nonprofit organizations in this city," Gallab said.

Dimeler and Mun will work with the Woman's Industrial Exchange, a nonprofit organization that has helped local artists refine, market and sell handcrafted goods since 1880. The organization sells these items in a gift shop and also hosts community events and classes.

"I hope to not only become a better designer but to create a great camaraderie among our group," Mun said.

MICA hopes to build upon and continue this program in the future, providing more students and community organizations with the opportunity to transform their work through design.

"The PNC Design Fellows program will give students the opportunity to use their skills and talents to help nonprofits who are crucial in the growth of their communities," said William Backstrom, vice president and territory manager for PNC Community Development Banking. "This program is a great opportunity for students to learn and give back to communities."