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Philadelphia is making a concerted effort to support the ethical
treatment of professional designers and students in the workplace.
In an effort to achieve equitable practices, we are ceasing to post
unpaid internships to our job site and urging our members to pledge
compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Within these
standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor, students who
accept an internship at a private sector business must receive a
fair wage that meets the states' minimum requirements unless the
position meets certain stipulations.
For a position to be legally unpaid, the U.S. Department of
Labor states that a for profit or private sector business must meet
all of the following qualifications:
In an effort to uphold the value of design, support better
business practices and encourage meaningful experiences for
interns, AIGA Philadelphia is challenging all private sector
businesses to make a pledge to honor the law and fairly compensate
the design students they may employ in the future. If you wish to
publicly support this cause and agree to pledge this important
promise to your future employees, submit your Name, Position and
Company below. By clicking "I agree," your name and company will be
included on this growing list of designers.
"The People, Companies and
Organizations below, have agreed to offer no less than the minimum
state wages to all their employees and to abide by the laws set
forth by the U.S. Department of Labor. They fully support AIGA
Philadelphia on these efforts and agree to state that their
internship positions meet these requirements in any job
We thank you for your support on this issue and for supporting
AIGA Philadelphia Executive Board
To sign on
to this pledge, visit the AIGA Philadelphia website.
In conjunction with AIGA’s “50 Books/ 50 Covers of 2010” exhibition, Barbara deWilde and Tony Chu designed WhatTheBook.org, an online space for people to express their feelings—both excitement and unease—about the changing form of books.
Section: Inspiration -
book design, interaction design, Exhibition
All around us, we see organizations and communities that need to change. The job for design is everywhere. I would like the people who come through our design education program to become embedded in thousands of places, helping our species evolve from selfish users of resources to expanders and creators of resources. And for that, while there is no “studio” involved, we hope you join us.
Section: Inspiration -
personal essay, graduate, teaching, culture, eco issues, social issues, social responsibility, sustainability, innovation
AIGA has drafted a document that outlines the outcomes and
competencies expected of a four-year design program. This document will
become the basis of our efforts to guide curriculum development for future design
education. We are currently seeking your input on these recommendations; please comment by August 24.
Section: About AIGA -
AIGA Insight, college, education
The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) is an annual online survey and data-management system designed to improve arts-school education through tracking the training, careers and lives of arts graduates.
Section: Tools and Resources -
job search, professional development, accreditation, college, graduate, education
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