Dori Mazor is the co-op coordinator for the Department of Art + Design. She has valuable experience in the areas of global engagement, professional development, leadership, and nonprofit work both in the United States and abroad.
What’s your favorite part about working with students?
It’s so much fun helping students reach their professional and personal goals. And it’s so satisfying to share in their success and learn about their adventures on co-op and even after graduation. My students have co-oped with so many interesting companies: KIND snacks, Reebok, TJMaxx/Homegoods, and Boston Beer Company (makers of Sam Adams and Angry Orchard). I really enjoy getting to know my students, so I really encourage them to stop by, introduce themselves, and tell me about their ideas, even if co-op is still years away.
What resources are you most excited to share with students?
Examples of the beautiful resumes, cover letters, and portfolios that helped previous students succeed. Links to sources of inspiration and information. Handouts about preparing for co-op and professions within art and design.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
Think ahead! While co-ops are offered for students of varied experience and ability, applicants are most successful when they have a body of work to show in a portfolio. The pieces can be a mix of work from classes (including high school, if appropriate), and freelance/independent work. It’s never too early to get started – by curating and improving upon work you already have and by creating new things. One strategy is to initiate your own projects: re-design the boarding pass from a recent flight, make a poster for your favorite band, create a game, draw a compelling portrait. Also consider joining Scout, the student-led design agency; Green Line Records, the student record label; Tastemakers, the student music magazine; Woof, the student lifestyle magazine; or The Huntington News, the student newspaper. All of these groups need designers and provide portfolio-building opportunities.
The College of Arts, Media and Design has a number of talented staff who are all here to help you. Meet some of our amazing advisors, staff members, and coordinators in our new series of profiles. Make sure to reach out to them with any questions you may have!