This is a very interesting idea! I have a few comments on it.
1) I have some issues about the first year. How will the first year be financed? Is it part of the pool of resources that the companies contribute to? Also, inevitably some career choices/areas of study will inevitably be more lucrative and have more job opportunities than others. How will students be encouraged to explore their passions rather than just choosing the career that is most likely to allow to person to easily find a well paying job?
2) Similarly, what happens with the people who are leftover after the first year, who are not chosen by a company? Do they have the opportunity to change fields? What will this cost them?
3) I think that Florian's comment about guilds is really interesting. I think that having guilds might give more opportunities to people in the arts and in more innovative fields where the structures might not exist already. What are some other ways this system would handle people who don't fit neatly into already existing fields (aka artists, writers, innovators, entrepreneurs, etc.)?
4) I am also wondering how employers will be motivated to take part in this, especially financing students' education. Unfortunately, it does seem like it is already an employers' market and companies already easily procure interns to work for them for free. I think in order for this to work, companies need to see how this will profit them beyond just bringing in talent. I think this is also something that guilds might help with, since smaller companies (for whom both the costs and benefits of this would be higher) can pool together. Also, it could potentially be part of a company's corporate philanthropy program. I think framing it as philanthropy rather than solely being about profit might draw some interest since there are many companies interested in corporate responsibility. Also, I think giving the interns a specific project that will benefit the company, rather than just being an intern and learning the ropes, might be an attractive possibility. Americorps Vista, although it is only in the nonprofit sector, might be an interesting model to look into for this, especially since it also includes an education award.
So, as you can see, I have a lot of questions and only a few solutions, but I would be happy to discuss it more thoroughly.
This is a great idea. A few thoughts and questions: 1) Each student is responsible for tutoring 3 other students. Can you clarify this? Does this mean that there is a group of 4 students in a learning pod and they all tutor each other, or is there some sort of structure where participating tutors are at a higher level and are responsible for 3 other more remedial students?
2) What are some ways to incentivize peer tutoring. Would these programs cost less than the remediation classes offered through the university? How would the peer tutoring aspect be encouraged and rewarded? One idea is through group projects and group grades, but it can be challenging to make the work put into these equitable.
3) I do know that many schools have peer learning programs of some varieties. UCLA, for example, as peer learning as part of its Academic Advancement Program. City College of San Francisco also has a similar program. These might be good places to start in terms of looking for a place to pilot it.