Department Criteria
ARTS 495 Internship Criteria for all Studio Art majors

  1. Identify potential internships where you can work at least 150 hours over the course of the semester. Graphic Design students may complete up to two internships for department credit.
  2. Find out from your advisor if the internship meets department criteria:
    A. internships must be on-site
    B. you must have an on-site supervisor who is a professional in your area of concentration and can act as a mentor during the term of your internship (For graphic designers: you cannot be the sole designer at the organization.)
    C. internships must be with an established organization or studio
    D. all internships are at the discretion of your advisor
  3. Apply for your internship. It is likely that you will need a resumé and online portfolio. Write a great introductory letter. Spell check. You can find more information below and on the Resources page.
  4. When you have obtained your internship, fill out the Confirmation_Form and turn this in to your advisor for approval. Take this signed form to the registrar.
  5. Read over the Deliverables. You will need to turn these in at the end of the semester.
  6. Keep an Internship_Hourly_Log during your internship.

At Mid-Term
Arrange a date with your faculty advisor to check in with your supervisor. This may be an on-site visit or phone conversation.

At the end of your internship
Ask your On-Site Supervisor to fill out the Evaluation_Form

Turn in your Deliverables to your internship advisor, a self-evaluation and a presentation to your peers.

Complete List of Internship Forms




Choice Program for those who qualify: (see CHOICE program FAQ’s CHOICE FAQ)

2016 CHOICE application

2016 CHOICE application (pdf)


Advice for Getting Started in Your Search for an Internship

  1. Start Your Search Early
    Begin searching and applying for your internship at least 4–5 months ahead of time. (Jan/Feb for Summer, May/June for Fall, Oct/Nov for Spring). We will provide the guidelines and many resources for you, however, you are responsible for finding and securing your own internship. This is practice for finding a job after graduation. Check out our list of resources here.
  2. Prepare your Resumé, Portfolio Samples and Cover Letter…
    Visit Career Services!
    Contact Career Services for help with the content of your resume and to discuss internship opportunities:
    Create an online portfolio that shows your work. This can be very simple. Behance is a great way to get your work online quickly. Here is a list of portfolio template sites:

    Here are a few links to help you get started with cover letters:

  3. Make an appointment with your advisor to review these materials.
  4. Career Services Job and Internship Strategies:
  5. Career Services Hours and Contact info:
  6. Network! Begin Making Contacts and Connections
    Start with the organizations listed on the Listings page of this website and the listings through career services. Look through posts on this blog’s homepage as well, there are a lot!

    Call any contacts that may be able to help you, let everyone know you are looking for an internship. Network! Network! Network!Contact potential employers to find out if they are hiring for an internship position. Find out what materials you will need to apply (is a portfolio required?) and find out what qualifications you will need for the position.


Internship Resources

AIGA Guide to Internships

PAID OR UNPAID? (hint: compensation is key)

The Cost of Free Labor

Fair Internship Pledge

Resume and Cover Letter Resources and Samples


resume writing

Where to Look: Graphic Design and Illustration

Individual organization websites often list internships.

Vitamin Talent (a great place to look for information on resumes and job searches!)