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Please see the bottom of this page for a step by step guide on how to register your internship for credit. Once your receive an internship offer, you will need to submit several documents and then register for your internship course. The internship experience request processing and approvals typically take about 10 business days to please plan accordingly. Retroactive requests for internship credit will not be approved. Internship hours can only be counted towards credit once the internship experience request has been processed and approved.

What is an internship?

What is an internship?

Internships integrate knowledge and learning from the classroom into practical applications with hands-on experience. Internships should be directly related to the enrolled course, student’s major, or desired career pathway with clear learning objectives, supervision and opportunities to improve practice. Internships are evaluated by faculty to ensure learning objectives are not redundant and support student experiential development. For an internship receiving academic credit, best practices are 75-85% of time is spent actively learning within the internship with a supplemental 15-25% of time consisting of instructional support to help reflect and synthesize the internship into future career steps and goals.

Internship credit is based on the total number of hours included in your offer letter or scope of work document. Please make sure your registered internship hourly commitment aligns with the number of credits for which you have registered. Some courses have a minimum, maximum, or specific set of credit hour requirements. Please speak with your faculty or academic advisor if you have questions.

Internship Credit by Hours Worked In Enrolled Semester
You can receive 1 academic credit hour for every 45 hours worked within your internship. Please see below for the estimated weekly internship hours based on the number of enrolled credit hours. We have included estimates below to help plan your internship hours.

    1 Credit Hour is 45 hours a semester. For a 16 week course, that averages to 2.8 hours a week. For an 8 week course, that averages to around 5.6 hours a week.
    2 Credit Hours is 90 hours a semester. For a 16 week course, that averages to 5.6 hours a week. For an 8 week course, that averages to around 11.25 hours a week.
    3 Credit Hours is 135 hours a semester. For a 16 week course, that averages to 8.4 hours a week. For an 8 week course, that averages to around 16.8 hours a week.
    4 Credit Hours is 180 hours a semester. For a 16 week course, that averages to 11.25 hours a week. For an 8 week course, that averages to around 22.5 hours a week.
    5 Credit Hours is 225 hours a semester. For a 16 week course, that averages to 14 hours a week. For an 8 week course, that averages to around 28 hours a week.
    6 Credit Hours is 270 hours a semester. For a 16 week course, that averages to 16.8 hours a week. For an 8 week course, that averages to around 33.75 hours a week.

Paid internships and Internships in Places of Previous Employment
Students may be paid for an internship and are encouraged to seek out paid opportunities, but they may not receive internship credit for their full-time or part-time ongoing job unless the internship has clearly defined learning objectives outside of their regular duties. If you are applying for internship credit at an organization where you are regularly employed, indicate the application and learning objectives how the internship work hours and duties exceed the normal job requirements within the sponsoring organization and please ensure that you have a different supervisor from your regular job duties. The internship may only be approved by faculty.

What should I consider?

What should I consider?

Before starting an internship, consider the following topics:

  • Am I required to get an internship for credit? Some programs offer credit for internships and some do not. But, you can still pursue an internship even if it is not for academic credit in order to gain valuable experience. Just make sure to tell your employer ahead of time if you are seeking academic credit or learning experience.

  • Is this internship paid or unpaid? It is a common misconception that internships are unpaid. Many internships can be both for pay and for credit! Arts and design students are highly qualified creatives so we highly encourage you to seek out internships and experiential learning opportunities that compensate you for your time.
  • What is your purpose for getting an internship? Take some time to think about your personal academic, professional, creative, and personal learning objectives. Does this particular experience support your learning and how? What do you want to achieve? These will all be important questions to ask yourself as you go through your internship.
  • What do you want to experience during an internship and how can you find the right internship for you? The objective of internships is to support learners in earning academic credit for experiential learning activities under the supervision of a faculty member, site supervisor, and in context. As part of the process, you will articulate how career concepts and your coursework apply to the internship experience as well as how your internship experience applies to your future career trajectories and aspirations. Finding the "right" internship is all about exploring your unique aspirations, milestones, and goals for your creative journey.
  • How do I spot scams and protect myself against fraudulent internships? If you ever have questions about an opportunity, please contact Creative Career Services. We are more than happy to investigate or support you in your full internship process.
  • What are the benefits of an internship?

    What are the benefits of an internship?

    Ten reasons to intern

    1. Personal and professional development - As you discover and reinforce skills, knowledge and abilities in a new environment, you expand your personal and professional development.

    2. Academic credit - You can receive upper division academic credit. The number of credit hours received is based on the number of work hours required for the internship.

    3. Hands-on experience - Helps with career development, which enables you to explore interests and employment possibilities in a work setting.

    4. Career development - Assists with employment networking opportunities allowing you to meet and connect with potential employers in your field of study.

    5. Networking opportunities - Assists with employment networking opportunities allowing you to meet and connect with potential employers in your field of study.

    6. Intellectual development - Expands your intellectual development by taking what you have learned in class and applying it to real-world experiences.

    7. Ethical development - As you face or observe the challenges inherent in making decisions in complex situations, you further your ethical development.

    8. Understand and value organizational culture - You will interact with others in your field, a process that will help you better understand and value organizational culture.

    9. Gain confidence and experience - You will gain confidence and experience and further validate you are on the best career path for you.

    10. A distinct advantage - You will have a distinct advantage when conducting a job search upon graduation.

    Where can I find internships?

    Where can I find internships?

    1. Take the “Be Internship Ready” course to learn tips and strategies for finding internships.

    2. Handshake is a great place to start looking for internships. Use keyword search terms and filters to your advantage to focus or expand your search.

    3. Schedule a Creative Career Advising appointment for assistance.

    4. Use our Industry Overview Packets to find common job boards specific to your creative discipline, career interests, or field of study.

    5. Use your network. Speak with your faculty, advisors, classmates, alumni, and other people in your network to hear what they recommend.

    Do I need an internship?

    Do I need an internship?

    All students are strongly encouraged to pursue internship opportunities and apply for academic credit through their academic unit. Your faculty members are great resources to tap when starting your internship search. You can also speak with your academic advisor for suggestions and use the links on this page for guidance.

    Students in the following concentrations/ majors are required to complete an internship program for credit as part of their curriculum.

    Required Non-Clinical Internships

  • BA in the Arts
  • Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Required Clinical Internships*

  • Art (Art Education)
  • Dance (Dance Education)
  • Music Learning and Teaching
  • Music Therapy
  • *Clinical internships and practicum placements for Art Education, Dance Education, Music Learning and Teaching, and Music Therapy are not overseen by Creative Career Services. Please work directly with your faculty advisor to learn more about practicums and clinical internships.

    Students majoring in other disciplines at the Herberger Institute are not required but still highly encouraged to seek an internship. We suggest you discuss with your academic advisor or faculty to see how an internship might work best with your academic degree program.

    Am I "internship ready"?

    Am I "internship ready"?

    “Be Internship Ready” is a short course that tells you all you need to know about internships.  Learn where to look and how to apply, how to manage your first days on the job, and even get tips for what to do after your internship ends.

    Register

    What if I am an international student?

    What if I am an international student?

    It is recommended that all international students speak with an International Students and Scholar Center (ISSC) advisor before applying to internships or enrolling in an internship course. F-1 students are required to speak with an academic advisor and an ISSC advisor prior to starting an internship. If your academic program requires an internship for credit, you must request a CPT (Curricular Practical Training). If the internship is not for credit but is directly related to your field of study and allows you to gain off-campus work experience, you will need to request a Pre-OPT. The process for Pre-OPT can take up to 100 days so speak with an ISSC advisor as soon as possible. F-1 students who are completing a degree program can also gain experience off-campus through volunteering or as an unpaid intern only when there is no compensation of any kind and the position does not violate any U.S. or state labor laws.

    Book an appointment with an ISSC advisor

    Step by step guide for international students:

  • 1. Obtain an internship at a business/organization prior to the start of the semester. Timing is important for this process as you will need at least 3 weeks to process paperwork prior to the start of the semester for CPT approval and 4 months for Pre-OPT approval.
  • 2. You must be in good academic standing (on track) and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward degree program.
  • 3. If needed, please translate (does not need to be certified) all internship documentation to English if your internship is taking place internationally/documentation is in any other language other than English.
  • 4. Apply through Handshake and have your internship experience fully approved by department, faculty of record, and Creative Career Services. This process usually takes between 3-5 business days and allows you to enroll in the internship course, but does not release you to work at the internship.

  • 5. Once approved to enroll in your internship course, you must obtain International Students and Scholar Center (ISSC) approval for CPT/OPT authorization. This step happens after enrolling in your internship course but before your internship work start date.

  • Please note: You cannot begin to work at your internship without CPT/Pre-OPT authorization. CPT approval takes approximately 10 business days and Pre-OPT is suggested to apply at least 100 days prior to the start of work.
  • F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
    Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of off-campus employment authorization for F-1 Visa students. To be eligible for CPT, you must have maintained F-1 status for a minimum of one academic year and meet all eligibility requirements.

    F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT)
    Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a benefit from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which allows international students in F-1 status to grain off-campus work experience in their field of study before or after the completion of studies for 12 months. The purpose of OPT is to complete academic work. ASU ISSC offers a Pre-OPT approval to complete optional practical training prior to completing your degree program. This approval process takes around 100 days.

  • 6. Once approved by ISSC, check with your academic program for specific requirements then start your internship course and experiential learning in place.
  • Approval of internships by the employer, or a Herberger Institute representative does not constitute approval through ISSC. Failure to receive appropriate authorization through ISSC will result in a loss of internship and additional ramifications.

    Where can I find help for my internship and interviews?

    Where can I find help for my internship and interviews?

    Schedule a Creative Career Advising appointment on Handshake

    Use these resources for resumes and cover letters to make a strong application

    Prepare for your interview with these interviewing skills and techniques

    Register your internship for credit

    1. Search

    Search for an internship.
    Utilize Creative Career Services for assistance.

    Schedule appointment

    2. Receive

    You’ll receive your internship opportunity with an offer letter, agreement or scope of work from your employer.

    What You’ll Need

    3. Review

    You’ll need to review this document on important information as well as look up your school’s specific guidelines.

    Guidelines

    4. Register

    In Handshake, go to Career Center. Click on Experiences and Request a New Experience.

    Handshake

    5. Approval

    Creative Career Services will review your submission and send approval requests to your employer, then your instructor, and then your academic program administrator.

    6. Override

    Your academic program administrator will process the override and contact you to enroll in your internship course and begin your internship.

    Questions?  Email CreativeCareers@asu.edu for support.