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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.

What is an internship?

What is an internship?

An internship is a period of work experience offered by an organization to a student for a limited period of time, typically one semester or less. Internships are experiential learning opportunities. You may see or hear other words used for arts and design internships such as apprenticeship, externship, job shadowing, practicum, residency, co-op learning program, and more. An internship does not guarantee you a job but it does help build out your resume and give you an inside glimpse into a potential career field.

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?  You can still pursue an internship even if it is not for academic credit, but make sure to tell your employer ahead of time.  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.  There are many benefits to internships.  What is your purpose for getting an internship?  What do you want to experience during an internship and how can you find the right internship for you? How do I spot scams and protect myself against fraudulent internships?

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.

  • Art (Art Education)
  • BA in the Arts
  • Dance (Dance Education)
  • Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Music Learning and Teaching
  • Music Therapy

Students majoring in other disciplines at the Herberger Institute are not required but
still highly encouraged to seek an internship.

*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.

If you are interested in doing an internship not for credit, please contact

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.


What if I am an international student?

What if I am an international student?

It is recommended that all international students speak with an 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 90 days so speak with an 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 doesn’t violate any U.S. or state labor laws.

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.

Book an Appointment with an ISSC advisor

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.


4. Register

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


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 for support.