Internships

How do I search for an Internship?

What are my options?

For Credit vs. Not for Credit

For Credit:

BFA Students:

  • Approval from Department Chair
  • Have an approved portfolio using the Portfolio Approval Form
  • Be a Junior or Senior in studio courses
  • Meet the College’s Junior Status Policy requirements
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher

MFA Students:

  • Approval from your department chair
  • Have an approved portfolio using the Portfolio Approval Form
  • Completed one year of course work
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Students may register for a three-credit or six-credit internship opportunity.Students may earn a maximum of SIX academic credits for internship experience. For example, a student may take ONE 6-credit internship or TWO 3-credit internships. The contact hour requirement for a three-credit internship is 135 hours over the course of the semester; six-credit internships require 270 contact hours over the course of the semester.

Please note: You must register for your internship when you register for classes. The last day to add a class is the same for internships. Contact the Career Services Office to get the paperwork necessary to register for credit.

Not for Credit:

Non-credit internships are another option for students to pursue a professional experience. Non-credit internships do not require a specific GPA, class standing or a mandated number of contact hours. There is no limit on the number of non-credit internship opportunities that a student can take. Students who will be on hiatus or enrolled less than 6 credits during their internship should contact the Financial Aid Office in order to fully understand any financial implications.

Paid vs Unpaid

Unpaid internships at “for profit” companies must be within the standards of the “Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act. The six criteria test can be found at http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf . Non-profit companies do not have the same standard as “for profit” companies.

Students can get paid and receive credit.

Location – Internships can be local, national or international. The major cities are usually students’ first choice, but also keep smaller cities in mind. These areas may require more research, but may also have fewer applicants.

How do I apply for an internship?

Remember that securing an internship is similar to looking for a job. You are applying along with other CCS students as well students from other colleges. When applying for an internship, follow the application process exactly. Generally, you will be asked to submit a cover letter, resume and a sample portfolio. Be sure to follow up a week after you have submitted to your internship to make sure that your materials were received and see if the company needs anything else.

If an employer is interested in you as a possible intern, they will then call you directly to schedule an interview. If the internship is out of the state, they may ask you to do a phone interview or web interview rather than travel to their office for an in-person meeting.

Once you have secured your internship, please notify the Office of Partnerships, Career Services team at smcpartlon@collegeforcreativestudies.edu, or stop by the office on the second floor of the Yamasaki Building.