Internships are paid or unpaid credited opportunities that provide students with hands-on, career-related work experience in their area of study. Internships are arranged on an individual basis in order to match a student’s personal career goals and interests with an employer’s needs. Students receive a PASS/FAIL grade and earn academic credits for their experience.
Internships have two components, a class work component and an on-site internship component. Art 390 (the first internship course) must be taken prior to a student doing their first internship. Art 490 (the second internship course) is taken concurrently with a student’s second internship.
Students are encouraged to do internships that relate to their career and personal aspirations. For art majors, this might include internships in the areas of graphic design, web design, computer game design, photography, illustration, interior design, video or television graphics, gallery or museum work, or art education. Students are welcome to bring forth their own ideas as well. View a list of places where SU students have interned>
Not exactly. Internships must be approved as credit-worthy by the Internship Coordinator, in advance.
Yes and No. You must make sure that you have met the eligibility requirements for the internship and get the internship approved. This requires planning ahead; particularly for your first internship. See your academic advisor to begin planning two semesters ahead. Learn more about planning for an internship>
An internship fulfills the Focused Elective Requirement for VCART majors. Students can count up to two internships (6 credits) as Focused Electives. Art students are encouraged to complete two internships—one as a junior and one as a senior. To determine if your internship credits will count toward graduation, meet with your academic advisor.
Yes, if they meet the following eligibility requirements:
Eligibility for first internship. (Art 390)
2.5 Minimum Cumulative GPA
Pre-requisites: ART 221 & ART 390 (Part I)
Eligibility for second internship. (Art 490)
2.5 Minimum Cumulative GPA
Pre-requisite: ART 390 (Part I & II)
Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours on site to earn their internship credits. Learn more about specific academic requirements/assignments>
Students must complete Art 221 and Art 390 prior to doing their first three-credit internship. Students who wish to do an internship before then should meet with the Art Internship Coordinator to discuss options. Learn more about planning for an internship>
The Art Internship Coordinator and Career HQ maintain databases of internship leads and opportunities. Opportunities are also posted in AC 202, e-mailed to students on the art majors group list as they become available, and posted on Mustang Central. The Art Internship Coordinator (Amanda Hostalka | AC 237) also maintains a binder of past intern paperwork students can use as a reference. Students are encouraged to seek out opportunities that are not posted as well and use their networking skills to open new doors.
Internships are not guaranteed. Strategies for finding an internship are covered in ART 390, but it is up to the student to secure an internship opportunity. It is advised that students plan for this process two semesters in advance.
Students have academic work to complete before and during the internship. This work is used to evaluate the student’s internship performance. Students are visited on-site by the Internship Coordinator.