General Information

Prerequisites

Students must be in good academic standing and have at least a “B” average in Studio Art courses. Students must have completed ALL Foundations courses and be admitted to Upper Division status prior to beginning an internship.

Working Towards a Future Job

An internship is an opportunity for a student to have an experiential leaning opportunity in the field. Companies today are facing fierce competition for quality employees. As a result they understand the value of internships. Many companies are willing to hire talented college students as interns. Companies also might be willing to create brand new internship opportunities for you if you can show that you will bring valuable skills, enthusiasm and a strong work ethic into their company. Not all internships are advertised. In fact, the perfect internships for you probably is not advertised – but a convincing letter or visit that exhibits your talents can result in the creation of a position. Internships can open a world of opportunity that you did not even know existed. So, dream big and use the internship opportunity to try something out that you always dreamed of doing, or even something new that you aren’t so sure about.

Work Hard!

While you are working at an internship work your hardest. Go above and beyond the call of duty and show your employer that you are a producer. If you are not being challenged enough you should seek out new, interesting assignments or offer to assist full-time staff with their current projects.

Basic guidelines:

Students can complete an internship over the 14-week period during the spring, summer, or fall terms. Credit hours range between 3-12 hours, though local internships can only be completed once for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Below is the credit hour/work hour breakdown:

3 credit internship = 15-20 hours / week, 195 hours minimum (Good for local internships)

6 credit internship = 20-25 hours / week, 260 hours minimum

9 credit internships = 30-35 hours / week, 390 hours minimum (Good for summer full time internship)

12 credit internships = 40 hours/ week, 520 hours minimum (Good for full semester internships)

Learn

Be a knowledge sponge. Educate Yourself – before you start any internship find out what skills you might need and start learning.

Learn what will be expected of you before you begin your internship so you can minimize the basic skills training you will need at the start of the internship. For example, if you know you will need to write HTML code to design Web pages and you don’t already know HTML you should buy an HTML guide and teach yourself the basics. An internship is a learning experience and you will receive some training, but the more you learn in advance the more productive you will be as an intern.

Process:

Step One: Finding An Internship

It is the student’s responsibility to find and secure an internship. The process is similar to finding a job. You will want to research where you want your internship to be and with whom. There are a lot of opportunities out there! We recommend applying to several and choosing one that is the best fit for your career goals.

You will need a resume, a cover letter, and examples of your work. We recommend that you telephone or visit prospective employers. The FSU Career Center is a wonderful resource in assisting you find an internship. Also, please visit our News & Opportunities website (http://news.art.fsu.edu) for possible opportunities.

Step Two: Filling out the Internship Form

Once you have found an employer, please fill out the following form. The form must be signed by your employer and turned into (or faxed to) the main art office, 220 FAB, no later than the FIRST DAY of drop/add during the semester of your internship. For example, if you plan to complete your internship in the fall, your internship form needs to be turned in on the first day of classes in the fall semester.

Step Three: Turning in the Form

Please see advisor Liz DiDonna (223 FAB) FIRST. The form will need to be approved by the academic advisor, the Internship Coordinator, and the Department of Art Chair. You will be notified once the internship is approved and you are registered for internship credit hours. Shortly after you are enrolled, an email will be sent to you indicating class meetings and other class information.

Step Four

In order to successfully complete the internship and receive a passing grade, you need to 1) receive a positive evaluation from your employer 2) attend class meetings 3) complete the course assignments.

For further information please contact Liz DiDonna, edidonna@fsu.edu

Download the Internship Form