General Information

Prerequisites

Please note that students must complete ALL Foundations courses before 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:

3 credit internship = 15 hours / week
Good for local internships

6 credit internship = 20-25 hours / week

9 credit internships = 30-35 hours / week
Good for full semester internships

12 credit internships = 40 hours / week
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: It is your 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. 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 Opportunities website for possible opportunities.

STEP TWO: 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, by the FIRST DAYof 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: Please see your advisor for approval FIRST. Then turn in your form to the main art office for the approval of the Internship Coordinator and Department Chair.

STEP FOUR: After completing the internship at the end of the semester, your employer will need to email a letter of evaluation to your Instructor of Record by the last day of classes. This evaluation letter will serve as your Pass/Fail grade for the course.

Download the Internship Form