Internship Overview for Students

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What is an Internship?

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Internships at MassArt

Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers students enrolled in a degree program the opportunity to register and receive 3 Studio Elective Credits towards your degree for your internship. To qualify, the internship would need to meet the basic guidelines and be approved for credit. Please read through the key guidelines below.

Contact Rebekah Wright, Internship Manager, (617) 879-7354,  with any questions as the information here may not cover every situation.  We can also assist with resumes, finding an internship, registering for credit, or what is required during your internship.

Find An Internship

You are responsible for finding and applying for an internship. This experience will give you experience with a professional job search. Career Services offers online internship listings resources, workshops, and guidance along the way. Login to search internship listings: We have also created a printable step-by-step checklist to help you with internship process:  Internship Checklist (PDF.) 

Internship Eligibility

  • You must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.
  • You may complete up to 2 different internships for 3 studio elective credits each for a total of 6 credits.
  • Most students do an internship for credit once they have completed their sophomore year. You can do an internship through first semester of your senior year.

Key Guidelines for Credit Bearing Internships

  • You must register for credit before you begin your internship. Retro-active credit cannot be given.
  • You must be mentored by a professional in your field onsite at an organization/business location.
  • You must complete 135 hours of internship related work within a 15 consecutive week period.
  • You must select a Faculty Internship Advisor- this can be your regular advisor or another full-time faculty member in your program. Your Faculty Internship Advisor has final approval on whether your internship qualifies for credit.
  • You will intern onsite at a business. The company will provide equipment, software, and workspace necessary.

Credit, Compensation, & Deadlines

  • You can receive credit for both paid and unpaid internships.
  • To receive credit you must register your internship by the add/drop deadline of the semester just like all other classes, and before you begin your internship. Retro-active cannot be given.
  • If approved, you will receive 3-studio elective credits in your program toward your degree.
  • Additional hours above 135 will not be approved for additional credit.
  • You can do up to 2 different internships for 3 studio elective credits each.

How to Register

  • The registration process is done entirely online through your Career Services account. Login at Click "Register my Internship" and follow the prompts to the online Internship Registration Form. Complete the form and click "Save" to submit it.
  • Once you submit your Internship Registration Form via your Career Services account, Career Services will review and be in touch if there are questions.  The information is then sent via email to the designated internship supervisor and faculty internship advisor for review and electronic approval. Once that has happened, you will receive an email to formally review e-sign the internship agreement & syllabus.
  • Once all approvals have been recieved the registrar's office will officially enroll you for 3 studio elective credits. This is all done electronically and there is no physical paperwork.

During your Internship

As a class, an internship for credit has a syllabus & assignments due during the experience. During your internship, both you and your supervisor will comlete midterm and final evaluations which are required for your grade/credit. Your Faculty Internship Advisor will review the evaluations and assign a grade at the end of the semester. Also be aware that your Faculty Internship advisor may give additional assignments.