Graphic Design - Internship
The Graphic Design area requires that every major in the program complete a three-credit internship. The internship provides the student with a valuable experience working in the "real world", as a graphic designer, while still in school. Every intern broadens their education with a mentor while gaining experience. It is the student's chance to introduce themselves to a segment of design where they think they will fit well and make it into a career later.
Internships should have a direct relationship to the student's program of study. In addition to the learning benefit, internships on a resumé show potential employers that the student has "real-world", professional experience, making them much more marketable.
6 steps to completing your internship requirement
- PREPARE: Meet with your faculty advisor and a career advisor at the GVSU Career Center for advice on your resume, portfolio, networking, and interviewing.
- SEARCH: explore career paths and cast a wide net of possibilities by sending your resume and portfolio to various professionals in the field.
- DOCUMENT: Complete the Internship Agreement Form before starting your internship.
- LEARN: Enjoy your work. Be a good intern. Ask questions. Good interns are often hired as professionals upon graduation.
- ASSESS: Complete the required evaluations at the end of your experience
- REGISTER: Request a Banner override for ART 491 - Internship in Studio Art to receive your credit.
Securing an internship experience is the student's responsibility. Sometimes, faculty in Graphic Design are approached by businesses or become aware of internship opportunities who desire a GVSU intern. At the same time, some are able to secure an opportunity through networking, from family or friend contacts. Students are encouraged to look at all available opportunities so that you will find the perfect opportunity that matches your experience level and interest. Design students usually get internships with graphic design firms, advertising agencies, and corporate, in-house departments. The internship does not need to be located in Grand Rapids. Many students often secure positions in other states, and even other countries.
During this unique time, the following criteria will be used to assess whether a student's experience can or cannot receive credit.
- Internships can be completed on and off-campus site. (*)
- A 3-credit internship must last between 120-150 hours.
- Your supervisor must be a professional in one of these fields and capable of offering appropriate feedback on your work. Such professionals include those on, but not limited to, the following fields: Graphic Design, Web Design, Marketing, Public Relations, Print Production, and Social Media.
- You must benefit from this experience by gaining valuable skills and career-related competencies, exploring career/occupational interests, and learning design workplace etiquette and professionalism.
Once a student has received an internship offer from a site, it is the student's responsibility to initiate the documentation process.
- Fill out the Online Internship Agreement Form.
- Wait for approval from the internship coordinator.
- Wait for approval from the internship supervisor.
- Complete the required evaluation at the end of your internship.
- Request an override to register for ART 491 - Internship in Studio Art. This will allow the internship credit to apply to your graduation requirements. Without registering on Banner, you will not receive credit and will not have completed the requirement.
Keeping the internship coordinator informed during your internship search will guarantee a smoother process.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Questions on the portfolio? Resume? Internship Requirements? Career advice? These two folks can help you. Feel free to contact him to assist you anytime during this process.
Graphic Design and Internship Coordinator
Department of Visual and Media Arts
1119 Calder Arts Center