Art & Design Internships
Students majoring or minoring in the Department of Art & Design can receive internship credit toward their degree with a qualifying internship. Students seeking to complete an internship should contact their advisor or program coordinator. Our students have completed internships as graphic designers and digital marketers as well as curators, gallery assistants, and apprentices. All of our concentration areas offer opportunities for internship credit.
An internship is a temporary job at a creative consulting firm, or in-house design office, studio, or gallery that is geared toward an upper-level student or recent graduate. Employers may hire interns to assist on a specific project or for a set amount of time, such as the summer or a semester. Students and young creatives often develop their practice by broadening their education with a mentor, while gaining experience in a professional environment. Employers benefit from each intern’s unique approach, perspective, and assistance during the creative process.
An internship is an important opportunity for students to:
- Apply design and creative skills acquired in school to real-world projects
- Collaborate with professionals
- Gain insight into the professional world of art and design
- “Test-drive” a particular working environment where they may hope to land a full-time job
- Network with creative professionals
Receiving Course Credit
Upon landing an internship, a student can then request to be enrolled in the internship course (Art 399/499) to receive course credit.
For first time interns
For students completing more than one internship at the same or different location
To receive credit for your internship, students must:
- Complete a minimum of 120 hours of work during your internship and turn in a final portfolio of work at the end of the semester
- Work in an approved office/work setting that ensures that you are getting legitimate field experience
- Complete the internship agreement form--both student and supervisor must sign off on this
- Design interns should be supervised by someone who is a senior designer, creative director, or related field
- Art interns should be supervised by someone who is a gallery/studio director, curator, or related field
- Students should check with their advisor to clarify that their potential internship is credible for internship credit
Students can potentially apply up to 6 hours of internship credit towards their degree.
Any office, studio, gallery, organization, or agency that meets the above credentials is eligible. Below is a list of places where students have completed internships in the past.
On and Off Campus
Nashville, Louisville, Cincinnati, & more!
- Big Machine Records, Nashville, TN
- ST8MNT Agency, Nashville, TN
- Redpepper, Nashville, TN
- Lifeway Christian Publishing, Nashville, TN
- Hatch Show Print, Nashville, TN
- C2 Strategic Communications, Louisville, KY
- Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
- Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
- The Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN
- Sculpture Trails, Solsberry, IN
^^Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Most internships that meet the criteria listed above qualify. Please double check with your advisor first.
Where to Look for Internships