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Internship Guidelines

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The MassArt internship program provides structured internship experiences for academic credit that help prepare MassArt students for careers. Through internships, students can apply their skills and experience in a professional environment, acquire business skills, explore potential career paths, and start building a professional network.

Learning Objectives

When you register your internship you will be asked to articulate your learning objectives and the career goals you expect to achieve during your internship. Your chosen Faculty Internship Advisor will review your learning objectives and career goals for connections to your academic coursework.


  • MassArt's internship program is open to current students enrolled in a degree program
  • Most students choose to complete internships after their sophomore year through the first semester of their senior year
  • Contact the Internship Manager in Career Development with questions about special circumstances


  • You must be mentored and supervised by a staff member who has expertise in the area of your internship (example: a graphic design intern must be mentored by a professional graphic designer on staff)
  • The supervisor will offer training and routine feedback
  • The supervisor will complete a midterm and final evaluation of your progress during the internship


Internships tasks must be pre-professional, art and design related, and clearly defined at the start of the internship.


  • You must complete 135 hours of internship related work within 15 consecutive weeks. Internship hours beyond 135 are not eligible for additional credit
  • Your internship work schedule is determined between you and your Company Internship Supervisor
  • Typical students intern 10-20 per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. Over the summer semester there is more flexibility. Students cannot intern more than 40 hours per week


  • You may complete an internship during the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters
  • There is no tuition cost to do a summer internship for credit for undergraduate students


  • You must register for credit before beginning your internship and before the add/drop deadline of the semester. All internship hours and work must be completed by the end of the semester
  • Contact Career Development with any questions about special circumstances


  • The internship must be onsite at an established business location
  • Virtual or work-at-home internships are not permitted


  • The company/organization must provide the necessary resources, equipment, software, and workspace needed for the internship
  • Use of MassArt equipment or facilities is not permitted


  • Internships can be paid or unpaid.
  • You can register either a paid or unpaid internship for credit


  • Eligible internships may be registered for 3 elective credits
  • You would apply for credit for your internship and there will be an approval process before you are registered
  • Your faculty internship advisor has final approval on credit for your internship
  • You must register for credit before starting your internship and by the add/drop deadline for the semester
  • Credit cannot be given retroactively
  • You can register either a paid or unpaid internship for credit
  • There is no tuition cost to do a summer internship for credit for undergraduate students
  • You must register your internship for credit for you to be eligible for any available internship awards.