Internships for Credit
Internships offer students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional arts environment. In addition, these opportunities give our students the chance to make valuable connections in the art world.
Past Internship Sites include:
- The New Museum
- Institute of Contemporary Art-Boston
- NBC Entertainment (30 Rock)
- The New England Patriots
Students are eligible to register for a two-credit internship course by working between 80-150 hours over the course of 6-14 weeks. Students must complete and submit an Internship Proposal outlining the goals and objectives before beginning their placement.Visual Arts students may pursue up to two internships for course credit during their academic study.
Steps for obtaining an Internship for Credit (AR 572):
- Find a Placement – Find an internship placement through independent research or by taking advantage of campus resources including checking postings on the Visual Arts Resource Library blog, or the Boston University Career Center.
- Get Approval – Complete and submit an internship proposal form. Determine the goals, objectives and deliverables for the internship and have it signed by a faculty advisor and the internship coordinator in the Visual Arts office.
- Confirm Placement – Once the internship is approved for credit, arrange schedule with intern site and make sure to meet with hour requirements for credit. If the site requires documentation for internship-for-credit, email the internship coordinator with the contact supervisor’s name and email address.
- Register – Be sure to register for the internship class, AR 572 to receive credit. Summer interns will register in the fall semester and present work at the start of the semester.
- Keep a Journal and/or Portfolio – Document what you do at your site regularly. Whether it’s a blog, a matted portfolio or typed journal entries, all interns will need to present their final work to a faculty advisor and the internship coordinator. Be prepared to talk about your experience and show your work.
- Get Supervisor to Complete the Internship Evaluation – Upon completion, make sure that your supervisor completes the form in the internship proposal packet.
- Schedule Presentation Meeting – At the completion of the semester and/or internship, set up a meeting with the faculty advisor and internship coordinator to present your work and discuss your placement.
Internship Guide (PDF)