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In today's highly competitive atmosphere it has become clear that the more financially successful artist is the one who is essentially an entrepreneur, a 'self-managed' individual who understands the importance of the power to negotiate and the skills that ensure access to opportunities within his/her chosen field ... an internship is not a job, but the planning and negotiation skills required to develop an internship are the same skills necessary togetting the job you desire.
-WARREN CHRISTIANSEN, NATIONAL DIRECTORY OF ARTS
The paid internship experience at Moore is an important key to the career-focused education that leads to inspiring careers. The internship offers a first-hand experience in a professional setting your field of study. Moore is the only art and design school to offer paid internship fellowships of $1000 for each student in every major.
Students in all majors except Art Education* are required to complete a 4.5 credit/240 hour internship, typically scheduled during the summer between the junior and senior year. In addition to completing the equivalent of a six-week full-time internship, you are also required to make a formal internship presentation to your department faculty and submit an internship journal, which includes a self-reflective essay. The number of hours you’ll spend in completing the summer internship, the follow-up presentation and other grading requirements slightly exceeds the minimum requirement of 3 hours of effort per credit.
Internships provide real world experience and an important opportunity to develop a professional network in preparation for a career in art and design. Moore's sizable network of alumnae and employers are helpful in recommending and offering challenging and exciting internships, many of which can lead to careers after graduation.
The Locks Career Center staff will assist you in identifying and securing internships that align with your skills, ambitions, and professional and personal goals. Internship placements must be pre-approved by the department chair and faculty supervisor and a signed contract must be filed with the Locks Career Center before the internship starts. The staff works closely with the faculty teaching the required internship preparation courses, providing a systematic approach for your search for an internship host site. The staff will provide help with your resume development, practice with business correspondence and mock interviews, as well as support before, during and after the interview process.
*Art Education majors must complete a 12-week supervised student teaching assignment that will be arranged through Art Education and the Liberal Arts Department.