Experiences through which students can apply their academic knowledge in work settings are a vital component of a college education. An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and transferable skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. In the internship course, students will draw on their innate abilities as improvisers, collaborators, creators, and listeners in order to better determine how they can use these skills to build a successful career in the arts and entertainment industry and beyond.
Under the direct supervision of a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience at the internship site, students will intern for a minimum of 140 hours over the course of the semester, with a minimum of 10 weeks at the internship site. Students will have clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework with routine assessment and feedback by the supervisor and internship course instructor.
Internships may take place on site in the geographic location of a student’s choice or can occur in a remote / hybrid modality. All internship sites must be vetted and approved by the Career Center to ensure there are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals. Courses will be managed by Career Center staff in consultation with department chairs. Work authorization for F-1 students will be facilitated by the Career Center in conjunction with International Student Services.