Open doors to your future. Professional internships are required for all BFA students in all majors at Lesley University.
Lesley University is one of the few art colleges nationally that requires an external learning/work experience. Internships are a critical part of the experience for every student in every studio major. They plunge you into the working life of an artist. They help you figure out what you want (or don't want) to do with your art. They sharpen your technical skills into career tools. They give you a chance to develop your talents—and your portfolio. They help you get your foot in the door. Internships are usually done in the junior or senior year.
What is an internship?
An internship is a structured, credit-bearing, supervised work experience designed to enrich and complement the academic program. An internship enables you to discover the links between academic study and the application of classroom knowledge to practical work situations. Internships are usually unpaid.
Do I have to find an internship on my own?
No. Our Internship Director will work with you to suggest several possible opportunities. Under the supervision of your Department Internship Coordinator, you will have access to search our internship database or explore external opportunities.
Do I have to complete an internship and how many academic credits will I receive?
Yes. All College of Art and Design students are required to complete 180hrs of interning, in order to graduate. As an College of Art and Design student you receive academic credit for your internship. Each internship placement can be a semester or longer. A 3-credit internship is 180 hours and a 1.5-credit internship is 90 hours
NOTE: It's important all internship paperwork is completed prior to doing an internship for credit. Students choosing to complete 1.5-credit internships will need to complete two internships.
How am I supervised?
During your internship your Department Internship Coordinator acts as your Experiential Learning Advisor and your onsite Supervisor will supervise you at your internship.
Do internships have to be in the Cambridge/Boston area?
No. You may do an internship outside the area, as long as it meets all other requirements. Students have an opportunity to complete internship throughout the US and can also intern while Studying Abroad.
When's a Good Time to Begin Looking for Internships?
A good time to start is sophomore year. Students who begin doing internships after their first year of college are able to provide internship sites a wider range of techniques and skills that sites often require.
NOTE: It's important to allow enough time to locate and apply for good internships. Internships often have deadlines to apply for summer internships and can be as early as November.
Where's a good place to get help in finding an internship?
Working with the Department Internship Coordinator, Internship Director and the Career Resource Center.
What Kinds of Internships are Available?
Internships are available in a wide variety of fields from both the private and non -profit sectors. Internships may be pursued winter, spring, summer, or fall.
What's the benefit of doing an internship for credit?
There are many rewarding and worthwhile internships available and some of these can be linked directly with college coursework. Working directly with an onsite supervisor and Department Internship Coordinator can provide a rich learning experience that includes additional reading, writing, etc., on the subject in addition to the experiential learning that takes place each day on the internship.
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