What is an internship?
An internship is a paid, mentored experience for a student enrolled in Media Arts & Technology. Students who qualify for internships need faculty advisement, use of media arts equipment, and are required to register for the Cultural Technology Mentorship class. In some cases, recent graduates of media arts (within two years) qualify for internships depending on their skill level and their needs. The criteria to determine whether graduates of media arts qualify for an internship are 1) Does this student need advisement? and/or 2) Do they need university equipment? And/or 3) Do they need ongoing management through the class? An internship differs from contract work.
The level of support required to ensure a successful mentored experience for the student ensures a quality product/project, but it is not cheap labor. It is designed to be a learning experience. The person/group sponsoring the internship must provide the students with an educational, learning experience.
Our internships are designed with maximum flexibility in mind for students and mentors. The options for internships are: 300 hours; 850 hours or 1700 hours. 300 hour internships can be either 35 hours per week from June 1 – July 31, or they can be managed in the fall or spring semesters depending on how much time a student can work outside of school. The maximum allowable internship hours for a full-time student is 20.
850 hour internships are designed for students taking just one or two classes, usually at the end of their course of study and can be structured for 20 hours per week over the course of the year, or 40 hours per week for 6 months.
1700 hour internships are full-time for 11 months. They’re designed for recent graduates of the program to get a hands-on mentored experience in a cultural organization for an extended period of time.
We pay our students a living wage ranging from $16.00 – $18.00 per hour. The cost for an intern will vary depending upon the skill level of the intern and the amount of hours your project requires.
If you’re interested in hosting an intern, fill out this form.
***Note, the Cultural Technology Internship Program has some matching funds available upon request. If you wish to apply for some of our matching funds, please submit a request along with your proposal form.