Undergraduate Internship Program: Studio & Digital Arts (SADA)

Internship Information 

Internships are field experience opportunities where you will work under a site supervisor for the duration of the course. You will complete tasks as requested by your site supervisor and report on your experiences through journals, reflection assignments, and evaluations.  

Hours of Work

This depends on your major.

  • BS students are required to complete a 3-credit hour internship that involves at least 180 contact hours under the supervision of a professional in your field of study.
  • BFA Studio Art students are required to complete a 1-2-credit hour internship that involves at least 60 contact hours per credit under the supervision of a professional in your field of study.
  • BFA Graphic design students are required to complete 3-credit hours for the internship that involves at least 180 contact hours under the supervision of a professional in your field of study.
  • BS students may choose to register for an internship for more than 3 credit hours. Up to 6 credit hours are allowed.
  • Each additional credit hour (over 3) adds 60 hours of work to your internship requirements.
  • Additional internship credit hours can be used to fulfill upper-level elective requirements on your Degree Completion Plan (DCP).

Note: You can take a 6-credit hour internship. You would specify 6-credit hours and 360 contact hours on your paperwork. A 6-credit hour internship is rare due to the amount of contact hours required in an 8 (LUO) or 16-week (RES and LUO) course. This, of course, would require double the amount of hours/work on your part and your site supervisor’s part.

Credit Hours

The first 3 credit hours of your internship must be completed within your major – not your minor. Internships must be completed during the semester in which you are registered for the course. Additionally, you cannot receive credit for an internship that you have completed but were not registered for prior to interning.

Extended Internships

You may find that you like your internship so much that you want to continue for more than one semester. If so, you will need to fill out a separate contract for each additional semester you want course credit.

Getting Paid

You may get paid at your internship. In fact, we hope you do. If your internship is a paid position, you need to be paid at least minimum wage only if you plan on interning at a for-profit company. Non-profits and government entities are exempt from this requirement.

In general, it is best to seek out a unique opportunity that puts you in a position to acquire knowledge from your site supervisor; however, it may be possible for you to use your current job as your internship. But remember your job duties must line up with your objectives and be related to your field of study. Each internship site must be individually approved by your faculty internship advisor, Prof. Christopher Phillips.

Finding an Internship

Begin networking now. That means with everyone – ask your classmates, your friends, your professors, etc. The people you come in contact with every day are some of your best resources.

Additionally, the Career Center has made it even easier for you to connect with professionals around the world. They've created the LU Network. Log in to search for available internship opportunities with companies looking for a rising professional like you.

Note: Your job cannot count for an internship unless you are generating creative work which puts you in a position to learn a different skill set which relates to your degree. 

Internship Site Responsibilities 

You must be directly supervised on site by someone who has a degree in your area of study or has considerable documented experience in the given field – at least 3-5 years of experience.
The company or organization must provide enough work to fill the work hour requirements agreed upon in the contract.
Your supervisor must agree to give feedback about your experience by filling out a mid and final evaluation.

Internship Eligibility

To be eligible for an internship, you must have:

  • Junior or senior status
  • 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Declared a major within the SADA department
  • Completed 24 hours within your major
  • No more than one outstanding BWVW/CSER requirement

Adding Your Internship Course to ASIST (Residential)

The process for registration is unique and there are specific steps that you must follow before you can gain entry.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Attend an internship workshop the semester before you plan to complete the internship. This is where you will receive detailed instructions and required paperwork. Look for emails from the Studio and Digital Arts throughout the semester announcing dates/times of workshops.
  2. Fill out the paperwork you receive at the workshop. This will include your internship contract that your site supervisor must sign.
  3. Hand in all completed paperwork to Prof. Christopher Phillips at csphillips4@liberty.edu, SADA faculty internship advisor. Paperwork must be completed filled out for eligibility.
  4. If paperwork is approved, your class will now be added to your ASIST account.

Residential Registration Deadlines 

  • Summer internship – third Friday in April (attend workshop in spring semester)
  • Fall internship – third Friday in April (attend workshop in spring semester)
  • Spring internship – third Friday in November (attend workshop in fall semester)

*Because the prerequisite approvals and contract take time to complete, please allow for plenty of time to register. Contact Prof. Christopher Phillips at csphillips4@liberty.edu with any questions.

Adding Your Internship Course to ASIST (LUO)

The process for registration is unique and there are specific steps that you must follow before you can gain entry.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Contact Advising so they can ensure that you are eligible to register for an internship. If you are eligible, they will put you in contact with the faculty internship advisor.
  2. Fill out the paperwork you receive from the faculty internship advisor. This will include your internship/practicum contract that your site supervisor must sign.
  3. Scan and send in all completed paperwork to Prof. Christopher Phillips at csphillips4@liberty.edu, SADA faculty internship advisor. Paperwork must be completed filled out for eligibility.
  4. If paperwork is approved, your course will now be added to your ASIST account.

 

LUO Registration Deadlines 

  • For all deadlines, please see the LUO academic calendar.
  • Contact Advising luoadvising@liberty.edu with any questions.