Graduate Internship: Studio & Digital Arts (SADA)

Register for Your Internship

Every SADA graduate student must complete 6 field experience credit hours to graduate (includes ARTS 599 Internship, ARTS 598 Practicum, and ARTS 596 Teaching Art in Higher Education).

Internship Information

Internships are field experience opportunities where you will work under a site supervisor for 180 contact hours for a 3-credit course. You will complete tasks as requested by the site supervisor and report on your experiences through journals, reflection assignments, and evaluations.  

Credit Hours

A 3-credit hour internship requires that you work at least 180 hours.

  • You 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).

Internship credit hours must be completed within your degree. 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

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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:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Declared a degree (studio art or graphic design) within the SADA department
  • Completed 24 hours within your degree

 

Adding Your Internship Class 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. Contact the faculty internship advisor the semester before you plan to complete the internship. This is where you will receive detailed instructions and required paperwork.
  2. Fill out the paperwork provided by the faculty internship advisor. This will include your internship/practicum 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 (contact faculty internship advisor in advance)
  • Fall internship – third Friday in April (contact faculty internship advisor in advance)
  • Spring internship – third Friday in November (contact faculty internship advisor in advance)

*Because the prerequisite approvals and contract take time to complete, you need to give yourself 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.