Undergraduate Internships with SADA
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
Depending on your major:
- B.S. 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.
- B.F.A. 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.
- B.F.A. 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.
- B.S. 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).
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.
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.
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.
Finding an Internship
We recommend that all students contact the Career Center to start the process of looking for internships – this is your first point of contact. They can help equip you with the resources needed to locate a suitable internship opportunity. Look for the appointment link to request an appointment with a Career Counselor.
The Career Center has made it even easier for you to connect with professionals in your area and around the world. It is recommended that you visit our Career Fairs. Here you’ll have access to Liberty University’s ever-expanding network of professionals looking for new talent. This is an excellent opportunity for you to network and to learn what positions are available. The Career Center website contains information for all Liberty talent, including residential, online, and alumni. All students have access to Career Counselors as well. Residential students meet in person, and online students have exclusive rights to phone appointments.
Additionally, the Career Center has created a resource for internship opportunities through Handshake, a cloud-based solution that connects students and alumni with career opportunities and events. Handshake has more than 500 schools and over 9 million students and alumni in its network. 250,000+ employers and Fortune 500 companies actively use Handshake to recruit. You can find internships as well as full-time positions through Handshake.
You may acquire a position outside of the Career Center; however, there is important information you will need pertaining to paid and unpaid positions. In general, if you intern with a For-profit company/organization you should be paid at least minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) for all contact hours. Non-paid exceptions regarding For-profit internships can be found by reviewing Fact Sheet #71 through an internet search. Non-profits and government entities are exempt from the minimum wage payment requirement, but some of these are starting to pay as well. Whether your internship is paid or not, the experience is what you are looking for, so measure carefully as to what you will gain through the experience when considering an internship.
Internship Site Responsibilities
You must be directly supervised by a site supervisor 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.
- A virtual internship is acceptable. Site supervisor means a physical employer, so the activity between the employer and the student can be online/remote interaction if this is the method in which the company/organization conducts their business.
- The company/organization must provide enough work to fill the work hour requirements agreed upon in the contract.
- Your site supervisor must agree to give feedback about your experience filling out a mid and final evaluation.
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 a Studio and Digital Arts major
- No more than one outstanding CSER requirement
Adding Your Internship Course to ASIST (Residential)
All students intending to complete an ARTS 499 Internship must attend an internship workshop the semester before completing the internship in which detailed instructions are given. For internship workshop dates, look for BlackBoard announcements posted in residential classes toward the beginning of each semester. You can also contact your faculty internship advisor, Joel Cockrell email@example.com.
Here’s what you do:
- 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.
- Fill out the paperwork you receive at the workshop. This will include your internship contract that your site supervisor must sign.
- Hand in all completed paperwork to Joel Cockrell firstname.lastname@example.org, SADA faculty internship advisor. Paperwork must be completed filled out for eligibility.
- 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, allow for plenty of time to register. Contact Joel Cockrell at email@example.com 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:
- 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.
- Fill out the paperwork you receive from the faculty internship advisor. This will include your internship/practicum contract that your site supervisor must sign.
- Scan and send in all completed paperwork to Instructor Joel Cockrell at firstname.lastname@example.org, SADA faculty internship advisor. Paperwork must be completed filled out for eligibility.
- If paperwork is approved, your course will now be added to your ASIST account.
LUO Registration Deadlines
- For all deadlines, see the LUO academic calendar.
- Contact Advising email@example.com with any questions.