As a SoAD student you can blend real-world experience with your coursework to prepare for your future. Through an internship will you gain hands-on experience in your field and learn from professionals. Working together with faculty, administrators, and businesses, we facilitate internships that will introduce you to a wide variety of professional pathways as an artist, designer, or scholar.

SoAD Internships have included:

  • Greenville Museum of Art
  • North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh)
  • Emerge Gallery (Greenville)
  • North Carolina Pottery Center (Seagrove)
    Summer internship programs as part of the ECU/NCPC collaboration. Studio-based internship at professional pottery, educational programming, and arts administration positions are available to students in scenic Seagrove, NC.

If you wish to earn credit for an internship, you must enroll in a ART 4010, 4020, or 4030, complete SoAD Internship Application, and have a syllabus by the beginning of the internship semester. For credit internships may be paid or unpaid; we encourage students to pursue paid internships. Students must complete 140 hours of work for a 3 credit internship. Up to 6 credits of internship may be completed at one site.

Steps to Securing an Internship-For-Credit

STEP ONE Decide what you want to accomplish during your internship… explore a specific kind of work, get experience in your area, or..? Clarity about your learning goals makes it easier to pinpoint potential internship sites. Talk with faculty in your area. (Think also about where you need the internship to be located. Plan ahead for the semester you’d like to do one!)

STEP TWO Prepare an outstanding resume. Internship providers often want a resume and may require that you complete their application and an interview. (This process is IN ADDITION to SoAD requirements for a 3-credit internship course.)

STEP THREE Look at requirements for an internship-for-credit (see below). Read through the application carefully. Deadlines are the FIRST WEDNESDAY of each semester, prior to the end of the Drop/Add period. Ask Daniel Kariko, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator for further clarification (

STEP FOUR Talk with faculty in our area about pursuing a for-credit internship. Ask a faculty member in our concentration to be your instructor for the internship course. Your faculty will be responsible for helping fill out the Internship Application, preparing a syllabus for the course, communicating with you during the internship, and entering your final grade.

STEP FIVE Hunt for an internship!

Internship opportunities that come directly to the School are shared on our Arts Opportunities page. <link to Arts Opportunities page>

Internship website via ECU’s Career Services Handshake application found here. Login or create an account to see what’s available nationally.

You can also ask friends, family, faculty, and especially professional contacts.  Networking is an important part of establishing and getting value from your internship.

STEP SIX Fill out your Internship Application, ensuring that your Site Supervisor, Academic Adivsor, and instructor have read and SIGNED the form. Collect the syllabus from your instructor.

STEP SEVEN Submit your COMPLETED Internship Application AND the course syllabus to Daniel Kariko, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator. Once the application is approved, you will be registered for the class.

ADDITIONAL STEPS  Don’t forget to list your internship on your resume.  Keep samples of your work for your electronic resume. If you have questions please see Daniel Kariko.

Internship opportunities

Watch this space for opportunities coming soon!

SoAD Internship Application and Evaluation Forms

For more information contact Undergraduate Programs Coordinator Daniel Kariko.

Internship Q & A

What internship opportunities are available?

We often get requests from companies looking for interns and we can provide tips on your search for an internship sponsor but it is up to the individual student to find an internship.

When can I do an internship?

To earn course credit for an internship student should have completed their first year of study and be a rising sophomore or higher.

How much work is required for an internship?

Internship courses ART 4010, 4020, and 4030 are 3 semester hours each; to earn three credits a student must successfully complete 140 hours of work at an approved internship. More than one internship course can be taken.

Is an internship required?

No, an internship is not required, be the faculty highly encourage you to pursue an internship to gain experience prior to graduate. Since graphic design is a professional discipline, real world experience in the field is invaluable.