Connecting Artists to Opportunities. Search www.MICAnetwork.com, Career Development's website where employers post opportunities to MICA students and alumni. All current students have had accounts established for them in MICAnetwork. Once logged in, you can review current job postings, search the Employer Director, and also see our Internship Histories in the Resource Library under "Internship Resources."
MICA's Internship Blog lists many successful internship experiences students have completed for studio credit. Hear directly from the student as they recount their experiences and share what they learned during their internship.
CONNECT - MICA's Internship + Career Fair brings 50 employers to campus every spring. Participating businesses and organizations represent a wide-range of art and design careers. This event works to connect MICA students and alumni in all disciplines with innovative businesses and arts organizations looking for creative talent. Check out the blog to see a list of organizations that have participated in the past, and who will be attending this year's fair.
Doing research online can lead to a wide range of internship options. Many companies and organizations list internship opportunities on their websites. Check out our online Career Resources, including CD Links, our list of saved bookmarked websites on many to assist in your professional development.
How to Find an Internship Session
Thursdays, 3:15-3:45 PM during the academic year
Gateway 200, Career Development Office
Come to one of our weekly Internship Info Sessions led by our Peer Career Advisors (PCA's) to learn strategies to search for internships and basic overview of how to register an internship for school credit.
Appointment with a PCA
Can't make it to a weekly workshop? Schedule a PCA Appointment to get started in your internship search. Once you start researching and have a better idea of where you want to intern, you are welcome to schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor if you need additional assistance.
Utilize MICA Connections
Talk to MICA faculty, staff, and alumni. They may be able to provide you with professional contacts in a particular area. LinkedIn is a great way to search for MICA alumni! Review our Netiquette resource for online networking tips.
Magazines like Art Forum, Communication Arts, and Art In America can be great resources to find contact information for companies, organizations, or artists. You can find the most recent copies in the Career Development Library or the Decker Library.
After you try these strategies, if you need additional help, a Career Counselor is available to assist you with your search. To schedule an appointment, call 410.225.2420
Examples of Internships Hosts for Students of Art and Design:
- Museums provide exposure to curatorial work, art education, fundraising and event planning experience, exhibition design, research, and organizational planning.
- Practicing studio artists provide opportunities for students to learn about managing a business, marketing artwork, networking, and time management between studio and business practices.
- Local and national theatres provide students with a variety of experiences for visual artists from costume and set design to fundraising and playwriting.
- Community art organizations encourage students to get involved in local communities by creating public art or teaching art in underserved communities. They also involve the student in curatorial projects in their galleries and experience exhibition planning.
- Commercial photography studio internship gives students experience setting up photo shoots, while working with an individual photographer gives students the opportunity to see inside the world of freelance photography.
- Local and national magazine and newspaper publications offer a range of experience to students studying illustration, graphic design, and photography.
- Multimedia design studios hire students to assist with various design projects, participate in creative team meetings, and interact with clients; interest areas are in graphic design, interactive media, web design, print and package design.
- Architecture firms and other environmental design internships provide experiences in the areas of planning, production, and design.
- Students interested in conservation find internships with museum conservation departments and with private conservators.
- Production studios often provide internships for students in video and film with documentaries, major motion pictures, and television series' to learn from as production assistants.