The goal of MICA's Graduate Internship Program is to provide our MFA candidates, as developing professionals, the opportunity to take on technical and pedagogical roles within our institution, and thereby to learn from real world experiences typical of teachers and leaders in contempory academic communities. In coordinating the placement of graduates in these many roles, the Graduate Internship Program supports aspects of curriculum development, tool maintenance and safety, and undergraduate pedagogy. While these internships greatly enrich the students' graduate school experience and better prepare them for post-graduate professional life, MICA also awards stipends to the interns in recognition of the knowledge, skill, and time they contribute.
Only enrolled MFA graduate students may apply for internships.
Due to the responsibilities and time commitment required of interns, it is recommended that graduate students undertake no more than two internships per semester.
Types of Graduate Internship Positions
Graduate Teaching Intern (GTI)
A graduate student in the role of GTI works in an undergraduate course under the supervision of the faculty member and, using the Possible Progression for a Graduate Teaching Internship, gains valuable teaching experience. All MFA graduate students are eligible to intern in any course for which they are not also enrolled as a student. First year graduate students must intern in a 100-level or Foundation course (core requirement or Foundation elective as defined by the Academic Bulletin) for at least one semester of their first year.
- It is highly recommended that GTIs take the course, Philosophy and Pedagogy of Post-secondary Visual Arts Education. (For graduate students wishing to earn the Certificate in the College Teaching of Art, this course is required.)
- As interns in the undergraduate courses, GTIs are expected to be present for every class meeting, and to collaborate with the mentoring instructor, working no more than an average of six hours per week.
- GTIs received a stipend of $725 per intership per semester.
Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
A MFA graduate student in the role of GTA conducts research under faculty guidance for projects that have been pre-approved by the Provost, such as new course development, new program development, advanced digital technoloy laboratory, new project research, and media services.
- GRAs are expected to negotiate a work schedule that is beneficial for both the supervising faculty member and the GRA. The GRA should work no more than an average of six hours per week, or 150 hours.
- GRAs receive a stipend of $725 per internship per semester.
Graduate Technical Assistant (GTA)
A MFA graduate student in the role of GTA acts as a technical advisor in select undergraduate courses that require specialized technical knowledge and/or require hazardous tools and materials. These graduate students do not plan or implement instruction of any kind, nor are they to lead lectures or critiques.
- As technical assistants in the undergraduate courses, GTAs are expected to be present for every class meeting, to maintain course tools and materials, working not more than an average of six hours per week.
- GTAs received a stipend of $725 per intership per semester.