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AIGA believes that quality internships provide an invaluable
stepping stone towards professional practice and create continuity
within the design profession. We thank those who open their doors
to young designers and generously share their knowledge and
experience with the next generation of design practitioners.
An internship is a temporary job at a design studio that is
geared toward an upper-level student or recent graduate. Studios
may hire interns to assist on a specific project or for a set
amount of time, such as the summer or a semester. Students and
young designers often develop their practice by broadening their
education with a mentor, while gaining experience in a professional
design environment. Sponsoring design studios benefit from each
intern's unique approach, perspective and assistance during the
An internship is an opportunity to:
This process can be a job in itself! Although it may be
time-consuming, remember there is a lot to be learned from the
experience, which can set the stage for strong career development.
The process of seeking an internship provides valuable experience
in talking about a your work. You will also learn about the
professional practice of design and possibly discover new
directions that your career could take. Competition for internship
opportunities can be high-be sure to start the application process
A good internship host will:
To make a good impression as an intern, you must exhibit the
utmost professionalism. Recognize that you may receive more
responsibility by presenting yourself as dependable, easy to work
with and appreciative of the internship opportunity. Take cues from
co-workers and fall in line with the social style of the
As an intern, you should:
Internships vary in their duration and compensation. Internships
typically last from a few months to a year. You may be paid by the
hour, by the project or a flat rate may apply for the duration of
the internship. Remember that an internship can be a worthwhile
experience whether or not you are paid for your time. As a paid or
unpaid intern, the studio will often also offer you invaluable
small perks such as travel reimbursement, tickets to lectures or
specialized training, recommendation letters or introductions to
other professionals. You may also be eligible to earn academic
credits for your internship experience. Check with your school's
career services office to find out if your internship
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