Internships are an important part of learning for many students in the graphic design program. The faculty believe that internships can provide valuable on-the-job experience that will help prepare students to enter the graphic design workforce upon graduation. Internships are, however, not required.
ECU students have interned in design studios large and small, on in-house design teams, locally, regionally, and nationally. Recent internships have included MicroMass Communications, the Carolina MudCats, John Deere, and CapStrat.
Internship opportunities are shared with graphic design students via the graphic design listserv, however it is ultimately the student's responsibility to find, secure, and get approval for their internship. Students earning credit for internships must work under the guidance of a senior-level graphic designer. To earn credit for an internship, students must enroll in Art 4010 under the guidance of one of the graphic design faculty, complete 140 hours of work during the semester, and create a thorough document of their work experience. Students may earn up to nine credits of internship toward their degree, working 140 hours for each three-credit course.
If you are a graphic design student looking for an internship, we suggest beginning by looking at postings via AIGA Raleigh. If there is a particular firm or business you wish to work for, you might consider contacting the firm and asking if any internship opportunities are open. Networking is also another excellent way to learn about opportunities. Join AIGA and go to AIGA Raleigh’s events. Introduce yourself to people you don't know and follow-up with them after the event.
If you are a business owner and have an internship opportunity you wish to share with ECU's graphic design students, please email area coordinator Kate LaMere (firstname.lastname@example.org) with: a description of the opportunity, compensation, contact information, and application requirements. The faculty encourage students to pursue paid internship opportunities, but it is ultimately up to the student to decide if they wish to work paid or unpaid.