CCS recognizes the benefits of participating in an internship experience. Not only do students work alongside industry professionals in a real-world setting, they gain confidence in their ability and begin building professional networks.
The internship program allows qualified students to earn academic credit while gaining first-hand experience in their chosen fields. Internships are available to students with a junior or senior ranking – although it is never too early to begin researching opportunities. Internship listings are available in the Career Services online Job Book.
Benefits students gain by participating in an Internship include:
- Using classroom skills in a real-world employment situation
- Learning new skills from professionals in one's chosen field
- Gaining first-hand work experience prior to graduation
- Networking with professionals, which may lead to future employment opportunities
- Defining career goals
In addition to internships, an array of companies and organizations sponsor various projects, giving CCS students exposure to real art and design problems and a feel for deadline pressures, client meetings and budgets. While exploring solutions and interacting in the business world, students learn to become professionals. This close working relationship reaps many benefits for both students and businesses.
Internship Requirements: Internships are available to students with a junior or senior ranking who have completed freshman and sophomore studios. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.8. Transfer students can intern after meeting the above requirements and completing one full semester at CCS. Students applying for an internship must have their portfolios reviewed and approved by a full-time faculty member in their department before applying. International students should consult with the International Student Services Office before applying for internships as certain restrictions may apply to students using an F-1 visa.
The following is a sample of some of the employers that have participated in the Internship Program:
Black & Decker
Detroit Institute of Arts
Elements Custom Jewelry
Ford Motor Company
General Motors Corporation
George P. Johnson
Hour Detroit Magazine
Mary Ellen Mark Photography Studio, NY
Mercedes India NA + Europe
Michigan Hot Glass
Miriam Haskell Jewelry
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit
Museum of Fine Art Boston
Society of Illustrators
Stefani & Company Jewelers
The Barbarian Group
The Henry Ford
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Yo Bikes India