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 BFA students with a junior or senior ranking and MFA students who completed one year of course work– although it is never too early to begin researching opportunities.
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 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: BFA students must be of a junior or senior status, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Transfer students must have attended a minimum of one semester at CCS, in addition to meeting all other criteria. MFA students must complete one year of course work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students applying for an internship must have their portfolios reviewed and approved by a full-time faculty member in their department before applying.
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