The professional internship is an important aspect of each student’s academic plan. Students are encouraged to discuss their professional career interests and goals with the faculty and program coordinator to get ideas about the types of internship opportunities they could pursue to meet their goals, including contacts with specific individuals and organization.
What is an internship?
An internship is a supervised 15 weeks, 600 hours, with a graphic design, feature animation, game, visualization, and art-related company that exposes the student to professional practice related to their field of study; monthly reports, final internship portfolio and internship supervisor assessment letter is required.
The internship should be in relation to the student’s career goals, and the student should have sufficient background knowledge to be effective on the job and to learn from the experience. Students will receive up to a maximum of 6 hours of course credit for participation and successful completion of the internship.
No other courses may be taken for credit during the internship period away from the Texas A&M University campus.
What are the eligibility requirements?
To qualify for an internship you must:
- Be a Department of Visualization Student with a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Good Standing with the Texas A&M University and approval of the Internship Coordinator
- Must have completed VIST 206 and VIST 271 into upper level coursework.
- The internship location will be not less than than 90 miles from TAMU
When do I do my internship?
All undergraduate students in the College of Architecture are required to spend one semester away from College Station. Participation in an internship occurs during a VIZ students fall or spring semester of their Junior year. This requirement may be filled in or out of the United States.
Do I have to pay tuition?
Internships are treated the same as all other courses regarding tuition and fees.
Are internships paid or unpaid?
Compensation for an internship will be handled by the organization you are interning for. The exact amount of compensation is agreed between the student and the company, but should be at least minimum wage.
How do I find an internship?
Finding an internship opportunity is solely the responsibility of the student; thus simulating the job search process. However students are encouraged to seek additional assistance from their program coordinator and/or any member of the VIZ faculty in regards to internship opportunities or specific contacts. Also there are resources available through the TAMU Career Center http://careercenter.tamu.edu.
What kind of paperwork do I need to complete?
You must submit an internship proposal form, at least 30 days before the internship begins, which includes:
* The Individual Internship Agreement and the Master Internship Agreement, addressed to the internship coordinator, from your employer, which states he/she understands that you are earning credit for your work and which also gives a description of the kind of work you will be doing.
In order for a student to be fully approved for an internship they must complete all of the forms, signed by the student, employer and the internship coordinator before they are allowed to register for the internship. A copy of these forms should also be given to your academic advisor and placed in your academic file.
When do I register for my Internship?
According to the VIST curriculum you will register for VIST 494 during the fall/spring registration period of your Junior year. The only rule is that you finish your 600 hours before the end of the semester in which you register for your internship. However, students may continue to work beyond the required 600 hours and beyond the end of the semester in which they register.
What do I do at the end of the semester?
By 5pm on the last day of classes of the semester in which you are registered for your internship you must submit to the Internship Coordinator:
A detailed portfolio that describes your experience, this should be no longer than 10 pages and include a description of the work you completed and how you used knowledge you learned in class, what new knowledge you acquired and how the internship did and did not contribute to your professional experience along with any other such reflections on your experience. As part of your portfolio your internship supervisor will need to submit an employer evaluation letter to the Internship coordinator as final documentation of your internship experience.