Internships

Three-credit internships are permitted in fall, spring, Wintersession, and summer. In a few departments that were grandfathered in under the former policy (pre-2008), such as Apparel Design, an internship may be taken during Wintersession for 6 credits.

Undergraduates are eligible to take a fall, spring or Wintersession internship once they have successfully completed their freshman year and may take their first summer internship after their sophomore year. Undergraduates may take a maximum of 6 internship credits toward their degree.

Enrollment in a credit-bearing internship requires completion of an electronic Internship Registration and Agreement in ArtWorks (RISD’s online system used for tracking internships) by the deadline posted on the academic calendar.  Registration for an internship requires special forms and approvals through Artworks. See the Internship Instructions page for important details on this process.

Students must be enrolled in the internship during the semester in which the credit is sought.  Students may not retroactively register for internships. Grading is Pass/Fail Only.

The Career Center works cooperatively with academic departments to identify quality internships for students. Academic credit may be granted (with department approval)
for student’s participation in an internship experience. Students often find that the professional experience and knowledge gained are invaluable in determining career choices and directions. Any student interested in exploring internship opportunities should contact the Career Center directly for assistance using the internship resources at the Career Center website and to participate in internship programs and events
that are offered throughout the year.