Stamps Internship Program

The Stamps School recognizes that real-world learning experiences are essential to the success of our students as emerging professionals. We are striving for 100% participation in learning beyond the classroom and strongly encourage all of our students to engage in an internship during their time at Stamps.

Download the Internship Proposal / Internship Scholarship Form here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for an internship?

All Stamps students are eligible to do an internship.  However, many formal internship programs are reserved for juniors and seniors.

Can my internship fulfill the international experience requirement?

Yes. As long as the internship lasts at least 3 weeks and is outside the U.S., it may fulfill the international experience requirement. Proposals are reviewed annually; deadline December 1. There are no exceptions to the deadline.

How many credits can I receive for an internship?

Students may earn one credit for each 50 hours of internship experience with a maximum of 3 credits applied toward graduation requirements. Stamps posts credits beyond the 3-credit maximum as NFC (not for graduation credit) to a student’s transcript because many employers require that a student earn credit for internships.

Are internships graded?

No grade is assigned. Internships are pass/fail only.

How do I identify internship opportunities?

In many cases, students network for their own internship opportunities; however, check your email! John Luther posts internship opportunities on bulletin boards, and announces them to all students via email, the Career Opportunities section of the Stamps website, and John’s Career Tumblr.

Additionally, some UM-sponsored international internships are listed in M-Compass.

The Wonderful Wednesdays program hosts an Internship Basics workshop each semester (Wed, noon - 1:00pm).

What steps do I need to take to apply for an internship?
  1. Complete the Internship Proposal Form and attach a brief written proposal outlining the type of internship, the tasks, and the length of the internship. and you want it to meet the International Experience requirement, you must also submit your proposal to the International Committee by December 1. There are no exceptions to this deadline.
  2. Students secure a site supervisor’s signature on the Internship Proposal Form and then the Career Development Coordinator’s signature before undertaking an internship. The student’s and site supervisor’s signatures on this form indicate a contractual agreement. The Career Development Coordinator’s signature verifies approval for credit for the internship experience.
  3. Students register for the Internship (ARTDES 351) after they receive an override.
  4. After the Internship is complete, students submit their summary and the Internship Evaluation Form, to the Career Development Coordinator in the Smucker•Wagstaff Academic Programs Center for final evaluation. A passing grade will be posted to the student’s transcript on completion.

NOTE: Internship credits never count for studio credit. Internship credit will be applied toward academic/experiential electives.

More Questions? Contact John Luther.

What paperwork do I need to get the credit?

Three documents are required for credit: 

  1. the printed, completed and signed Internship Proposal Form, with the written proposal attached
  2. a written summary of the experience by the student
  3. the Internship Evaluation Form, filled out and signed by by the site supervisor

All questions about internships should be addressed to John Luther at or (734) 764-0397.

US Department of Labor and the National Association of Colleges and Employers Guidelines for Non-paid Internships

Credit may be earned whether the internship is paid or unpaid. However, if an internship is unpaid in a for profit business, then it is the expectation of the School of Art & Design that the following Federal and State guidelines and applicable laws will be observed by the employer:

  • The training, even though it includes actual operation of the employer’s facilities, is similar to training that would be provided in the educational environment.
  • The training primarily benefits the student (not the employer).
  • The intern does not solely carry out "routine" tasks.
  • The student does not displace regular employees, but works under the close observation of a regular employee.
  • The employer provides the training and derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the student.
  • Occasionally, operations may actually be impeded by the training.*
  • The student is not entitled to employment at the conclusion of the internship.
  • The employer and the student understand that the student is not entitled to wages.
  • The intern has basic protections in the work setting consistent with all laws (State and Federal), ethical considerations, and sound business practices

* - Although open to interpretation, this portion of the federal guidelines, as interpreted by the School of Art & Design, means that an internship is more a training/learning experience as opposed to employment, and must be predominantly for the benefit of the student and not the internship sponsor.

Not for profit organizations are generally exempt from the Federal Guidelines concerning whether an intern should be paid or unpaid.

For more information, please consult the NACE Position Statement on Internships.