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

U-M Policies on Internships in the time of COVID-19

The U-M Provost's Office has updated guidelines for off-campus, engaged learning activities within the United States: Engaged Learning Guidelines - Fall 2020 and Beyond | U-M Office of the Provost.

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.

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.

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

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 Stamps website, and John’s Career Tumblr.

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

John Luther hosts regular programming in relation to the internship/job search.

What are the steps?
  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.
  2. Secure Internship Proposal form signatures from your supervisor and the Career Development Coordinator. You need to do this BEFORE undertaking an internship: the signatures indicate a contractual agreement. Again, you must complete the proposal before you undertake the internship in order to get credit.
  3. Register for the internship (ARTDES 351) after receiving the override from the Career Development Coordinator.
  4. After the internship is complete, submit a summary and the supervisor’s evaluation (Internship Evaluation Form) to the Career Development Coordinator. Credit will be posted to your transcript on completion of this final evaluation.
What paperwork do I need to get the credit?

3 documents are required for credit:

  1. the Internship Proposal form, with a written proposal attached.
  2. a written summary of the experience by the student
  3. the site supervisor’s performance evaluation (Internship Evaluation Form).
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 could fulfill the International Experience requirement. Proposals are reviewed annually; deadline December 1. There are no exceptions to the deadline. NOTE: this is different from the regular internship proposal process.


Questions? Contact 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 appropriate Federal and State guidelines and applicable laws will be observed by the employer.

On January 5, 2018, the Department of Labor issued a statement updating the primary beneficiary test to determine if an individual can be classified as an unpaid intern.

The primary beneficiary test does not include a rigid set of requirements, but a non-exhaustive list of factors to determine who is the primary beneficiary of the internship. The factors include:

  • the extent to which the intern and the employer clearly understand that there is no expectation of compensation;
  • the extent to which the internship provides training that would be similar to that which would be given in an educational environment, including the clinical and other hands-on training provided by an educational institution;
  • the extent to which the internship is tied to the intern's formal education program by integrated coursework or the receipt of academic credit;
  • the extent to which the internship accommodates the intern's academic commitments by corresponding to the academic calendar;
  • the extent to which the internship's duration is limited to the period in which the internship provides the intern with beneficial learning;
  • the extent to which the intern's work complements, rather than displaces, the work of paid employees while providing significant educational benefits to the intern; and
  • the extent to which the intern and the employer understand that the internship is conducted without entitlement to a paid job at the conclusion of the internship.

For more information, please refer to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.