School of Art Policy on Academic Internships

The School of Art recognizes internships with external businesses and organizations offer valuable opportunities for in-the-field learning and mentorship. Students pursuing the AB and BFA Studio Art degrees in disciplines other than Interior Design may request permission to enroll in ARST4930 Internship in Art to receive up to 3 units of academic credit for internships. Students concentrating in Interior Design may receive credit for internships through ARID 4010 and will not receive credit for ARST4930 in their program of study. Students pursuing the AB degree in Art History may request permission to enroll in ARHI 4995 for internship credit. Students pursuing the BFA degree in Art Education may request permission to enroll in ARED 5460/7460 for internship credit. Students must work with or under a direct supervisor with expertise in the student’s field of study. It is the responsibility of the student to find and establish an internship position. The School of Art offers support in identifying potential positions, but it remains the obligation of the student to obtain the position.


Internships for academic credit must meet the guidelines established under The U.S. Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division, Fair Labor Standards Act – Fact Sheet #71 

The School of Art encourages students to engage in internships that support and promote their educational and career growth. To receive academic credit the internship position must meet one of the following criteria regarding compensation:

  1. Students are working for a for-profit company and are paid for their efforts, in which case those students may participate in and contribute to the work of the company.
  2. Students are working in a volunteer capacity for the public sector or a non-profit organization and are not paid for their efforts, in which case those students may participate in and contribute to the work of the company
  3. Students are working for a for-profit company and are not paid, but whose internship role is largely observational and training-oriented, for which the internship mentor or host company derives no substantive material benefit from the efforts of the intern, and which are consistent with the guidelines established by the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division including all of the following: 
  • The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  • The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  • The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
  • The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
  • The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship;
  • The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

Internship credit and hours

Students must sign up for an internship course during the time that they are doing the internship in order to receive credit. Credit may not be given retroactively. 

Students can include no more than 3 hours of credit in their program of study for internship positions. To receive credit, students must keep a record of the hours worked in a qualified internship position, and the internship host must verify those hours. Students must fulfill the minimum required hours to receive academic credit.

ARST4930 is a variable credit course requiring the following hour minimums for credit:

  • 1 credit hour represents at least 3 hours of work each week for a period of 15 weeks. 
  • 1 credit hour = 1x3x15 = 45 hours of internship work
  • 2 credit hours = 2x3x15 = 90 hours of internship work
  • 3 credit hours = 3x3x15 = 135 hours of internship work

ARID 4010 is a 3 credit hour course and requires a minimum of 400 hours working in an approved interior design-related firm.

Internships and Student Fees

Students who are enrolled in 5 hours or less in a single semester, or have all of their courses occurring off campus will have a portion of their student fees waived for that semester. In those cases, students will only be required to pay the mandatory fees including the Green Fee, the Technology Fee, 50% of the Special Institutional Fee, and the ConnectUGA Fee. (Find this and more information on the UGA Bursar's site).

ARST4930 Internship in Art course offering, enrollment and expectations

ARST4930 and ARID 4010 will serve as the only studio art courses providing credit for internships. ARST4930 will be offered every semester of the academic year with no class size limit, but will require a POD (Permission of Department) for registration. A faculty member will be assigned as instructor of the class each semester. Students wanting to enroll in the internship course must submit an agreement form, signed by both the student and the host of the internship position, confirming compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as the agreed upon hours of the internship and assessment guidelines. Students will only be cleared to enroll in the course when the agreement form is submitted to the assigned instructor. 

During the internship, students must submit time records of internship work, as well as periodic reflection papers on the internship experience. 

Final evaluation for the course will be comprised of time records, reflection papers, as well as an assessment of the students’ work by the host of the internship.

Unaffiliated Internships

It is understood that students may also secure internships on their own with no expectation of academic credit and for which the School of Art has no responsibility.

Revised and approved by the School of Art Curriculum Committee, 11.14.16