Hiring a KU Student as an Intern

An internship provides a student an opportunity to gain professional experience in their particular major or discipline. The Department of Design believes that quality internships provide an invaluable stepping-stone towards professional practice and create continuity within the design profession. We recognize an internship as an important part of a student's education to apply design skills acquired in school to real-world projects, collaborate with professionals, gain insight into the professional world of design, and to test-drive a particular working environment where the student may hope to land a full-time job.

Internships vary in their duration and compensation. Internships typically last for a few months, a semester and/or a summer. Students may obtain a paid or unpaid internship. The student should research their prospective employer’s policies prior to applying.

If a paid internship is proposed, the student should request the rate of pay and any other benefits prior to beginning. If the internship is unpaid, any alternate arrangements should be finalized prior to the start date. It is the student’s responsibility – with input from their advisor – to determine whether they should pursue a paid or unpaid internship.

Final documentation requirements vary depending on the student's area of study and will be specified by the faculty advisor. Generally, the department will request from the employer a written outline of the student’s responsibilities/duties, hours worked, and an evaluation of the students performance.

At the end of the internship please let the student know if they have your permission to show project(s) online and/or in a printed portfolio. In all cases when referring to the work the student has been instructed to be clear about the name of the employer, creative leadership and the student's roll in the project.