See the current internship listings for Tyler students on the WHAT 

Are you looking for an internship?

First off, know that there are two types–paid and unpaid. While in a perfect world all internships would be paid, the reality in our current economy is that there are a lot more unpaid internships than paid internships. There are specific federal rules that employers are supposed to follow to keep interns from just becoming “free labor” and taking paid jobs away from people. If you are considering taking an unpaid internship, it will be good for you to at least read and know those rules so you can help keep yourself from being exploited.

US Department of Labor Internship Rules

Why get an internship?

Internships are also a way to get your feet wet and find out if a specific field is something you could see yourself doing as a full-time job. Many employers consider them essential before you can be hired at a particular firm.  Some formal internships programs are designed to give you a "taste" of many different departments in a large firm.  Many informal internships will open doors or send you in a direction you didn't even know existed. Internships can also let you know when something you thought you wanted to do isn't really your cup of tea. Even an unpaid internship is a valuable resource that will help you get a job--maybe not at the same organization you intern with, but you will create connections and networks that will help you get a job after school. Internships may be completed during fall or spring semester or full time over the course of the summer. 

Most formal internship programs require advanced class standing--you must be either a rising Junior or Senior before you can become an intern.  Less formal internships may take you as early as your freshman year, especially when you show initiative and track down the internship yourself.

Keep in mind that finding an internship is just like finding a job: it will take some legwork on your part to research what you want to do, where you want to do it, and who you will need to talk with to make it happen.  

First off, you need a resume!

Start with the information on resumes on the Guide to Tyler Résumés page.

Temple’s Career Center also has an excellent resource for crafting your resume and writing a cover letter.  Note that there are sample resumes for all sorts of majors.  While there is one specifically for Art, don’t discount ideas from other samples, including Photography, Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising. Cover letters are very important and should be carefully crafted specifically for the job opening you are applying for. Make sure your cover letter quickly and succinctly explains exactly why YOU are the most awesome person they could hire for that job! Here’s a sample to help you get started. There’s a lot more information on the Career Center Resume and Cover Letter page.

The Career Center has a Career Guide to help you with all aspects of resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing skills.


And, you will need to interview!

Getting an internship is just like getting a job! You will likely need to have an interview, so it's smart to be prepared.

There are some questions that you will be asked in most interviews. Preparing for common interview questions will help you build confidence for the interview. Use InterviewStream our video-interviewing platform, to practice. You will be prompted with questions and can record yourself. InterviewStream will let you set up a mock interview that you can film yourself taking via your cell phone or laptop, and then play back so you can see for yourself how you looked while you interviewed.  You can also send your interview to your Career Coach or anyone helping you get ready for the interview for pointers on how you answered the question, or to see what nervous ticks you might want to realize you're doing so you can stop doing them. This can seem silly, but walking through an interview before you go will help you seem more relaxed and personable in the interview, and can really make the difference between getting the job or being the second choice.

Here's another list of things to keep in mind for your interview!


Finding an internship

Finding an internship is much like finding a job--you need to pound the pavement even for a non-paying internship. While we have some resources to help you find an internship, ultimately, it's up to you to find and apply for an internship.  And if there's a particular artist you want to work with or company you want to work for, do not be shy in offering up your services in exchange for learning all you can from that artist or company. Many times you'll find that they hadn't considered taking on an intern, but your pluck will convince them that you can have a mutually beneficial experience.

Start Here: Temple’s Career Center

Students (and alumni!) often forget that Temple has a Career Center! The Career Center offers help with the mechanics of the job search (how to write a resume, interview, following up) as well as help finding both internships and jobs for both students and alumni. The Career Center provides all Temple students and alumni with a full range of services to optimize their internship and employment opportunities and enhance their life-long career success.

The Career Center is located in Mitten Hall on the second floor.  You can visit for help looking for a job, to have your free picture taken for your LinkedIn Account, or to get some resume paper if you need it.  They have drop in hours Monday-Friday 11 am - 3 pm for 15 minute sessions (you can have your resume critiqued!) or you can click here to schedule a 30 minute appointment with a Career Coach.

There are two kinds of personal resources at the Career Center for Tyler.  First, a Career Coach.  The Career Coach is the person you want to see to help you decide "what you want to be when you grow up." He or she can help you figure out what direction you should be going and help you formulate a map of how to get there (including, what types of internship(s) you might want to try to have while you're a student).  He can also help you craft your resume and cover letter. You can see any Career Coach, but they specialize in the types of jobs you might be looking for.

Chris Peterson
Career Coach
Arts, Government & Non-Profit

Karen Demmler
Career Coach
Communication, Media, Advertising, Design, Tourism & Hospitality Management, General Business

Kathy Francis
Career Coach
Education, Health & Human Services

Mark Kaloko
Senior Career Coach
Grad Students and Students Considering Graduate School

The second resource are the Outreach Specialists.  Their job is to connect with employers to find jobs that might work for you.  They can help you find the jobs you're looking to apply for. They work in tandem with and in the same kinds of areas as the Career Coaches.

Holly Logan
Outreach Specialist
Arts, Government & Non-Profit

Anna Eulau
Outreach Specialist
Communication, Media, Advertising, Design, Tourism & Hospitality Management, General Business

Sonia Blount
Outreach Specialist
Education, Health & Human Services

Ryan Dawson
Outreach Specialist
Science, Research, Information Technology & Engineering

The Career Center has an AWESOME database of part-time, summer, and post-graduation jobs (as well as internships) for you. The database is called Handshake. Here’s what you do to use this great resource:

  • Log in to the TU Portal
  • Select Career Center on the list of applications
  • Select Proceed to Handshake

The first time you log into the Handshake, you'll need to create a profile and upload your resume. Then you'll be able to search the jobs.  Once you create a search that reflects the types of jobs or internships you're interested in pursuing, you can set up the program to email you results on a daily or weekly basis or whenever a job that reflects that criteria are posted.

Tyler-specific internship programs

If you are an Architecture or Graphic Design major, your departments run their own internship programs, and you will need to talk to your faculty advisor about getting an internship that meets the unique requirements of your program.  This does not preclude you from doing other internships on your own, just know that you will likely not get credit for other internships you do.

Internships offered specifically for Tyler students are regularly listed in the weekly WHAT.  

Student Life has begun a part-time summer internship program to place Tyler students in internships with Tyler Alumni.  In most cases, these internships will be unpaid, and in artist studios (giving students an opportunity to see exactly what a studio practice is), but other opportunities from Tyler alumni are occasionally available.  Generally, these internships are offered to students with a 3.0 GPA average during the summer after they complete their junior year; other students are considered based on the number of opportunities offered by Tyler's alumni. While in most cases these are unpaid internships, they are designed to work around a summer work schedule so you can hold both an internship and a paying job over the summer.  Opportunities for the summer will be announced after the spring break in the WHAT.  Limited opportunities during the academic year may be available based on Alumni needs.  Again, these will be listed in the WHAT.  

Want an International Internship?

First off, both Both Temple Rome and Temple Japan have internship programs as part of the study abroad experience.

If you don't want to go to Rome or Japan, Temple's Career Center has resources to help you find an international internship.  Keep in mind, however, that an international internship takes a lot of planning and time to put together.  You will need to start at least a year ahead of time in order to get all of your working documents (passport, visas, work permits) in order before you undertake an international internship.  So don't be afraid to do an international internship; just keep in mind it will take some planning.

One of the most helpful resources on that page is called GoinGlobal. The GoinGlobal database contains country-specific internship and employment resources for more than 80 locations. GoinGlobal can help you not just with international internships, but also internships in other states in the US.  

  • Researched by in-country career experts and updated annually.
  • Topic areas include:
    • Job search resources
    • Work permit/visa regulations
    • County-specific resume/CV guidelines and examples
    • Interview and cultural advice
    • Employment outlook/industry trends
    • Professional and social networking groups
  • H1B Plus database (developed by GoinGlobal) provides a customized sort of all Department of Labor H1B visa applications by job title, occupation, company, location and wage.
  • Features 34 Country Career Guides -- 85-100 pages in length.
  • Contains 44 USA City Career Guides and 6 Canada City Career Guides -- 65-85 pages in length.
  • Includes more than 16 millions worldwide job/internship listings (updated daily).
  • Includes more than 450,000 corporate profiles (updated quarterly).

You can use GoinGlobal from any computer connected to Temple, or from any computer once you create a Going Global Account using your email account.

Want course credit for your internship? 

You are not required to get credit for your internship unless your internship employer requires it.  Many Tyler students are not required to have internships for their programs, and there is no specific reason to get credit. You may want to have a credit-bearing internship if, for example, transfers credits have left you one or two credits short of a specific major requirement that an internship will help fill without you having to take another course.  Some employers require that you take an internship for credit, and, with permission of your program, you can take an internship for a little as one credit.

Each department has specific policies for internships, including what types of internships qualify for credit. Your first stop should be to discuss your internship possibilities with your advisor. He or she can discuss your options with you and go over what you want to gain from an internship to help guide you to the best internship for you. For some departments, only paid internships will count for credit.

In most departments, you will register for a Field Internship in [Dept]. In a few departments you might register for something else; check with your faculty advisor or area head if you have questions. Then you will need to stop by the Academic Advising Suite (212) to pick up an Independent Study form. Fill that out and have your Independent Study Professor AND Program Head (that may be the same person) sign the form, and return it to one of the advisers in the Advising Suite to receive credit for your internship. You should plan ahead and do this before you start your internship in order to receive credit!

Other Resources

General Internship Listings


Local Internship Programs


National Internship Opportunities

Global Internship Opportunities

Architecture, Facilities Management, Architectural Preservation Internships

Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Internships

Planning and Community Development Internships

Want to work somewhere else? Most larger art museums have formal academic year or summer internship programs. If you want to go to a different city for the summer, do a Google search with the name of the city, the word museum, and the word internship. You’ll probably get something interesting back. For example, if you want to spend the summer in Denver, a search for Denver Museum Internship would yield this helpful page: Museum Education Internships and the Denver Art Museum