Internships and Coop Programs
College of the Arts - Career Services
CART Career Services assists students in finding, securing and getting the most value from internship-type experiences, including Cooperative Education internships, Department-based internships, self-initiated internships and/or professional volunteer experiences. In all cases, such opportunities provide on-the-job-training related to your major and are an excellent means of "testing" a career interest in a discipline-applied setting. Internships also provide a great way to establish professional contacts for career transitioning following graduation.
The College of the Arts offers various forms of internships to meet your needs. Offerings include:
- a structured experience for college credit, made available through Cooperative Education (Co-op);
- a structured experience for college credit through a Department-initiated internship; or
- an experience, not for college credit, to test a career interest which may be self-initiated.
- Cooperative Education (Co-op) Internships
- Department-initiated Internships
- Non-credit Internships
- Student Teaching
Montclair State University’s Cooperative Education (Co-op) program provides internship opportunities for students who want a structured experience that includes work-site supervision by a faculty member, and integrates classroom-learning and related academic assignments with hands-on application in an occupational field. Through Co-op you can explore applications of your major within the professional workplace while, at the same time, earning academic credits and, possibly, an hourly salary or stipend. The credits are not merely for time on the job but for the total learning experience.
Steps in securing a Co-op internship
- Plan ahead: It’s recommended that you start the process of exploring Co-op options two semesters prior to the time of the intended experience. Co-op courses are offered during Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Some internships may be pursued part-time (16-20 hours), others full-time (35-40 hours).
- Determine your eligibility: To be eligible for a Co-op Internship, you are required to have completed 30 credits of academic study and hold a minimum GPA of 2.0. (GPA eligibility requirements are higher for some majors.)
- Inform yourself: Students are required to view a narrated PowerPoint presentation, Who We Are, Cooperative Education, which provides more information about the Co-op program including how to prepare for the internship. (It is recommended you view this presentation, regardless of the type of internship you are pursuing.) Presentations may be viewed at weekly Information Sessions on Mondays and Fridays at 1-1:30pm and on Wednesdays at 2:30-3pm in Morehead Hall, Room 218 (Conference Room) and during college Career Services Drop-In hours on Thursdays from 2:30-4:30pm. An information packet will be provided in conjunction with your viewing the presentation.
- Schedule a CART Career Services advising appointment: Following the above step, contact the CART Career Services director for Co-op advisement. During the advising session, you will receive help in developing a resume, cover letter and search strategies for finding and securing an internship, including use of the Co-op Employer database (PlacePro) and/or seeking an internship on your own.
- Outreach to internship employers: Following the advising appointment, your next step is to outreach to potential employers with your resume and cover letter.
- Go on the Interview(s): If an employer is interested in your resume credentials, you will likely be invited to an interview. Refer to Preparing for Job Search for interview preparation tips which would also apply to internship interviews.
- Enroll into the internship course: Upon receiving and accepting an internship offer, you should then return to the Office of CART Career Services to arrange for enrolling in the Co-op course for college credit. The number of credits you will earn for a Co-op internship will depend on a number of factors, including guidelines for your respective major and whether the internship is part-time or full-time. Internship credits can range from 3 to 8 cr., to be determined in consultation with the Career Services director.
Eligible Participating-Majors and Specific Co-op Guidelines
Co-op internships are offered in the academic majors listed below. Some carry specific course pre-requisites and procedures for student involvement as defined in the respective pdf links. Others follow the general Co-op guidelines.
- Animation and Illustration – General Co-op Guidelines
- Communication and Media Arts - Co-op Guidelines
- Communication Studies – Co-op Guidelines
- B.A. Dance Education/Studio: Dr. Elizabeth McPherson; firstname.lastname@example.org 973.65.7831
- Filmmaking - Co-op Guidelines
- Fine Arts Studio (BA and BFA) –General Co-op Guidelines
- Graphic Design –General Co-op Guidelines
- Industrial Design – pdf – Specific Guidelines
- Music– General Co-op Guidelines
- Television and Digital Media - Co-op Guidelines
- B.A. Theatre Studies: Dr. Debbie Saivetz; email@example.com 973.655.7680
Several majors of the College of the Arts offer internship programs that are initiated and managed by faculty in the academic department and are organized separately from Cooperative Education. Programmatic structures and student responsibilities aligned with these opportunities may vary by program. [paid or unpaid?] To find out more about the following Department-initiated internship programs, contact the faculty advisor(s) listed below:
- B.F.A. Acting: Prof. Heather Benton; firstname.lastname@example.org 973.655.7000
- Art History: Dr. AnneBette Weinshenker; email@example.com 973.655.2091, Dr. Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo; firstname.lastname@example.org 973-655-4442
- B.F.A. Dance: Prof. Maxine Steinman; email@example.com 973.655.7893
- Fashion Studies: Dr. Linda Reilly; firstname.lastname@example.org 973.655.7485
- B.F.A. Musical Theatre: Prof. Clay James; email@example.com 973.655.7341
- Music Therapy: Dr. Brian Abrams; firstname.lastname@example.org 973.655.3458
- B.F.A. Theatre Production and Design: Prof. Debra Otte; email@example.com 973.655.7680
- M.A. Museum Management: Dr. Dorothy Heard; firstname.lastname@example.org 973-655-4210
- M.A. Public and Organizational Relations: Dr. Yi Luo; email@example.com 973.655.3400
- M.A. Theatre Studies: Prof. Andi Stover; firstname.lastname@example.org 973-655-3259
Students in any major within the College of the Arts can also pursue an internship for experience without receiving college-credit. Such internships may be initiated through a variety of means:
- Employer-initiated Internships– Employers use Career Directions, the University’s online job posting system to announce part-time and internship opportunities. Students may research and respond to these opportunities directly.
- Student-initiated Internships – Students can research and contact companies on their own to create an internship opportunity.
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE…Volunteer Experiences – Students interested in gaining professional experience, but who may not be ready to or do not wish to fulfill the requirements necessary to attain academic credit, may offer their services to organizations as volunteers. Arts councils, non-profit arts organizations and arts presenting agencies frequently welcome volunteerism offers from students (particularly for project support) There are many approaches for identifying opportunities, including online volunteer search-engines designed for this purpose. Go to external link: VolunteerMatch
Students enrolled in the University’s teacher-preparation/certification programs (e.g. Music Education, Fine Arts Education, Dance Education) are required to complete Student Teaching assignments as part of the program. These assignments are not handled by CART Career Services but, rather, by the academic program directors and the University’s Center of Pedagogy. For more information, go to: Center of Pedagogy