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
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.)
- Co-op Approval Forms:
TVDM & Journalism Majors (Co-Op Approval Form TVDM JOUR 2016-2017)
Filmmaking Majors (Filmmaking Co-op Approval Form)
All Other School of Communication and Media Majors (Communication and Media Approval Form)
Product Design (Product Design Approval Form – Cooperative Education)
- Co-op Approval Forms:
- Inform yourself: Attend a Cooperative Education Internship Information Session
- Schedule a CART Career Services advising appointment: 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: Animation and Illustration Co-op Guidelines
- Communication and Media Arts: Communication and Media Arts Co-op Guidelines
- Communication Studies: Communication Studies Co-op Guidelines
- B.A. Dance Education/Studio: Contact Dr. Elizabeth McPherson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-655-7831
- Filmmaking: Filmmaking Co-op Guidelines
- Journalism: Journalism Co-op Guidelines
- Music: Music Co-op Guidelines
- Product Design: Product Design Co-op Guidelines
- Television and Digital Media: Television and Digital Media Co-op Guidelines
- B.A. Theatre Studies: contact Professor Jessica Brater at email@example.com
- Visual Arts BA: Visual Arts Co-op Guidelines
- Visual Communication Design: Visual Communication Design Co-op Guidelines
Academic Department—Initiated Internships
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: Contact Prof. Heather Benton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-655-7000
- B.F.A. Dance: Contact Prof. Maxine Steinman at email@example.com or 973-655-7893
- Fashion Studies: Contact Dr. Abby Lillethun at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-655-5713; Contact Prof. Kaled Hameide at email@example.com or 973-655-4179
- B.F.A. Musical Theatre: Contact Prof. Clay James at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-655-7341
- Music Therapy: Contact Dr. Brian Abrams at email@example.com or 973-655-3458
- B.F.A. Theatre Production and Design: Contact Prof. Debra Otte at firstname.lastname@example.org at 973-655-7680
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 Services 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