Internships are on-the-job working and learning assignments -- a bridge between college and career.
Ball State interior design majors have interned at many large interior design and architectural firms throughout the country. Many of these firms are on the "Interior Design Top 100 Giants" list.
The primary purpose of an internship is to gain experience while continuing to learn more about the field. Internships are a chance to apply what you have been studying in the classroom in a real work setting. They provide an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of project management and the chance to practice artistic, technical and interpersonal skills in a professional environment.
Interior design interns are placed in a variety of firms and organizations, each with a unique focus. The most common activities our interns engage in are:
- drafting (hand or computer generated)
- resource room librarian
- creating illustrations and renderings
- developing documents and specifications
- organizing and arranging a space to suit its function
- selecting fixtures, furnishings, products, materials and colors
- creating interior details
To be eligible for an interior design internship, applicants must be a departmental major or minor in good academic standing. In addition, applicants must have knowledge of and/or experience in the following areas prior to applying for the internship:
- Four semesters of Design Studio in Residential and Commercial Design
- AutoCAD, Architectural Drafting, Modeling, 3-D Graphics, Art
- Interior Finishes, Construction Materials
- Business Procedures
Internship Application Process
Applying for an internship is a lot like applying for a job. Applicants must complete the following steps:
- Apply for an internship with the academic supervisor the semester prior to the internship
- Interview with the prospective employer
- Return to the academic supervisor the filled application, job responsibilities, hours to be worked, and an agreement to place the student
After reviewing this information, the academic supervisor will either approve the internship or return the application for more information. Once the internship has been approved, the student will be given permission to register for the internship and will meet with the academic supervisor to review work log and term paper guidelines.
Download Internship Application (PDF)
For additional information visit the Career Center.