The purpose of the Undergraduate Graphic Design Internship is to ensure that students acquire an understanding of how the profession of graphic design is practiced under the mentorship of an experienced designer in a studio environment. In the course of their internship, students are exposed to the daily processes involved in running a design studio: research and idea generation; preparation of presentations; attending client meetings; vendor selection and coordination; and production of final deliverables (print, motion and/or web-based design).
Each semester, a group of 8-10 upper division students function as "Sputnik," CCA's in-house design team. To participate in the class, students must be nominated by faculty and then interview with the faculty and staff who run the class. The students create work for real clients within the College. Under instructor supervision, they assume project responsibilities for the design of their assigned projects: they present to the client, make revisions as needed, and produce files ready for output. The students also have the advantage of working with the College's professional Communications staff which includes an editor, marketing director, publicist, and web team. Projects take multiple forms and often have multiple parts and often cross media. The goal of the class is to expose the student to the inner workings of graphic design beyond just the design process itself. Credits may be counted as internship.