Internship is an integral part of a designer's education, providing professional experience that complements academic aspects of the interior design program. While internship typically takes place in the Bay Area, students often design their own internships in areas that particularly interest them, such as in historical preservation, furniture design, or textiles. The internship experience is a well-rounded exploration of the opportunities and activities which comprise design practice and is typically completed between the sophomore and senior years, with the approval of the advisor and Department Chair.