This page offers quick answers to broader questions about doing internships. Review the internship guidelines page for specific answers to questions related to registering and completing an internship.

Why do an internship? 

  • Expand students' educational experience into the professional world of design
  • Increases their chances of securing a professional position in their chosen field
  • Contributes to a broad understanding of the values, skills, and commitments that are necessary for achieving success within the discipline of design

Through internships, students are exposed to the daily processes involved in a design-related industry.

Among them:

  • Design presentations
  • Product research, selection, specification, and coordination
  • Marketing proposals
  • Client relations / meetings
  • Collaborations with architects, designers, and other consultants
  • Project management
  • Construction drawings
  • Site visits

Interior Design students must log a minimum of 225 hours at an approved internship site. The internship counts for zero credits and is generally completed during the summer between junior and senior year. 

CCA supports Federal and California Labor Department requirements that all student interns be fairly compensated for their work.

International students must consult with CCA International Student Affairs & Programs (ISAP) regarding Curricular Practical Training (CPT) before starting an internship. (CPT is a type of work authorization that allows international students to gain practical experience in their field of study as “an integral part of the established curriculum.”)

Note: F-1 status and two semesters of academic experience are required.

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Jared Elizares
Program Manager
Bachelor of Architecture
BFA in Interior Design

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Interior Design Program
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247

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