Many CCA students have taken advantage of internship opportunities at companies and nonprofits within their fields of study. Check out what some students have to say about their experiences.

Patrick Herald

Architecture (MA)

"CCA's staff really supported me in the internship process, meeting with me individually to suggest firms that fit my own interests and helped me tailor my job applications to appeal to prospective employers.

"My internship at Feldman Architecture was a great experience, helping me bridge the gap between the academic and professional worlds. Even in their busy office, the architects were enthusiastic and encouraging about helping me learn on the job. I worked closely with designers and the firm principal, gaining a better understanding of the design strategies and practical responsibilities of a working architect."

Brittany Luby

Photography

"Interning at Arts Benecia as assistant curator gave me the opportunity to explore my talents and skills outside of my typical arts practice. I was able to showcase my ability in research and writing, as well as develop networking and communication practices.

"The gallery and its team were a pleasure to work with as well as wonderful mentors who showed me the ropes from planning a space to properly hanging and packaging artwork. Working with Chris Nickel and Mark Eames was truly a worthwhile firsthand look into the professional gallery world and I would happily do it again."

Lily Kolle

Industrial Design

"I pursued an internship at LeapFrog after I met company representatives at CCA’s annual Career Expo. As a LeapFrog Industrial Design intern, I had the opportunity to work on projects related to real products and apply the skills I learned at CCA such as brainstorming, sketching, rendering, presenting informally and formally, drafting, and critiquing myself as well other designers.

"Interacting with departments outside of design, such as marketing, packaging, safety, and engineering, taught me why these skills are important and how to fine-tune them to the needs of my audience. I learned how to become very straightforward and clear in my presentations as my concepts were greatly influenced by the needs of these departments. The team valued my opinion, and I was respected as a designer. A few of my ideas were implemented into upcoming toys! CCA definitely prepared me for a fantastic internship experience.”

Marlena Morris

Photography

"Working for San Francisco magazine was an interesting experience. I always wanted to experience firsthand what it was like to work on a magazine.

"I worked with the art department as a photo and research intern. They sent me on photo shoots around the Bay Area, including product photography. They also asked me to do their photo research for them, meaning that I was searching for photos online and making lots of phone calls.

"Overall, I worked at San Francisco magazine a few days a week for three months. It was an invaluable experience to learn what qualities magazine editors look for in photographers' work."

Alice Sladek

Graphic Design

"An internship is an introduction to the commercial world of design and an opportunity to explore ways to apply what we have learned in the classroom.

"Working at Volume Design in San Francisco has been a unique and valuable experience for me. I am learning more about the print production process and getting to observe firsthand the dynamics of operating a small but growing company."

Matt Shain

Photography

"Interning at SF Camerawork gave me the opportunity to become part of an art community outside of California College of the Arts. During the 8 months that I interned there, I formed several strong professional relationships, met a variety of dynamic, motivated people, and gained valuable insight into how a gallery, particularly a nonprofit gallery, operates.

"Not only did I have the opportunity to work with a group of fun, socially conscious, artistic people, but also I was also able to expand on my photo skills, as well as write summaries of books and artists featured in SF Camerawork's journals."