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Three-credit internships are permitted in fall, spring, Wintersession, and summer. In a few departments that were grandfathered in under the former policy (pre-2008), such as Apparel Design, an internship may be taken during Wintersession for 6 credits.

Undergraduates are eligible to take a fall, spring or Wintersession internship once they have successfully completed their freshman year and may take their first summer internship after their sophomore year. Undergraduates may take a maximum of 6 internship credits toward their degree.

Registration for an internship requires special approvals and registration through ArtWorks.

Registration for internships, including Summer internships, must take place before the internship begins, or, at the latest, within one week after the internship has started. Students may not retroactively register for internships. Students must be enrolled in the internship during the semester in which the credit is sought.

The Career Center works cooperatively with academic departments to identify professional internships. Academic credit can be granted (with department approval) for participation in a Wintersession internship program. Students often find that the professional experience and knowledge gained are invaluable in career choices and directions. Anyone interested in Wintersession internship opportunities should contact his or her department directly. Information on summer internships is also available through the Career Center; several internship seminars are also offered.


Graduates let loose at the close of RISD's colorful outdoor Commencement.