Opportunities in Chicago and Beyond
CAPX Internships connect our students with organizations, studios, and companies throughout Chicago, the greater United States, and across the world. Our students have interned for artists’ studios, design firms, publishing houses, museums, galleries, architecture firms, tech startups, user interface and user experience design agencies, gaming and software developers, social service and community organizations, animation studios, fashion houses, and more.
CAPX offers two different ways in which you can use your internship for credit: through the CAPX Internship (4001 is for undergraduates; 5001 is for graduate students), or through Professional Practice 3900: Internship as Professional Experience. CAPX advisors are here to help guide you during your internship search, provide feedback on your professional materials, and support you throughout the application process.
Read or download our informational PDF on for-credit internships here.
Our online platform SAIC Compass connects students and alumni to more than a thousand internships, job opportunities, and potential employers, and also provides students and alumni with direct access to CAPX advising appointments, workshops, events, and other career resources.
NOTE: You MUST register an internship with CAPX to be fully enrolled in either Prof Prac 3900 or CAPX 4001/5001. Students without internships past the add/drop deadline will not be eligible to remain in either class. Registration for spring internships is currently closed.
For more information about registering internships or receiving course credit, please contact a CAPX advisor.
Professional Practice 3900: Internship as Professional Experience
This career experiential learning course integrates an internship of 150-180 hours with a weekly two-hour class. Students engage with a cohort of students participating in diverse internships while exploring the many aspects of designing a creative career, from assessing personal interests to conducting research, networking with professionals, developing job application materials, and building interview skills. Students develop a professional online presence and prepare a plan for life after SAIC.
CAPX Internship 4001/5001
The CAPX Internship course is designed to provide students an opportunity to extend their education beyond the classroom and gain experience as interns in professional arts-related environments. Students are assigned a faculty advisor who leads two required seminars, an individual student meeting, and a site visit. Students are required to work 210 hours to earn 3 credits per semester. Credit is awarded by the faculty advisor.
NOTE: Since both options provide credit, students must register and pay tuition. Either option satisfies studio and/or off-campus credit. The ProfPrac 3900 class also satisfies the Professional Practice requirement. For more details, stop by the CAPX office.
Also, F-1 International students are not eligible to work off-campus unless they are earning course credit through one of our internship options and processed a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization. Visit International Affairs or meet with a CAPX advisor for more details.