SAIC Co-op Internships

SAIC's Cooperative Education Internship program is the largest art-related internship program in the country, and is an opportunity to extend your education beyond the classroom by working in a variety of professional art and design-related environments, earning course credit while gaining valuable real-world experience.

The program encompasses a variety of disciplines unique to artists' interests, so you will find something that is rewarding and helps you explore the professional world. Our Co-op Program connects you to relevant internship opportunities with organizations and companies in Chicago, throughout the U.S., and internationally. Many graduating Co-op students go on to secure employment or professional opportunities as a result of their participation in the Co-op program.

This is a great way for you to:

Co-op is a class, and there are several requirements to fulfill in order to earn credit. Tuition is charged, and students receive studio or general elective credit based on hours completed.

With more than 500 Co-op internships available every semester, our program encompasses a variety of disciplines unique to artists' interests. 

Interested in participating?

The first step is to attend an orientation session in-person or complete an online orientation.

In-person Orientations

The Career + Co-op Center, 116 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1429
To view dates, click here and register, 12:00–1:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome too.

Online Orientations

If you are unable to attend an in-person orientation, you can complete an online orientation. Read the online Co-op Orientation Packet and complete the quiz. Please ensure you complete the appropriate orientation, as there are special policies for international students.

For US Citizens and greencard holders:

Fall 2015 Online Orientation—Domestic [PDF]

Domestic Student Co-op Quiz

For International Students:

Fall 2015 Online Orientation—International [PDF]

International Student Co-op Quiz

Once you pass, you will receive a student application in an email and will be able to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

Co-op Internship Fair

Co-op Internship Fair
Thursday, December 3, 3:00–6:00 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

A great opportunity to interview on-the-spot for upcoming Spring and Summer Co-op internships.

More information


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