CAPX Internships

Connect to Opportunities in Chicago and Beyond

CAPX continues to work with organizations that wish to recruit SAIC students and alumni and employers are currently posting internships and jobs on Handshake! A wide range of diverse organizations, businesses, and studios are eager to host SAIC students as interns. CAPX has established relationships with hundreds of internship sites, and an extensive database available on Handshake.

Meet with a CAPX advisor for assistance with researching, applying and interviewing for internships. CAPX is constantly developing new relationships with internship providers, and regularly partners with students in creating new opportunities. If you are interested in an internship that you have found on your own, CAPX will work with you to ensure that it meets established guidelines, and can be approved for credit. 

Use our comparison chart to determine which internship course is best for you. 

If you already secured an internship fill out this internship inquiry form to begin the process of registering your internship for credit. 

The online college-to-career platform, Handshake, 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.

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 and fulfills SAIC’s Professional Practices requirement. 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. Students must secure their internships before the first day of class. Once students find their internship, they must contact either Theresa Gimpel at or Angela Lopez at to get the internship approved for credit and register for the internship.

CAPX Internship 4001/5001 

The CAPX Internship is designed to provide students an opportunity to extend their education beyond the classroom and gain experience as interns in professional arts-related environments. CAPX Internship 4001/5001 is a course. Students are assigned a faculty member who serves as a mentor and leads two required seminars, an individual student meeting, and a site visit. Students can earn either 1.5 (requiring 70 hours of work) or 3 (requires 140 hours of work) credits. Credit is awarded by the faculty member.

Once students secure an internship they must contact either Theresa Gimpel at or Angela Lopez at to get the internship formally approved for credit and to register for the internship course. International students require CPT authorization to participate in an off-campus internship, and may not begin their internship until CPT authorization has been processed.

* F-1 International students cannot work off-campus unless you are earning course credit through one of our Internship options and processed a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization. Visit International Affairs for more information. 

* There are three compensation types for internships: 1) Non-Paid; 2) Employer paid; and 3) Federal Work Study (FWS). FWS hourly rates are set by SAIC at $13.00/hr for undergraduate students and $13.50/hr for graduate students.


* Tuition is charged on internship courses 3900, 4001, and 5001


* You must register your internship before add/drop dates.