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Internships are on-the-job working and learning assignments – a bridge between college and career.

The primary purpose of an internship is to gain experience while continuing to learn more about the field. Internships are a chance to apply what you have been studying in the classroom in a real work setting. They provide an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of project management and the chance to practice artistic, technical, and interpersonal skills in a professional environment.

Both students in our construction management major and interior design major need to complete internships in order to graduate.

Information for Students

Construction Management

Two internships are required for all construction management majors, allowing you to gain valuable field experience and hone the skills you've learned in the classroom.

Each internship must be both of the following:

  • at least 400 hours
  • at least 10 weeks of work

In the past, students have interned for employers such as:

  • Aldridge Electric (Chicago)
  • Ball State University Facilities Planning and Management (Muncie)
  • Hunt Construction (Indianapolis)
  • Kiewit (Minneapolis; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Kodiak, Alaska)
  • Level 10 Construction (San Francisco)
  • Lithko (Oklahoma City)
  • McCarthy (St. Louis)
  • Rogers O’Brien (Dallas, Texas)
  • The Harding Group (Indianapolis)
  • Weekes Construction (Fort Wayne and Greenville, South Carolina)

Interior design majors have interned at many large interior design and architectural firms throughout the country, many of which are on the "Interior Design Top 100 Giants" list.

Interior design interns are placed in a variety of firms and organizations, each with a unique focus.

The most common activities our interns engage in are:

  • drafting (hand or computer-generated)
  • resource room librarian
  • creating illustrations and renderings
  • developing documents and specifications
  • organizing and arranging a space to suit its function
  • selecting fixtures, furnishings, products, materials, and colors
  • creating interior details

Internship Eligibility

To be eligible for an interior design internship, applicants must be a departmental major or minor in good academic standing.

In addition, applicants must have knowledge of and/or experience in the following areas prior to applying for the internship:

  • four semesters of Design Studio in Residential and Commercial Design
  • AutoCAD, architectural drafting, modeling, 3-D graphics, art
  • interior finishes, construction materials
  • business procedures

How to Apply

Applying for an internship is a lot like applying for a job.

Applicants must complete the following steps:

  • decide on target cities for the location of your internship
  • compile a list of firms in the chosen location(s)
  • research firms to determine the level of interest in each firm
  • apply for an internship position at firms of interest
  • interview with the prospective employer
  • complete the online application form for approval.

After reviewing your application, your academic supervisor will either approve the internship or return the application for more information. Once the internship has been approved, you will receive permission to register for the internship and will meet with your academic supervisor to review the work log and term paper guidelines.

Complete the Application