The LEAP Institute for the Arts offers college credit for semester-long internships hosted by local, regional, and national arts organizations. Our students have interned at Gretel Graphic Design (New York, NY), the Atlanta Ballet, Opera Fort Collins, OpenStage Theatre, KRFC, among others.
Both undergraduate and graduate students are required to complete one or more internships to fulfill their program requirements. Potential hosts should carefully consider their obligation to the student to provide a valuable in-field learning experience. The United States Department of Labor outlines the following six criteria as a test for unpaid internships:
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
Both interns and hosts are required to complete the LEAP Internship Agreement Form. The completed form is to be returned to the LEAP internship supervisor for approval prior to beginning the internship work. This agreement form will act as a syllabus; each internship, student, and host is different, resulting in unique learning objectives. Completed internship agreements should be returned to the LEAP Internship Coordinator for approval. Approval of the internship agreement will allow the student to register for the appropriate course. Visit our Internship FAQ’s page for answers to frequently asked questions.
Learning Objectives for Internships
Clear learning objectives are brief descriptions of specific tasks and skills that an intern will learn are at the the foundation of successful internships. They should be succinctly expressed using clear action verbs. A narrative statement of the scope of the internship or the principal themes is not a substitute for a clear list of learning objectives.
Think about what a successful intern should be able to do:
- What concepts should they be using?
- What kinds of analysis should they be able to perform?
- What kind of writing should they be able to do?
- What types of problems should they be solving?
Examples of clear learning objectives:
By the conclusion of this internship, the student should be able to…
- Compose clear and professional press releases.
- Carry out effective project plans.
- Determine if working for a non-profit organization is an appropriate career goal for me.
- Analyze political theories used in campaign planning.
Internship Host Obligations
- Provide the LEAP Institute for the Arts with a written job description and conditions of the internship (included in the internship agreement).
- Sign a contract indicating willingness to supervise and evaluate the intern (included in the internship agreement).
- Provide supervision, feedback and a written evaluation (to be emailed by CSU internship coordinator to internship host no later than the conclusion of internship hours). An online evaluation form is available and is automatically emailed upon completion.
Colorado State University expects students to maintain standards of personal integrity in harmony with its educational goals; to be responsible for their actions; to observe national, state, local laws and University regulations; and to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. By signing the internship agreement, the student is agreeing to:
Uphold standards reasonably imposed by Colorado State University including, but not limited to academic integrity, personal honesty, tolerance, respect for diversity, civility, freedom from violence, and lifestyles free of alcohol and drug abuse as specified in the CSU Student Conduct Code.
- Submit monthly activity reports to CSU internship coordinator in a timely manner. A LEAP Internship Timesheet is available to assist students in tracking their hours.
- Have their supervisor submit an evaluation during the last week of the semester in which you have your internship. Students must notify the CSU internship coordinator before the conclusion of their internship.
- Inform the Internship Coordinator of any changes to the internship agreement (i.e.,hours, pay, responsibilities, etc).
- LEAP Internship Coordinator: Constance DeVereaux, email@example.com
- LEAP Internship Agreement Form
- LEAP Internship Timesheet
- LEAP Intern Evaluation
- LEAP Internship Host/Self Evaluation
- Internship Description Example
- Internship Frequently Asked Questions
- CSU Career Center: Handshake
Click on “Students” and create an account, if necessary Click on “Jobs” under “Explore” in left-hand menu bar Enter “LEAP” in the search box under “Label” (underneath “Location”, “Job Type”, and “Employment Type”)
Handshake How-To Guide: https://career.colostate.edu/jobinternship-posting-how-to-guide
Click on “Employers” and create an account, if necessary. Start by selecting the “Jobs” tab on the left side navigation bar. This will bring up the Jobs Overview page.
Next, select “New Job” in the upper right hand corner. Once you’ve arrived on the job form fill out the required fields, and select “Create Job” at the end of the form. We encourage you to fill out as many of the fields as possible to ensure the position shows up in as many searches as possible.
PLEASE NOTE: Add “ATTN: LEAP Students” at the beginning of the job description. When it is approved for posting by the CSU Career Center, it will be tagged appropriately to show up in LEAP student searches.
Next, Handshake will ask you to fill in the Job Qualifications to match it up with qualified students. Once you’re finished, hit “Update Qualifications.”This will bring you the to job summary page, where you can see all the information you just entered.
Once you’ve created the job you will see a “Post to Schools” button on the left hand side. Select that dropdown and find the schools you’d like to post to. This will send off a request to the school and you’re all set. (The above is a selection from this help article)