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. Download the Internship Resource Packet to view some of the available internships throughout the United States and Abroad. Follow us on Facebook  to stay up to date on new internship opportunities!

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:

  1. 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;
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
  4. 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;
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  6. 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:


Examples of clear learning objectives:

By the conclusion of this internship, the student should be able to…

Internship Host Obligations

Student Obligations

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.

Additional Obligations