CAP offers dedicated career support for students across our undergraduate and graduate programs. From tailored support on preparing application materials, building a job or internship search strategy, and facilitating connections to our amazing professional community, you have no shortage of support to achieve your career goals as a CAP student.
Your primary career resource is CAP’s Director of Professional Development & Internships, Jen Skidmore, M.A. (they/them).
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Director Of Professional Development and Internships
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Meaningful student work provides experiential learning that integrates academic experience with practical application and skills development in a professional setting before graduation. Internships and ongoing employment afford CAP students valuable applied experience and settings in which to make professional connections, setting you up for greater career outcomes whatever you choose to do with your degree.
Find an Internship or Job
When should I plan to get an internship?
The answer is different for everyone, but in general, your coursework progress especially around design is a good indicator of your preparedness. For CAP undergraduates, you might want to consider having 2-3 studios nearing completion. For CAP graduate students, this depends on your prior degree, past internships (and whether they were inside or outside of the industry), and completion of 1-2 studios.
Internships For Credit
Students can choose to use their internship for academic credit for 3-6 credit hours, depending on the academic program. Internships count toward elective credit at the regular tuition rates. To receive 3 credit hours, you must complete 135 work hours. These hours must be documented by your employer. The Master of Urban Design (MUD) degree does not have an internship for credit option.
Internships are valuable experiences that help you explore your field of interest, strengthen your skills, and greatly increase your employability before you even graduate – all while being paid! All CAP students are strongly encouraged to seek internships even if they are not utilizing them for academic credit.