UMass Lowell promotes experiential learning and encourages students to gain valuable experience through internships, co-ops, service learning and volunteer opportunities. In addition to their course work, art majors are required to complete an internship (120 hours/3 credits). The internship is the first step on a student’s professional path. With the help of their internship faculty adviser, students should secure an internship that is relevant to their concentration and will help them launch their careers in art or design.

The federal government's Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) places limitations on unpaid internships. Students and employers are encouraged to read the UMass Lowell Career Services guidelines

Particularly, it may be helpful to read the FLSA's Test for Unpaid Interns and the six criteria that must be met to be in compliance with the law. 

Get tips on how to evaluate an internship.

Practicum/Internship Guidelines

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UMass Lowell's on-campus recruiting system, Handshake, is where employers post positions for prospective interns, co-ops, entry-level and experienced candidates. You can find the Career & Co-op Center's events schedule and registration system here as well.

UMass Lowell Career and Co-op Center

The Career and Co-op Center is here to help you with your career. It is never too early to start thinking about your career path!