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Department of

Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Graphic Design (BFA)


BFA graphic design students are required to either participate in the Rome Program or complete an internship. An internship typically is done during the summer between your junior and senior years, although some students choose to have an internship earlier or to complete multiple internships.

Internships are a great way to learn more about an organization or industry and develop valuable skills for use later in your education and career. Many employers prefer to hire graduates who have internship experience, which significantly reduces the amount of on-the-job training required.

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program have interned everywhere from Ames and Des Moines to Minneapolis, Boston, and even London. Employers have ranged from small design firms to newspapers to large advertising agencies.

An internship for credit must meet the following basic requirements:

  • 320 hours over approximately eight weeks (when taken in the summer)
  • Performed under the direction and guidance of another designer, art director, or similar

For full details, please read the Summer GD Internship contract (PDF). Our Internship coordinator is Paul Bruski.

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