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Professional Internship ProgramProgram Description | Skills Gained | Learning Benefits
Professional Internship Program Description
Begun in 1981, The Cooper Union Professional Internship Program provides career-related experiential education and enables students to earn a stipend while working in internship positions that are unpaid. The stipend has allowed students to take advantage of career opportunities that might otherwise be unavailable to them; this can include exploratory internships in areas outside of the students' field of study. Because architecture internships are traditionally paid, architecture students are encouraged to work with not-for-profit organizations or in alternative architecture career paths.
The testimony of the hundreds of students who have pursued professional internships through the program affirms interning as a formative experience. Alumni and/or alumnae of the program often cite the internship as the most effective career-development tool they have encountered. Internships have often led to a clarification of the student's career goals or permanent employment after graduation.
Present as a professional
Each student receives instruction that is deeply enriched by the wealth of practicing artists on the faculty and by numerous opportunities to apply their fine-arts training in a dynamic urban environment. In a world of increasing specialization and professional fragmentation, artists and designers with a wide range of experiences have something unique to offer and are prepared to meet the diverse and rapidly changing professional challenges confronting them after graduation.