Prospective Students

Benefits of an Internship

There are numerous advantages to participating in an internship:

  • Internships allow students to ‘try-on’ a job to see if they like it. It is an opportunity to compare what they ‘think’ the job might be like compared to what it actually is.
  • Students can apply their education in the field and receive mentorship and coaching from professionals in the industry.
  • Through internships, students will meet numerous industry professionals and start to develop their professional network. The contacts established in the field through an internship become critical upon graduation. Industry contacts often assist students to secure work after graduation.
  • Students develop confidence in their skills and abilities during their internship and recognize the value of their knowledge.
  • During an internship, students will be exposed to the range of career opportunities in the field.
  • After the successful completion of an internship students will have an industry reference for future job applications.

What Graduates Have to Say About Their Internship

"It gave me valuable experience, and wonderful portfolio pieces. It also helped me improve my ability to design for someone else."

Nigel Neufeld


"My summer position as a marketing graphics intern better equipped me for future career opportunities by allowing me to experience first hand what a fast paced office environment for a large company feels like. I've gained and strengthened numerous skills including communication, professionalism, organization and efficiency in meeting deadlines and expectations. I have a better sense of direction for my future as I truly enjoyed the challenge of designing for a global wide company while keeping within the parameters of their brand guideline. This internships geared me with management skills and abilities I now apply to all aspects of my life including studies, work and personal life situations! Definitely a rewarding experience!"

 Farzanah Allinoor

Requirements and How to Apply

Please visit the Program and Course Calendar to review program requirements and application process.

Students can also review the Graphic Design program information.

Important Dates

The Spring semester has one weekly 120 minute blended learning class, focusing on preparing for an internship experience. The material covered is not limited to locating and securing an internship but also is intended to prepare students for transitioning from school to graduate school or work environments.

The internships typically occur in the summer.

Want More Information on the Graphic Design Program at VIU?

Please visit the Graphic Design program page or contact:

Department Chair

Ellen McCluskey

Work-integrated Learning Faculty Member

Alexis Beaubier
Graphic Design, Interior Design, Sport, Health and Physical Education
Phone: 220.740.6421
Office: Building 310, Room 123