Internship and Career Services
IAIA Internship and Career Services provides a variety of free services to current students and alumni promoting student readiness for professional careers through web-based employment searches and present-day approaches to marketing yourself. Services include online career assessment, internships, resume building and resume editing.
- Career fairs
- Graduate school preparation
- Interviewing strategies
- Job search strategies
- Off campus job postings
- Resume and cover letter writing assistance
A meaningful internship (for credit and non-credit) experience provides students with relevant workplace skills and networking opportunities that can put career goals in reach. An internship or apprenticeship enliven and enrich the aspects of learning, deepen understanding, and promote proficiency. Administered at IAIA, there are two paid internship programs students may be eligible for, Ascendium (formerly Great Lakes) and Journey Home.
Internships place students within existing organizations to learn directly from employees, volunteers, clients, and others. Internships provide valuable hands-on real world opportunities for deepening student learning, and prepare students for professional careers in their chosen fields.
With the approval of advisors, internships and apprenticeship are available. They can count as an elective or major credit toward graduation, although they do not count toward general education. IAIA includes Internships and Apprenticeships in its educational model. Students may enroll in these educational opportunities with the support of their academic advisors. Internships and apprenticeships may count for either elective or major credit to fulfill the requirements for graduation. They do not count toward general education.
For internships and apprenticeships, contracts are written which specify the expectations for both the student and the supervisor or mentor. They list the total number of contact hours which will determine the amount of academic credit awarded. Contracts will state the days, times, and places where the learning will occur. Contracts are signed by the student, the academic advisor or sponsoring faculty member, and the internship supervisor or apprenticeship mentor. Internships and apprenticeships are conducted on a pass/fail or credit/no credit system. Grades are not given for these experiences.
The Internship and Career Services Director is located in the Student Success Center, next to Student Accounts. Office hours are Monday–Friday, 8 am–4 pm.
- Pays $10 per hour for 20 hours a week. Students must apply for the Internship and if selected, fill-out required internship forms available at the Internship and Career Services Director’s office.
- Eligible students must be currently enrolled, full-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements and show financial need.
- Students that already hold a student worker or Work-Study position will not be eligible for this paid internship award.
- IAIA Staff and Faculty can hire a student for the paid internship (not currently a student worker or Work-Study position) and must submit the required paperwork to the Internship and Career Services Director at email@example.com.
- Open to organizations, galleries, film industry, museums that can provide a meaningful internship experience for Cinematic Arts & Technology, Creative Writing, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, or Studio Arts majors.
- Student can select their own site and setup their interview with site. Or contact the Internship and Career Director who can assist with the contact and coordination of site selection or site setup process. Note: Student may not begin internship until all hiring documents are complete through IAIA Human Resources.
Participating Internship Hosts
Previous and current internship hosts include Patricia Michaels (PM Waterlily), Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, IAIA Indigenous Liberal Studies Department, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, IAIA Library, New Mexico State Film Office, New Mexico History Museum, Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, SWAIA, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, Duchy Films, Wheeler Museum, and Meow Wolf.
For more information, please contact Internship and Career Services Director at (505) 424-2319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students report to workplace supervisors and fulfill workplace expectations to receive academic credit. All students keep a journal to document their learning and write a final reflective paper. Workplace supervisors at the host site complete an evaluation form commenting on student’s learning in the workplace.
What makes this internship special?
IAIA Journey Home Interns put their education to work, plus they learn how to serve their communities.
For the 2020 Summer session, we are offering two different scholarships that students are able to apply for. Internship One is open to tribally-enrolled students in the regions listed below. There are up to eight internships awarded in this category.
Internship Two is open to non-Native students and to tribally-enrolled students who are not enrolled in a tribe within the regional restrictions. There are up to four internships awarded in this category. The paid internship provides the selected student with a total of $4,383.65 (pre-tax) for one 3-credit summer internship. The tuition for the 3-credit internship of $481 is paid with the funds. Travel expenses can be paid in advance out of the stipend, and then the remaining funds are distributed in intervals throughout the internship.
Internship One has the following geographic restrictions (the host site must be a tribal organization or tribal enterprise in one of the following regions):
- Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, or Alaska)
- Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota)
- Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California)
- Idaho and Montana
Internship Two does not have geographic restrictions and it is open to both Native and non-Native students. Applications from tribally-enrolled students seeking to intern with their own tribal community receive high priority in the selection process (ties within the same region are acceptable). The Internship Two program is designed for students pursuing a BFA in Studio Arts, Museum Studies, and Indigenous Liberal Studies.
How to Apply
Before applying for the internships, students should identify an organization or enterprise they would like to work with, and confirm with the internship host before applying. Students must identify the type of work being performed during the internship.
For assistance with finding a host, contact Internship and Career Director Karen Gomez at email@example.com or Artist-in-Residence Program Administrative Assistant Angelica Gallegos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Notice: We are no longer receiving applications for the Journey Home Internship.
Summer Session Dates: June 1–July 26, 2020
Interested in becoming a host site for IAIA interns?
For tribal organizations and tribal enterprises in the geographic regions listed above please contact Internship and Career Director Karen Gomez at email@example.com or Artist-in-Residence Program Administrative Assistant Angelica Gallegos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students keep a journal to document their learning. Each student will write a final reflective paper. Mentors will complete an evaluation commenting on student learning through this experience.
Over four years, students may enroll in two levels of apprenticeships for variable credit. Students may enroll in 1-6 credit apprenticeships.
- Apprenticeship I 295
- Apprenticeship II 495
Apprenticeships are available in the following programs:
- MUSM295, MUSM 495 Museum Studies for one-on-one learning with an independent curator or related project.
- ARTS295, ARTS495 Studio Arts for one-on-one learning with a master artist or craftsperson. Any of the following prefixes may be used: CERA, JEWL, PRTM, SCUP, PHOT, PTNG.
- IDST295, IDST495, Indigenous Studies for one-on-one learning from a tribally-acknowledged expert.
- NMAD295, NMAD495 New Media Arts for one-on-one learning with an independent media artist or graphic artist.
- CRWR295, CRWR495 Creative Writing for one-on-one learning with a writer.
Students report to workplace supervisors and fulfill workplace expectations to receive academic credit. All students keep a journal to document their learning. They will write a final reflective paper. Workplace supervisors will complete an evaluation form commenting on student’s learning in the workplace.
Over their four years, students may enroll in two levels of internships for variable credit. Students may enroll in 1 to 6 credit internships.
- Internship I 290 (Prerequisite: 2nd year standing)
- Internship II 490 (Prerequisite: 3rd year standing)
Internships are available in the following programs:
- MUSM290, MUSM490 Museum Studies-for work in galleries or museums
ARTS290, ARTS490 Studio Arts for work in galleries and arts organizations any of the following prefixes may be used:
- CERA, JEWL, PRTM, SCUP, PHOT, PTNG.
- IDST290, IDST490 Indigenous Studies for work in tribal organizations and institutions serving Native peoples. ASG officers may choose to receive internship credit for their work.
- NMAD290, NMAD490 New Media Arts for work in graphic design, web design or moving image media.
- CRWR290, CRWR490 Creative Writing for work in publications, public relations, publishing, journalism, theater, or performing arts organizations.
A student may not use more than three independent studies or a total of 9 credits toward the completion of a degree. An independent study does not satisfy general education requirements.
Internship and Career Director
Student Success Center
P (505) 424-2319
P (505) 424-5713