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It’s easy. MCAD uses the Handshake job board platform to share your internship, full-time, and part-time opportunities with students and alumni. 

Hire an Intern

Internships provide valuable, real-world experience to prepare students for professional life. Working on-site or remotely, students apply their skills to actual projects while learning about the industry, enhancing their skills, networking, and building their portfolios.

Site-eligibility requirements:

  • The intern should report to a site supervisor who is an expert in the subject of the internship, e.g., the site supervisor for a graphic design–focused internship must be a professional graphic designer/art director. A site supervisor may only supervise a maximum of two MCAD interns at a site per semester. An immediate family member may not serve as an intern’s site supervisor.
  • The site should provide their own equipment and may not rely upon MCAD facilities/software for the intern's projects.
  • At least 50% of the intern's tasks should be related to their field of study.
  • The site supervisor should be willing to submit two evaluations—the mid-progress and the final—as well as verify, date, and sign the final time log.
  • The site should be able to provide enough work hours for at least one academic credit (1 credit=40 hours of work at the site).

If your internship opportunity meets these criteria, you are welcome to post it on Handshake.

Please be aware that the overwhelming majority of students will only apply for paid internship opportunities, so offering an appropriate hourly pay rate or lump stipend is strongly recommended. 

MCAD reserves the right to decline any internship postings which do not align with the stated eligibility requirements and/or do not appear to meet the standards for unpaid internships outlined within the Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act

Hire an Artist or Designer

Interested in hiring an MCAD student or alumni for a full-time, part-time, or freelance/temporary position within your company or organization? 

In order to post these types of opportunities, you are invited to create an employer account on Handshake at no charge. The following information will be required in order to make a company profile and an employer user account connected to it:

  • Company/Organization-Provided Email Address
  • Company Name
  • Industry
  • Website
  • Location
  • Description
  • Company Size

Use this step-by-step guide to create an account or company profile. For more information about getting started in Handshake, please review this helpful guide. After registering, you may log in at any time.

Please be aware that MCAD reserves the right to decline an employer or opportunity posting for any reason.

Sharing a One-Time Art or Design Job

If you are seeking to share a one-time paid art or design opportunity with MCAD students, please complete this form in its entirety. Please note that Career Development does not track student responses to opportunities and it is entirely up to individual students whether or not they pursue an opportunity.

MCAD does not post volunteer opportunities, contests/competitions, barter or trade jobs, commission-only jobs, or unpaid jobs.

If you have any questions or would like more information about connecting with MCAD talent, please contact the Career Development office at careers@mcad.edu.