What is the process of applying to be a sponsor?
Once you have read the information provided on this page, you should then submit an application. This application will be reviewed by the faculty, and you will hear a response within two weeks whether your opportunity is appropriate for the program. If accepted, you will be added to our list of practicum opportunities for students. You will then hear from students as they find your opportunity applicable to their interests.
What are the requirements of the student?
Please see the student section above.
What kind of classes can I expect the student to have taken?
Students become eligible to conduct an internship in the spring semester of their junior year. The student will have completed their first year and a half of foundational design courses, a course on interaction design, typography, and an elective or two in design or elsewhere in the School of Art. The further the student has matriculated past this point in the program, the more skills they will bring to the internship.
What happens after the student finishes their Internship hours?
Once students have completed their required hours, you will be sent an evaluation form so you can review the student's “on the job” performance. Once you send this completed form back to the faculty, your obligation is complete.
I applied to be a sponsor but have never had a student contact me. Can you make this happen?
We do not place students. Rather we supply sponsors' detailed information to the students who review the list and select opportunities based on their interests or geographic locations. When submitting your information, you should provide as much detail as possible to advertise your opportunity.
What do I do if the student is not working out?
Contact the faculty member in charge of overseeing the internship process ASAP. You will have this faculty member’s contact information at the start of the internship and should never hesitate to reach out should there be any concerns. It is in the student's best interest to discuss any issues or concerns sooner rather than later.
What makes one internship better than another for a student?
Each internship is different. We, however, continually hear feedback that internships in which the students were a valued part of a working team, were given access to client meetings and brainstorm sessions, and all-around appreciated tend to rank as more desirable opportunities.
I signed up to be a sponsor but just don’t have the time right now to sponsor anyone. Will I be removed from the list?
No, once a relationship is established with the university, it will remain until there are clear reasons for it to be terminated. If you are contacted by students in a situation like this, just let the student know there are no opportunities at this present time.
My intern is awesome. How can I continue having them work for me?
This tends to happen more times than not. If the student is in the Knoxville area, we require that they extend their internship experiences across multiple locations. This allows them the opportunity to experience different types of workplaces. Any professional arrangement you develop with the student outside of their internship requirements is between you and the student. Please consider, however, the university workload that is still required of them, and be respectful of their time in terms of amount and compensation.
Can I have an intern without them getting school credit?
Sure you can. Just be aware that any student not enrolled in a university at the time of working for you will not carry insurance covered by the University of Tennessee for classes requiring off-site engagement.
Can I see the list of other sponsors?
Unfortunately we cannot share this information as we respect the professional structures within each location and do not wish to make them public.