All students pursuing a major in the Department of Design are required to complete a two-credit hour internship during the summer between their third and fourth years in the program.

Advance preparation for the internship experience begins in the third year when students enroll in the Pre-Internship Seminar Class, DSN 340.

This credit course provides an opportunity for students to determine a focus for their internship and explore the possibilities for locations, sites, and firms. The location of the internship site can be selected by the student, but must be approved by the RU faculty member supervising the internship. Students develop a resume, write a cover letter, and role-play the interview process through which they will apply for an internship.

The internship requires a minimum of 120 hours for interior design and design management or 200 merchandising and fashion design hours of work on-site in the field, during which the student submits weekly logs of tasks and experiences.