The Application Process

Securing an internship can be as much work as completing an academic class. It is important to PACE YOURSELF and PLAN AHEAD so that you can be successful in your search. Use the timeline below as a guide for creating a manageable internship search strategy.

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Application Checklist

Use this checklist to make sure you have completed everything you’ll need for the application process:

  • Have your professional materials reviewed by a career counselor:

  • Create or update your portfolio/website.
    If you don’t have a website or e-portfolio, you can provide a link for your PDF portfolio using Dropbox and Tiny URL.
    View the Using Dropbox to Create a Link to your Portfolio resource.

  • Create a database for yourself to organize your research.
    View the Research Strategy Template as a guide.

  • Practice interviewing.
    Practice digitally with Big Interview and/or in-person by scheduling an appointment for a Mock Interview with a career counselor.
    View the Interviewing page to learn more.

  • Learn how to evaluate and juggle multiple internship offers.
    View the Evaluating a Job Offer resource to see email templates that will help you draft these professional emails.


apply like a pro!

  1. Always read and follow application instructions carefully.

  2. Put your name in the file name of your resume, cover letter, and portfolio.

  3. An employer may ask you to complete applications on both ArtCenter Connect and on the company’s website.

  4. Apply before the position deadline. Employers may choose to close applications early if they find applicants they like.

  5. It may take a while for employers to get back to you with a decision — if they do at all. Two weeks is a professional amount of time to wait before following up with an email.

  6. CPD asks employers to respond to all candidates, even those who are not selected. However, employers are not always able to do this.