UCLA Extension

The Internship Program Description


If you are an international student in the Foundation Level Certificate Program at UCLA Extension, you must review the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Policy.

If you are an international student in the Master’s Program, you must review the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Policy.

An Internship is a very important step in the transition from “student status” to “professional status”. The opportunity to participate in this practical experience in a design office or showroom is invaluable. Internships are interesting and challenging positions available for students with varying degrees of technical skills and backgrounds.

The Internship course counts as an elective where the student receives two units of credit after completing 136 hours. There are Internships available for students at all levels in our program. Firms are usually flexible and will work around a student’s schedule. Generally, two full week days (16 hours) is required. The beginning and ending dates do not have to coincide with those of the quarter.

The process begins when a student reviews the Arc+ID Program’s website at www.arcid.uclaextension.edu/careers for available Job and Internship listings. Access to the view the listings page is only available to Candidate students in the Certificate of Interior Design Program and the Master of Interior Architecture Program. To establish Candidacy in the Program, please refer to the Certificate Program Requirements or call (310) 825-9061. Once a desired Internship is found, the student will apply for the Internship and then arrange an interview with the firm. Students must treat these interviews as they would a professional job interview, dressing accordingly and being prepared to present their work or a portfolio and a resume. Often, firms will require an emailed resume, cover letter, and digital work samples before arranging an interview. If necessary, a student may make an appointment to see the Program Advisor, who can review the student’s work and academic history and can assist with setting up interviews with appropriate firms.

Some firms will pay the Internship course fee and some may pay a salary, but it is the student’s responsibility to see that the Internship enrollment fee is paid. It is illegal in California to employ someone without pay unless that person is enrolled as an intern in a school program such as ours.

Within the first five days of the start of your Internship, you must submit the Internship Agreement Form. In order to have the form issued to you by the Arc+ID office, you must first submit the Internship Application/Questionnaire. This is done by adding the Internship Course to your cart and checking out. 

***NOTE: If this paperwork is not completed and sent within the first five days of starting the Internship, your Internship may not be approved and could therefore not count towards course credit. We recommend bringing this paperwork with you on the first day of your internship.

When an Internship period has been completed, the Intern’s supervisor fills out the Intern Evaluation Form which is used to determine the grade that the student will receive for their work. The student will then fill out the Internship Exit Review.

Students who have completed an Internship will have a reference to use on their resumes to indicate that they have had experience with a design firm. Some Internships even result in a permanent position.

Students may work in a second Internship as long as it is a more advanced position than the first one. However, only a maximum of two units for one Internship can be granted towards the Master of Interior Architecture degree.

The goal of the Internship is to provide the student with experience in as many of the following areas as possible:

Client Relations and Job Presentation

  • Interviews and analysis of needs
  • Contracts and letters of agreements
  • Space planning, drafting, drawing, rendering, and layout, manual and CAD
  • Color, furniture, and material research
  • Preparation of presentation
  • Budget and estimating
  • Job presentation to client

Measurements and Requirements

  • Window coverings
  • Floor coverings
  • Upholstery
  • Cabinetry and built-ins

Installation of Job

  • Delivery and installation coordination
  • Supervision at installation
  • Inspection and touch-up

Business Procedures

  • Office procedures
  • Professional ethics
  • Understanding costs, mark-ups, specifications, overhead and profit
  • Purchase orders
  • Budget Control
  • Expediting orders
  • Deposits and billing
  • Project Management

Sources of Supply

  • Trade relations
  • Knowledge of samples and supplies
  • Up-dating of catalogs and sample files
  • Showroom exposure
  • Purchase and work orders-Written and Verbal instructions

Personal Development

  • Relationships-Employer/Employee, Client/Designer, Designer/Supplier
  • Productive interviews
  • Design concepts
  • Selling techniques

Ready to start your internship? Continue to the Job + Internship Opportunity Listings to find the right Internship for you!