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All students enrolled in the BFA and MFA programs are required to complete an internship for credit as part of the program curriculum. There are many opportunities that can meet the internship requirement, so look to this page for resources to help you to determine the type of internship that will best serve you. Below are resources on composing a portfolio, resume, and cover letter, as well as a list of design firms, primarily within the Richmond area, that have employed students from VCUarts Interior Design in the past few years.

BFA students become eligible for the internship after completion of IDES 431 Business Practices and completion of the junior year. Students can intern during the summer prior to their senior year or during their senior year. Students will enroll in IDES 493 during the semester when they are interning.

MFA candidates are eligible during the summer after their first and enroll in IDES 693.

BFA Internship Coordinator
Rob Smith,

MFA Internship Coordinators
Rob Ventura,
Christiana Lafazani,


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The following are required for the formal start and completion of your internship and IDES 493:

  • Work contract: You must submit a signed Interior Design Internship Work Contract to the internship coordinator to officially start the internship
  • Complete 135 hours (for BFA students) of work at the internship
  • Internship journal: You must keep an internship journal and share it with the internship coordinator. The journal should have, at minimum, a weekly entry for logging your daily hours worked for that week, what you accomplished, and thoughts and reflections about your experience
  • Student evaluation: Each student must submit an online evaluation of the internship at the end of the internship
  • Supervisor evaluation: The internship supervisor must submit an online  evaluation of the intern at the end of the semester

It is also a very good practice to send a Thank you note to your supervisor and any other staff who have helped you.