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Externships and Internships

The Modern College of Design offers two different experiential learning opportunities that create value for your organization and our students. Each program offers unique benefits depending on your needs and goals. Learn whether an externship or internship would be best for your business.


An extern is right for your business if you want:

  • A student who is about to graduate and is eligible for employment

  • A student who can work full time

  • A student who has successfully completed two years of design study with a completed portfolio with proven proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere Pro

  • A student familiar with HTML/CSS

  • A formal, structured program


  • The next externship session starts Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, and concludes Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

  • Businesses that participate in the program must have a physical location and undergo a site evaluation during the student's externship

  • Students must be able to work at least 35 hours per week for four weeks

  • Students must have a designated supervisor who records attendance, completes a performance evaluation, and provides feedback

  • Students receive course credit for the externship and it is a mandatory part of their graduation requirements

  • Approximately 60% of externships are paid opportunities; preference is give to those employers who provide compensation to students


An intern is right for your business if you want:

  • An entry-level student who can complete basic graphic design projects

  • Short-term help with specific assignments or projects

  • Flexible work hours

  • To begin a relationship with The Modern College of Design that is less formal and less structured

  • To have the student work out of their own home or a co-working space


  • Internships generally take place in the summer between a student's first and second year at The Modern

  • Businesses that offer internships need not have a physical location, but must offer students regular check-ins with a supervisor who can answer questions

  • No minimum or maximum hours

  • Students do not receive course credit for internships

  • Internships can be paid or unpaid

Emerge Internship Program

  • The Modern offers a more structured internship program ("Emerge") open to nonprofit organizations in the Dayton/Columbus/Cincinnati area. Emerge pairs first-year students with a nonprofit for 15-20 hours per week over the course of 8 weeks in the summer.

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    Graduates from The Modern are uniquely skilled to take on the demands of tomorrow. We are happy to connect our new and experienced graduates with relevant positions you may have in the design field. Please fill out the form below to get started.

    Common Positions

    Agencies and businesses alike frequently hire our graduates as:

    • Graphic Designers

    • Web Designers

    • Web Developers

    • UI/UX Designers

    • Social Media Specialists

    • Art Directors

    • Freelance Designers

    • Motion Designers

    • Marketing Coordinators

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      Graduate Portfolios

      We could tell you how talented, disciplined, and prepared our alumni are after graduating from The Modern. We could talk about how our graduates are ready for the hottest careers in the design world. But the work speaks for itself.