Employer Services

Job Listings/Résumé Searches
The Career Services Office is pleased to offer employers access to UArtsCareers, our comprehensive online system. UArtsCareers allows you to post your open positions directly to the web, to receive applications via e-mail directly from interested students and alumni, and to search online resumes and portfolios to find people who match the qualifications you need.

If you would like to gain access to the system, go to www.uartscareers.com and click on "'Employers." Upon approval by Career Services, you will be able to post your opportunities.

We will also continue to accept position listings that have been e-mailed or faxed (215-717-6077) directly to our office.

Your listing should include the following: 

  • Position title, description and desired qualifications
  • Company name, contact person, address, phone, fax, e-mail and website address
  • Any other pertinent information you wish to provide to us

Internship Program
An internship is a career-related opportunity that enables students to gain "real world" experience and explore a professional field. The academic internship program at the University of the Arts is designed to give students practical learning experiences that relate specifically to their area of academic study.

Academic (credit-bearing) internships may be paid or unpaid. Based on recent litigation related to the Fair Labor Standards Act, we encourage employers to offer students compensation equivalent to minimum wage in the form of pay, stipend, travel reimbursement, or housing expenses for a summer program. However, we acknowledge that there are also valuable internships that are unpaid.

An unpaid internship must be a legitimate learning experience benefitting the student, and not simply an operational work experience that just happens to be conducted by a student. The work performed by an intern may benefit the employer, but not in a way that does not also advance the education of the student.

To ensure the quality of our students’ internship experiences, the Career Services Office at The University of the Arts has adopted the following criteria, as developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers:

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
     
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
     
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
     
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
     
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
     
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
     
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

How can an employer set-up an unpaid internship to comply with these criteria?

  • To demonstrate that your internship exists for the primary benefit of the intern, and not the sole benefit of your company, your internship description should focus on what the intern WILL LEARN from the experience and not what the intern WILL DO for your company. 
     
  • Your interns should be registered to earn academic credit during the duration of their internship. The University requires students to define learning goals and document their experience. In addition, there are both student and supervisor evaluations submitted at the completion of the internship. These requirements serve to support the educational purpose of the internship.
     
  • Academic internships are supervised both within the work setting by an expert in the discipline related to the internship, as well as by a UArts faculty member. Therefore, if you are seeking an intern, you MUST already have an employee on staff with specific, relevant expertise to train and oversee the work of the intern. If you do not, then your position is either a paid freelance project or paid part-time job! 
     
  • The timing of academic internships must coincide with our semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer) to enable students to register for and earn academic credit. Be aware that any internships beginning after a semester has begun and our add/drop period is over will be categorized as a non-credit internship, which legally requires compensation by for-profit companies (interns at non-profits may be unpaid volunteers).

Keep in mind that students must pay tuition to enroll for internship credit, so an unpaid internship poses an additional financial burden to students. Academic credit and compensation are not mutually exclusive; therefore, if your company or organization is in a position to compensate your interns, we encourage you to do so.

If you are interested in hosting a student intern at your company or organization as part of the academic internship program, you can email us the details at careerservices@uarts.edu, enter it into our online system UArtsCareers, or complete and submit an Internship Sponsor Questionnaire.