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Resources for employers and industry partners

Employers and industry partners

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the nation's largest comprehensive design and arts college. By connecting with us, you are connecting with a creative city of more than 8,000 designers and artists, including students, staff, and faculty, and more than 35,000 alumni around the world.

Whether you are promoting a job opportunity, looking to attend an event, or offering student mentorship, ASU’s Herberger Institute welcomes your collaboration. 

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Ways to engage with current students

The Herberger Institute is honored to serve around 8,000 enrolled learners and engaged in more than 130 different creative disciplines and degree programs. While our locations are located in the heart of Arizona and in Los Angeles, hundreds of students around the country attend our online courses, giving you access to distance learners in your area. Instructed by world-renowned faculty and trained with state-of-the-art technology, our students learn to be innovative cultural leaders and globally-minded media makers.

At Arizona State University, we use a platform called Handshake, which allows us to share your degree related job postings with students and alumni that meet your criteria. Below are the steps to share your open positions with our creatives.

1. Create a company handshake account & request to connect with ASU (and any other school of choice!). If you are not automatically approved by ASU, please ensure that you have the following: a non-personal email, a non-residential location and a functioning website with a careers page.


2. You will need to be listed an employee/teammate of the company via handshake so please ensure this is done as well. You can invite a team member but it is important that you & whoever else sets up a profile and is an active user as well.


3. Post the position on handshake including all the information you would include on a job description. 


4. Let us know once it has been posted in case we missed it and send us the link of the posting via email so that we can share it with our students! creativecareers@asu.edu

5. From this point onward, students will reach out to you directly about any questions or apply if they are interested.


Internships are experiential learning opportunities where students integrate knowledge and learning from the classroom into practical applications with hands-on experience. Internships are opportunities for students to learn new skills relevant to their career field.

**Academic credit value is determined by the academic unit and program.  Employers cannot guarantee academic credit will be awarded.


  1. Internship job duties must be related to the field of study associated with the course-code, at the discretion of the faculty-of-record or program director. Internships with undefined or irrelevant job duties will be declined.
  2. Internships must be supervised by a professional in that field of study. A professional is defined as someone with at least one of the following:
    • an accredited 4-year degree in an appropriate field of study and at least 1 year of working experience
    • 5 or more years of working experience in that field
    • an active, relevant license to practice in their field 
  3. No student intern should not begin work in an internship for credit until after all necessary paperwork has been processed and approved. Speak with your student intern before they begin work. 
  4. International students on an F-1 visa are prohibited from performing any job duties until all paperwork has been completed and their request for OPT/CPT has been processed. See Additional Information and Resources for more information.

Additional information

  1. Learn how to Build a strong Internship Program
  2. Learn how to Posting an internship for students and alumni
  3. I have a HIDA intern, what should I expect?

Financial Compensation

  1. Most internships today have financial compensation and unpaid internships are discouraged by the Herberger Institute, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and many other colleges and organizations.  
  2. According to the United States Department of Labor, any unpaid internship in the United States must pass all 7 questions on The Test for Unpaid Interns and Students as outlined in the Federal Labour Standards Act. 
  3. The Herberger Institute firmly believes that all internships and experiential learning programs should provide financial compensation to working interns. 
  4. While financial compensation is not required, students are strongly encouraged to seek out paid opportunities. Students who receive an offer for an unpaid internship are still permitted to register that internship for credit, with the exception of students enrolling in courses under The Design School.

*Students requesting to enroll in internship courses under The Design School are required to secure paid internships. Unpaid internships will not be counted towards credit. 

Additional Resources 

Learn how you might pay future internships by applying for Grants for Businesses and Employers

A gig is defined as a short-term project in which our student acts as a professional freelancer for you/your business. Unlike internships, gigs do not require clearly defined learning objectives, and you do not require full-time staff mentor. 

Work for exposure, trade, and/or experience is not appropriate compensation.  An unpaid gig is considered a volunteer opportunity in compliance with federal labor guidelines.  In order for an unpaid volunteer opportunity to be approved, the patron must specify the direct community benefit and impact, that the opportunity is for an organization that has less than $500,000 in annual business, and that the sponsoring organization commonly hires volunteers as part of their usual practice.

*Please note that posting on a gig board or submitting a Scope or Work form does not guarantee that a student will contact you regarding your opportunity. Offering competitive pay and providing detailed information will increase your chances of receiving a response.

The procedure to recruit a Herberger Institute student for a gig is as follows:

  1. Music gigs
  2. Mural Artists and Murals 
  3. All other disciplines

Contact us at CreativeCareers@asu.edu to learn more about our degree programs and be connected with the appropriate resource. Between class presentations, guest critiques, networking events and the ASU Mentor Network, there are a number of ways to engage with students at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.


Creative Career Services CreativeCareers@asu.edu