The Career Services Office provides resources for internships to enable students to obtain valuable hands-on experience for professional preparation in the student’s area of interest. LCAD strongly encourages all students to complete an internship prior to graduation.

Internships are for students in good academic standing currently enrolled at LCAD. Internship students must follow all rules and regulations as stated in the current LCAD catalog. Internships may be taken during an academic semester, or during the summer.

LCAD students have interned with companies that include: Disney, Nike, Blizzard, Hurley, Cartoon Network, Hasbro, Pixar, Vans, Gallery Nucleus, Nickelodeon, Stance, Sony, Quiksilver, and Laguna Art Museum.

LCAD Criteria for Internships

Internships are for second semester juniors and seniors.  Interns are not volunteers. The duration of an internship hours is 50-150 hours during a 3-4month time period.  Internships may be taken during the fall or spring semester or during the summer.

Check the job board daily for internship opportunities.

Contact your Chair or Robin Fuld before accepting a paid or unpaid internship. They would be happy to answer any questions.

Fair Labor Law

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has developed the six factors below to evaluate whether a worker is a trainee or an employee for purposes of the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act):

  1. The training, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to what would be given in a vocational school or academic educational instruction;
  2. The training is for the benefit of the trainees;
  3. The trainees do not displace regular employees, but work under their close observation;
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the trainees, and on occasion the employer’s operations may actually be impeded;
  5. The trainees are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period; and
  6. The employer and the trainees understand that the trainees are not entitled to wages for the time spent in training.

If all of the factors listed above are met, then the worker is a “trainee”, an employment relationship does not exist under the FLSA, and the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime provisions do not apply to the worker.  Because the FLSA’s definition of “employee” is broad, the excluded category of “trainee” is necessarily quite narrow.  Moreover, the fact that an employer labels a worker as a trainee and the worker’s activities as training and/or a state unemployment compensation program develops what it calls a training program and describes the unemployed workers who participate as trainees does not make the worker a trainee for purposes of the FLSA unless the six factors are met.  Some of the six factors are discussed in more detail below.

Intern Request Form

Finding An Internship

CHECK LARGE JOB BOARDS Often, large companies will post internship openings on public job boards such as,,, and many more. Search “intern” and see what comes up in your area.

GOOGLE SEARCH: INTERNSHIPS IN CA Quite a few good links will come up, including Companies and colleges are constantly collaborating to develop and post more of these options.

VISIT CAREER SERVICES Career Services maintains a job board of opportunities. Check these out to see if you are good match, and contact Career Services for suggestions and advice at

VISIT THE LCAD LIBRARY Our librarians are great resources when it comes to knowing where to look. Visit the LCAD Library to ask for some additional guidance.

EXPLORE YOUR NETWORKS Contact alumni, faculty, staff and others you know who are involved in the arts. Let them know what you are looking for, often the best recommendations come from those currently in the field.

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS: ASK If you’ve got a company in mind, it doesn’t hurt to contact them up and ask. Often, companies are willing to work with students who show this kind of initiative.