An internship is an opportunity for students to work in their chosen profession while attending school in order to gain valuable knowledge and work experience.

Most often, interns are not paid for the work they do monetarily, but are instead rewarded by the sharing of knowledge, ideas, opportunities for their portfolio, networks and possibly a permanent job offer if the intern takes advantage of the opportunity to be a valuable employee.
Students in the Valencia Graphics Department are required to take an internship. Students cannot take an internship until they have passed GRA2182C Advanced Graphic Design II OR GRA2143 Advanced Web Page Design with a C or higher. Students probably won’t qualify for a Graphics Internship until their final two semesters enrolled.
You will not be able to register for an internship without following the steps outlined on our blog:

East Campus Lab Building 1 Room 213 

Students have access to large and small format laser and ink jet printers, various format paper cutters, board cutters, headphone check-out, loupe check-out, spray booth, viewing booth, light table, camera check-out, scanners, wacom tablet check-out and Cintiq monitors. All this in a friendly social working environment with a modern resources for students to browse and lounge while working on their laptops. Phone: 407-582-2762           Visit for current hours and closed dates. Check before you drive. No Food or Drink Allowed. Certain supplies like custom printing paper, staples, paperclips, xacto blades, adhesive, etc. not supplied to students in the lab.

West Campus Lab 3-150

Students have access to large and small format laser and ink jet printers, various cutting areas, headphone check-out, camera check-out, light table, scanners, loupe check-out, photo tent and wacom tablet check-out. Please be mindful if there are classes in session when using this lab by using only the computers in the back of the room. Phone: 407-582-1592
No Food or Drink Allowed. Certain supplies like custom printing paper, staples, paperclips, xacto blades, adhesive, etc. not supplied to students in the lab.

Osceola Campus Lab 1-244

Students have access to large and small format laser and ink jet printers, various cutting areas, camera check-out, lights and light cube, media card readers, scanners, loupe check-out, Pantone swatch books, and wacom tablet check-out. Please be patient while we work on making lab improvements you’re going to love. Phone 407-582-4953 No Food or Drink Allowed. Certain supplies like custom printing paper, staples, paperclips, xacto blades, adhesive, etc. might not be available for students in the lab.

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If you’re a degree seeking graphic design student at Valencia College you’ll be required to complete an internship prior to graduation. Take a moment to learn more about requirements of our internship course that will help provide you with real world experience needed prior to graduation.
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About Valencia

Recharging creative minds

As a graphics major you’ll know what it means to kern type, crop photos, and “lose the widows.” You’ll become intrigued by art direction, and know a stage is not just for acting it’s also for animating. And you’ll understand that speaking new languages prepares you for your journey to designing for the World Wide Web. Valencia’s A.S. degree program in Graphics Technology prepares graduates for careers in print and advertising design or web and interactive design, giving them the skills they need and insight from real-world designers. Graduates have landed jobs in design studios, advertising agencies, printing companies, web design firms, interactive design companies and other highly creative environments.

Orlando boasts a wide-reaching and wildly diverse graphics arts community. Designers here are involved in advertising, band poster design, web design, animation, interface design and everything in between.

Starting with creative excellence

With a trusted reputation in the Orlando creative industry, we pride ourselves in educating some of the most talented designers in central Florida. Our students have received recognition in local, regional, national, and even international competitions. Their accomplishments include over 100 ADDY Awards, Florida Print Awards, the Create Awards, the ONE Show, Print Magazine, and Siggraph. And perhaps part of the reason why many local employers are impressed with hiring our graduates is also because we understand what the industry expects from graduates. Real world experience combined with reinforcing various employable skills ranging from the creative process to communication all make the graphics technology program a great start for anyone seeking to start right in a creative career.

Degree Programs & Certificates

AS Degree in Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Specialization prepares students to become designers, production artists or digital designers. It provides instruction in courses directly related to developing job skills for entry-level positions in advertising agencies, design studios and art departments for retail and other businesses. This specialization is best suited for people who are artistic, creative and enjoy traditional as well as computer design.

AS Degree in Interactive Design

The Interactive Design specialization prepares students to become entry-level multimedia graphic artists, web designers and CD-ROM developers. If you enjoy creating graphics, developing interactive media or games, or animating and designing web pages, you will enjoy this specialization.

Graphic Design Production

This certificate is designed to provide students with the skills required to create layouts, imagery, and designs for print, advertising and web design. The certificate focuses on the application of good design principles and the utilization of industry-standard production techniques as well as software and hardware at an advanced level.

Graphic Design Support

This certificate is designed to provide students with the skills required to create layouts and graphics for print and basic web or interactive media venues. The certificate focuses on the application of good design principles and the utilization of industry-standard production techniques as well as software and hardware at an intermediate level.

Interactive Design Production

This certificate is designed to provide students with the skills required to create images, web design and interactive media for the internet or similar venues. The certificate focuses on the application of appropriate production techniques and the utilization of industry-standard software and hardware at an advanced level.

Interactive Design Support

This certificate is designed to provide students with the skills required to create images, basic web design and interactive media for the internet or similar venues. The certificate focuses on the application of appropriate production techniques and the utilization of industry-standard software and hardware at an intermediate level.


Why should I choose to major in Graphics Technology?

With the increase growth in technology there is a higher demand for graphic, interactive, and web designers. Those choosing to major in Graphics Technology desire career satisfaction and possess qualities including creativity, capable of solving problems, good communication skills, ability to meet deadlines and manage projects, and willingness to work hard. Those that have made the decision to major in Graphics Technology are often artistic and have experience with computers.

What type of job would I be able to work once graduating with a Graphics Technology degree?

Graduates work in positions such as web designers, graphic designers/artists, Multimedia Production Artists, Multimedia Graphic Artists, Illustrators, CD-ROM Developers, Production Artists, and Digital Media Designers.

What type of salary should be expected once graduating?

The estimated salary range for a Graphics Technology major is $25,000 to $40,000 per year.

What ways can I go beyond the classroom?

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity they have to go beyond the classroom and join organizations such as Valencia’s Visual Voices group, the Orlando Chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) and OAF (Orlando Advertising Federation).Throughout the year all organizations hold seminars, workshops, and guest speakers which would benefit students majoring in Graphic, interactive, or web design. In addition, by joining these organizations students have the opportunity to network with other individual’s in the graphic design industry.

I registered for Electronic Imaging. It is a 3 credit hour course. Why is the class nearly 4 hours long?

There is usually one hour of lab time factored into most class times. During this time instructors are available to answer questions and provide assistance to students. Students may also be given this additional time to work on course projects.

I want to make sure I go to the lab when the lab is open, is there any way I can find out when the lab is open?

It is recommended that students review the current lab open hours online prior to taking a trip to the lab. Keeping in mind lab hours may change each semester and may differ from campus to campus.

Why can’t I take a class such as Electronic Imaging or Adobe Illustrator before taking Graphic Design Essentials?

Graphic Design Essentials is required prior to taking most other Graphics courses so it is highly recommended that students enroll in this course early in the program. This course will overview software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. An emphasis will also be placed on the use of typography, design, layout, color, pre-press production. Prior to completion of Graphic Design Essentials students will undergo a timed, hands-on competency exam. Graphic Design Essentials provides a fundamental understanding of programs such as photoshop and illustrator and therefore it is a prerequisite for classes such as Electronic Imaging and Adobe Illustrator.

What if I wish to take a class but I haven’t taken the prerequisite course required to for the course?

It is highly recommended that students enroll in prerequisite courses prior to ensure they are adequately educated and prepared for each course. In some special circumstances students are able to take a course without the prerequisite course. Students desiring to take a course without taking a prerequisite course must demonstrate sufficient experience to take the course which requires a prerequisite. Students who feel they are capable of taking a course without prior completion of a prerequisite course may request an override which will be approved or disapproved by the program director based on the students competency for the required course demonstrated in their portfolio, by way of taking a competency exam and/or by way of transfer credits from another college-level institution.

What is an override?

An override may grant a student permission to take a course if they have not taken the required prerequisite course or if the course is filled at the time of registration. The program director is responsible for approving and disapproving overrides.

How is it decided who receives an override?

Students closest to completing their degree are given higher priority when override decisions are made. Students requesting overrides due to lack of completion of prerequisite courses should demonstrate competency to take the course requiring an override via a portfolio review and proof of college-level instruction from another institution.

When are override decisions made?

Overrides decisions are made after the payment deadline purge date prior to the beginning of each semester.

The class I wish to take is full on West Campus but not on East. Can I request an override to take the course on West Campus?

No overrides requests will be accepted for courses if the same course is not full on another campus.

When is the best time to take portfolio?

Students must have completed Professional Development for Designers, Advanced Web Design (for interactive majors) or Advanced Graphic Design II (for graphic design majors). Students should only register for this course if they feel competent using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for Graphic Design Specialization and Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Flash for the Interactive specialization. Prior to taking the portfolio course students should have a minimum of 15 strong potential pieces.

What should I expect during portfolio review class?

Although the course is only one credit hour, this is undoubtedly one of the most demanding and time consuming courses Graphics Technology students face during their degree. During this course students prepare their past projects for their portfolio and often rework past projects. In addition students will design an identity/logo for themselves as well as a business card, letterhead, and self-promotional piece. Students will also refine their resume. All of this hard work is reflected during their portfolio review with professionals in the industry. Students should expect to also take a timed competency exam during the course, where they must score a minimum of a 70%

What is the competency exam and why do I have to take it to complete the portfolio review course?

The competency exam is a timed examination where student will be evaluated for their ability to design and use necessary software to produce a printed publication or a website with files they are supplied with. The competency exam measures students capabilities and reflects the knowledge and experience they have gained in the program. After completing the competency exam students should feel confident that they are capable of working in an entry-level position as a Graphic, Interactive, or Web Designer.

When is the best time to take the internship course?

The best time to take the internship course is within the last two semesters prior to graduation. This will ensure students have gained the necessary experience and knowledge to be properly prepared to work in the graphic design industry. To register for internship students must have satisfactory completion of required college preparatory courses; 12 Valencia college-level credits including GRA 1413 (Professional Development for Designers) and a minimum grade of C in Advanced Graphic Design II or Advanced Web Page Design; and program director’s approval.

What do I need to do to register for the internship course?

In order to register for the internship course, students must first complete the necessary prerequisites. Once prerequisites are completed, students should complete aninternship application at least a month prior to the beginning of the semester they plan to take the internship course. Once a student’s application is approved an internship orientation must be attended prior to registering for the course. After attending an orientation, students will receive special registration approved from Kristy Pennino. To complete an application required for an internship visit the Valencia Internship Placement Office’s web site for instructions on what to do in Atlas.

What is involved in the internship application process?

To apply for an internship students must fill out an internship application form via Atlas. You will also need to print it and attach a resume and unofficial transcript. This information should then be turned into the internship office for consideration. The internship office will then determine if the student has met the necessary requirements to participate in an internship. Approximately two weeks after applying for an internship students will be informed by the internship office of their eligibility to take the course.

Who decides where I get to intern at?

When completing an application you will have the opportunity to view the internship opportunities available through Valencia Community College’s internship office. However, you are encouraged to take the initiative to be proactive in finding an internship. Ultimately, you are the one to make the decision of what company you will internship at.

How many hours will I be required to work a week if I do an internship?

Your hours will vary depending upon what company you choose to internship with. During the course of a the one credit hour internship course you will be required to work a total of 80 hours. The average is ten hours a week. However, you may work more than that to complete the internship sooner.

Will I be paid during my internship?

hether or not you are paid depends upon the company you are interning for. Many companies do not pay an interns. However, many internships lead to future jobs. Some companies choose to reimburse students after completing the course by offering tuition reimbursement, scholarships, or even technical training.

What should I do to prepare for an internship interview?

Students are recommended to prepare a portfolio or have a minimum of five sample examples of work they have completed. They should also have a professional resume and business card to provide the employer with. Students are recommended to treat an internship interview like any other job interview by dressing professionally. Students are also recommended to research the company and be prepared to ask any additional questions during the interview.

Once I have accepted an internship position what do I do next?

Your very first step should be to inform Kristy Pennino and Vertrilla Hunt. The employer must fill out a Employment Confirmation form prior to starting an internship. You should then coordinate with whom you are interning to arrange a schedule. Within the first two weeks of your internship you are required to complete your Customized Learning Plan with your internship supervisor. You then start your internship.

What if I am offered an internship but I do not wish to take it or I would like to wait for a better internship opportunity?

You do not have to take the first internship you are offered. If you are offered an internship but you either have more interviews or you feel their is a better internship opportunity than the one you are being offered you may inform them of your situation in a professional manner.

Can I take an internship that is not offered through Valencia Community College’s internship office?

Absolutely. Students are encouraged to search for their own internship opportunities in addition to what is available through Valencia’s internship office. If you do find an internship outside of those offered through Valencia the employer must still complete the necessary paperwork in order for you to receive credit for your internship experience.

What if I don’t complete my hours by the end of the semester?

You will receive an incomplete and you have until the end of the following semester to complete your hours and paperwork. If you have completed the majority of the paperwork, including your Final Evaluation and all hours required, but are missing some items, you will be given the grade you have earned. You do not need to re-register or pay again if you receive an incomplete. If you do receive an incomplete and never finish the paperwork you would have to repeat and re-register for the course again.

What if I don’t get an internship right away?

You need to be looking for an internship yourself also. If you find one contact Vertrilla Hunt so they can be considered. Also, make sure your resume is up-to-date and as attractive as possible. You may also meet with Kristy Pennino to discuss why you may not be getting selected.

What if I don’t get an internship and the semester is almost over?

If you have been actively trying, have met with Barbara and Vertrilla, then as mentioned you can receive an incomplete and you have until the end of the next semester. If you prefer you can withdraw and wait another semester to re-register, however, you will have to pay again.

What if I don’t like the internship once I start working there?

You need to ask the correct questions at the interview to avoid this from happening. Never just quit going or elect to find another internship yourself. Contact Kristy Pennino immediately if you have any problems or questions.