Career Preparation Resource Fund

The Career Preparation Resource Fund aids students in completing unpaid domestic or international career-related experiences (co-op/internship). It helps students who would not normally be able to take advantage of an unpaid career-related experience or would have a difficult time doing so. Both BFA undergraduate and MFA graduate students are eligible to apply.

How does it work?

  • Student identifies and secures an unpaid internship related to their field of study, preferably with an accomplished RIT alumna/alumnus.
  • Student may work with a variety of resources, including faculty and the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, to find an unpaid career-related experience.
  • Student submits application, including all necessary supplementary materials to the College of Art and Design’s Dean’s office.
  • Applications are reviewed, and if approved the student will be asked to sign and return a contract.
  • If approved, the student is responsible for making and paying for their own travel arrangements, reservations, and other expenditures. The fund will help to offset a percentage or all of the costs.
  • The student works with their School’s Senior Staff Assistant to set up a substantive allowance account that is funded in incremental payments over the duration of the internship.
  • Student are required to submit a written Student Work report through the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education at the completion of the internship.


Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Career Preparation Resource Fund:

  • Current, matriculated BFA undergraduate or MFA graduate student in the College of Art and Design.
  • Must have completed two academic terms and is in good standing.
  • Secured an unpaid domestic or international career-related experience, preferably with an accomplished RIT alumna/alumnus.


You must complete the application form and email it by the deadline with the following supplemental documents to

Application deadlines: November 1 (spring co-ops/internships) and April 1 (summer or fall co-ops/internships)

Application materials:

  1. Application and Budget Form
  2. Supervisor Confirmation Form
  3. CV/Resume – Submit your current resume
  4. Copy of SIS schedule confirming co-op registration


  1. The PDF documents must be downloaded and completed using Adobe Acrobat.
  2. The forms require a digital signature. If you have not created a Digital ID, please follow the provided tutorial: How to Create a Digital ID for Adobe Acrobat