ETBD Internship Guide

Last revised: 6/17/19

This guide includes the steps you need to go through to successfully earn IMS credit for an internship experience. Please read through it carefully. If you have any questions, contact Lori Foister, the IMS internship coordinator.

IMS internship credit can be earned by IMS majors, co-majors and non-IMS students. Remember that IMS majors are required to earn two internship credit hours. Students can earn one internship credit hour for every 37.5 hours of IMS-related internship work they do. That means that IMS majors must complete 75 hours of such work to graduate. These 75 hours can be accumulated over multiple internship experiences. Internships can take place during any time of the year.

It is very important to remember that we will only award you credit for work that is related to the skills and topics that we teach in IMS. That does not mean that the entire internship must be focused on these kinds of skills and topics. Imagine that you complete 200 hours of work during your internship. It may be that 75% of the time you are working on IMS-related tasks. In this example, we would give you credit for 150 hours of work. It is your responsibility for recording the amount of hours you spend on IMS-related tasks at your internship.

Regarding summer internships, you have two options for paying for the credits:

  1. Pay for them in the summer; or
  2. We sign you up for 0 hours of internship credit for Summer term (you pay only the fees) and in the Fall or Spring semester you take a new internship reflection class for 2 credit hours. This new class will give you the opportunity to reflect on your internship and it will be online and asynchronous so as not to interfere with your schedule. The new class will satisfy the internship requirement.

IMPORTANT: If you have a summer internship, be sure to let Lori Foister know which of these two payment options you prefer before the internship begins.

If you want to earn more than 2 credit hours during the summer term, you will have to pay for anything above 2 credit hours. In other words, our new class is a 2 credit hour class (which fulfills the 2 credit hour IMS internship requirement for IMS majors), but you will have to register and pay in the Summer for anything you earn above that.

Before you find an internship, you should familiarize yourself with the entire process outlined below.

Step 1

Find an internship. This, of course, is the hardest step. Typically, the IMS program is advised of several internship opportunities each semester. As they come in, we share them with all IMS students by email. However, we do not receive nearly enough opportunities for all IMS students. Most students find internships on their own. This can occur in any number of ways.

  • Search online. Major companies/organizations will have sections of their website devoted to internship opportunities and how to apply for them.
  • Do not hesitate to contact companies/organizations that may not have information online about internships. It may be that they’ve never had an intern but you have skills that would make you an attractive internship candidate.
  • The Career Services Office has put together an extensive list of job and internship resources specifically tailored for IMS students.
  • Talk to friends and family who work in fields that you may be interested in learning more about through an internship opportunity.
  • Talk to faculty members who you are close to. If they don’t know of specific internship opportunities, they may be able to advise you on how to refine your search based on their knowledge of their field.
  • Because of our proximity to Cincinnati, we have many contacts in startup and incubator programs there. Based on that, we have prepared a Guide to Cincinnati Internship Resources.

Cincinnati Internship Resources

Below you will find a list of a few of the startup accelerator and incubator programs in Cincinnati. The startups participating in these programs are constantly looking for new talent.

Many of the portfolio companies listed at the links below are looking to hire interns and recent graduates. Just because a company does not have a specific opportunity listed does not mean that they are not in need of help. Many students find success in reaching out to these companies directly to learn more, resulting in an internship opportunity.

Example Accelerators & Incubators

The Brandery is a nationally ranked startup accelerator that leverages the expertise of the Cincinnati region, namely branding, marketing and design.

OCEAN Accelerator is the first independent, faith-based accelerator in the U.S.

The Hamilton County Business Center (HCBC) is a nationally-recognized startup incubator in Southwest Ohio that helps entrepreneurs launch successful technology-oriented businesses.

Don’t forget to follow these companies on Twitter and like them on Facebook!

Don’t forget to check AngelList for opportunities as well!

Full list of #StartupCincy resources

Step 2

Download the IMS internship contract , complete it, then email it to Lori Foister. This contract is between you and your supervisor where the internship will take place. It requires signatures from you and your supervisor. Send this within the first week of the term when the internship occurs. Contact Lori Foister if you need any assistance.

Step 3

About halfway through the internship, have your supervisor download the interim evaluation, complete it, then email it to Lori Foister. Contact Lori Foister if you need any assistance.

Step 4

At the end of the internship, have your supervisor download the final evaluation, complete it, then email it to Lori Foister. Contact Lori Foister if you need any assistance.

Step 5

Once you are finished with your internship, and all the paperwork (contract and evaluations) has been sent electronically to Lori Foister (, send her an email letting her know that the internship has ended. In this email, include the number of hours of IMS-related internship work that you did. She will then send paperwork to the IMS office to sign.

That paperwork will then be sent to the Registrar’s office. This must be done before the end of the semester you will be registering for the internship hours.

Internships in Game Development

The best way to find an internship is to look for companies that are in areas that would work for you. Once you have a list of companies, check their websites for opportunities. Most companies do not really post internships as there is far more demand than supply.

Getting an internship (or a job) in the games industry is all about knowing people. Therefore, you want to try to start a dialogue with games companies and industry professionals as soon as you can. In particular, we recommend that you attend industry conferences (such as the GDC in San Francisco or GDEX in Columbus) and that you try to create connections over social media.

Local Game Companies

Wraith Games
Few Remain
Multivarious Games
Ganbaru Games
Smiling Cat Entertainment
MooseMouse Media Inc.
Funky Visions
Max Gaming Technologies
Handelabra Studio LLC
J Lynn Entertainment
SGM Games
Monsters Unlimited LLC
Aertherbyte Studios
Green Door Games
Loreful, LLC
Jolly Crouton Media
YEI Technology
Game Research and Immersive Design at Ohio University