IMS Internship Guide

Last revised: 3/11/19

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 60 hours of IMS-related internship work they do. That means that IMS majors must complete 120 hours of such work to graduate. These 120 hours can be accumulated over multiple internship experiences. Internships can take place during any time of the year.

IMPORTANT: Internship credit can only be awarded for the term when the internship occurs. In other words, we will give you internship credit on your summer transcript if you have a summer internship.

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.

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


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. (Email Lori Foister for a copy.)


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 to access the contract.


About halfway through the internship, have your supervisor download the interim evaluation , complete it, then email it to Lori Foister. Contact Lori Foister to access the interim evaluation.


At the end of the internship, have your supervisor download the final evaluation , complete it, then email it to Lori Foister. Contact Lori Foister for access to the final evaluation.


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.

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.

The Center for Career Exploration and Success maintains a list of interactive media studies job and internship boards.

Internships in Game Development

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. –
Dioram –
Funky Visions –
Max Gaming Technologies –
Handelabra Studio LLC –
J Lynn Entertainment –
SGM Games –
Monsters Unlimited LLC –
Aertherbyte Studios –
WhileTrueFork –
Green Door Games –
Loreful, LLC –
WhatIfSports –
Jolly Crouton Media –
YEI Technology –
Game Research and Immersive Design at Ohio University –