ETBD Internship Guide

Revised 7/7/2020

This guide describes the steps to successfully earn ETBD credit for an internship experience. Please read it carefully. If you have any questions, contact Jim Coyle, the ETBD internship coordinator.

ETBD internship credit can be earned by ETBD majors and co-majors and by non-ETBD students. Remember that ETBD majors are required to earn internship credit. To do so, they must complete 75 clock hours of ETBD-related internship work. 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 ETBD awards internship credit only for work that is related to the skills and topics taught in ETBD. That does not mean that the entire internship must be focused on these kinds of skills and topics. If an internship consists of 200 hours of work and 75% of the work is related to ETBD, the department would award credit for 150 hours. It is the student's responsibility to record the number of hours spent on ETBD-related tasks.

All internships are applied for and approved through the Handshake system. Begin the internship process on Handshake.

Handshake provides two options for credit hours in internships:

  1. Request zero hours. As long as the work lasts at least 75 relevant hours, then the requirement is satisfied.
  2. Register for more than zero hours. A student can earn one credit hour for every 37.5 hours of internship work. However, if these credit hours are not part of the regular class load in Fall or Spring, then the credit hours will incur tuition costs.
When a student has fulfilled internship requirements, zero (0) hours of ETBD 340 will be added to the student's transcript. The zero hours fulfill the internship requirement.

Advice for finding an internship

  • Read email. Typically, the ETBD department receives word of several internship opportunities each semester. These opportunities are shared with ETBD students by email, but there are not nearly enough for all students. Most students find their own internships.
  • Search online. Major companies and organizations devote space on their websites to internship opportunities. Do not hesitate to contact a company that does not post internship information online. Some organizations may not have had interns before, but might welcome an inquiry from a person with the right skills.
  • The Career Services Office has put together an extensive list of job and internship resources tailored specifically for ETBD students.
  • Speak with friends and relatives about internship opportunities in their respective organizations.
  • Speak with faculty members who know your work. They may not know of specific internship opportunities, but they may be able to advise you on your search.
  • Because of Miami University's proximity to Cincinnati, ETBD has prepared a Guide to Cincinnati Internship Resources.

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