Instructional Design Internship Program

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The award winning Professional Development Instructional Design (PD/ID) Internship Program engages graduate level (Masters and/or Doctoral) instructional designers, or media content developers, to the field of instructional technology. Some undergraduate students majoring in the field are also accepted. Interns are involved in a virtual Central Piedmont Community College Professional Development project or combination of projects relating directly to instructional design concepts, theories, and multi-media development. Interns have a rigorous and demanding curriculum that spans 1 semester built to refine their practical skills in instructional design and development. This internship addresses the needs of both Professional Development and the College by the creation of high quality, interactive, 24/7 online learning for faculty and staff. This Internship Program is aligned with CPCC strategic goal 1 (Student Learning and Success) and goal 5 – (Organizational Excellence and Innovation).

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Analyzes input and feedback of SME’s to develop and modify instructional material for the Office of Professional Development’s online curriculum, including (but not limited to) design, develop, or draft:
  • multi-media materials,
  • job aids,
  • course materials,
  • training modules,
  • participant interactions, and
  • learning evaluations
    • Assists in conducting needs/audience analysis, and creating course (and module) learning outcomes
    • Develops other draft learning tools as needed such as checklists, presentations, and outlines.
    • Assists with converting existing instructor-led material to online or blended delivery format.
    • Assists in researching and organizing information to write instructional materials such as tutorials, references, audio/video scripts, storyboards, navigational text, assessment, etc that transform complex information into professionally written, clear, and interactive online instruction.

    Interns should have a strong desire to engage in instructional design/development, and a background in education, technology, or instructional design is preferred. Ultimately, interns should be reliable, resourceful, learn quickly, have aesthetic sensibility, and have developed content for the online environment.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Passionate about learning about the field of instructional design from an educational institution perspective
    • Demonstrated experience (through other internships or coursework) with instructional design and/or development
    • Fast learner, eager collaborator; meticulous attention to detail
    • Demonstrated ability to be both a team player and an independent hard worker
    • Outstanding organization, communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills
    • Willing to devote 15-20 hours (on average) per week for the duration of the internship (4-5 months)

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in the design and development of online courses
    • Knowledge of learning management systems
    • Skills with multimedia software such as Adobe Captivate, Adobe Creative Suite, Articulate Studio Suite or Storyline, and Camtasia (or similar tools)
    • Experience with operating video, audio, and photography equipment
    • Portfolio of Web or graphic design work
    • Experience in producing training or education materials for an online platform.

    PD/ID Interns are provided with an opportunity to work on a dynamic “real” instructional design/development project with College stakeholders, new tools, techniques, and strategies.  We also provide (upon satisfactory completion of project) a letter of recommendation from the Professional Development department, and/or course samples for portfolio evidence or capstone requirements.  Interns are provided with support and mentorship for instructional design, continuous feedback on their work and submissions, collaboration opportunities, a LMS resource course, eLearning authoring tools/media, evaluation support, and a CPCC email for communication.

    This program will benefit interns by:

    • Allowing them “real” career experience in an organizational setting,
    • Allowing them to develop skills of working independently,
    • Providing new learning opportunities for them to move from theory to practice.

    At the conclusion of the internship the student should be able to:

    • Analyze and interpret training needs with ID concepts and theories,
    • Create an eLearning storyboard that can be used to develop instructionally sound training,
    • Produce a training course or media file that incorporates effective and engaging course content attributes.


    For additional information about the Program or how to apply, please contact:


    Shantell Strickland-Davis
    Director, Employee Online Learning & Development