Join a Team of Self Motivated Creatives

How it works if you’re a student

Canyon Creative Agency

Hired Positions

You’re a student looking to work with a group of highly motivated individuals who love creativity and want to be paid. To apply a comprehensive portfolio is required. The following positions are currently offered:

Creative Director Graphic Designer
Project Manager Web Designer
Social Media Manager Motion Designer
Interactive Manager Video Editor
Multi-Media Manager

University Internship

Looking for an internship and do you want to also get class credit? This is an unpaid internship and in place, payment credits are offered. GCU offers University Internship courses for 4, 2, and 1 credit.

COURSE
SEMESTER
WEEKLY
CREDIT
UNV-410 45 Hours 3 Hours 1
UNV-420 90 Hours 6 Hours 2
UNV-430 180 Hours 12 Hours 4

Volunteer Positions

Are you new to the GCU College of Arts & Media? Volunteer your time as a production designer and gain experience working with our senior-level students. This position is for Freshman and Sophomore students only. Production Designers are only asked to commit to what they can work on. If you are a first-year student and not sure what you can offer, joining as a volunteer is a great way to gain knowledge and experience in a working design studio.

Take your education to the next level and be a part of something bigger

How it works?

Internship Lifecycle

Club

Agency

Open Admittance

Application Required

FRESHMAN

SOPHOMORE

Agency

Application Required

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

JUNIOR

SENIOR

Freshman & Sophomore

The first 2 years of Canyon Creative, students will experience a casual club-like experience. During this time you will observe Junior and Senior level students critique and present projects. You may be asked to participate in the production of graphics for internal projects. We like to think of the following two years as internship prep. Our goal for students during this time is to learn more about print, web, and social media production. Join and experience a working design studio, build your network and grow in your career.

Portfolio Review

In order to advanced to the agency level, students must participate in a portfolio review. This review will determine if you can join either through the UNV-410, 430 or 450 University Internship or apply for a paid internship position.

Junior & Senior

You’re a student looking to work with a group of highly motivated individuals who love creativity and want to be paid.

Canyon Creative helped me to recognize that I am a part of something bigger. This community helped me to find purpose, find friendships, and have experiences that will propel me into in my career post-graduation and throughout the rest of my life. It was a privilege to help lead this amazing group of talented people and I’m beyond thankful to have had this experience.”

Nicole Nowakowski

Project Manager

Class of Spring ’22

I absolutely loved my time at Canyon Creative. It was a great time of growth for my professional career as well as refining my communication and design skills. I also loved the community that Canyon Creative fosters, kindness, growth and ultimately loving and serving others as God loved us!

Rylie Mayo

Designer

Class of Spring ’22

Being a part of Canyon Creative in my last semester of college was not something I expected, but it quickly became one of my favorite parts of senior year. It was a blessing to gain the friends, growth, and experience by joining Canyon Creative

Emma Gardner

Designer

Class of Fall ’22

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

How does this compare to a real-life design agency?

Canyon Creative functions just like a real design agency. Everyone within the agency is assigned a role, and students are expected to respect these roles. Clients pay for the services provided by Canyon Creative, which ultimately helps fund the agency.

What's the difference between Canyon Creative & Canyon Creative Honors?

Canyon Creative is an agency that provides in-house and external creative services. Canyon Creative Honors is only for students enrolled in the GCU Honors College. The honors group does not work on client projects. Over the school year, the honors group works on a research project to be submitted for the showcase at the Spring Honors Symposium. Honors students may participate in Canyon Creative Agency and Canyon Creative Honors, while non-honors college students may only participate in Canyon Creative Agency.

Where does Canyon Creative meet?

Canyon Creative meets throughout the year in building 35 College of Arts & Media (CAM). We have an additional workspace in building 66 Canyon Ventures.

Do I have to be taking an internship credit or be a paid team member to attend a meeting?

No, we expect students in their freshman and sophomore years to act as apprentices and volunteer their time. A student may attend a meeting and decide it’s not for them. At the end of sophomore year, students may choose to apply for one of our paid internships or University Internship courses, requiring the student to interview and present a portfolio. 

University Internship (UNV-410, 420, 430)

How many work hours do you require per semester/week?

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What kind of experience will I be getting through this internship?

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Is this worth the credit and experience?

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Employment Opportunities

What are the expectations for a student worker?

Grand Canyon University is committed to a student-first policy. Therefore, all applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for student employment:

  • Enrolled at GCU as a full-time student in a Bachelor’s program or Master’s program.
  • Retain a 2.0 GPA as a Bachelor’s level student or a 3.0 GPA as a Master’s level student.
  • Maintain good financial and academic (SAP) standing with the University.

You may be subject to termination if you fall below the minimum requirements.

Where can I find/How do I apply for a paid position with Canyon Creative?

Information about paid Canyon Creative positions can be found here, along with other GCU student worker positions.

How many hours a week can I/will I work?

The maximum number of hours you may work during the school year is 20 hours per week. You are never allowed to work during class time, even if the class is canceled by your professor. When school is not in session, you may work up to 40 hours per week.

What are the additional responsibilities of a paid Canyon Creative team member?

Paid interns are expected to provide tutoring hours to students within the College of Arts & Media.