BYU-Idaho on-campus internship policies are intended to provide students with better quality experiences, comparable to off-campus internships. Students will be able to focus on gaining valuable skills, rather than trying to juggle the demands of work and school simultaneously.
On-Campus Internship Guidelines
- Positions must be 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Students must be off track.
- Students are not permitted to take classes during approved work schedules.
- Students may take one online class or take evening classes that do not conflict with work schedules.
- Students must be paid through student employment (volunteering or working for scholarships is not permitted).
- Students may complete one 40-hour, on-campus internship.
- Internships must last the entire length of a semester.
- Internships must be directly related to students' majors.
- Job duties and responsibilities must be substantial/elevated.
- No basic labor is permitted. Internships must require skills obtained in the classroom, related to a student's major and courses taken; prerequisite training, technical skills, etc.
- No teaching assistant or research assistant positions will be approved.
- No secretarial/administrative assistant positions will be approved.
- On-campus internships will not be approved solely during the Summer Session. The work must be tied to a full semester.
- Students can be approved for the entire Spring semester and continue through Summer Session.
- Students can start working during Summer Session, but must continue through the entire Fall semester.
- The supervisor for the intern must be a qualified mentor, with a similar background related to the students' studies.
- Being an intern is more than just doing the work associated with their major - a qualified mentor should oversee the student's work and provide professional/related feedback to ensure the student is applying correct principles in their work, not just producing a finished product.
- Examples - if the intern is a Communications major, the supervisor should have a background in advertising, marketing, public relations, etc. The President's Executive Group (PEG) wants to ensure that "Accounting students are working in an Accounting office with a qualified Accountant".
- An educational background/degree would be preferred, but extensive experience in the industry may qualify the supervisor as a mentor.
- If a qualified supervisor is not available to oversee a student in the department, the department would be referred to Human Resources for other student employment options.
- Please note: the supervisor must work in the requesting department. "Remote" supervision is not allowed.
The PEG has determined that there is a limited number of "pre-approved" on-campus internships. Students should not request credit for experiences for their current on-campus positions unless the position is on the list.
- On-campus internships should be driven by the department, rather than on a student's request. The department should identify a need, determine if a qualified supervisor is available to oversee the student.
- The requesting department should submit a detailed proposal:
- Job description
- Name, title and qualifications of supervisor
- If pre-selected, the name of the student filling the position.
- Indication on whether your office considers this a one-time request, or would like ongoing interns in the same position in subsequent semesters.
- A committee will review the request.
- The request will be reviewed by a member of the PEG if necessary.
- The requesting department will be notified of the decision.
For more information, please contact your College Academic Discovery Center.