Application to Receive Credit
How can I apply for credit for my internship? Do I approve my internship with the university before or after I've applied for the position? What paperwork is involved?
- The university won't authorize you to add the internship class, COMM. 498R, until you've been formally offered the job by the organization you're interning with. Of course, many students want to ensure they'll receive credit prior to applying for a job. If that's the case, please check the job description against the Requirements section for guidance.
- To begin the process of applying for credit, complete the "Initial Internship Approval" form on the Career Navigator. (If you need help locating the form, please contact the Internship Office at 208.496.9827 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sister Bair doesn't have access to this form and cannot help you.) Please be thorough and accurate in filling out the details, especially your employer's title and your job description. This will save you from having to revisit the form later. If your work schedule will vary from week to week, please list an average instead. When you are finished, submit the form on Career Navigator. The status should read "pending" or "accepted," but that does not mean you are authorized to add the class.
- The Academic Discovery Center, representatives from the College of Business and Communication, and Sister Bair will each in succession approve the application. If any of the parties have questions or need clarification, they will contact you directly. Otherwise, please wait for an email from the Academic Discovery Center notifying you that you can add COMM. 498R. If you are on-track, you may add the course directly; if you are off-track, Student Records and Registration may have to add it for you.
Depending on whether or not your employer has hosted BYU-Idaho interns before, the Academic Discovery Center may contact you about having your employer create a "master agreement," a contract made by the employer, the student and BYU-Idaho. It is your responsibility to ensure this happens quickly.
- The entire class will be conducted through I-Learn. You'll find a syllabus on I-Learn outlining course policies and procedures. Deadlines on assignments are strictly enforced.
- If you encounter any changes to your internship—including information relating to start or end dates, schedule or compensation—please report them to both Sister Bair and the Academic Discovery Center immediately.
- The approval process can take anywhere from several days to several weeks, depending on the number of students applying for internships and how quickly you respond to instruction you receive from Sister Bair and the ADC. Nontraditional internships—including those that are remote, on campus, outside of the United States, or entrepreneurial in nature—may require additional paperwork and approval and therefore, time. Please be patient and considerate of those who are helping approve your internship. Impatience, entitlement and rudeness will not be tolerated and could result in a deduction in your COMM. 498R grade.
|Academic Discovery Center: Career Services
|Academic Discovery Center: Internship Office
|Sister Melissa Bair, Communication Department Internship Coordinator
20 percent receive higher wages as a result of previous internship experience. —InternMatch
Communication Department Academic Internship Coordinator
Melissa Bair - Office: 114B Spori - Phone: 208-496-3689