What does my internship need to include? How long should it last? How many hours do I need to work?
- Internships must be at least seven weeks long and can last up to 14 weeks. (They can actually be longer, but only the hours contained within a semester count toward the credit you earn.)
- You must work at least 150 hours total to earn credit. Please note that even if you complete 40 hours per week and reach the 150-hour mark four weeks into the internship, you are still required to work at least seven weeks as noted above. Please also make sure that you finish your position at a time that is convenient for both you and your employer—don't check out simply because you have met the work-hour requirement. For work-hour requirements for different credit levels, please see the "Credits" section of this site.
- The position should be relevant to your major. Most students choose something related to their emphasis, although that is not required.
- The position may be paid or unpaid. Some employers who offer unpaid internships will require confirmation from the university that you will be receiving academic credit. If yours does, please request that verification from Sister Melissa Bair, the Communication Department's internship coordinator. In your message to her, please include the following:
- A copy of the application you submitted to the Academic Discovery Center
- The name of the company contact to whom the letter should be addressed
- His or her mailing address (even if the letter will be delivered digitally)
- Details about the format in which you need the letter (hard copy or PDF)
- Details about whether you'll send it or whether you need Sister Bair to send it
- Internship providers must be in a position to provide any equipment or other resources a student might need in his or her responsibilities with the organization. Communication Department equipment and resources cannot be used for internships.
- The position may be an onsite or remote one. Please keep in mind that in either scenario, you'll want to seek opportunities to network with your colleagues.
- The position may not be a retail or summer-sales job. In addition, travel-abroad programs that involve teaching English to children or adults don't meet the department's internship requirements. They provide a great service opportunity, but not an academic one. Finally, please note that while the Disney Internship program offers some great opportunities, it does not meet the university's criteria for academic credit.
- You should have a supervisor at work to whom you report. This person must be trained in communication and have a communication function/title so that you are receiving industry-specific mentoring. If you find a position in which your supervisor wants you to fill a communication role but is not trained in communication himself or herself, the position will not be approved as an internship. You might, however, be eligible to receive practicum credit for such an experience. For instance, a restaurant manager might be able provide a great social-media position for you in promoting her business, but since her role is not a communication-centric one, the position she offered you would not count as an internship. On the other hand, if you were working for a hospital creating a newsletter being supervised by the director of marketing, that position would be eligible for internship credit. If your supervisor is a family member or friend, you need to disclose this on the Initial Internship Approval form, discussed in the "Application to Receive Credit" section.
- On-campus communication jobs can, in some instances, work as internships when they are full-time, paid positions completed during your off-track. The position must be designated as an internship by the university. You can find out about campus positions designated as internships from internship office. If you wish to propose that a particular campus position become an internship, contact the internship office for detailed instructions.
- Each student needs just one internship credit to meet graduation requirements but can accrue up to three total internship credits over the course of his or her time at BYU-Idaho.
- Students wishing to complete multiple internships with one employer must have a different role or job description during each semester during which they apply for credit. For instance, if you are designing a website one semester and receive internship credit for that role, you might ask your employer if you could design print material the next semester. Of course, you are welcome to maintain the same position over several semesters—after all, longevity in a job is impressive on a résumé. You just wouldn't be able to receive credit for more than one of those semesters.
|Academic Discovery Center: Career Services
|Academic Discovery Center: Internship Office
|Sister Melissa Bair, Communication Department Internship Coordinator
Companies with more than 100 employees made full-time job offers to 69 percent of their interns in 2012. —Internships.com
Communication Department Academic Internship Coordinator
Melissa Bair - Office: 114B Spori - Phone: 208-496-3689