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 must be relevant to your major, specifically in one of the following areas: advertising, broadcasting, copy editing, event planning, graphic design, journalism, photography, public relations, organizational communication, advocacy, social media or video production.
- The internship needs to be completed prior to graduation. Some students prefer to complete their internship after all of their other coursework is finished, and many of them participate in graduation ceremonies prior to leaving Rexburg. If you choose to follow this pattern, you'll have one semester following the graduation ceremony to complete your internship. Delaying this will require that you reapply for admission to the university.
- 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 Brother Joel Judkins, the Communication Department's internship coordinator. In your message to him, please include the following:
- 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 Brother Judkins 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 university's internship office requires details about the method and frequency of supervision for remote internships, so if your internship is remote, please include that information in your application for credit.
- The position may not be a retail or summer-sales job. Sales positions that offer an office environment and long-term career opportunities might be approved as internships (please see the internship coordinator for details), but temporary, door-to-door sales positions will not. In addition, travel-abroad programs that involve teaching English and apartment-management jobs don't meet the department's internship requirements. These provide great service and employment opportunities, but not academic ones. Finally, please note that while the Disney Internship program offers some great benefits, 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.
- 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
|Brother Joel Judkins, 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