The following guidelines should be followed to ensure a student's experience is valuable.
- All internships must be directly related to a student’s major.
- Students should receive valuable instruction and guidance from a qualified mentor or supervisor.
- Shadowing is not typically approved, unless it is coupled with other hands-on experience.
- Interships must be registered on Career Navigator (click Register and Post a Job at BYU-Idaho).
- A Master Agreement — a document outlining the responsibilities of the intern, university and employer — must be signed and on file with the BYU-Idaho Internship Office. This will ensure that the intern is covered by the university's liability policy.
- An internship should typically last the length of a semester (13 weeks).
- January – April (Winter)
- April – July (Spring)
- September – December (Fall)
- Students must work a minimum of 15 hours per week; 40 hours per week is preferred.
- Students will be required to fulfill academic course work during their internship.
- Students and employers will need to complete a post-internship evaluation. Evaluation responses are not shared with the student without permission.
Any questions should be directed to the Internship Office (208) 496-9827.
Q: How do I find a BYU-Idaho intern?
A: To find an intern you can post an internship on Career Navigator. If you have never posted a job or internship on Career Navigator you will need to register.
Q: What is the Master Agreement?
A: The Master Agreement is a legally binding contract that protects the student, the experience provider and the university. By having the document in place, the intern is covered by the university's liability insurance policy. The agreement also details the responsibilities of each party during an internship.
Q: What is my responsibility if I hire a BYU-Idaho intern?
A: Your basic responsibilities will be to provide supervision, meaningful opportunities & responsibilities, and valuable training. For full details see the master agreement.
Q: Do I need to pay the intern?
A: Compensation is to be defined by provider and intern prior to employment start date. Pay is usually determined by experience and industry standards.
Q: What is my responsibility regarding Workman's Compensation?
A: Responsibilities vary by state. Please contact your state's Workman's Compensation Program, or click here for a link to your state's website.
Q: What do I do if there is a problem with my intern?
A: If you have already discussed the problem with the intern and it has persisted, please contact our office. We will assist you if we can or refer you to the intern's faculty coordinator.
Q: Does the student carry any liability coverage?
A: All BYU-Idaho students who are out on internships, student teaching assignments or nursing clinicals are covered by the university's liability insurance policy. For information regarding the policy or certificate of coverage, please contact our office.
BYU-Idaho operates year-round with three semesters: Fall, Winter, Spring, with an optional abbreviated summer session. Each student is admitted to a track consisting of two semesters: Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring, or Spring/Fall. Students can enroll in classes only for the two semesters of their assigned track and remain on the same track for the duration of their time at BYU-Idaho.
The three-track system also allows students one open semester each year. This provides the perfect opportunity to take on a full-time internship during various times of the year. This is especially convenient for businesses that might otherwise have difficulty finding interns during the fall and winter semesters, when most other students would be in school.
Students are encouraged to serve their internship when they are "off-track". By doing an internship during an "on" track when they should be taking courses, a student may delay their graduation. However, it is up to the student and their department coordinator to determine the best time for a student to complete their experience.
At this time, most departments do not allow internships solely during the Summer Session (July & August). Students should be diligent in assessing their department's guidelines. Experiences may begin in the Spring semester and run through the Summer Session, or start in the Summer Session and run through the Fall semester. Questions should be directed to the Academic Discovery Center.