Marriage and Family Studies

Step 1: Expectations

General Requirements

Your internship should allow you to learn more about working with or in behalf of couples, or whole familes. It should also allow you to use the skills you have learned in your classes within your major.

Time Requiements

Your internship will need to be equivalent to 2 credits at 80 hours each. This means that your internship should be at least 160 hours of work experience.This time must be spread out for at least 7 to 8 weeks and must begin and end within 2 weeks of the beginning and end of the semester. For example, you may start your internship 2 weeks before the semester starts (but no sooner) or extend two weeks after the semester ends (but no longer). Internships that do not meet this criteria will not be approved. (Credits taken for an internship will only cost half as much as a normal course credit)

Online Internships

As a rule, the University does not approve online internships. However, as an exception to that rule marriage and family students have been authorized to complete an online internship so long as it is able to meet the rigor and purpose of on-site internships. Therefore, if you choose to complete an online internship, please review this message from the Academic Advising:

I understand that your internship will not be on-site with your employer.  As the one-to-one interaction, mentoring, and feedback that would be expected in an on-site experience are key to the value of an internship, remote internships are not typically approved.  When you complete the application through Career Navigator, please respond with the following information in the Job Description portion of your application so we can assess whether your situation may warrant a waiver of the policy:

  • Method of supervision
  • Frequency of interaction with supervisor
  • How internship expectations are established
  • How work is assigned
  • How work is evaluated
  • How feedback is given

If the responses to these questions are not adequate to provide an appropriate internship experience, the internship application will be denied.

Course Requirements

Once enrolled in the course for your internship, you will need to complete the following tasks:

  • Define your goals and objectives for your internship
  • Complete weekly journals using I-Learn.
  • Write a final report that assesses what you have learned or accomplished

Check the course syllabus for other minor tasks that must be complete as part of your internship

Step 2: Find an Internship

Working for Families

The focus here is that the work you do in your internship will not involve physically being with families, but instead take on a more indirect approach. Internships and careers that allow you to work for families can provide experiences where you are advocating, researching, or participating in identification work regarding issues related to family science and similar fields.

Working with Families

Internships that allow you to work with families give you more hands-on experience. Examples include working at orginizations that help families, clinics, and other family related services. Specific areas of working with families can include. (Working at a daycare or preschool facility is NOT an approvable internship for marriage and family studies students.)

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Families

Find an Internship

Below is a small list of internships available to you. However, this list does not contain all possible internships. Feel free to look for other opportunities that meet the basic requirements mentioned in Step: Expectations section of this site.

Geneva Office for Human Rights Education | Geneva, Switzerland 
Kennedy Center for International Studies
Don Holsinger
United Way (Utah County, Utah) | Provo, Utah
Open Positions (apply by March 4th) Community Programs Assistant, Summer Learning Program Liaison, Community Garden Coordinator, and Grant Writer/Outreach Specialist.
Sandra Cannon
Journeys | Rexburg and Idaho Falls, ID
Skill Training and Inclusion for Special Needs Kids
Andy Crossman
Millennials for Marriage (Online Internship)
Marriage Advocacy and Education
Jenn Murff
Educate Empower Kids (Online Internship)
Online Family Life Education and Advocacy
Dina Alexander
MARRI (Online Internship)
Marriage and Religion Research Institute
Pat Fagan
The Becket Fund | Washington D.C.
Religious Liberty Law Firm
Eric Baxter
Utah Youth Village | Salt Lake City, UT
Family Life Education & Advocacy
Wayne Arner
Arizona Family Institute | Gilbert, AZ
Parent education, therapy services, working with teens and children, social media and website development
Dan Oakes
Family Crisis Center | Rexburg, ID
Women's shelter for domestic violence
Margie Harris
Idaho Parents Unlimited | Boise, ID
Parent education pertaining to stress and coping techniques
Lana Gonzales
University of Idaho Extension (Madison Co.) | Rexburg, ID
Extension Activities: Assist with 4-H and other programs
Kandee Boice
Domestic Violence Intervention Center | Idaho Falls, ID
Domestic violence center
Amy Kaiser
Green Valley Mortuary | Rescue, CA
Help families who have recently lost loved ones
Dennis Hamilton
United Families International | SLC, UT
Advocate for families on an international level
Tori Black
United Families Utah | SLC, UT
Advocate for families with a focus on Utah policy
Rose Marie Murra
Box Elder Family Support Center | Brigham City, UT
Parent and family life education, assist families in accessing resources
Katy Bonds
Happy Wives Club | Online
Promote happy marriages
Fawn Weaver
Dibble Institute for Marriage Education | Online
Promote healthy marriages
Aaron Larson
Single Sisters Should Know | online
Marketing internship, Pornography Prevention
Innovative Health Care Concepts, Inc. | Idaho Falls, ID
Involves working with developmental disabilities and mental illness
Lisa Smith
208.523.1130 (ext. 12)
Centerpoint Counseling Services | Rexburg, ID
Office assistant and transcriber at counseling clinic
Geoff Winfree
Citizens For Decency | Rexburg, ID (& online)
Pornography Prevention and Recovery
Bronson Herrera
American College of Pediatricians | Online
Online Blogging
Lisa Hawkins
Sutherland Institute | Salt Lake City,Utah
Advocacy and Family Policy
Amanda Myer
World Congress of Family | Salt Lake City, Utah
Advocacy and Family Policy
Janice Crouse
Addo Recovery | Online
Use social media to promote pornography addiction and betrayal trauma recovery
Danny Jackson
National Organization for Marriage | Online, DC
Advocate for Marriage and Family
Family Research Council | Washington DC
Advocate for Marriage and Family
Marriage and Religion Research Institute | Washington, DC
Liberty Institute | Plano, Texas, Remote, Online
Family Policy, Religious Freedom, Advocacy
National Right to Life | Online, Remote Locations
Family Advocacy
Derrick Jones
National Center on Sexual Exploitation | DC,Online
Pornography Prevention
Division of Human Resources | Idaho, Other states
Human Resources
Marriage and Family Therapy Program of U of N | Las Vegas, Remote Locations
Teaching/Research Assistant Internship
Stephen Fife
Rigby High School Counseling Department | Rigby, Idaho
School Counseling Internships
Don Fryberger
208.745.7704 x3522
Family Watch International | Gilbert, Arizona (online also may be available)
"Promoting family based solutions through education and policy making. We strengthen families, serve the interest of children and provide the best outcome for men/women worldwide."
Kathleen George
Access Point Family Services | Idaho Falls, Pocatello Tammera
Mentor Works | Riverton, Utah
Promote healthy family formation and enrichment across the life course.
Edward Callirgos MAS, LMFT |  Tempe, AZ 
The Bridge Counseling, Consulting & Mediation, LLC.
International Organization of the Family 

Douglas E. Clark

Family Policy Resource (Utah State Legislature)

Laura Bunker

Step 3: Internship Approval

Self Check

Before submitting your internship for approval, ask yourself the following questions to determine if you have chosen an appropriate internship:

  • Have you taken FAML 445 along with all of the necessary prerequisites? See page 282 in the Home and Family Catalog
  • Will the majority of your time in your internship be spent doing things "directly related" to Marriage and Family Studies?
  • Will your internship provide you an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge learned from your experience in the Marriage and Family Studies program?
  • During your internship experience will you receive valuable instruction and guidance from a qualified mentor or supervisor? (if it has not been approved yet contact the internship coordinator and go through the Master Agreement).
  • Will your internship offer you the opportunity to complete at least 160 hours, working at least 10 hours a week over the course of at least 7 weeks?

Registration Process

Once you have secured an internship, you need to fill out paperwork to be registered for the internship course. Please follow these instructions. You will NOT be registered or receive credit for your experience until all steps are completed. If you are aware of other students who have registered this internship before there will be no need for you to talk to the internship coordinator. If the internship has never been done by students in this major than you will need to meet with the internship coordinator.

  1. Go to the Internship Approval Webpage
  2. Click on the career navigator link and log in with your BYU-I username and password, (if you have not yet completed a profile for career navigator, simply follow the steps to do so).
  3. From the "quick links" bar at the top of the page, hover over profile and click internships from the drop-down options.
  4. Select "add new experience" if you have never done an internship prior. If you have then select "add new."
  5. Fill out form with all necessary information. If you do not have all the information on hand you can "save as draft" and continue at a later time. Once your internship has been approved you will be notified by Career Services. If the internship is approved you will then be able to enroll.
  6. Enroll in FAML 498R. Once you have access to FAML 498R you may begin to complete your internship hours/experience.

The Marriage and Family Studies Coordinator is:
Rachel Adams, Internship & Career Advisor | 208-496-9825
Rod Mayes | 435-231-9084

For questions on this process, please contact the Academic Advising. This process can take anywhere from several days to several weeks, depending on the number of applications the Academic Advising is processing. Please be mindful of this as you are making your preparations. If your internship provider has never worked with BYU-I prior to your experience with them they will need to fill out a master agreement form with the school (speak to coordinator about this).

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