Regarding internships within the Art Department, here is a generic list of requirements for internships to count for credit and some steps to complete in order to be authorized to add the online class during your actual internship experience.
Note: We now use the I-Plan system to apply for internships. Instructions for how to apply can be found at: https://www.byui.edu/internships/internship-approval.
All students need to complete all Freshman and Sophomore classes before starting their internship. Graphic design students must have successfully completed the Art 130, 230, and 235 classes before applying for an internship.
Other majors within the Art Dept. must consult with a faculty in their area of emphasis for specific prerequisites. (Some are required to have completed Art 110 etc.)
Duration/Timing of Internship Experience
- You must work a minimum of 100 hours for each credit hour you sign up for. You may continue to work beyond that amount as long as you meet your credit hour requirement.
- You must work at least 7 consecutive weeks.
- Internships can fall outside the traditional semester timeline (meaning they can start or end before or after a semester starts or ends).
- Internships can be completed during the full semester immediately after a students' last semester of coursework at BYU-Idaho. No internships can be completed after that for credit unless the student re-enrolls as a full-time student and completes the internship after re-enrolling as a student.
- Generally, internships shouldn't extend too much beyond a typical semester timeline (about 14 weeks). In order to comply with our 3-track system, taking more than 1 semester off at a time could be detrimental to a students' graduation plan.
Internship Experience Requirements
- Internships can be paid OR unpaid.
- You must work in the field you are studying. (Illustrators should find an illustration internship, graphic designers must find a design internship, etc.) No copy spot internships, Disneyland janitorial internships, etc.
- During Covid-19 restrictions, we are allowing students to work either on-site or remotely per employer preference and local protocols. When Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, the typical rule for internships is that onsite work is required and remote or online internships are not normally permitted.
- You must be physically supervised by a professional with a Bachelor's degree in your area of emphasis AND who has at least 5 years of professional experience in the field. (Freelance jobs or work for hire by non-designers/artists do not qualify as internship experiences.) Exceptions to this will need to be approved by a faculty from your area of emphasis.
Finding Your Internship
BYU Idaho maintains a webpage dedicated to internships. Information tips on finding an internship experience can be found here:
Students will want to consult with multiple faculty in their area of emphasis for additional leads or suggestions on possible internship experiences. It is wise to select a city or geographical area as a starting point based upon available housing etc. Other options include looking at national internships for your specific area of emphasis see: http://www.internships.com/art. or visit the AIGA.org for Graphic Design internship listings.
It is recommended that students from different emphasis areas contact one or more of the faculty from their emphasis area for help with finding an internship opportunity. Faculty from emphasis areas are as follows:
- 3D: Kody Keller email@example.com, Hyrum Benson firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2D: Carla Jimison email@example.com, Shae Warnick firstname.lastname@example.org, Ryan Muldowney email@example.com, Josh Hobbs firstname.lastname@example.org
- Art History: Sharon Duque email@example.com
- Photography: Brian Atkinson firstname.lastname@example.org, Darren Clark email@example.com
- Illustration: Joshua Abegglen firstname.lastname@example.org, Mike Laughead email@example.com, Wade Huntsman firstname.lastname@example.org
- Graphic Design: Tim Howe email@example.com, Scott Franson firstname.lastname@example.org, Brian Memmott email@example.com, Shawn Randall firstname.lastname@example.org
Consider the purpose of an internship experience. Students typically report a much richer and deeper experience when serving in a legitimate internship outside of the university campus environment. Internships are meant to provide learning opportunities and experience students are unable to get on-campus. Consider this carefully when choosing your internship experience.
We advise students to only choose an on-campus internship when circumstances prevent an off-campus option (such as a spouse being on-track during your scheduled internship, pregnancy, financial circumstances, etc.).
For a list of approved On-Campus internships, please contact the Academic Discovery Center Internship office: email@example.com.
How to Apply
Consult with the Internship Coordinator BEFORE completing your online internship application and before the start of your internship (Bro. Randall). The Coordinator will need to know that your internship meets the requirements in the Duration and Experience Requirements sections above. Please email your Internship Coordinator and let them know who your experience provider is and your supervisor's name, title, years of experience, and degree held. Also include a brief description of what you expect to do during this internship.
Submit your online application through I-Plan. Once approved, you will be added or authorized to add the online Art 498R class. You are required to visit the online class at the start of the semester the bulk of your internship spans and read the syllabus and all course requirements carefully. Requirements include: keeping a daily blog, updating your resume, requesting a letter of recommendation from your employer, writing a summary paper after the internship, and filling out online evaluations (both you and your provider).
Once your application is submitted, we will use the email you included for your employer to send them a "Master Agreement." This agreement must be returned before we can complete the enrollment in the online internship course. If your course doesn’t appear and the semester has started, check with your employer to see if they received a "Master Agreement" email. If not, reach out to the internship office firstname.lastname@example.org to have them resend.
Online Art 498R class
- Once your internship is approved, you will be enrolled in the online internship course.
- You must visit the course at the start of the semester that falls during your internship. (The course will not be available until the first day of classes of that semester).
- Students will need to review all assignments in the course (they are simple and not very time consuming) and complete them in a timely manner.
- There is a daily blog required for all students to be completed during the agreed-upon credit hours signed up for. Students are only required to complete the daily blog requirement during their agreed-upon credit hours (1 credit = 100 hrs, 2 credits = 200 hrs, etc.).
- Once your agreed-upon internship hours are completed, students must submit all required assignments (summary paper, updated resume, etc.) before the semester ends.
- Students who fail to hand in missing assignments before the semester ends will receive a 0 or F grade in the internship course. Students who receive an F can appeal by submitting all outstanding assignments to Bro. Randall for review.