How can I apply for credit for my internship? Do I approve my internship with the university before or after I've applied for the position? What paperwork is involved?

  • The university won't authorize you to add the internship class, COMM. 498R, until you've been formally offered the job by the organization you're interning with. Of course, many students want to ensure they'll receive credit prior to applying for a job. If that's the case, please check the job description against the  Requirements section for guidance.
  • Determine if you will apply for   1 or 2 credits.
  • To begin the process of applying for credit, complete the university's internship application form on either   Career Navigator or   iPlan.
  • If you need help with the form, please contact the Internship Office at 208.496.9827 or
  • Please be thorough and accurate in filling out the form; Be sure to include details that will allow those reviewing your application to know that your internship meets with Communication Department and University requirements. This will save you from having to revisit the form later.
  • Once you complete the approval form, the internship office will review it for processing approval. They will then  send the form to Brother Marc Skinner for Communication Department review and approval. Once the application receives department approval, it will be sent back to the Internship Office for final university approval. 
  • If any of the parties have questions or need clarification, they will contact you directly. Otherwise, please wait for an email from the Academic Advising notifying you that you can add COMM. 498R. If you are on-track, you may add the course directly; if you are off-track, Student Records and Registration may have to add it for you. 
  • Depending on whether or not your employer has hosted BYU-Idaho interns before, the Academic Advising may contact you about having your employer create a "master agreement," a contract made by the employer, the student and BYU-Idaho. It is your responsibility to ensure this happens quickly.
  • If you encounter technical problems or errors while using the system, please report them to the Help Desk at 208-496-1411  or
  • The class will be conducted through  Canvas, where you can find a syllabus outlining course policies and procedures. 
  • If you encounter any changes to your internship—including information relating to start or end dates, schedule or compensation—please report them to both  Brother Skinner and the internship office immediately.
  • The approval process can take anywhere from several days to several weeks, depending on the number of students applying for internships and how quickly you respond to instruction you receive from  Brother Skinner and the internship office. Nontraditional internships—including those that are  remote,  on campus,  outside of the United States, or  entrepreneurial in nature—may require additional paperwork and approval and therefore, time.  Please be patient and considerate of those who are helping approve your internship. Impatience, entitlement and rudeness will not be tolerated and could result in a deduction in your COMM. 498R grade.

20 percent receive higher wages as a result of previous internship experience.