Step 1: Expectations
Your internship should allow you to learn more about working with or in behalf of infants, children, or adolescents. It should also allow you to use the skills you have learned in your classes within your major (i. e. Child Development).
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 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)
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 Childern
The focus here is that the work you do in your internship will not involve physically being with children, but instead take on a more indirect approach. Internships and careers that allow you to work for children can provide experiences where you are advocating, researching, or participating in identification work regarding issues related to child development and similar fields.
Working with Childern
Internships that allow you to work with children give you more hands-on experience. Examples include working at schools and organizations that have you physically intervening. Specific areas of working with children can include...
- infants and toddlers
- school-age children
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 the "Expectations" section of this site.
Step 3: Internships Approval
Before submitting your internship for approval, ask yourself the following questions to determine if you have chosen an appropriate internship:
- Have you taken a CHILD practicum along with all of the necessary prerequisites? See page 336 in the Home and Family Catalog
- Will the majority of your time in your internship be spent doing things "directly related" to Child Development?
- Will your internship provide you an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge learned from your experience in the Child Development program?
- During your internship experience will you receive valuable instruction and guidance from a qualified mentor or supervisor?
- 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 8 weeks?
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.
- Go to the Internship Approval Webpage
- 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).
- From the "quick links" bar at the top of the page, hover over profile and click internships from the drop-down options.
- Select "add new experience" if you have never done an internship prior. If you have then select "add new."
- 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.
- Enroll in FAML 498R. Once you have access to FAML 498R you may begin to complete your internship hours/experience.
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).If you are in need of a document reader, download Adobe Acrobat Reader or download Word Viewer.