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Internship Requirements

Learn about internship requirements for academic departments at BYU-Idaho.
  • The intern must have completed ACCTG301 and ACCTG321 with at least a C- prior to the start of the internship.
  • The accounting internship (ACCTG 398R) is a prerequisite to the ACCTG 499 Accounting Capstone course and therefore must be completed in a semester prior to taking ACCTG 499.
  • The accounting internship (ACCTG 398R) can not be taken during your last semester prior to graduation.
  • The work the intern does must be accounting work (some common types of work that are NOT approved include bank telling, selling insurance, purchasing, marketing).
  • The internship cannot take place working for a BYUI campus entity.
  • The intern must do accounting work for at least 20 hours each week (the intern may work more hours than 20 in a week, but not less).
  • The intern must be supervised by an accounting professional (this supervisor does not need to be a CPA, but they must be someone with experience in doing the work).
  • The intern must accumulate at least 270 hours of internship during the course of one BYUI academic semester (the intern may work more than 270 hours, but this is the minimum number of hours to receive credit). The exception to this is during the summer seven-week break when the 270 hours may be accumulated in that seven-week period.
  • Internships for the accounting department are for three (3) credits only.
  • The intern should receive prior approval from the internship advisor prior to accepting the internship.
  • Please note that BYUI students are encouraged to receive as much experience as possible. Companies and institutions may post openings for interns within their organizations and BYUI students may work in the capacity of an intern within the organization, even if the student does not receive academic credit for the experience.
  • To complete an Internship Approval form go to: IPlan.byui.edu. After the internship is approved, each student will need to register for the course through the normal registration process.
  • ACCTG398R is a university course and requirements must be completed to receive credit. An ILearn course will be available on the first day of the semester. Each student is responsible to read the syllabus, understand and complete the assignments prior to the deadlines.
  • ACCTG398R may be repeated once for credit. The second experience may be with the same organization as the first experience.
  • The intern must be compensated at minimum wage or higher. No volunteer internships are accepted for credit.

Internships can be great opportunities, whether you receive academic credit for them or not. The accounting department does not attempt to dictate where and when you work; however, please be aware that there are specific requirements to receive academic credit for the internship. These requirements are discussed with you in ACCTG275 and (in addition to being available in the catalog and on the department web page) are listed above.

Several students have had their requests for internship credit denied because the requirements have not been met for them to receive internship credit for the work they do.

Please note that the internship requirement will not be waived later because of work or an internship you did previously, even if the experience may have met the requirements for an approved internship if prerequisites had been met. You will have to complete an internship for academic credit to meet graduation requirements.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sis. Austad
austadja@byui.edu
Animal Science Internship (AS 398R) requirements:

  • Minimum requirements (required)
    • 280 working hours and 7 weeks.  This translates into 40 hours worked in 7 weeks.
  • Recommended hours and weeks worked.
    • 560 working hours and 14 weeks.  This translates into 40 hours worked in 14 weeks.
  • 1 academic credit.
  • Simultaneous to working hours are weekly updates sent to the Animal Science Program Internship Faculty Coordinator.  An update is required for each week the student is fulfilling the internship.
  • A self-evaluation is completed near the end of the internship.
  • A PowerPoint presentation is submitted near the end of the internship.
  • Hours worked must be submitted after being verified by the internship supervisor (the intern’s boss).
  • All coursework is set up in I-Learn.
Applied Plant Science Internship (APS 398R) requirements:
  • 400 working hours. Usually, that translates into 10 weeks x 40 hours/week=400 hours.
  • 1.0 academic credit.
  • Simultaneous to the working hours are weekly communications with the APS Department Internship Coordinator.
  • A final report.
  • Coursework set up in Canvas.
Regarding internships for the Art Department, here is a generic list about the 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, and there should be instructions on the www.byui.edu/internships site for this):

Note: Past experience will NOT count toward internship credit. Students must complete an I-Plan Internship application and have it approved BEFORE starting their internship and also in order to be authorized to enroll in the online Art 498 Internship in the Arts course.

Pre-Requisites:
  • 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 at your internship.
  • You must work a minimum of 100 hrs for EACH credit you sign up for, but are not required to sign up for more than 1 credit even if you work more than 100 hrs.  (your degree only requires 1 credit of internship). Example: A student may sign up for 1 credit and work 400 hrs. However, a student may not sign up for 3 credits and only work 100 hrs. 
  • You must work at least 7 consecutive calendar 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 as well as complying with all internship requirements. 
  • 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 clerical internships or Disneyland janitorial internships etc.
  • We are allowing students to work either on-site or remotely per employer preference. Though we highly recommend physical on-site internships to allow the most impact and benefit to your future career. 
  • You must be physically or remotely supervised by a professional with a Bachelor's degree in your area of emphasis AND who has at least 5 years 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.
  • If you work remotely, you must meet with your supervisor at least 2 hrs during each week. You can break up that time throughout the week. Check in, get feedback, update them on your work and ask for advice or pointers. Perhaps take a few minutes to discuss future career options or preparation that would make you more marketable as an artist/designer. 
International Student Requirements:
  • In addition to the standard requirements for internships, our international students must also receive approval from the International Office as well. Without their approval they will not be authorized to register for the class which is what triggers the International Office to generate a CPT for the student so that they may work legally in the United States.
  • International students who do not receive approval from the International Student office before starting to work at an internship will lose their international student visa.

Finding Your Internship:
On-Campus Internships:
  • 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, or pregnancy, financial circumstances etc.
  • For a list of approved On-Campus internships, please contact the Academic Discovery Center Internship office:internships@byui.edu

How to Apply:
  • Consult/Email the Internship Coordinator BEFORE completing your online internship application and before the start of your internship (Bro. Randall randalls@byui.edu). The coordinator will need to know: A) who your experience provider is, B) Your supervisors’ name, their title, years experience, and college degree held. Also include a brief description of what you expect to do during this internship.
  • After emailing your internship coordinator, submit your online application through the i-plan system at http://www.byui.edu/iplan 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 <internships@byui.edu> to have them resend. Verify the email address on record is correct. 

Online Art 498R class:
  • Once your internship is approved you will be authorized to enroll in the online internship course. 
  • If you cannot enroll, it is likely your supervisor did not yet complete the internship approval that BYU-Idaho will send to them via email. Please check with your employer that they have received the “master agreement” document and have replied following instructions provided in the email sent to them from BYUI. 
  • 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 alls 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 = 100hrs, 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. 
Automotive 298R and 398R Internship Requirements

Objective:  An internship is an integral part of our program’s educational goals, therefore the objective is to gain the type of experience in the automotive field that will prepare a student towards the kind of employment he or she envisions upon graduation.

Criteria to receive credit for an internship.
  1. The desired business where the internship is to be performed needs to be a reputable company, one that is approved by the internship coordinator.
  2. Part of the internship experience is for a student to apply employment seeking skills to obtain the internship:  resume writing, interviewing, portfolio preparation, etc. 
  3. The experience should be related to the automotive, transportation or agricultural industries.  Positions including:
    • Management training
    • Test engineering 
    • Service engineering 
    • Product development 
    • Vehicle service – support  
    • Vehicle service - technician 
    • Technical writing 
    • Sales 
    • Other positions can be approved by visiting with the internship coordinator. 
  4. The internship should be a paid internship. 
  5. Duration or recommended hours:  240 hours or more.   
  6. Internships are repeatable - can be done more than once. 
  7. A big part of grading the internship is:  The intern is to be supervised and evaluated by the internship provider.  A report by their supervisor is to be submitted at the end of the experience. 
  8. Students need only to have two semesters worth of university credit before applying for and completing an internship.    
Guidelines and FAQs for BYU-Idaho Biology Internships (Updated April 2022)

This document contains FAQs specific to internships for Biology and Biomedical Science majors, and may not apply to other majors or emphases within the biology major (i.e., Plant and Wildlife Ecology, Biology Education, and Biology Education Composite may have different internship requirements). Please note that the Biology Department has some internship requirements that differ from university-wide requirements, and Biology/Biomedical Science majors will be required to meet the Biology Department requirements, regardless of the university requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. To what emphases in the Biology Major do these specific guidelines apply?
  2. What if I am a Plant and Wildlife Ecology major, or will be doing an internship that relates to environment, ecology, or zoology?
  3. Who is the Biology Internship Coordinator for the clinical and research internships?
  4. What are the internship requirements for Biology Majors?
  5. What are the specific objectives for my internship?
  6. Why do I have to do an internship?
  7. How do I find an internship?
  8. What are the steps for getting my internship approved?
  9. What course should I register for, and how many credits can I get?
  10. Can I get paid for my internship?
  11. When can I do my internship?
  12. Can I retroactively apply work I have already done as my internship?
  13. Can I do an on-campus internship?
  14. I couldn’t find an internship, and I need to graduate Is there an alternative for me?
  15. How far in advance do I need to get my internship approved?
  16. Can I do my internship during the 7-week Summer Session?
  17. How is my internship graded?
  18. Is there a textbook required for my internship?
  19. Can I do more than one internship?
  20. Can I receive Financial Aid for my internship? To what emphases in the Biology Major do these specific guidelines apply?
To what emphases in the Biology Major do these specific guidelines apply?

That depends on some degree to the type of internship you are planning on. Generally, internships that involve clinical experience, work experience, or laboratory research would follow these guidelines. Those types of internships are most commonly done by students in the Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Human Biology, and Biotechnology emphases. Plant and Wildlife internships may have other requirements (see below). The Biomedical Science major does not require an internship, but those majors can do internships (they are recommended), and the requirements would be the same as outlined below if you want to receive course credit.

What if I am a Plant and Wildlife Ecology major, or will be doing an internship that relates to environment, ecology, or zoology?
Please contact Jericho Whiting (whitingj@byui.edu), or Eric Billman (billmane@byui.edu) for questions about internships in those areas.

Who is the Biology Internship Coordinator for the Biology and Biomedical Science clinical and research internships?
Holden Higginbotham ( higginbothamh@byui.edu), Benson Building 207, Rexburg, ID 83460.

What are the internship requirements for Biology Majors?
Biology majors are required to have at least 10 consecutive weeks of internship experience at a minimum of 10 hours per week. We strongly encourage you to intern at a single location for the entire 10 weeks. Students must register for the internship course (Bio 398 or Bio 498R) and receive a passing grade. A full-time (40 hours/week) internship for an entire semester is optimal.

What are the specific objectives for my internship?
  • Learn important skills and gain professional level experience in the work
  • Integrate and apply biology concepts and skills learned in the classroom to on-the-job practices and procedures.
  • Cultivate future employment opportunities and professional connections
  • Gain a greater understanding and vision of career options
  • Prepare for professional-level work

Why do I have to do an internship?
The benefits of doing an internship are well-documented. For example, a 2014 Gallup-Purdue University report found that college graduates are 2x more likely to be engaged in their careers if they did an internship in college, and 2.2x more likely to be engaged in their careers if they had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals. Internships and mentors also increased the odds of thriving in all areas of well-being by 1.5x and 1.7x, respectively. This means that a meaningful internship with a caring mentor could have a significant impact on your future job satisfaction and overall happiness. BYU - Idaho interns consistently report that the internship has been a capstone experience in their college career, and very valuable to them. The hands-on experience and connection with your career field is impossible to get in a classroom. If you consider the internship simply another requirement for graduation, you risk short-changing yourself of a crucial experience.

How do I find an internship?
When searching for an internship, you should look for an opportunity that will facilitate your career. You should ask, “Will this experience prepare me for professional work or graduate school and/or will it open doors for me in the future?” You should also keep in mind that the internship is designed to be a “capstone experience” and, as such, it should utilize, enhance, and allow you to apply the skills you learned in your Biology major. For this reason, internships unrelated to your major will not (generally) be approved. Here are some more questions to ask yourself when selecting an internship:

  • Will this organization provide me with great networking opportunities? You may not have the opportunity to return and work for this organization, but the networking and exposure to world-class organizations is highly Think about the connections you might be able to make that will help you advance in your career.
  • Will this internship be challenging, and will I learn skills that push me well beyond the skills I gained in the classroom? Consider the variety and depth of experience you are likely to gain. Will this particular organization allow me to learn many new things, or will I just be repeating a few simple tasks?
  • Am I likely to develop a close relationship with my mentor? At least as important as the experience, if not more so, are the connections you will build in your internship. Does the potential mentor have the time and motivation to closely mentor you?
  • Will I gain hands-on experience? Mere shadowing or observation will not provide you with the capstone experience you deserve because it won’t enhance your skills.
  • What have other people with similar career goals done? The Academic Discovery Center keeps a database of internships that Biology Majors have done in the past, including the names of the organizations and mentors. Please consult that list to give you In many cases, your internship will be better if the mentor has a good track record and has mentored many students already.
  • Here are some links to various organizations that have internship programs appropriate to biology majors:
    While this list is by no means comprehensive, it will give you a start on some of the more common internships locations. In addition, many universities and each of the 11 DOE national laboratories offer internships separate from the funding available at the above Web sites.

What are the steps for getting my internship approved?

  • Find an internship opportunity on your own. See the above FAQ #7. Obtain a clear verbal or written agreement from the mentor that they agree to mentor you.
  • Complete an internship request on iPlan.
    • Click “Internship Approvals”.
    • Click “Create an Internship Request” and complete the form.
      • Choose "Standard internship".
      • Select Bio 398 for all internships except research internships. Choose Bio 498R for research internships.
      • Choose Bro Higginbotham as the faculty coordinator. The Supervisor is your internship mentor.
      • Choose from 1-4 credits. You can register for 1 credit for every ten hours per week you work. So 4 credits would require 40 h/week for 10 weeks.
  • Upon submitting the internship request, I-Plan will send the request to the Faculty Internship Coordinator (Brother Higginbotham).
  • The Faculty Internship Coordinator will review the request and either approve or deny it. If denied, the revisions needed will be sent to the student’s email.
    • If you are concerned about whether your internship will be approved because it doesn’t meet one of the guidelines outlined in this document, contact Bro. Higginbotham ( higginbothamh@byui.edu) before you start the application
  • Once the internship is approved, I-Plan will send a request to the student’s internship supervisor to sign a Master Internship Agreement
    • The Master Agreement Request will be sent to the supervisor by email. The employer will follow the link to approve the agreement.
  • Once the Master Agreement has been approved, I-Plan will notify and authorize the student to register for the internship course.
  • When notified of authorization, register for the internship course (Bio 398 or Bio 498R) at byui.eduLinks to an external site..
  • Start your internship and complete all related course requirements found in Canvas.

What course should I register for, and how many credits can I get?
There are two internship courses available, Bio 398, which is the occupational internship, and Bio 498R, which is the research internship. Bio 398 is appropriate for students working in a clinical or industry setting. For example, interning in a dental or medical setting would be an occupational internship (Bio 398). Bio 498R is for students performing scientific research in a lab or in the field, where there is hypothesis-driven research being performed. A minimum of 1 credit in either class is required to satisfy university and Biology internship requirements. You can register for 1 credit for every 10 hours per week of internship work, up to a maximum of 4 credits (40 hours/week).
However, you are not required to register for more than one credit, even if you work more than 10 hours/week. You may choose this option if you don’t want to pay tuition for more than one credit.

Can I get paid for my internship?
Yes, if your mentor offers to pay you, but most interns are volunteers.

When can I do my internship?
You can begin your internship any time after your first semester. However, it might be a good idea to consider what classes you could take that would help prepare you for your internship. For example, if you are going to work at a clinic, you might consider taking Anatomy or Introduction to Biology. Those who are entering a research lab should strongly consider completing Bio 377 before applying. These, however, are only suggestions, not prerequisites (except for internships through INBRE or UC Davis, which require completion of Bio 377).

You must intern for a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks, and the internship must encompass at least one block. So generally, your internship should be done in an off-track semester and begin at the beginning of the Fall, Winter or Spring semester. You can also start an internship after the start of the semester, but the 10 weeks must be completed by the end of the semester. You can do your internship during an on-track semester also, but keep in mind that your internship should be of highest priority, so you shouldn’t expect your internship to work around your work or school schedule.

Can I retroactively apply work I have already done as my internship?
No. You can only count work done after your internship is approved.

Can I do an on-campus internship?
Yes, but these are discouraged. The point of an internship is to become immersed in a professional office/lab in your desired career and create professional connections in a professional field. This cannot usually be done on campus. Before applying for an on-campus internship, please consult with Brother Higginbotham ( higginbothamh@byui.edu). This will usually require you to volunteer in the office/lab you plan to intern in for one semester without credit and then work again there the next semester to receive internship credit. Then you must apply for a course substitution to substitute the Bio 499R (on-campus research) with the Bio 498R (internship).

I couldn’t find an internship, and I need to graduate. Is there an alternative for me?
It’s best to find an internship off campus in an industry that you are considering for a career, but you may choose to take the Senior Seminar (Bio 497) in place of doing an internship. Please understand that although this fulfills university and department requirements for an internship, it does not provide any of the other advantages of an internship.

How far in advance do I need to get my internship approved?
The internship approval process takes about a week if everyone does their part immediately. To account for delays, we recommend beginning the process a month before you wish to begin your internship.

Can I do my internship during the 7-week Summer Session?
Not usually. Because an internship must last 10 weeks, the 7 week break is not enough time to complete an internship. However, if you can start early or finish late to meet the 10 week requirement, then you can intern during that time.

How is my internship graded?
There are two aspects to your final grade. 80% of the grade is based on an evaluation that your mentor at the internship will fill out that rates you on various aspects of your work. 20% of the grade is based on a video you will produce that summarizes your internship.

Is there a textbook required for my internship?
No, but your mentor may require readings that you will complete.

Can I do more than one internship?
Yes, but you can only take Bio 398 and Bio 498R one time each for credit. Additional internships would give you valuable experience but wouldn’t be recognized by BYUI.

Can I receive Financial Aid for my internship?
Yes. You can apply for many of the same kinds of financial aid you would have for your regular classes. BYU-Idaho also offers Internship Grants for students. For information and to apply, students should go to https://www.byui.edu/financial-aid/aid-available/university-Links to an external site.grants/internship-grant Links to an external site.or contact a Financial Aid Counselor at financialaid@byui.edu. Generally, university scholarships can be used to pay tuition for your internships. Please contact the Financial Aid Office (208) 496-1411 for all financial aid-related questions.
Internship Considerations
  • Does the internship provide an opportunity for you to develop and gain new skills beyond classroom learning that will be marketable upon graduation?
  • Do you see yourself working long-term for this company or a similar company?
  • Is the internship with a legitimate business where the experience itself is marketable to future employers?
  • Will you have a mentor within the organization as well as other networking opportunities? 

BUS 298R
  • Work at least half of an academic semester (7 weeks), minimum 15 hours/week.
  • 105 hours = 1 credit, 180 hours = 2 credits, 270 hours = 3 credits.
  • Positions in direct sales or from home offices are against policy.
  • The purpose of the internship is to give you exposure to how a business runs and operates.
  • It is strongly advised you complete this course before taking the IBC courses.

BUS 398R
  • Work at least half of an academic semester (7 weeks), minimum 20 hours/week.
  • 270 hours = 1, 2, or 3 credits (student choice).
  • Positions on campus, in direct sales, or from home offices are against policy.
  • This internship should be more project-driven, heavily related to your major/emphasis, and a position that would typically require a 4-year degree.

How to Register Your Internship
  • Go to https://iplan.byui.edu, login, and click “Internship Approval” in the menu.
  • From the home page, click on “Internship Approval” at the top of the screen.
  • Click “Create an Internship Request” and fill out the form. Make sure you submit your request when you have completed the form. 

The Process
  • Your I-Plan internship request form will be reviewed by your faculty internship coordinator, and a master agreement email will be sent to your employer.
  • Internship application is sent to processing to check for a master agreement.
  • Once your I-Plan form is approved AND your employer completes the master agreement, you’ll be notified via email that you’re authorized to add the internship course.
  • Go to http://www.byui.edu/, login, go to the “Student” tab, and add the appropriate internship course*. Be sure the number of credits and semester matches your I-Plan form indications.
*Internship courses have assignments you MUST complete to get credit. Be sure to find the course in I-Learn and become familiar with the syllabus.

Internship approval questions: cbcinternships@byui.edu or 208-496-9825 Registration/master agreement questions: internships@byui.edu or 208-496-9827

Department Site
  • An internship is required for graduation.
  • It is counted as a one-credit class, CHEM498.
  • An internship is a learning experience where you develop technical and interpersonal skills relevant to the chemical/biochemical industry.
  • Making photocopies or washing glassware at a chemical company is not a good internship for you and the department will not approve it.
  • Internships typically last between 8 and 12 weeks of full-time work.
  • A minimum of 280 hrs. of laboratory work are required (7 weeks, full-time).
  • Internships in chemistry and biochemistry are typically paid and some provide help with housing and relocation.
  • An internship is easier to get if you have previous work experience.
  • Apply early and apply often.
  • It is your responsibility to find and get an internship.
  • You should start applying for internships as soon as you have completed general chemistry 106 with its lab.
  • Taking chemistry 220 and its lab is perhaps the best preparation for most internships. Take that class as early as possible. It will help you look better on the application.
  • Students who complete their internship early can get a second internship with better pay or with a more prestigious company/university.
  • Large corporations typically prefer to hire people with more than one internship.
  • Working with a chemistry department faculty on an extra-curricular project is also a great way to build your resume make your application stand out.
  • If you think you have a 10% chance of getting an internship, then you should apply to at least 10 different internships to have a reasonable chance to get one. 

For more information, refer to the Canvas course about work experience and internships.
CHILD 498R | Internship Requirements

  • Must complete 2 internship credits.
  • Must work at the internship site for a minimum of 160 hours (80 hours per credit).
  • Must work at the internship site for a minimum of 8 weeks.
  • Must work a minimum of 10 hours per week.
  • Must work directly with children, or indirectly on behalf of children.
  • Once enrolled in the internship course, complete the following assignments:
    • Complete a brief syllabus quiz.
    • Define your goals and objectives for the internship by the end of the first week.
    • Complete weekly reflection journals explaining connections between knowledge gained in your CD major classes and your work at the internship.
    • Give a presentation on your internship experience in the Professional Development course – you will be notified by the instructor when this will occur
    • Write a final report that assesses what you have learned or accomplished.
    • Submit student evaluation, supervisor evaluation, and CD Program Survey.
    • Submit weekly time logs signed by supervisor documenting hours worked (submit all weekly time logs together at the end of the semester).
  • Note:  Hours worked completing assignments for the internship do not count toward the required 160 hours working at the internship site.
  • Internships can start two weeks before the semester begins and/or end two weeks after the semester is over.
    • Let the instructor know in advance if you are starting before the semester begins or finishing after the semester ends. 

Prerequisite

ECD 350L, ECD 360L, or CHILD 345L

Co-requisite

CHILD 440
Visit the Communication Internship Requirements page for details.
Information Technology Management 

ITM 298R - Optional ITM 398 – Required WDD 398 – Required

All internships must be directly related to the student’s major. An internship experience should help the student gain the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to become qualified for and successful in their chosen profession.

Credits and Hourly Requirements 

1 Credit – 10 to 14 weeks, 20 hours per week, minimum of 200 hours
2 Credits – 10 to 14 weeks, 30 hours per week, minimum of 300 hours
3 Credits – 10 to 14 weeks, 40 hours per week, minimum of 400 hours
Computer Science & Engineering 

CSE 398 – Required CSE 498R – Optional

All internships must be directly related to the student’s major. An internship experience should help the student gain the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to become qualified for and successful in their chosen profession.

Credits and Hourly Requirements 

1 Credit – 10 to 14 weeks, 20 hours per week, minimum of 200 hours
2 Credits – 10 to 14 weeks, 30 hours per week, minimum of 300 hours
3 Credits – 10 to 14 weeks, 40 hours per week, minimum of 400 hours
Internships

It is never too early to start thinking about your internship. The purpose of the internship is to provide the student with real-world experience and aid him or her in decisions about future careers in the field of dance. Contact Career Center for more information.

Information:

  • All pedagogy majors are required to complete an internship.
  • Prerequisites: DA 356 and 357 or 358
  • Students should complete their internships during their junior year. It is encouraged that you take the information you learned during your internship and apply it to your capstone project. 
  • The internship must be a minimum of 7 weeks (at least 10hrs/week) 1 credit=70 hours, 2 credits=140 hours, and 3 credits=200+ hours.
  • If teaching: 1 hour of prep will be counted for every 1 hour of teaching; thus 5 hours of teaching/week is the equivalent of 10 hours/week.
  • Students must register for the internships before the third week of school.
  • Past experience will not be counted towards an internship.
  • Students are responsible to track hours on a weekly log report.

To get started:

  • Find an internship
  • Complete approval form on I-Plan

    • Click on “Internship Approval” on the upper navigation bar
    • Select “View Internship”
    • Select “Create an Internship Request”
    • Fill out all required information and hit “Submit” found on the bottom of the page
    • Your Internship Approval Form will then be sent to your Faculty Internship Coordinator for review and approval.
    • An email will be automatically sent to your experience provider requesting that they review and accept our Master Internship Agreement.
    • You may return to the link provided below to follow the progress of your internship approval and registration.

How to find an internship


Initial Report

The report must include objectives agreed upon by the intern and employer such as the general nature of the work, timelines, outcomes, and assessments, along with the intern’s personal goals.

Final Written Report

This 3-5-page report will be due two weeks after the internship ends. The report should include an accounting of the work accomplished, an analysis of what has been learned, and a description of possible career changes or insights as a result of the internship. Copies of the weekly log report should also be included.

Employer Evaluation

It is expected that the supervisor fills out a one-page evaluation form and provides the student with a letter of recommendation.

Oral Presentation

This presentation must be completed before the student graduates. The student will be invited to share a PowerPoint presentation of their internship experience during the dance majors’ meeting held each semester.
Math498 | Data Science
  • The internship should result in over 300 hours worked during roughly a 3-5 month period.
  • Be similar to your target job. Think about the job you want upon graduation. Your internship should be as similar to that job as possible.
  • Data should be involved in your work.

Prerequisites

Take 1 of the following:
  • DS250 - Data Science Programming (2)
  • DS350 - Data Wrangling and Visualization (3)

Internship Assignments
  • Review the internship work that needs to be turned into I-learn at the end of your internship. In addition to the journal, there is a report to be turned in where you are asked to respond to reflection prompts.
Internship Considerations

An internship is a powerful way to explore possible career paths and apply your education to real-life situations.

Firms visit the Department of Design and Construction Management every week of the semester to recruit students for internship positions. Attending seminars and participating in the student society are great ways to network and find internships. It is the student’s responsibility to find an internship.

Two internships are required for all Design and Construction Management students seeking a bachelor’s degree. It is suggested that students give prayerful consideration to the type of firm and industry they work for since 80% of our students receive full time job offers during their second internship. If this is a 498 internship, do you see yourself working for this company after graduation?

Does the company have a reputable internship program and provide a dedicated mentor to help you have a successful learning experience?

Getting Approved for Const 298 and Const 498

All Construction Management internships must be pre-approved and registered for before a student begins their internship experience. To be approved:

1. Students need to complete the necessary prerequisites and complete an internship approval form. For Internship Registration visit byui.edu/IPlan, login, and click on the “Internship Approval” tabs.

2. All internships should be 40 hours per week for at least 14 weeks (1 semester) in duration or a total of 560 hours. All internships are for 1 credit. Internships must be related to design and construction and cannot be direct sales, working for another student, or working for themselves.

3. After approval, a master agreement will be emailed to the internship provider.

4. It is then the student's responsibility to ensure that their internship provider signs and submits the master agreement to I-plan. Most firms that recruit on campus for internships have previously signed this form.

5. International students need to make sure they receive their I-20 with the CPT approval with the correct dates of the internship before they start working. If they decide to extend their internship, students must make sure they submit a request in Synapsis.

6. After approval it is the student’s responsibility to register for the internship course. There are assignments that must be completed with a minimum grade of C-, to receive credit for the internship. The department reserves the right to deny any internship not meeting the requirements.

Internships After Course Work (last semester)

Students are only allowed to do their internship as their last semester if they meet one of the following conditions: 1) Student has a full-time offer after graduation with the company where the internship will take place. A written and accepted offer must be presented to the Department Chair and attached to the internship application. 2) Students transferred into one of the DCM degree programs with 30 or more credits. This will be evident by the number of "unused" credits on the student's degree audit. 3) If a student has been on fast-grad, the student may be allowed to do the internship last.

Visit the Design and Construction Management Course on I-learn (Canvas) for more details. Follow the Internships link.
What is an internship?
The purpose of an internship is to obtain practical and valuable work experience, to apply skills and knowledge learned in school, and to gain exposure to various job opportunities. An internship student must:
  • be in a job directly related to the economics major.
  • register for Econ 398 in advance in order to get credit for the internship.
  • have the internship application approved by the Econ department internship coordinator (Ron Nate).
Internships are a great opportunity for students to "test drive" careers - giving them the chance to see what workers in that industry do from 8-5 Monday thru Friday.

Internships should generally be a "stepping stone" into your future career. Internships are typically 30 to 40-hours a week positions that last for the length of a semester (10-14 weeks). 270 hours minimum.

Top 5 reasons to do an internship:
  1. It’s required for your degree
  2. Valuable experience
  3. Learn more about and engage in the practice of economics
  4. Try out a prospective employer
  5. Build your resume
Who should complete an internship?
Everyone here. Every BYU-Idaho economics and financial economics student is required to complete an internship in order to graduate. Internships are still highly recommended to those who aren't required to complete them. Multiple internships are encouraged!

When should you do your internship?
Your department internship coordinator will be able to give you a better idea of when you should complete your internship, based on the coursework you have completed. A basic outline would be:
  • Internships are typically done between the junior and senior year
  • Internships are best done when you are "off-track"
  • Bad times to do the internship course:
    • Too soon:  You have to meet the requirements first for it to count
    • Too late:  Get it done before graduating – don’t have it hang over you
Where should students work?
Internships are typically done outside of the Rexburg/Intermountain West region. It's a great opportunity to explore new places and regional culture. So far, BYU-Idaho interns have worked in all 50 states and many foreign countries.
Thousands of internship Experience Providers are currently registered in the BYU-Idaho Internship Database, Career Center!!    www.byui.edu/internships/
Required internships should be done AT the business you'd like to work for after graduation, or at a company similar in size and function.

Because you will most likely be completing your internship outside the area, it's best to plan ahead educationally as well as financially.

How do you get started?
Students are responsible for lining up their own internship experiences, but we're definitely available to help you! Follow these steps to get started:
  • Visit with your department internship coordinator (me) to discuss internship requirements and/or prerequisites - before the end of your sophomore year if possible.
  • Through regular job search, networking, advising, and/or your department coordinator, find the appropriate internship. Internships must be directly related to your major and involve the opportunity to apply economics research to the experience.  INTERNSHIP EXPEDITIONS!
  • Use the Internship and Career Services website!!    www.byui.edu/internships/
  • Fill out the online internship approval form that goes to your department internship coordinator for approval & processing.
  • You must be registered for the internship course BEFORE beginning work. No credit will be given for previous/past experiences.
Finding an Internship

Q: Okay now that I’m considering an internship when in my college career should I think about doing an internship?

A: Traditionally, internships are usually done in the break between the junior and senior years. Typically, some companies will only offer internships during the summer break. However, BYU-I students sometimes have an advantage in that they can work during their off-track, which might be during what is traditionally a fall or winter semester.

Q: When do I have to start looking for an internship?

A: It is best to begin looking for an internship at least a year out from the semester you actually want to work at the internship. Check for information like application dates, duration of the internship, special considerations, etc. If you want to do an international internship that time frame needs to expand to eighteen months away from the semester you want to do in the internship. International internships require administrative permission beyond the department supervision, so be prepared for some resistance.

Q: Will the English Department find my internship for me?

A: No. While the internship coordinator might have a list of people who have called about an internship, you are responsible for finding your own internship.

Q: Where do I look for an internship?

A: Everywhere. Places to start include Career Navigator, which has a link on the BYU-Idaho website. Career Navigator has a list of places that have previously taken BYU-Idaho interns, and employers will sometimes list internships on that site. Another place is the Internships & Career Services office (208-496-9827 or internships@byui.edu). Check out the Career Fair every semester for companies that are looking for interns. If you start going early and you talk to the same people every time you go, they will know your name and be more inclined to help you find an internship.

Service missionaries are also in place in several larger cities. They can sometimes help you with contacts and often have contact with Young Single Adult wards in that area as an additional resource.

Also, check out places in your hometown or city in which you want to intern. Do your parents/ siblings/family work for a bigger corporation? Do those companies have interns? What about your local businesses or non-profits? Is there a political candidate or a political party that you feel strongly about? What about the local library? Do they have an internship program? What about your local museum? Using resources such as LinkedIn and your own personal networking are also ways to locate possible internship opportunities.

Q: Can I teach English In China and have that count toward an internship?

A: No. Teaching English in a foreign country will not count toward an internship. While it may be a powerful experience, it lacks some of the accountability to supervision required for an internship.

Q: I have to stay in Rexburg and every opportunity here is maxed out. What can I do?

A: Another option you may want to consider is the Applied Learning Projects. Companies have contacted BYU-Idaho with projects. Students work on those projects and get real-world experience working on the project. Check out the ALPS page at http://www.byui.edu/alps You may want to talk to the English internship coordinator if you decide this is an option you wish to pursue. Or you can find out further information by reaching out to the Research and Business Development Center here in Rexburg: www.rbdcenter.org or 208-356-5009.

Q: But I’m an English major! What kinds of jobs can I do with an English degree—especially in the corporate world?

A: For English majors, this is always a confusing and sometimes stressful question. Think about being an English major in terms of the skills you acquire as an English major. If you have trouble thinking of those skills, I-Plan has a section called Education Strategy. It measures interest and filters through 900 plus occupations based on the level of interest. Once you’ve gotten a list of possible occupations, you can click on the occupation to see the list of skills needed for that occupation. Those skills are based on the U.S Department of Labor statistics. You can then decide what kinds of skills you have and what kind of skills you might need to acquire. You can take this interest survey as often as you like and look at a variety of jobs every time.

More immediately, think about how the skills you have are needed in business. For instance, major corporations often have a company newsletter or magazine. Does that group need interns? What about the presentations a company does, does that group need an intern? What about the human resources department? Who writes their training manuals? What about a usability testing department? Who takes care of their social media presence, including things like Twitter and the Web? Does the company have a blog? Who writes those entries? Does the company have a web page that explains its products or services? Who writes those entries?

Q: Do I get paid for a work experience to count as an internship?

A: No. In fact, you should probably assume that you’re not going to get paid. Many, if not most, English internships are unpaid. Getting paid is a bonus but isn’t necessary for the work experience to count as an internship.

Q: What qualities should an internship have?

A: Hours: We expect you to work a minimum of 70 hours per credit that you want to earn and the university expects you to work a minimum of 7 weeks. For those of us who are math-challenged, that means that 70 hours X 3 credits = 210 hours of work. That usually works out to 15 hours a week for a typical 14-week semester. (Because disasters happen, plan on working a little more to make sure you meet the minimum). You can always work more hours for less credit, but we expect a minimum of 70 hours per credit that you earn.

A qualified supervisor/mentor: One of the purposes of the internship is to help the intern advance in his or her skills. For that, you need a qualified supervisor/mentor who will look at your work, provide helpful and accurate feedback, help you correct any problems or mistakes, and help you be better at the end than you were at the beginning of your internship. They should be experienced in their field in order to provide this feedback. This particular requirement is especially important during an online internship. The internship coordinator will typically ask how you and the mentor will communicate, whether you have an established meeting time or communication system in place, and in what ways will the mentor assign and assess your work.

Some English Skills should be involved: However, those skills don’t necessarily have to be writing—or at least only writing. English majors have skills in analyzing data, researching, sorting data, reading and thinking critically, and organizing data and information.

Q: Can I do an internship during the 7-week summer session?

A: No. The English department typically doesn’t offer internships during the summer session. You can, however, work a longer internship if you tie it into the previous or following semester. For instance, you can start work in June and work through the 7-week summer session or start in July and finish in October.

Q: Can I use my on-campus job for an internship?

A: The answer is usually no, but it can be a maybe. English TA jobs can’t qualify as an internship. Most on-campus jobs that count as an internship have been pre-approved and there are no currently pre-approved English internships on campus. Typically, on-campus jobs are only 20 hours per week, and on-campus jobs qualifying for an internship usually require 40 hours a week of work. Also, if you use a previous/current job as an internship, you must have increased responsibilities or different tasks, so that you can show development and progress and it more adequately reflects your learning.

If, however, you have a job where your supervisor can give you additional responsibilities outside the scope of your usual job (such as a special project) or additional funds to pay for more work. You may want to explore this possibility as an internship. This usually involves getting permission from the internship coordinator of your department, and approval by the Internships and Career Services Director. Come and see the English Department internship coordinator first. He or she can help you know how to get approval from the Internships and Career Services Director. This applied to students working online or Pathway.

Q: Can I use working for the Scroll as an internship?

A: No. However, working for the Scroll is a great way to increase your skills. It can’t count as an internship for English 398R credit, but you can work at the Scroll as elective credit. It’s another great way to practice writing skills and gain some practical experience.

I Found an Internship, Now What?

Q: Company X agreed to hire me. Now, what do I need to do?

A: You need to fill out an internship approval form on I-Plan. It’s called Internship Approval. You will need to know basic information, such as the name of your supervisor, his or her email, and phone number. You will also be asked how many credit hours you wish to register for.

One of the important things here is the number of credits for which you wish to register. Remember that you have 70 hours of work per credit hour you want. If you’re only going to work 10 hours for 14 weeks, that’s only 140 hours. That means you can only register for at most 2 credit hours. One of the fastest ways to hang up the approval process is to ignore or miss the hours worked and the credit issued.

Q: Company X agreed to hire me. What do they need to do now?

A: If company X has had previous BYU-Idaho interns, they probably don’t need to do anything more than assign you a mentor/supervisor.

However, if you are lucky enough to be company X’s first BYU-Idaho intern, Company X must fill out the Master Agreement. The Master Agreement can be found on the Career Navigator page. The Master Agreement provides assurance for both parties, both Company X and BYU-Idaho, that this internship is legitimate and covers areas of liability for both parties.

Q: I’ve submitted my approval form. Why can’t I register for classes yet?

A: Once you’ve submitted your approval form, it goes to two places. The first place it goes is to the University Internship Office, where they check to make sure the Master Agreement is in place. The Master Agreement must be signed before you can register for classes.

The second place the approval goes is to the Internship Coordinator. Most internship coordinators have irregular schedules for checking the approval list, so your application might be delayed. You might also want to make an appointment with the Internship Coordinator at this point to make sure any question the Internship Coordinator has can be easily answered.

Once the Master Agreement is in place and the Internship, you should receive an email that authorizes you to register for English 398R.

Q: The email says I can register for 1-6 credits. What does that mean? How many credits should I register for?

A: English 398R is a variable credit class. That means you can register for as many credits as you would like for a total of 6 credits. Remember the formula: 70 hours of work per credit earned if you would like to register for 3 credits, you must work a minimum of 210 hours. If you’re working 40 hours a week for 14 weeks, you may register for as many as 6 credits. You can always work more hours for less credit, but the minimums must be met.

Something to consider is your 120 credit hours limit if you want 398R to count as an elective and count toward your general English electives and you’re having a hard time coming up with English classes to take, you probably want to register for 3 credits.

However, if you have way too many classes you want to take, but you need the internship to appear on your transcript, you may want to register for 1 credit.

Consider this question carefully. Making adjustments after the semester is impossible, and making adjustments during the semester becomes extremely complex. It’s easier to add credits than to subtract them.

During the internship, what do I have to do?

Q: What else do I have to do during the semester besides work at the internship?

A: In order to fulfill the requirements of the internship class, you need to submit weekly reports, a reflective essay, a portfolio of representative work, and two evaluations.

Q: What are the weekly reports?

A: The weekly reports consist of a short, typed page, usually submitted through Canvas or email (if Canvas isn’t available or you’re working weeks somehow out of the semester). The weekly report should detail how many hours you’ve worked, what you did, and what you learned as a result of what you did. These weekly reports will give you the resources for the reflective essay.

Q: What is the reflective essay?

A: The reflective essay is between 4-10 pages, typed in MLA or APA style (whichever you used during your internship), double spaced. It is a personal, essay in which you, the intern, reflect on the experiences and opportunities you’ve been exposed to. This essay should help you (and the internship coordinator) see what you’ve learned and should highlight the value of the experience.

Q: What is the portfolio?

A: The portfolio should be a sample of representative work. You may want to include different kinds of work you’ve done, work you’ve done well, work that shows progress such as something you did early in the internship, and something you did toward the end that shows growth. Make sure you check to see if it is appropriate to share the material, although you can redact some information if necessary. The only person seeing this portfolio will be the internship coordinator if you submit it on paper, although you may want to use this work to show a potential employer someday.

Make sure that your work is labeled, and that you’ve clearly identified what kind of document you’ve included, what skills the document is demonstrating, and why this document is important. You’ll probably want to do a short introduction to most, if not all, of the document.

Q: Is the portfolio a paper portfolio or an online portfolio?

A: You can submit the portfolio in the medium that is most easy for you. Consider making this portfolio part of your professional portfolio, including items on LinkedIn, a Wix or Weebly version, or some other digital version.

Q: Why two evaluations?

A: One evaluation is done by you about you and your experience. The other evaluation is submitted by your supervisor about you and your work. The supervisor will receive the evaluation as a link in an email from the internship office. Your evaluation is linked to your Canvas class.
1 credit = 100 hours
2 credits = 200 hours

For PT, OT, ATC, Chiropractic type internships we require HRHP 359 prior to ESS 498 (but not prior to 398).

For Exercise Physiology research type internships, we require ESS 375 and 375 Lab.

For more information on internship requirements, visit the Exercise Physiology Internships page.

MajorFCS EducationFcs Apparel EntrepreneurshipFCS ExtenstionFCS Catering Concentration
WhereIndustry basedIndustry basedExtension OfficeIndustry based
Hours160 hours100 hours160 hours100 hours
TimeAt least 7 weeksAt least 7 weeksAt least 7 weeksAt least 7 weeks
WhyTo build networks for your studentsTo build networks for your futureTo build networks at a Land Grant UnivrsityTo build networks for your future
Credits11-3 Multiple Internships11
WhenJr. Year Off TrackLast semester Off TrackLast semester Off TrackLast semester Off Track
Internship Considerations

  • Does the internship provide an opportunity for you to develop and gain new skills beyond classroom learning that will be marketable upon graduation?
  • Do you see yourself working long-term for this company or a similar company?
  • Is the internship with a legitimate business where the experience itself is marketable to future employers?
  • Will you have a mentor within the organization as well as other networking opportunities? 

Finance: FIN 398R |Business Analytics: BA 398R | Supply Chain: SCM 398R

  • Work at least half of an academic semester (7 weeks), minimum 20 hours/week.
  • 270 hours = 1, 2, or 3 credits (student choice).
  • Positions on campus, in direct sales, or from home offices are against policy.
  • This internship should be more project-driven, heavily related to your major/emphasis, and a position that would typically require a 4-year degree.

How to Register Your Internship

  • Go to https://iplan.byui.edu, login, and click “Internship Approval” in the menu.
  • From the home page, click on “Internship Approval” at the top of the screen.
  • Click “Create an Internship Request” and fill out the form. Make sure you submit your request when you have completed the form. 

The Process

  • Your I-Plan internship request form will be reviewed by your faculty internship coordinator, and a master agreement email will be sent to your employer.
  • Internship application is sent to processing to check for a master agreement.
  • Once your I-Plan form is approved AND your employer completes the master agreement, you’ll be notified via email that you’re authorized to add the internship course.
  • Go to http://www.byui.edu/, login, go to the “Student” tab, and add the appropriate internship course*. Be sure the number of credits and semester matches your I-Plan form indications.

*Internship courses have assignments you MUST complete to get credit. Be sure to find the course in I-Learn and become familiar with the syllabus.

Internship approval questions: cbcinternships@byui.edu or 208-496-9825 Registration/master agreement questions: internships@byui.edu or 208-496-9827
Before seeking an internship experience, be sure to take note of all departmental guidelines and policies listed below.

Advance Notice Required - Consult the Department Internship Coordinator ( Jeff Hamblin) at least one full semester in advance of the semester you would plan to actually begin your internship. Two semesters in advance is even better, especially if you:
  • Are seeking a specific job focus (product development, quality assurance, plant operations, etc.), a particular product area (i.e., potatoes, dairy, grain products, sport nutritionalists, etc.), or a specific company.
  • Are planning to conduct your internship in either a Fall or Winter semester.
Student Eligibility - You must be of Junior standing and have completed at least two 300-level Food Science Courses to conduct an internship for course credit.

Timing - Internships are traditionally conducted during the Junior or Senior year within either the Fall, Winter, or Spring semester - ideally during your off-track semester.

Duration - An internship in the Food Science field is typically a 10 to 12 week period of full-time employment in the food industry (i.e., 400 to 480 total working hours). However, in some cases, it may be possible for two shorter internships to collectively fulfill the 10-12 week requirement.

Course Credit - You may receive up to a maximum of three graded course credits (per internship experience) by enrolling in FS 498R: Food Science Internship (one credit earned for each four-week period of full-time employment [i.e., 160 working hours]). The FS 498R course may be repeated twice for a maximum of six total credits.

Compensation - An internship in Food Science is traditionally a short-term paid employment, though compensation is not a requirement for an internship experience. Nevertheless, any wage considerations are directly negotiated between you and the employer.
Please download and read the “Healthcare Administration Internship Guide”.

International Student Internship Requirements:
  • In addition to the standard requirements for internships, our international students must receive approval from the International Office as well. Without their approval, they will not be authorized to register for the class, which is what triggers the International Office to generate a CPT for the student so that they may work legally in the United States.
  • International students who do not receive approval from the International Student Office before starting to work at an internship will lose their international student visa.
HIST 498R History Internship (2-6:0:0)

Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair or Internship Director.

Practical, work-related experience in the field of public history.

Credits

This is a variable credit course of up to 6 credits. A minimum of 70 hours on the job is required for each credit hour. This class may be repeated for credit if your internship extends over 2 semesters.

Requirements

  • Bi-Weekly Personal Work Journal/reports                                                    
  • Work Summary Report         
  • Job Evaluation Report by Supervisor
  • Internship Office Evaluation                                                            

History majors who work as interns are representatives of BYU-I and may be opening the door for other interns in the future. They should seek to get the most out of their internships, work hard, actively participate, and be respectful and thoughtful of others. Students should live according to the honor code.
Prerequisites

Junior-level status; approval of Department Internship Coordinator or Chair.

Course Description

Internships are specifically designed to provide students with a personalized experience in a professional, Humanities-related career prior to graduation. It should enhance and augment the student's upper-division classroom studies and experience.

Credits

Variable credit course (1-3 credits); a minimum of 70 hours of internship work experience is required for each credit hour earned.

Learning Outcomes

a) Learn important skills working in a professional, Humanities-related field;
b) Integrate and apply concepts and skills learned in the classroom to on-the-job work settings;
c) Cultivate future employment opportunities and professional connections, while gaining a greater understanding and vision of career options and possibilities;
d) Prepare for graduate/law school, professional-level employment, or other life-long learning opportunities.

Registration

Students will register for HUM 398R to complete the internship.

Timing

Students complete this optional Capstone experience preferably between their Junior and Senior years. As a non-work-study experience, therefore, internships are not intended to be completed between semesters. Rather, they are viewed as an after-hours, part/full-time experience, and are more likely to be available outside the BYU-Idaho area. However, a few on-campus internships have been approved (mainly in the Spori Art Gallery).

Internships should have responsibilities that pertain directly to the broader Humanities/Liberal Arts, with particular emphasis on gaining experience and skills in future career-related paths and fields.

Students should work closely with a mentor in the organization (Experience Provider) for whom they are working.

Preparation

Before registering for HUM 398R, reassure that the following items are in order:

  • Research prospective internship opportunities (210-hour minimum requirement for 3 credits).
  • Schedule and meet with the Humanities Internship Coordinator to gain preliminary approval.
  • Officially secure the internship position.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Internship requirements, specifically the Internship Journal you will keep documenting your experiences, which you will submit to the Internship Coordination at regular intervals throughout the duration of your internship experience. Journals are to be submitted twice-monthly via email and should address the 4 specific outcomes as outlined in the course syllabus (and above). Photographs are encouraged.

*It is required that you meet with the Internship Coordinator, prior to securing an internship, to discuss possible internship ideas and to ensure a smoother registration process.

Registration

You will register for your internship via I-Plan, the new BYU-Idaho online academic planning tool.

To learn how to register through I-Plan, click the button below and follow the directions. After submitting the internship registration through I-Plan, your form will be sent to the Internship Coordinator for approval. After the approved registration form is processed, you will receive an email from the University Internship office notifying you that you are then approved to register for 1-3 credits of HUM 398R.

NOTE: If you are the first BYU-Idaho intern to work under your Experience Provider, that particular organization MUST complete a one-time, online Master Internship Agreement. This agreement must be signed and on file in the Academic Discovery Center prior to the start of the internship experience.

Registration Instruction
IDS398    |    Internship Experience

  • Work at least half of an academic semester (7 weeks)
  • 100+ hours = 1 credit
  • 10 hours/week minimum
  • Have a full-time professional mentor during the internship  

Additional Requirements

  • Internships must provide students with experience in their chosen concentration. When possible, the internship should also incorporate other degree elements (minors and clusters)
  • Have a class standing of at least 70 credits
  • No direct sales companies
INTST 398   |   Regular Internship Experience

  • Must work at least half of an academic semester (7 weeks), a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • 70 hours = 1 credit, 140 hours = 2 credits, 210 = 3 credits
  • No direct sales companies
  • Internships should be related to the student’s major module (Business, Economics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Policy) and should be sought domestically. Any international internship will require additional meetings reviewing costs, benefits, employability enhancement, safety, and security.
Internship Eligibility Requirements

A student is eligible to receive university credit for their engineering technology employment if it meets the following criteria:
  1. Type of Work: The experience must be engineering or engineering technology related work.
  2. Supervision: The student must work under the mentorship of an engineer, engineering technologist, or similar person who can provide engineering technology related training and work experience.
  3. Hours: We recommend that internships be full time for an entire semester totaling between 480-600 hours (40 hrs/wk for 12-15 weeks). In order to qualify for internship credit, the student must work for a minimum of 400 hours (40 hrs/wk for 10 weeks or about 30 hrs/wk for 14 weeks).
  4. Performance: The student’s job performance will be assessed by an evaluation to be completed by the supervisor. The instructor will include that job performance assessment as one of the factors in determining the final course grade for the internship.
  5. Degree progress: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are all eligible to receive internship credit as long as their experience meets the eligibility requirements and outcomes. We have purposely placed key courses in the first year of the curriculum that would qualify a young engineering technology student for significant engineering technology work. We have also discovered that companies who are willing to pay a significant wage for interns are very capable of deciding who is a sufficiently qualified candidate for the job – who they choose to hire is their business. Since one of the main outcomes of the internship is to help students discover their interests and aptitudes, what better time for this self-discovery than when a student is young in the program and can use what they learn to guide their future education? Many freshmen and sophomores have obtained excellent engineering technology related work experience earlier in their education, which has greatly affected the rest of their schooling.

Internship Considerations

  • Does the internship provide an opportunity for you to develop and gain new skills beyond classroom learning that will be marketable upon graduation?
  • Do you see yourself working long-term for this company or a similar company?
  • Is the internship with a legitimate business where the experience itself is marketable to future employers?
  • Will you have a mentor within the organization as well as other networking opportunities? 

MKT 298R
  • Work at least half of an academic semester (7 weeks), minimum 15 hours/week.
  • 105 hours to 270 hours is required
  • Positions in direct sales or from home offices are against policy.
  • The purpose of the internship is to give you exposure to how a business runs and operates.
  • It is strongly advised you complete this course before taking the IBC courses.
  • MKT 298R IS WORTH ONLY 1 CREDIT.

MKT 398R
  • Work at least half of an academic semester (7 weeks), minimum 20 hours/week.
  • 270 hours is required
  • Positions on campus, in direct sales, or from home offices are against policy.
  • This internship should be more project-driven, heavily related to your major/emphasis, and a position that would typically require a 4-year degree.
  • MKT 398R IS WORTH ONLY 1 CREDIT.
How to Register Your Internship
  • Go to https://iplan.byui.edu, login, and click “Internship Approval” in the menu,
  • From the home page, click on “Internship Approval” at the top of the screen.
  • Click “Create an Internship Request” and fill out the form. Make sure you submit your request when you have completed the form. 
The Process
  • Your I-Plan internship request form will be reviewed by your faculty internship coordinator, and a master agreement email will be sent to your employer.
  • Internship application is sent to processing to check for a master agreement.
  • Once your I-Plan form is approved AND your employer completes the master agreement, you’ll be notified via email that you’re authorized to add the internship course.
  • Go to http://www.byui.edu/, login, go to the “Student” tab, and add the appropriate internship course*. Be sure the number of credits and semester matches your I-Plan form indications.
*Internship courses have assignments you MUST complete to get credit. Be sure to find the course in I-Learn and become familiar with the syllabus.

Internship approval questions: cbcinternships@byui.edu or 208-496-9825
Registration/master agreement questions: internships@byui.edu or 208-496-9827.
FAML 498R | Internship Experience
  • 2 credits (80 hours per credit) 
  • Must work at least 10 hours per week.
  • Internships need to be related to crisis intervention. 
    • Working for or with families.
    • Family and individual support.
    • Intervention and improving others.
    • Family life education.
  • No teaching or daycare internships.
  • Online internships can only be taken for 2 credits.
  • Internships can start two weeks before the semester starts (but no sooner).
  • Your internship must end by the last day of the semester.
  • Internships that do not meet these criteria will not be approved.
    • Let the instructor know in advance.
Note: Hours worked completing assignments for the internship do not count toward the required 160 hours working at the internship site.

Prerequisites

  • FAML 460 (Child and Family Advocacy)
Math498 | Mathematical Sciences

  • Choose an internship that fits into your long-term goals. The internship should add to your mathematical training in some way. 
  • Consult with your academic advisor if you have questions about whether or not an internship opportunity is a good fit for you. As mathematics can be applied in a wide variety of ways, the types of internships vary just as much. 
  • Internship hour requirements vary based upon your desired goals. Generally, for a 3 credit internship, plan at least 20 hours a week for 14 weeks or 40 hours per week for 7 weeks (so around 280 hours).  If you get an REU or SULI opportunity (or something similar) then we approve these on a case-by-case basis even if the total hours do not meet 280.
  • Student choice on credit amount (1-3 credit hours), though most are 3 credits. 

Additional Link

Department internship page
ME 298 │ Technical Internship

  • This course is for 1 credit.
  • Any employment that you will be working at least 280 hours under the supervision of a technician with specialized training will be approved.
  • You will need to register for ME 298 during the same semester you are employed.
  • Technician-level employment in parts warehouse, production line, HVAC technician, machine shop, or something similar are acceptable internships.

 ME 398R │ Engineering Internship

  • This course is for 1 credit but may be repeated up to three times for a total of 3 credits.
  • Any employment that you will be working at least 280 hours under the supervision of an engineer will be approved.
  • You will need to register for ME 398R during the same semester that you are employed.
  • Engineering employment such as CAD, surveying, testing, programming, design, analysis, or something similar are acceptable internships.
OSH 498R | Occupational Safety and Health

Minimum of 7 weeks and 200 hours.
200 hours - 1 credit | 300 hours - 2 credits | 400 hours - 3 credits

Students must perform work in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, environmental health, or a very closely related discipline.

Internships can be found on job-search websites, and opportunities are occasionally posted in our BYU-I student society's I-Learn course (Industrial Hygiene & Safety Society).

Prerequisites

The following types of internships require prior completion of a particular course as shown below:

Internship typePrerequisite Course
Occupational SafetyHS 486 - Occupational Safety and Risk Management
Industrial HygieneHS 487 - Industrial Hygiene
Environmental HealthHS 450 - Environmental Sanitation (HS 310 is also recommended)

International Student Internship Requirements

In addition to the standard requirements for internships, our international students must receive approval from the International Office as well. Without their approval, they will not be authorized to register for the class which is what triggers the International Office to generate a CPT for the student so that they may work legally in the United States.

International students who do not receive approval from the International Student Office before starting to work at an internship will lose their international student visa.
Physics Internships

The Physics Department requires either a professional internship or a senior thesis research experience. We strongly encourage the Internship rather than the thesis research. The Internship provides the student with job experience in a physics-related field. Also, an internship provides a broader menu of experiences than we are able to provide locally. In addition, students will have the opportunity to network with professionals at other institutions and other interns, developing a broader set of experiences than is possible in the senior research class.

All internships in the Physics Department provide 1 credit and is repeatable (once) for a total of two internship credits.

Requirements

  1. The Physics Department requires a 40 hour/week, 10-week length internship (approximately 400 total hours). The Department Internship Coordinator can modify this requirement under certain conditions.  Talk to the Coordinator if your internship does not meet this criterion.
  2. The Internship must begin by mid-term time during a regularly scheduled semester. It can extend into the 7 week Summer break.
  3. The Internship must be in a physics-related field (i.e., physics, astronomy, engineering, medical physics, etc). Exceptions can be granted if the internship is directly related to the field that the student plans to pursue after graduating with their degree.  Consult with the Coordinator before accepting and applying for the internship if it is not in a physics-related field.
  4. The Internship should be a new position for you, not an extension of a previous job.
  5. The Internship must provide a full-time professional mentor.
  6. Although most physics internships are paid experiences, a volunteer internship is also acceptable.
  7. The Internship Coordinator must approve all internship applications. If you are not sure if an internship qualifies, talk to the Coordinator before applying. 
  • Internships should be done during your Junior/Senior year.
  • Credits are to be at least 2 credits.
  • Each credit requires a 50-hour minimum commitment of service.
PUBH 498R | Public Health Internship Experience

  • Minimum of 7 weeks and 200 hours
  • You must do 200 hours for 2 credits. (Must meet the minimum hour requirement, but you may work more if you wish. If you do not meet the minimum, you fail the class).
  • Must deal with planning, implementing, or evaluating a health/wellness program, conducting a needs assessment, or working with epidemiology.
  • Often, opportunities can be found in public, worksite/ industrial, clinical, or school settings.  

Prerequisites

  • Must have taken MATH 221B, PUBH 240, PUBH 310, PUBH 320, PUBH 370, PUBH 390

International Student Internship Requirements

  • In addition to the standard requirements for internships, our international students must receive approval from the International Office as well. Without their approval, they will not be authorized to register for the class which is what triggers the International Office to generate a CPT for the student so that they may work legally in the United States.
  • International students who do not receive approval from the International Student Office before starting to work at an internship will lose their international student visa.  

Internship Overview
Pre-Internship Requirements

Pre-Internship Hours:

  • Hours can be counted from high school graduation forward.
  • 400 total hours required (job or volunteer)
    • Up to 100 hours can be hours worked at a job or volunteer organization.
    • At least 300 hours must be in the recreation field (volunteer or paid).
  • Students can include volunteer hours from recreation courses (professor must approve and sign off).
  • Keep track of all of your hours. You will need verification from your supervisor. This is easily obtained by writing a brief summary of your job description, the number of hours you were involved, and having it signed by them.

Process for Entering Hours:

After completion of the 400 hours:

  1. Login to your Canvas account
  2. Click on the Courses tab on the left side of the page
  3. Select the Recreation Management – Major tab
  4. Click on the Modules bar just right of the Courses tab
  5. Open the assignment titled Recreation Management Verification Document
  6. Click on the blue tab Submit Assignment
  7. In the submission box at the bottom of the page, select Choose File and upload from your computer the document containing proof of all 400 of your pre-internship hours with approval
  8. Once your document is uploaded, select the Open button
  9. Finish by clicking on the blue button Submit Assignment

Additional Information:

  • Need help?? Come talk to any of the professors about where and how to complete these hours. Any of the professors can also approve your pre-internship hours. You can also go visit with our Internship Supervisor, Heidi Christensen. christensenhe@byui.edu
  • If you have multiple locations/hours throughout this pre-internship, please include a summary page in your submission with the total hours worked. 

Senior Internship Information

Criteria:

  • 400 Pre-internship hours and 24 Recreation Management core course credits complete.
  • Students must seek out and obtain employment or volunteer experience with a leisure activity service organization. Responsibilities must be above and beyond the seasonal staff positions. Students should seek opportunities where they will be given program planning, supervisory, and managerial responsibilities.
  • 400 hours and all coursework in a 10-week period
  • One location
  • Go through the approval process (see below)
  • Internships will not be approved during any of the between-semester breaks.

Process for Internship Approval:

  1. Go to https://iplan.byui.edu/enterprise/login.html?redirectUrl=https%253A%252F%252Fiplan.byui.edu%252Fenterprise%252F
  2. Click BYU Idaho-Login
  3. Sign in with your BYU-Idaho account
  4. Select Internship Approval from the top bar of the page
  5. Follow the instructions on the page
  6. Once your internship is approved, register for the RM498A it is a 3 credit course.

(All affiliation agreement questions should be directed to the internship office at 208-496-9801)

Additional Information:

  • Internships end the last day of the semester. There are no exceptions, so plan accordingly! It is better to start your internship 1-2 weeks early to complete the hours if needed.
  • You cannot start counting your internship hours until your internship has been approved.
  • There are assignments due during your internship. They will be completed on a weekly basis. Late work will be worth ½ points. There will be a full grade deduction for every 25 hours below 400.
  • Watch your inbox and the Recreation Management – Major course for ideas on internships.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are office hours? Mon & Wed by appointment only christensenhe@byui.edu

Do I have to complete my internship in one semester? Yes, it must be complete by the last day of the semester.

Who do I go to if I want advice on when/where to do my internship? Any recreation professor can help guide you in your internship pursuit. For Recreation Management, you can start with visiting with Sister Christensen. (christensenhe@byui.edu)

Who do I ask questions concerning coursework and course requirements? You can see Sister Christensen for all coursework—however, once you have registered for RM498A, you will be enrolled in the course on Canvas where you can also find instructions for all coursework.

How long does the approval process take? The approval process usually takes place in a couple of days; however, if you are interning at a new location and BYU-Idaho does not already have an affiliation agreement, this process could take several weeks. Make sure you fill out the approval form to account for this.
  • You may earn 1-4 credits.
  • You are required to work 70 hours per credit hour.
  • Your internship needs to be a minimum of 7 weeks and 10 hours per week.
Social Work Majors are required to do two 250-hour internships, for a total of 500 hours. An internship fair will be held to help students secure placements.
Doreen Fredrickson • fredricksond@byui.edu208-520-1610

PRE-INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Pre-Internship Hours:

  • 400 hours required.
  • All hours must be accumulated after high school graduation.
  • At least 200 hours must be in the therapeutic recreation field or working with people with disabilities.
  • Up to 100 hours can be from any job.
  • Up to 200 hours can be in the recreation field.
  • Students may include volunteer hours from recreation and therapeutic recreation courses if the professor approves and signs off on them.
  • Keep track of all of your hours. You will need verification for your hours. This can be a brief summary of your job description written by your supervisor which includes the number of hours and their signature.
  • If your hours are from multiple locations, please include a summary page with your submission which shows the total hours worked.
  • If you need help, talk to any of the professors about where and how to complete these hours. Any of the professors can also approve your pre-internship hours. The Internship Supervisor, Sister Doreen Fredrickson, can also answer questions. 

Process for Entering Hours (after completion of the 400 hours):

  1. Login to your Canvas account
  2. Click on the Courses tab on the left side of the page
  3. Select the Recreation Management-Major tab
  4. Click on the Modules bar just right of the Courses tab
  5. Open the assignment titled Therapeutic Recreation Verification Document
  6. Click on the blue tab that says Submit Assignment
  7. In the submission box at the bottom of the page, select Choose File and then upload from your computer the document containing proof of all 400 of your approved pre-internship hours
  8. Once your document is uploaded, select the Open button
  9. Finish by clicking the blue button that says Submit Assignment 

SENIOR INTERNSHIP INFORMATION

Internship Approval:

  1. Complete your pre-internship hours and submit them.
  2. Locate an internship site. Complete their requirements (application, paperwork, etc.).
  3. Contact the Internship Office/Career Services to make sure there is an affiliation agreement between your internship site and BYU-I. If there is no agreement in place, ask the Internship Office to begin securing one.
  4. Complete the Internship Qualification Checklist (following) and email to fredricksond@byui.edu
  5. Submit your internship application:
    • Login to BYU-Idaho
    • Sign in with your BYU-Idaho account
    • Go to I-Plan (byui.edu)
    • Select Internship Approval
    • Follow the instructions on the page
    • Once your internship is approved, register for RM498B

Internship Criteria/NCTRC Requirements:

  • 560 hours
  • Minimum of 14 consecutive weeks
  • If you go under 20 hours in one week of your internship, you must restart; NCTRC considers a week to begin on Sunday and end on the following Saturday.
  • You will not be able to count more than 45 hours per week.
  • One location
  • The supervisor must have a current CTRS certification (verify on nctrc.org)
  • Supervisor must have CTRS certification for longer than one year to oversee an intern.
  • You must get your Senior Internship approved before you begin in order for your hours to count.

Additional Information:

  • Any exceptions to the criteria above must be approved by NCTRC and your academic advisor, Sister Doreen Fredrickson.
  • Make every effort to have your internship end on or before the last day of the semester. You may begin your internship one or two weeks early in order to accomplish this. If your internship is not complete by the last day of the semester, you will receive an incomplete. Upon completion of your internship, an adjustment to your grade will be made.
  • It is a BYU-Idaho requirement that in order to complete your internship, you must be registered for an NCTRC certification exam before the end of your internship. You will not receive a grade for the course, and will not graduate until you have completed this assignment. You can find the current NCTRC exam schedule at nctrc.org. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks to complete the exam registration process. Make every effort to complete this assignment early in your internship.
  • There are assignments due during your internship. Make sure you are turning everything in throughout the semester.
  • NCTRC internship requirements can be found on their website or by calling NCTRC directly.

Frequently asked questions:

  • When are office hours?
    • Currently, there are no on-campus office hours. You may reach Sister Fredrickson most evenings by phone or e-mail.  Please text before you call to set up a time to talk.
  • Do I have to complete my internship in one semester?
    • Yes, and make every effort to have it completed before the last day of the semester.
  • Who do I go to if I need advice on when/where to do my internship?
    • Any recreation professor can help guide you in your internship pursuit. You can visit with Sister Russell, Sister Greenwood, or Brother Barney. You can also e-mail or call Sister Fredrickson.
  • Who do I ask questions concerning internship coursework and requirements?
    • Once you have registered for RM498B, you will be enrolled in the course on Canvas where you will find instructions on all coursework. You may e-mail or talk to Sister Fredrickson if you have questions about the assignments.
  • How long does the approval process take place?
    • The approval process usually takes place in a couple of days; however, if you are interning at a new location and BYU-Idaho does not already have an affiliation agreement, then this process could take several weeks.
WDD398 |   Capstone Internship Experience

  • No direct sales companies.
  • Minimum of 300 hours
  • Must work at least 20 hours per week
  • Must be with a reputable, established company with more than 5 employees
  • Students must have a full-time web design or web development professional mentor during the internship with either a college degree in a computer-related field or have at least 10 years of related experience.
  • Internship must be in web design, web development, or web-related (i.e. web marketing, web business, etc.)

Prerequisites

  • Must have completed 60 or more credits.
GENERAL INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

  • Will the internship take place in a metals manufacturing environment?
  • Does the internship provide an opportunity for you to personally develop beyond your current skillset in the metals industry and leave you with a resume-building experience?
  • Does the internship opportunity pique your interest? Is it more than just a job for money?
  • Is the internship with a reputable business that is actively producing a product?
  • Will you be under the direction of a supervisor or mentor?
  • Will you have weekly access to the internet to be able to complete the internship course assignments?

WELD 298R

  • Minimum of 400 total hours required. This requirement means an internship is not possible during the 7-week summer session.
  • Minimum of 20 hours per week.
  • WELD 298R is only offered as a 1 credit course. It can be taken multiple times.
  • Self-employment or working for an immediate family is not permitted.
  • Off-campus internships only.
  • The purpose of the internship is to give you exposure to the metals manufacturing industry.
  • WELD 170 is a prerequisite to WELD 298R

HOW TO REGISTER

IMPORTANT: The following must be completed prior to starting your internship: 

  1. Go to https://iplan.byui.edu, login, and click “Internship Approval” in the ‘Menu’ dropdown.
  2. From the home page, click on “Internship Approval” at the top of the screen.
  3. Click “Create an Internship Request” and fill out the form. Make sure you submit your request when you have completed the form. 
    1. Your I-Plan internship request form will be reviewed by your faculty internship coordinator, and a master agreement email will be sent to your employer.
    2. Once your I-Plan form is approved AND your employer completes the master agreement, you will be notified via email that you are authorized to add the internship course.
  4. AFTER receiving the email authorization, visit http://www.byui.edu/, login, go to the “Student” tab, and add WELD 298R.
  5. You will then be added to a WELD 298R Canvas course where you will receive further instructions for the duration of the course.