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For Students: What is an Internship?

An internship is an on-site work experience that is either directly related to your major field of study or your career interest. It can offer many benefits: valuable work experience (and may even lead to a job offer!), contacts in the field or industry, opportunity to apply classroom theory to the real world of work, and more.

Before looking for an internship, ask yourself these questions:

  • Why do I want to do an internship? What do I hope to gain from the experience? What specific skill do I hope to acquire?
  • Where do I want to do an iternship? My hometown? In another country?
  • What type of work would I like to do? In what field?
  • What type of organization would I like to intern for?

If you don't have a good idea of your own goals and reason for doing the internship, it will be difficult to convince an employer that you deserve the internship opportunity.

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For Employers: What are the expectations?

1.The intern should be closely mentored by a manager. The intern's work:  

a. Is project based      

    OR  

b. is managerial in nature. the intern manages people, a program, or a process.  

2.The internship should be a learning experience with structured feedback.  The feedback is periodic and documented (in writing) by a full time manager. Interns understand who they will report to (name, title), the number of hours worked/week, and the expectations of the position. 

3.The internship includes transferable knowledge, skills, and abilities the intern will gain which complements their academic learning. 

For On-Campus Internships. 

1.Write a proposed job description which follows the employer expectations

2.Submit the proposal for approval by BYUH President's Council. Internships are not student employment positions.

How do you find an internship?

So how do you find your ideal internship? It's a three-step process: (1) Determine Your Internship Goals, (2) Prepare/Polish Your Job Search Skills, and (3) Find/Track Down Internship Sources. To learn more about this three step process, read How to Find Your Ideal Internship by Dr. Randall Hansen (QuintCareers.com).

Before looking for an internship, ask yourself these questions:

  • Why do I want to do an internship? What do I hope to gain from the experience? What specific skills do I hope to acquire?
  • Where do I want to do an internship? My hometown? In another country?
  • What type of work would I like to do? In what field?
  • What type of organization would I like to intern for?

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If you don't have a good idea of your own goals and reasons for doing the internship, it will be difficult to convince an employer that you deserve the internship opportunity.

Internships are becoming increasingly competitive. You search for internships the same way you search for jobs. Thus you must polish your job search skills early so that you can effectively compete for the best internship opportunities. Need help polishing your job search skills? Make an appointment with a Career Advisor and get started now.

This is a professional job search experience so treat it accordingly.

Search for Interships

Internships are becoming increasingly competitive. You search for internships the same way you search for jobs. Thus you must prepare your documents, interview skills, polish your job search skills early so that you can effectively compete for the best internship opportunities. It may be an internship but it is still a professional job search experience...so, treat it accordingly.

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What sources are available to help me identify potential internship opportunities?

  • Your academic department
  • The Career Center
  • Your network of contacts, including family, friends, BYU Hawaii alumni, LDS church members and more

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When do you start planning for internships?

Each employer has its own application process so find out what the application procedure is for each individual internship in which you are interested. When is the deadline? (Note: Many summer internship programs, especially those for the banking and financial services sector and also many in US government departments or agencies, have a fall deadline.)

Internships are becoming increasingly competitive. You search for internships the same way you search for jobs. Thus you must prepare your documents, interview skills, polish your job search skills early so that you can effectively compete for the best internship opportunities. It may be an internship but it is still a professional job search experience...so, treat it accordingly.

Steps to Apply

  1. Meet with a program manager at Career Services to talk about internship options.
  2. The program manager will activate the internship application on YCareers that must be filled out in order to receive school credit for an experience.
  3. Meet with a program manager.
  4. Fill out internship information on YCareers.
  5. Once the application is submitted, you will receive an email outlining the paperwork that is required for your internship.

Internship-AT-CPT Learning Agreement (zip file download)

Employer: Memorandum of Understanding(MOU)

Other Documents
Student Agreement

Safety, Security, and Risk Guidelines

For Yamagata Funding, applications must be received by:
  Summer Semester internships - March 31
  Fall Semester internships - August 15th
  Winter Semester internships - November 30th
 
For Registration only (no funding), applications must be received by:
  First day of the semester

Experiential Learning Fund

Some students* may receive financial help with there acedemic internship experiences:

  • International Students
  • U.S. Students going internationally

*Campus internships do NOT qualify for funding

International Student Visas

Internship:  For F-1 and J-1 visa students. Pre-graduateNON-PAID work experience for academic credit.  Usually lasting one academic Term or Semester.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT):  For F-1 visa students. Pre-graduatePAID Internships.  Usually lasting for one to two academic Terms or Semesters.

Academic Training (AT):  For J-1 visa students.  Pre-graduate or post-graduatePAID Internship or on the job training. Usually lasting for one to two academic Terms or Semesters.  A pre-graduate experience must meet University Internship requirements.

Where do I start my internship process?

You begin and end your internship process in Career Services with the Experiential Education Program Manager.

When can I do my internship?

  1. Internship requirements for approval:
  2. Student must have a declared major field of study
  3. Student must have 60 or more credit hours
  4. Student must have 9 or more credit hours in major field of study, with at least one 300-level course.
  5. Student must be in good academic standing
  6. Student must have a GPA of at least 2.0


What are the internship deadline dates?

Summer Term - March 30
Fall Semester - August 31
Winter Semester - October 31

What is the length on an internship?

It varies, but for BYU-Hawaii students internships are generally 8-12 weeks.

How many work hours must I complete for an internship?

Work experience per internship credit is 60 hours of work equals one (1) credit hour (i.e., 3 credit hours = 180 work hours minimum).

How many credit hours will I be registered for my academic internship?

Internships cannot be less than two (2) and not more than six (6) hours of university credit. The maximum internship credit in a term is three (3) hours. The maximum total for internship credits is six (6).

Is there anything I need to prepare for my internship?

To receive internship pre-approval, a student must have completed a professional resume and mock interview. Career Services has counselors that can assist with the resume and mock interview. If going internationally, students are respnsible for obtaining their own visas.

Do I have to pay tuition for an academic internship?

Yes, half tuition is due for an acedemic internship. (You will keep your campus benefits)

Can my internship with Disney fulfill an academic internship in my major?

Disney internships must have the approval of your department chair to continue the internship process for academic credit.

Who do I contact for a criminal background check?

Contact the Criminal Justice Data Center. The local number is 587-3100, and the address is 465 S. King Street, Suite 101, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Can I do another internship?

Yes*, to be be eligable for a 2nd or End of Program Internship:

Completed coursework in:

  • 9 semesters (for US internship)
  • 10 semesters (for intership in home region)
  • Current Bishop's Endorsement
  • Faculty Recommenadtion/Support
  • Opportunity clearly related to major and/or is career enhancing
*IWORK students can only receive benefits for one (1) internship

How do I make the most of my internship experience?

Maximize your time on the job! Be responsible. Take initiative. Be self-sufficient. Observe company culture. Learn about the business. For more information on how to maximize your time at the internship, read Christina Richardson's article, Make the Most of Your Internship on Wetfeet.com's internship resources page.

What do I do when the internship is over?

Express your appreciation to the employer. Say thank you! Write a thank you note. Stay in touch.

Evaluate your experience. What did you learn? What projects or assignments did you complete? How did you contribute to the organization? How will you describe your experience to potential employers? What does this tell you about your future career path? Has this experience helped you more clearly define your career interests?

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