The following checklist is applicable to for-credit internship experiences at BYU–Hawaii. The Career Studio encourages students to plan their internships three to six months ahead of time to avoid last-minute registration and approval delays. Please be aware that some internship experiences (depending on the internship provider) require students to begin the process a year in advance. Please pay close attention to application deadlines for semester registration and deadlines set by the internship provider. Here are a few things to remember as you start planning your internship.
Internship Application Checklist
Step 1: Academic Advising
Step 2: Internship Coordinator
Step 3: Get Hired
If you need help with finding an experience please help us, help you by thinking about where, when, why, and who you want to do this experience with. Think about what industry and job duties you want to perform during this experience. Be as specific as possible with your search. Only you know what is best for you, your skillset, and what will meet your expectations. Be specific and calculated, target your efforts and energy where you want to be. We suggest finding an experience close to where you want to live, in the industry you want to work in, and if possible, the specific organization you wish to work with upon completion of your schooling. This will help you to build the right network and relationships and will contribute to your future success!!
Step 4: Offer Letter
In your offer letter, it should state what responsibilities and duties you will have while on this experience. The letter should tie the experience into your major and show how your academic learning will apply to the experience.
Step 5: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Download the MOU from your Handshake application and ask your internship provider to read and sign. We prefer to use this MOU for each experience. If there are questions or requests to revise verbiage on the MOU, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review the request and seek approval from our legal counsel to make the requested changes. If the changes are accepted, we will provide you with the amended MOU to send to your internship provider. Once your internship provider signs the MOU, please upload the completed MOU to your Handshake application.
Step 6: Register/Apply on Handshake for internship experience
When creating your learning objectives please keep these questions in mind. First, "How does this internship directly relate to my major?" Second, "Why is this experience a critical and integral part of my educational program?" Lastly, "How will I apply relevant knowledge and skills from my classroom learning to this experience?"
To ensure your desired experience is approved it is important that you tie the internship experience to your major and show how it is going to help you improve your skills, education, and professional development. Each internship experience needs to be relevant to your major.
Step 7: Academic Internship Approval
Medical Insurance for International Internships ONLY
To register for this insurance, you must first let our Career Services office know so that we can input your name into the GeoBlue Insurance system. Once you have received a confirmation notification from our office stating that we have inputted your name, you can then go to either the GeoBlue Website or go to your Apple App Store or Google App Store and download the GeoBlue App to register. Please follow the easy steps to register. For your information, you will need to find a doctor close to the area where you will be living while doing your internship. Once registered, please visit the GeoBlue Member Hub or use the app to find providers in your area. You will not be able to register if you have not contacted our office first so if you are having issues, please contact us as soon as possible.