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The following checklist is applicable to for-credit internship experiences. The Career Studio encourages students to plan 3-6 months ahead of time to avoid last-minute registration delays. Please be aware that some internship experiences require students to begin the process a year in advance. Pay close attention to application deadlines for semester registration and deadlines for the internship provider.  

Internship Application Checklist
Step 1: Academic Advising
Meet with your Academic Advisor to put your for credit internship on your map. The registrar’s office will not be able to register you for the course if this is not done.   
Step 2: Internship Coordinator
Meet with your internship coordinator. See the list of internship coordinators here. Discuss with your Internship Coordinator how this experience will help you with your career goals, professional development, and establish your 3 learning objectives. These learning objectives will need to be applied to your Handshake application later in the application process.  
Step 3: Get Hired
Get hired by a company. The Career Studio is happy to assist, guide, and provide support in your search for an experience that is right for you. It is ultimately up to you to find where, when, and who you complete your internship experience with.

Before meeting with us in the Career Studio please think 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, 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
Once you've been hired, you will need an offer letter that states: your name, your start and end date, approximate hours you will work (weekly or in total), amount of pay (or unpaid), and the job description. Later you will be asked to upload this letter to your Handshake application. You can also ask one of our Career Mentors for assistance to add this to your application.  
Step 5: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Each company needs a current (or within the last 2 years) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The Career Studio can assist you in finding out if your company has one. These MOU’s are an agreement between the internship provider and the school and states the responsibilities each organization has to you as a student during this experience. This document will also need to be uploaded to your Handshake application.  
Step 6: Register/Apply on Handshake for internship experience
Log into and register your experience. Select "Career Center," > "Experience," > "Request a New Experience," and complete the form. Upload your offer letter, MOU, learning objectives, and your signed assumption of risk waiver to your 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
Once these other steps are completed kindly contact the Career Studio so we can begin the approval process on your Handshake application. You can email us here at The approvals are done sequentially and will begin once all of these needed documents and steps are completed. Approvals and verification of your Handshake application may need to be reviewed by the following: Financial Services, IWORK (if IWORK student), program lead and or internship coordinator, Office of the Registrar, and International Student Services (if international student).

We encourage students interested in an internship to begin the process three to six months in advance. This will help to ensure that your experience is approved, and you are registered on time. Sometimes, depending on the internship provider, the application may start up to a year in advance. Please be aware of this as you begin to research if an internship is right for you.
Specific BYU–Hawaii major or department internship requirements and additional information