Through on-campus internships, students receive academic credit while gaining valuable real-life work experience in their chosen fields. In turn, organizations receive the equivalent work output of a full-time team of college interns working and collaborating on a semester-long project.
Working with business organizations, students may work on projects involving a variety of fields, including corporate finance, corporate social responsibility, human resources, investment banking, marketing, real estate development, strategy, supply chain, and more. An on-campus internship (OCI) is a great opportunity for students to put into practice the skills you are learning in the classroom.
What is an OCI?
- Brigham Young University–Hawaii finds companies that provide unpaid internships for student-teams during fall and winter semesters.
- Students work on company projects 7-9 hours per week on island.
- Teams of three to five do the work and consolidate results to report back to the company sponsor.
- Teams work together over 14 weeks to deliver professional-level deliverables for the company.
- The company sponsor will provide support and direction to the team.
How do I get involved?
Register for one of the available OCI course (available to students in all majors)
301R. On-Campus Internship (3) (F, W)
This course is designed to help students experience real-life professional projects within a team setting while remaining at the university. These projects are designed to have a moderate level of complexity consistent with the work a student would expect during a regular internship. This course requires initiative, creativity, communication, interpersonal skills, and sound judgment.
What are the benefits?
- Class credit at BYU–Hawaii
- Relevant work experience for your résumé without taking time off from school
- Great opportunities for networking
- No need to relocate or quit a part-time job
Toggle ItemWhat is an on-campus internship (OCI)?An OCI is a three-credit class providing students the opportunity to work on teams of three to five students to complete a company-directed project as unpaid interns during Fall or Winter semesters.
All projects are designed to provide value to the organization as student teams complete specific deliverables.
All underclassmen are eligible to apply regardless of major. OCI is a repeatable class so a student can take the OCI internship projects in as many semesters as they like. Students may complete more than one OCI in the same semester. No prerequisites are required.
Students work between seven to nine hours per week on assigned internships.
Toggle ItemAre there academic requirements in addition to project work?Yes. Students will attend class meetings as scheduled, and complete an engagement letter, project, plan, required learning Canvas modules, and a midterm/final report.
Toggle ItemHow do students apply for an OCI?Students need to Register for the CRDEV 301R Experiential Learning (3 credits) On Campus Internship class and submit an application for a project at our website . All students who are registered will be assigned a project that has their highest level of interest that we can assign them to.
Toggle ItemHow likely am I to be assigned to my preferred project?Applications are matched and assigned to project teams according to interests and the timeliness of the application.
Toggle ItemWhen will I be notified that I have been assigned to a project?Teams are assigned somewhere between one month before classes start and the first week of class (depending on the demand for the projects). You will be notified of your assignment two to three weeks before the start of the semester.
Toggle ItemHow are project teams selected?The OCI supervisor assigns students to specific projects by evaluating complementary skills, experience, and the level of interest expressed by the students the projects. There is an effort made to create teams with diversity in age, culture, background, and field of study.
Toggle ItemAre there specific roles in a team?Yes. Roles include team leader, project manager, sponsor liaison, deliverables manager, and reports manager.
Toggle ItemWhat counts as reportable hours and how do I report them?Countable hours could include time spent on team meetings, project research, work done on project deliverables, time spent on Canvas modules and Qualtrics 360 survey, and attendance at the 301R On-Campus Internship class.
Toggle ItemWhat do sponsors expect from a team?Sponsors expect students to view an OCI as a real job where real problems are solved. Students are required to be professional and use critical thinking and autonomy to complete projects.