All international students must be at the university for nine months before they may apply for curricular practical training (CPT). Following this application in the International Services Office, students may locate an internship experience that is closely related to their field of study. If students are paid a wage at the internship, they must be registered for the internship class.
For academic credit, students must receive an employer-prepared letter stating the nature of the internship, duties and responsibilities, and dates when the internship begins and ends. Once BYU Marriott receives this letter, a second letter will be prepared by the BYU Marriott internship director stating how the internship relates to the student’s field of study.
The two letters must be taken to the International Services Office in 1351 WSC for final approval. Students then will register for internship credit through the university system. During fall and winter semesters, international students may not work more than twenty hours. Spring/summer employment may extend beyond twenty hours.
Students who find an internship after the add/drop date in the semester may petition the internship director in the in Undergraduate Advisement office to receive credit. However, it should be noted that the chances of the office approving the petition to add/drop the class after the deadlines are minimal.
Students should conduct themselves in a professional manner. Professional conduct includes:
- Maintaining a positive attitude.
- Being punctual.
- Showing initiative by volunteering for assignments if work is completed.
- Accepting criticism as a way of learning.
- Being cooperative.
- Asking questions.
- Keeping a sense of humor and do not be afraid to let it show.
- Being patient. Do not expect too much too soon.
- Dressing in a professional manner and be well groomed.
- Maintaining consistent communication with supervisor.
If interns have concerns regarding their responsibilities, they should clearly communicate those concerns with their supervisor. If problems persist, interns can contact the internship director in BYU Marriott’s Undergraduate Advisement office at (801) 422-4573 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interns should request regular visits with their supervisor. Clearly stated expectations—both from student and supervisor—ensure a more satisfying internship for everyone involved.
Unanticipated Termination Procedures
If students must drop the class for whatever reason, the same principles and rules apply as those found in the BYU registration instructions under tuition and discontinuance.
If the company terminates a student’s employment for performance reasons, the same principles and rules apply as above. However, if a student is terminated for reasons other than performance, please contact the internship director in BYU Marriott’s Undergraduate Advisement office.
Liability To the Company/Health Insurance
Brigham Young University provides a liability policy for each intern in the amount of $1,000,000. This policy underwrites the negligent acts or omissions of an intern who might cause damage or harm to the experience provider.
If a student will be paid for their internship, it will be necessary to follow federal and state tax guidelines in paying income tax.
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