The BYU Marriott School of Business encourages all students to add value to their academic education with an internship related to their major. As students gain hands-on work experience, they are able to assess their interests, build confidence, and develop professional skills. Many students have found that internships are the best route to full-time employment after graduation.
Internships may be part-time or full-time, with the length varying from five weeks to one year. The majority of students do internships within the United States, but interest and opportunities in international work experience are steadily increasing.
Students who have been accepted into the Marriott School will register for MSB 496R and will receive a letter grade for the class. (MSB 496R may be completed one time.) Pre-business students will register for MSB 199R for pass/fail credit.
International Student Registration
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 the Marriott School Internship Office receives this letter, a second letter will be prepared by the Marriott School Internship Office 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 to receive credit through the Internship Office in Undergraduate Advisement. However, it should be noted that the chances of the office approving the petition to add/drop the class after the deadlines are minimal.
- Maintain a positive attitude.
- Be punctual.
- Show initiative by volunteering for assignments if your work is completed.
- Accept criticism as a way of learning.
- Be cooperative.
- Ask questions.
- Keep a sense of humor and do not be afraid to let it show.
- Be patient. Do not expect too much too soon.
- Dress in a professional manner and be well groomed.
- Maintain consistent communication with your supervisor.
If you have concerns regarding your responsibilities, we expect you to communicate clearly with your supervisor. If problems persist, please contact the Internship Office in Undergraduate Advisement 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 concerned.
Unanticipated Termination Procedures
If you 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 your employment for performance reasons, the same principles and rules apply as above. However, if you are terminated for reasons other than performance, please contact the Internship Office in Undergraduate Advisement.
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 you will be paid for your internship, it will be necessary to follow federal and state tax guidelines in paying income tax.