You can still do an internship through our department! There are many internships in diverse fields and some that require other specializations beyond Spanish and Portuguese. We can place interns in areas from science, medicine, political science, business, art history and all in between. Please click here to visit “How to Find My Internship” and see a list of some of the internships we have available.
A study abroad is focused on language acquisition and cultural studies where students are accompanied by a faculty member who is an expert in the language and culture of the area of study. The study abroad is a curated experience where you take university classes during the week and go on cultural excursions, organized by the faculty director, on weekends. An internship, on the other hand, is focused on the “job” that is the internship and developing professional competencies. Interns travel and work independently and report to a faculty supervisor through online communication and limited coursework. Travel is possible, but is independent and organized by the student intern.
This will depend somewhat based on your internship. In general, you will spend your time working at your internship. This will also include meeting with your supervisor, taking breaks with coworkers, and doing your assigned work. With most internships, you will still have time to explore and take some trips around the area.
If you have already taken the classes required by the internship or if you need a couple extra credits to reach full time status, you maybe able to take a BYU Online class. This is not BYU Independent Study. For a list of BYU Online classes, please click here.
There are a couple options for students who have already taken the required classes for an internship. One is to take them again. If there is an R at the end of the class this means you can retake the class if needed. You can also take a BYU Online class. Please note this does not include BYU Independent Study. For a list of BYU Online classes, please click here. You might also be able to work with a professor and their corresponding departments to do an independent reading course, but this is not, however, very common and requires foresight and preparation.
We work with a variety of contacts abroad to find quality internships for our students. Please let us know if you have a preference, however, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to intern at your preferred organization. We work hard to provide you with a quality internship experience, but can not always guarantee your preference.
Yes. BYU scholarships, FAFSA loans, and grants can be used to pay for tuition and school fees associated with your internship. However, some scholarships come with specific conditions of use. It is advised to contact the scholarship organization for specific stipulations.
International students who need a FAFSA score can have a FAFSA score manually generated (used to determine a College Internship Funding amount) by contacting Eleanor Roberts in A-41 ASB (801-422-3534). Let them know they need to have Eleanor email that score to Elaine Davies (email@example.com).
Yes, you both can go. Your spouse needs to be registered for at least .5 credits. They can either do an internship along with you, or they can just register for the .5 credits through the Kennedy Center. This would provide them with the international insurance required by BYU for all those who travel abroad. If your spouse has already graduated they can still enroll for .5 credits and can still go with you on the internship.
This depends on your internship. Past interns have used Airbnb, renting websites, local Facebook groups, and local contacts (e.g.: supervisor or personal friends). Former interns suggest booking an Airbnb or hotel in the area for a few days to a week, then looking for housing when you arrive for your internship. However, students are not allowed to solicit church members for housing per BYU policy. If you would like some more specifics please speak with our Internship Secretary or Internship Director.
Even while on an internship you are required to maintain BYU housing standards. Please note, per BYU policy, students are not allowed to solicit church members for housing per BYU policy. If you would like some more specifics please speak with our Internship Secretary or Internship Director.