April 3, 2017
Writer: Spencer Williams
Internships are a valuable part of a student's experience at BYU-Idaho. Interns take the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the organization they work for to apply its real-world practice.
93% of BYU-Idaho students would recommend their internship to other students
Accounting student Dylan Parrish interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington D.C. to fulfill his internship requirement. His experience was much more than simply checking off a box on his road to graduation. He said his internship was a valuable experience where he gets to fully engage in the type of work he hopes to do for the rest of his life.
"PricewaterhouseCoopers is an amazing company to intern at," Parrish said. "They put you right to work. The kind of work that I do is the exact same that an entry level associate would do."
Parrish enjoyed working with his team, doing tax returns for big name companies, and having fun along the way.
"If you want to get into accounting, this is the firm you want to start out with," Parrish said. "They put you right to work and give you real-world experience."
1 in 3 BYU-Idaho student interns were offered a full-time job from the company they interned for
Communication student Tiffany Osborn completed an internship with the Family Crisis Center in Rexburg. This led to a job offer that extended beyond her internship and has helped shape her education and vision for the rest of her life.
"Towards the end of my internship, the executive director called me into her office and she expressed that they were grateful for the work I had done as an intern and then offered me a job," Osborn said.
Osborn said that it was a fairly easy choice to accept the job offer because of how great her experience was as an intern and that she had fallen in love with the work she was doing.
"As an intern, the responsibilities were fairly broad," Osborn said. "Now I do peer advocacy coordination, which didn't exist before I started working there. Because of the skills I demonstrated as an intern, they decided to introduce that new element that they had been thinking about for a while."
On a scale from 1-5, 88% of BYU-Idaho students identified themselves as a 4 or 5 when asked how well the university prepared them for their internship
Phillip Price, a communication student, interned with LDS Living Magazine. He wrote articles, edited, and strategized ways to direct more traffic to the publication's website. He credits his ability to be an asset to the organization to knowledge he gained at BYU-Idaho.
"I feel the best preparation for my internship came through classes that gave me experience in writing," Price said.
Price also utilized other resources on campus to help him prepare for his internship.
"I found the Career Networking Center to be helpful because I was able to revise my resume and practice interviewing many times," Price said. "That's what got me the internship in the first place."
On a scale from 1-5, 85% of BYU-Idaho students identified themselves as a 4 or 5 when asked if they were able to make an immediate contribution to the organization they interned for
Ethan Call, a psychology student, completed an internship with a summer research team on cocaine and other pharmacological inventions and felt like he was a major contributor in the work they did.
"I didn't really know what I expected going into the internship, but I helped a lot with the grant proposal and the process of editing and reviewing along with actual labor in the lab setting," Call said.
Editing and proofing is one of Call's strengths and he was able to implement this into his research internship. Call said his supervisor had him review the grant she was putting forward for a study she wanted to get approved. His supervisor was grateful for the help he was able to give her in that aspect of the internship.
"I think the most helpful skill that made me a good contributor was being able to pick up on things quickly and observing others," Call said.
On a scale from 1-5, 94% of BYU-Idaho students identified themselves as a 4 or 5 when asked if they felt like they added value to their organization
Exercise physiology student Brooklyn Stanger interned with the BYU-Idaho Human Resource Office. She says she quickly added value to Human Resources and the wellness program she promotes.
"I think people are catching on to the idea of wellness," Stanger said. "Not everyone is at once, but slowly and steadily we have more people than we've ever had asking questions about the wellness program. We have been getting more opportunities to share this program and it feels good to know it is working."
Stanger feels that her classes and experience at BYU-Idaho have been important in helping her with her internship.
"My human anatomy and physiology classes and nutrition classes have helped me to learn the big 'why,'" Stanger said. "It has helped me create my own passion for it. I now want to spread the importance of being well to other people."