5 Steps to Getting Started

  1. Locate an internship
  2. Meet with your internship coordinator
  3. Complete the Internship Orientation Training
  4. Apply for academic credit
  5. Ensure your internship provider has completed the appropriate internship agreement 


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Internships are performed for several reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Gaining practical experience in a particular career field
  • Increasing professional worth during the job search
  • Networking with industry professionals
  • Gaining regular employment with the internship provider or a similar organization following the internship
  • Applying skills learned in the classroom
  • Test driving a career
  • Learning and adopting key concepts related to professionalism
  • Building confidence
  • Enhancing a resume or graduate school application
  • Acquiring academic credit

We encourage UVU students to complete one or more internships before graduation.  Most UVU students complete internships during their junior or senior year.  However, we also encourage students in freshman and sophomore years to complete exploratory internships.  Internships are available for students of varying skills level and your advisor can help you to determine when an internship will best fit into your academic plans.


Below you will find some great stories and videos regarding student internship experiences from both the student and employer perspective.

Krissi Cook at Internshps

Krissi Cook

KSL 5 News
Salt Lake City, Utah

"The internship program has by far been one of the best choices I have ever made.

"At first I almost turned down the opportunity because of the grueling 3 A.M. to 7 A.M. schedule they proposed, but I realized that sometimes it’s worth the sacrifice to really get where you want.

"I 110% recommend doing an internship. Now that I’ve done it, I can honestly testify that hands-on experience will far exceed learning in any classroom. I recently got a job at Utah.com (posted on UVU job board) as their video editor for their website. A large part of their decision was that I had already had hands-on work for a professional company.

"Recently I got a job at Utah.com (posted on UVU job board) as their video editor for their website. A large part of their decision was that I had already had hands-on work for a professional company."

David Iba at Internship

David Iba

Afghanistan Embassy
Washington, D.C.

David Iba served as an intern under the deputy chief of mission and political counselor of Afghanistan at the Afghan Embassy in Washington, where he used his Portuguese language skills to help the embassy improve relations with Brazil.

"It was a really odd sequence of events to speak Portuguese for the Afghans. I attribute it (the internship) totally to working at the [UVU Review].

"It was a huge opportunity. It was such a fast pace, I felt like my work was meaningful and will really make a difference."

John Lorz at internship

John Lorz

The Living Planet Aquarium
Sandy, Utah

"My Husbandry Internship at The Living Planet Aquarium was great! It took the information from my class and transformed it into workable knowledge, reinforcing everything I was studying and gave me hands-on experience in a biology related job. Add that to the school credit I earned and there was no way I could have lost.

"I always knew that internships would be a critical aspect of my education, but the rewards are greater than I thought they would be. Even before my internship was over I was offered a job to stay on at the aquarium.

"The motto of the school is to “engage,” but you have to take the initiative. I think anyone who is passionate about their degree and the field they want to go into should do an internship."

Hadley Evans at Internship

Hadley Evans

Rising Star Outreach
Chennai, India

"This summer I had gotten the opportunity to go to Chennai, India to do my internship. I would work an organization called Rising Star Outreach, being their media specialist. They work within Leprosy colonies, aiding them with medical, education and community needs. None of this would have been possible with out the Li Ka-Shing scholarship I was able to receive. This scholarship gave me an opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do but seemed like it was a far reach."

"People in the leprosy colonies have very poor living conditions and also don’t own a photograph of them or more importantly of their loved ones. Because I didn’t have to spend much of my own money on my tuition or flight I got to spend that money on supplies for the children’s school. Also I bought over one hundred Polaroid’s, I was able to take photos of people and families I met and was able to give those photos to them there and then. After I would take their photo they would sit there and watch, as their Polaroid would develop, first confused and then overwhelmed with excitement. There were so many other blessings that came along with receiving this internship but that was just one of many. I am so grateful for the Li Ka-Shing scholarship and for the opportunities it had given to me and to the wonderful people in India."

Yanko Ozhukev at Internship

Yanko Ozhukev

United Nations
Food and Agriculture Organization
Rome, Italy

"Working at FAO was amazing. What I liked the most is the fact that I was working in organization with such a global impact. FAO has so much influence all over the world, and just being a part of it, even as an intern, feel great. Every single day I learned something different."

"I assisted in different projects, and publications. I drafted news for the website, social media, and I was responsible for the department's newsletter. I worked on an online funding database. I was the only intern in the team and I was overwhelmed with work. The best part of the job is that I had real responsibilities."

"When I first got there I did not know what to expect. The first time that I went to work, I could not believe where I was. I felt like I had found my place. I have always dreamed about working for the United Nations but now I can say that I really experienced it. "