Participating in internships during your undergraduate years provides valuable real-world experience outside of the classroom — the kind of experiential learning that sets students apart as they prepare for careers and continued education.
To help students find a great internship, the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences is hosting an Internship and Civic Engagement fair on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in the Wilkinson Center Garden Court. You can register here.
The fair will feature over 40 organizations, ranging from Make-A-Wish and United Way to Enterprise and Podium, and let’s not forget the free popcorn bar. The event is open for all BYU students, but is especially useful for psychology, sociology, and family life majors, as well as civic engagement, gerontology, and nonprofit management minors.
See a full list of participating organizations here.
“Students generally do a good job of working through their major requirements and checking the boxes to get to graduation, but often they are not aware of the huge benefit they would get by getting as much experience outside of the classroom as they can during their undergrad program,” says Karen Christensen, director of the Family and Social Service Internship Office.
Ideally, students should browse the fair and plan three or four experiences they would like to have outside of the classroom during their undergraduate years.
“Not only does this type of experience help build their resumes and give them the opportunity to gain new skills, but it also helps any student in a broad major figure out the best career path for them,” says Christensen.
Whether you’re a freshman trying to narrow down where you want your studies to lead or a junior looking for an internship with meaningful experience and mentorship, the fair will provide opportunities for all. While mostly focused on internships and volunteer positions, there will also be opportunities for students near graduation to communicate with organizations about career options.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the Internship and Civic Engagement Fair!
Register online for the event.
Find out more about internships in the college.
Starting January 20, 2022, BYU will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter all large gatherings. For more information visit byu.edu/coronavirus/events-activities.