“After working as a Student Affairs Graduate intern in the Dean of Students Office at Brigham Young University, I’ve realized this university is very special in many different ways. This is not just a university but a higher learning place in different levels of spirituality and academic foundation. I’ve established necessary skills for my future career by working in several departments on campus. It was a challenging workload but definitely gave me an opportunity to grow and progress professionally. My internship allowed me to work in various departments: Dean of Students Office, Multicultural Student Services, Honor Code Office, Women’s Services and Resources, and International Student and Scholar Services. It was very exciting working in several departments, getting a taste of the services provided. I kept in mind “What can I do better on my project and research for work?” therefore, it sharpened my understanding and contribution to the work. I’ll always remember the impressions I had and the people I’ve met at BYU during my internship time period. I am impressed with their services and work they do for the students. It helped me to learn how to care for myself and the people that I will work with in the future. BYU was a great and unique place, it was what I needed the most. I’ve learned selfless and honest work always pays back for good. Furthermore, I’ll continue challenging myself to learn and to progress and I hope I will start my career at a wonderful place like BYU because it has many qualities that I’ve never thought of even before I came to this very campus. The spirit is strong, people are welcoming, the campus is beautiful, services are performed well, and it is surely the best place to get a Student Affairs internship, I could not have asked for a better place than BYU.”
-Ulziika Sukhbaatar, BYU Hawaii, 2017 Summer Intern
“I chose to apply to intern at BYU because I wanted to get a feel for what it was like to work at a private university. I was not only able to do that, but I was also able to experience a whole new area of student affairs. Most of my experience and “expertise” lies within the realm of academic advising, and this internship allowed me to explore student leadership and civic engagement. While I was learning a whole new area, my supervisors and colleagues were both supportive and patient. I was able to build relationships with students, and given practical projects such as planning and facilitating leadership retreats and developing leadership training guides. I was also able to learn about other campuses throughout the state of Utah by attending different conferences and retreats over the summer.
I feel that this internship has impacted me both personally and professionally. Not being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and knowing very little about the church itself, I chose to approach this experience with an open-mind. I took advantage of every opportunity to learn about a whole new culture, and I was able to experience the ways in which faith and values shaped both the university and the Provo community. Though it was difficult to adjust at times, I have grown to appreciate a lifestyle different than my own.
Overall, this internship has reaffirmed my passion for working with students, and I have gained skills and experiences that will help me attain my first full-time position in student affairs.”
-Amber Maxwell, University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2017 Summer Intern
"An institution other than my own offered a look into how different institutions operate. I saw first-hand how values influence different aspects of a university, and how campus culture can shape a college experience. From the moment I arrived, my supervisor offered support and ways to meet my learning objectives. BYU clearly expressed dedication to me and my experience. I highly recommend this internship program!"
-Julie Edler, Concordia University, 2016 Summer Intern
"I have met people here who have impacted my life in ways that exceeded my expectations. Although some aspects of my journey were hard to adjust to, such as the LDS culture, I have learned to appreciate the faith, and hope to demonstrate some of those values in my everyday life. Through this internship I have gained skills that will help me as I transition into my first full-time student affairs position as an academic counselor."
-Xenia Machado, Stonybrook University, 2015 Summer Intern
"The projects assigned to me and the mentoring I received provided me with personal insights not just about how to work in Student Affairs, but how I personally want to approach my future career and the type of employee I want to be. Projects are important, but it is equally important to be given time to decide that you’re on the right path."
-Isaac Wutkee, Brigham Young University, 2015 Summer Intern
"The opportunity to work as an intern within Campus Life at BYU was a memorable experience and will be valuable to any student with an interest in student affairs. I was surrounded by incredibly committed and competent student affairs professionals, and they were excellent mentors as I worked collaboratively across Campus Life. I was exposed to a variety of functional areas within student affairs, and it was especially valuable to have a diversity of experience since I came to BYU from a large, public university. The staff was welcoming and collegial, and I was provided with a number of opportunities to contribute in meaningful ways. You will be hard-pressed to find a better opportunity to explore your interests within student affairs, and I endorse the experience completely."
-Nick Rammell, University of Arkansas, 2011 Summer Intern
“As a graduate student in a public administration program, this internship allowed me to gain valuable experience in the field of student affairs. At Brigham Young University, I was able to interact with, and learn from, both administrators and students. Working with several different offices in Campus Life allowed me to observe a variety of functional areas and leadership styles. Even before I arrived on campus I was encouraged and expected to be an active participant, not just a spectator. Through this participation I was given opportunities to practice new skills that will benefit me and the work I do in the future. Those who supervised my work sought my best interest. This was apparent as I was assisted in tailoring my experience to make it relevant to my professional and personal goals. I am grateful to have had this wonderful experience.”
-Kyle Ashton, Texas A&M, 2010 Summer Intern
“As a non-member of the LDS Church, this internship opportunity allowed me to experience a new culture and religion which I previously wasn’t that knowledgeable about. Since BYU is a religious-affiliated school, the experience also taught me how religion and spirituality can positively influence a campus community. Working with others in the student affairs field (both peers and professionals) really allowed me to apply what I have learned from my coursework into a real-work setting. Overall, my experience was fantastic and I would encourage others to take up this opportunity as well!”
-Kolby Knupp, University of Northern Iowa, 2010 Summer Intern
“The mission of Brigham Young University is unique in guiding students on their quest for perfection and eternal life, and during my internship experience I was able to work along side administrators in doing just that. From my first day at BYU the expectation of greatness was established, and although I was only an intern, I was treated with respect and given responsibility on meaningful projects. This internship gave me numerous opportunities to develop new skills sets and add to my professional tool kit. I had the opportunity to see the commitments that all members of the campus life family have towards the students at BYU, and I was able to affirm my personal commitment to them as well. I would recommend this experience to any young professional who is looking for a personal, professional, and spiritually uplifting experience centered upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I always knew I wanted to be a helping professional, but my experience at Brigham Young University affirmed it.”
-Chris Sutherland, CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, 2009 Summer Intern
“My internship experience at BYU has been absolutely phenomenal. I was able to express my creativity as well as individuality through the different projects I took on. I learned so much from all of the administrators and student leaders. BYU allowed me to explore my strengths and weaknesses and gave me the tools to succeed. I was also given the opportunity to include spirituality with education. This is a unique opportunity that I knew I couldn’t have experienced anywhere else. I left this internship with the inspiration and motivation to continue working towards my goal of having a career in student affairs. I have learned through this experience that the intent of this program is not based specifically on the actual work an intern completes and contributes while they are here, but what they learn along the way.“
-Jeanessa Harris, University of the Pacific, 2008 Summer Intern
"Brigham Young University is unique in its mission to educate students academically while also nourishing them spiritually. Observing the fulfillment of this mission firsthand in the Dean's Office was an immense gift for me as a student and a person. It really opened my eyes to the reality and importance of inspired university leadership. Seeing the inner-workings of our higher education administration and observing their interactions with students has been educational and uplifting. The Associate Deans were always available for questions and support and were willing to go the extra mile to offer resources or opportunities to learn more. Their influence helped uncover a valuable understanding of the campus life departments and their functions; they also allowed me to use concentrated time on personalized projects that were meaningful and helpful for students, something I will always cherish. Overall, the internship experience exceeded my expectations and taught me valuable life long lessons related to student affairs, spiritual growth, and the mission of BYU."
-Julia Rex, Brigham Young University, 2008 Summer Intern
"It’s not what you achieve; it’s how you achieve it. These simple but wise words help me to appreciate the personal growth and lessons learned during my internship at BYU. I have been able to explore my interests in a variety of departments on campus and help develop skills expected of new professionals in this field. This meaningful experience allowed me to participate in projects to engage students as they develop socially, academically, and spiritually. I was also given the opportunity to work professionally with administrators who mentored me. My journey was rewarding because of people who I met during my time here. This BYU internship reaffirmed my desire to work in Student Affairs."
-Daphney Bitanga, University of Southern California, 2008 Summer Intern
“I loved my experience at BYU. Although I was only a temporary intern, I was given tasks and responsibilities of a full-time staff member. The offices I worked for, Student Leadership and the Center for Service and Learning, provided quality experiences through team meetings, retreats, conferences, and assignments that challenged me and helped me to stretch myself. I had the opportunity to interact with senior administrators and make worthwhile contributions. I was impressed with the beauty of the campus and the quality of the students. There is a great feeling on campus that transfers to the work in student affairs. I would recommend this internship to anyone seeking a quality student affairs experience.”
-Dustin Peterson, Indiana University, 2007 Summer Intern
“My summer internship at BYU was incredibly memorable. As a former student, it was exciting to experience BYU again, this time from an administrator’s perspective and working with various students. This internship provided me with a well rounded educational experience for the student affairs profession while exposing me to several different areas of administrative development that I may not have initially considered to be a part of my professional future. My supervisors were actively engaged in my learning and they provided me with a safe environment to practice many of the theories that I had learned in my classes. In addition, the support I received from other staff members in Campus Life really strengthened my belief in this field of work. Most importantly, the unique aspect of being able to incorporate the Gospel principles of Jesus Christ in every motion on campus is what made me want to travel so far from home in Florida to get to BYU. The 40 hours of trip to get there was well worth the effort.”
-Jennifer Kehoe, Florida State University, 2007 Summer Intern