The number one reason that students, parents, and the public value higher education is to get a good job, and Gallup research shows that graduates who had a relevant job or internship while in school were more than twice as likely to acquire a good job immediately after graduation than their peers who did not complete an internship (see Busteed and Auter, “Why Colleges Should Make Internships a Requirement,” 2017). Internships give Ensign College students opportunities to apply lessons learned in the classroom, develop professional skills in a real-world environment under supervision from an internship provider, and interact with a faculty member through associated academic coursework. Internships also expand a student’s professional network.


“Internship” means an academic, curriculum-based, practical work experience in a particular field of study that enhances student learning and development of professional skills. An internship is not a component of a course; rather, it is an applied work experience that includes related academic assignments. An internship requires the supervision of an experience provider rather than a faculty member.

Internship Requirement 

To graduate from Ensign College, degree-seeking students are required to complete at least one internship or medical practicum related to a certificate or degree studied at Ensign College.  

A student earning an associate degree is required to complete one internship or medical practicum. A student earning a bachelor’s degree is required to complete at least one internship. A student earning only a certificate is not required to complete an internship unless specified as a certificate requirement. A student who applies directly to a bachelor’s degree program is required to complete only one internship unless their program of study requires two internships. If an associate degree program includes two certificates, completion of only one internship is required.  

A student who graduates with an associate degree and then enrolls in a bachelor’s degree program at Ensign College will be required to complete two internships—one at the associate degree level and one at the bachelor’s degree level. Internships are primarily off-campus experiences. On-campus internships (working for Ensign College) are strongly discouraged and must be approved by the Internship Exception Committee. Ensign Center for Employer Connections (EC2) internships are internships working for an employer partner who has an office on our campus. The companies are separate legal entities from the College and are approved internship experience.

Bachelor-level internships (CAR 499, etc.) must be Off-Campus Internships. 

Internship Standards 

Ensign College internship experiences must meet these standards:  
1. Relates directly to a student’s certificate or degree program.  
2. Provides the student with supervised practical application of previously studied theory.  
3. Focuses on real-world projects and problems serving employers or clients who are external to the college. 
4. Is administered through enrollment in an academic internship course. 
5. Internships are supervised by experience providers rather than faculty.

Ideally, internship experiences will expand a student’s professional network and relationships. 

College-Wide Capabilities (CWC) 

An internship experience at Ensign College should include further development of the College-Wide Capabilities that are related to skills employers seek in good candidates, namely  
1. Teamwork and Leadership  
2. Communication  
3. Technical Skills  
4. Problem Solving  
5. Professionalism

Minimum Hours and Weeks 

A minimum of 70 hours of total work in the internship experience is required, with a minimum of 10 hours of work per week for 7 weeks. Other scheduling arrangements are acceptable if the minimum requirement is met (for example, a student may complete 40 hours of work per week for 14 weeks).  

Most internship providers expect interns to work 20-40 hours per week for at least one semester.  
Students must enroll for a minimum of 1 credit hour and may elect to enroll in up to 3 credits. Only 1 credit hour is required, even if total work hours for the internship exceed 70 hours. Work hour requirements by credit hour are as follows:  
1 credit = a minimum of 70 work hours during the semester  
2 credits = a minimum of 140 work hours during the semester  
3 credits = a minimum of 210 hours during the semester  

Students wishing to enroll for 2 or 3 credit hours must coordinate with the Registration Office.  

Students must work for the number of hours and weeks agreed upon with the internship provider, even if they exceed the minimum number of hours required for the credit hours in which the student is enrolled. As capable and trusted disciples of Jesus Christ, students need to be mindful that they represent themselves, Ensign College and the Church and should honor the agreements they have made to the experience provider. 

Internship Preparation and Resources 

Students are encouraged to work with Career and Internship Services at least one or two semesters before they need an internship for assistance in identifying internship opportunities. Career and Internship Services will be actively looking for and posting Internship Opportunities and are happy to assist students in their search for a good internship. However, the student is ultimately responsible for finding and securing an internship that matches their interest and skills and the college-wide outcomes.  

Internships for International Students 

All international students pursuing an internship need to coordinate with the International Student Office and the Career and Internship Services. 

To learn more and get help preparing for, finding, or applying for an internship please visit:  

Career & Internship Services: