The Theatre and Media Arts Department is very supportive of organizations who strive to give students real-world experience through internships, employment, or volunteer opportunities. These opportunities help students gain necessary experience, and employers benefit from the energy and talent of students who represent BYU’s commitment to honor and excellence. Due to the large number of internship and job opportunities we receive, we have provided an online newsletter for our students to view these postings and respond to them on their own. These newsletters can be found at: film.byu.edu (Media Arts Students) and tmastudent.wordpress.com (Theatre Students).

Unpaid Internship Requirements

Please note the Department of Labor’s requirements for hiring unpaid interns. The following six criteria must be met to allow unpaid internships:

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern, not necessarily for the company;
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern;  and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

Fact Sheet #71, issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, specifically states: Under these circumstances the intern does not perform the routine work of the business on a regular and recurring basis, and the business is not dependent upon the work of the intern.  On the other hand, if the interns are engaged in the operations of the employer or are performing productive work (for example, filing, performing other clerical work, or assisting customers), then the fact that they may be receiving some benefits in the form of a new skill or improved work habits will not exclude them from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime requirements because the employer benefits from the interns’ work. It is the policy of BYU’s Theatre and Media Arts Department to investigate and reject any postings for unpaid internships with for-profit organizations that clearly provide employer benefit. If your opportunity does not meet the above requirements for an unpaid internship, it still could be a good opportunity for a student. We can still post it, however, it will not be listed as an internship. Rather, it will be listed as a volunteer experience and credit will not be offered.

Please fill out the following form to submit your internship opportunity to post to our students: (Note: Please read the above requirements for unpaid internships) If you would like to include a picture in your post, please email the attachment to kyle_stapley@byu.edu.

Please make sure you add dates, times, and contact information. The more information, the better.

For questions or more information on internships, please contact Kyle Stapley:

Email: kyle_stapley@byu.edu

Fax: (801) 422-0654; Attn: Internship Office

Address mail correspondence to:

Theatre and Media Arts Internship Office
D-581 HFAC
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

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