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Project-Based Internships (PBI)

The PBI program combines critical business principles and real-world experience to help prepare students for future success in their careers.

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What is a Project-Based Internship (PBI)?

An internship is a required part of Ensign College students' coursework. Traditional internships often require students to relocate, quit part-time employment and/or take time off school.

Project-based internships provide an alternative to a traditional internship. After students register for the PBI course, they are given the opportunity to work on teams of three to five students for a semester to complete a company-directed project. As unpaid interns, students receive academic credit and valuable work experience, while the sponsoring company benefits from their assigned team's hard work and deliverables.

A win-win.

Contact Us

Have a question about project-based internships? Get in touch, we're here to help!

Phone: (801) 524-1903
Email: pbi@ensign.edu
Website: ensign.edu/pbi

Get the Experience to Get the Job

You can't get a job without experience ... but you can't get experience without a job. Project-based internships are a great way to develop and refine marketable skills. Partnering with a business, you may work on a project in a variety of fields, including marketing, social media, information technology, communications, supply chain, and more.

A project-based internship provides an opportunity to:

  • Meet Ensign College internship requirements and receive academic credit
  • Test drive your future career without relocating, quitting a part-time job or taking time off school 
  • Apply the tools you're learning in the classroom in a real-world setting
  • Gain professional work experience and references to highlight in resumes and future job interviews
  • Network with industry and career professionals who can mentor and assist you
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APPLY FOR A PROJECT-BASED INTERNSHIP

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How Do I Participate?

1. Register for course CAR 398R or CAR 300R Project-Based Internships.

2. <b class="rte2-style-bold">Apply for a project assignment,</b> and be prepared to submit a résumé. 

*Please note that registration for CAR 398R or CAR 300R and submitting an application for a project assignment are both required to participate. 

How Does the Course Work?

Course Requirements
Students will attend class meetings as scheduled, and complete an engagement letter, project, plan, required learning Canvas modules, and a midterm/final report.

Projects and Teams
Once you are registered and have applied, the PBI Coordinator will assign you to a project and team. You will be notified of your team assignment somewhere between the week before classes start and the first week of class.

Each cross-functional team includes roles such as: team leader, project manager, sponsor liaison, deliverables manager, and reports manager.

Tracking Hours
Students work 7-9 hours a week on their project, tracking and reporting hours on time sheets. Countable hours might include time spent on team meetings, project research, work done on project deliverables, time spent on Canvas modules and Qualtrics 360 survey, and attendance in class.

Employer Expectations
Project sponsors (employers) expect students to view a PBI as a real job where real problems are solved. Students are required to be professional and use critical thinking and teamwork to complete projects.

Sponsor A Project-Based Internship to Build Your Business

Looking for help to solve a current business problem facing your organization? Sponsor one of our student experiential learning teams for a semester-long project (40 hours per week for 14 weeks).

Your company will receive the equivalent work output of a full-time college intern from a team of part-time students collaborating on your project. In turn, students receive academic credit and gain valuable real-life work experience in their chosen field. Benefits to sponsorship include:

  • Building your talent pipeline 
  • High-quality, no-cost work from future professionals
  • Expanding brand recognition across campus 
  • Delivering cutting edge processes and technology to customers 
  • Access to hundreds of Ensign College and BYU Pathway resources 
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REQUEST A PBI TEAM FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION

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Project Opportunities
Sponsoring companies should submit college-level projects that will create value for the company while drawing upon student's skills. <b class="rte2-style-bold">The PBI application</b> includes a variety of ideas which sponsors may find useful in determining an appropriate project for their organization.

Some examples of project types include:
  • Sales & Business Development   
  • Software Design & Development   
  • Growth Strategy   
  • Purchasing  
  • Supply Chain Reporting & Logistics
  • Financial Planning & Analysis  
  • Entrepreneurship   
  • Cybersecurity   
  • Business Management   
  • Marketing   
  • Customer Service   
  • Data Management 

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