Linguistics Internship Criteria

A linguistics internship is a practical work experience that both draws upon principles learned in linguistics classes and enhances learning about linguistics. To receive credit, the intern must be concurrently enrolled in Ling 399R and have a qualified supervisor trained in the field of linguistics at the internship. Academic credit is received by completing 42 hours of interning for every hour of academic credit registered for.  Although credits are variable, students typically sign up for 3 credits, which equates to 126 hours of interning, or approximately 9 hours a week for the semester.

The student intern completes a professional competencies training, fills out monthly work logs, and writes a beginning and end report.  The supervisor verifies the hours completed by the intern and submits to the internship coordinator a mid-service evaluation and a final evaluation of the intern’s performance.

If an internship provider would like to have interns participate in future projects, he/she can write a flyer-type description of the internship and our department will send that out to linguistics majors.  I will also keep that information on hand and share it with potential interns in our department.  The provider would also need to complete this Master Agreement with BYU:  Internship Master Agreement.

In order for a student to be involved in this internship, he/she would need to make the arrangement to do this internship with the provider, then  register for the Ling 399R Academic Internship by completing both a department Pre-Approval (see below) and the IRAMS application found at  That application is sent to me and I will approve it once I have a Pre-Approval form from the student and can verify to the BYU Intern Office that I have explained the academic requirements for the internship to the potential intern.  Once approved, the student can then register for the internship course.  The intern can decide how many hours will be spent on the internship and register appropriately for anywhere from 0.5 credits (26 interning hours) to 3 credits (126 interning hours).  It is even possible to do more credits, but 1 to 3 credits is most common.

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Completing 3 credits of the Ling 399R internship course fills Requirement 7 for the Linguistics major.

Our Learning Outcomes for the Linguistics Internship course are:

Outcome 1:

Apply academic coursework to the internship.

  • for Ling and ELang: Interns apply concepts learned in their academic classes to everyday, practical, linguistic situations outside the university, enhancing understanding of these academic concepts.


Outcome 2:

Develop and apply general professional skills to real-world work settings. Interns demonstrate several professional skills through documentation of:

  • familiarity with project management (effectively initiating and completing projects)
  • development of professional relationships and successful teamwork
  • effective communication and navigation of cultural diversity
  • data analysis and research used to meet professional objectives


Outcome 3: incorporated into syllabus:

Be prepared to:

  • Establish expectations (create positive first impressions and lay the groundwork for strong working relationships).
  • Narrate a powerful, evidence-based internship story highlighting the professional relevance of your internship.