On-campus internship program offers hands-on experience

Just a few of the companies the OCI program works with
These are a few of the companies the On-Campus Internship program works with. Photo courtesy OCI office.

BYU’s on-campus, three-credit internship program offers students real business experience while they are attending classes on campus during the fall and winter semesters.

The On-Campus Internship program (OCI), based out of the Marriott School of Management, is open to students from all academic disciplines, providing more than 1,200 student internships per year.

“The On-Campus Internship program is an excellent way to gain work experience and strengthen your résumé without having to leave Provo or stop taking classes,” said Nick Pericle, an OCI teacher’s assistant.

Participants work seven to nine hours per week as part of a team for one of a diverse range of companies including Fortune 500s, Utah-based start-ups and non-profit organizations featuring names like eBay, HP, Teach for America and Marriott. The companies that partner with the OCI program create opportunities for students with varying interests and educational backgrounds.

“We have something for everyone,” said Roger McCarty, the director of Experiential Learning.

Students who participate in the OCI program attain strong résumé-building experience and have substantive content to draw upon when they go into interviews because they are outputting real work for their assigned company.

“Every project is what that company needs done right now,” McCarty explained.

Students have the opportunity to select the companies and projects they are most attracted to when applying for an OCI. McCarty stressed that he has never turned down a student from the program.

“Teams are created by finding the best match between company needs and student preferences,” the OCI fact sheet reads.

The work the OCI teams produce often leads to paid internships and even full-time employment.

VIsit http://oci.byu.edu for more information.

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