Frequently Asked Questions
Are there set working hours?
Yes and no. Program participants align with two schedules: Mornings (9am – 1pm) or Afternoons (1pm – 5pm). We expect the majority of work to be done at our offices during this time and that all of the interns are available during this time throughout the week.
How strict is the credit limit requirement?
The strictness of the credit limit requirement depends on the position for which you apply and how many hours you intend to work. If you are applying to be a junior analyst, we strongly discourage you from attempting to complete a heavy course load and this internship at the same time. If you are applying to be a research specialist, the credit limit is more flexible.
What kind of work will I be doing?
The specific work you do during the project will depend on your client’s needs. You will be presented with a brief description of the projects available and from your top three selections; the RBDC will assign you to a team.
Some types of projects include feasibility study, market or industry analysis, competitive or consumer analysis, marketing, survey work, and more.
Do I get paid?
ALPS | Advanced is an educational training program and not employment. As such, there is no compensation. Junior Analysts and Research Specialists (located in the US) are provided with a small stipend. The stipend is to help cover expenses incurred while participating in the program.
How many hours are trainees required to contribute?
It depends on the position you apply for. General guidelines are that Junior Analysts will contribute around 30 hrs/week and Research Specialists around 20-25 hrs/week. This can vary from week to week.
Do I have to be in Rexburg to participate in ALPS?
No! Interns can participate remotely in ALPS Advanced from anywhere in the world.
Does this fulfill internship requirements for my major?
It should, but you will need to verify that. We have had interns successfully complete internships for credit from a variety of BYU-I departments. You will need to check with the internship coordinator for your specific department.
I’m a business management major, what can ALPS count for?
ALPS | Advanced has successfully been used for B398. If you are seeking B298 credit, you could also pursue our ALPS | Basic option.
How do I know if I’ve been accepted into the ALPS Advanced program?
Within approximately three-weeks of your interview, the RBDC will reach out over email with acceptance or denial letters.
When are internships available?
The RBDC offers internships along the same trimester schedule as BYU-Idaho. That means internships are offered in the Fall (September- December), Winter (January-April, and Spring (April-July). A smaller number of projects are also available during Summer Session (July – September). RBDC internships typically end one week before the BYU-Idaho semester ends.