While ALPS projects are fantastic at providing meaningful work experience for your resume, there are many academic credit options available to students both on campus and online. Basic and Advanced Projects are designed to have enough flexibility in hour requirements and project type to meet your needs. They also align with the academic semester calendar. Depending on your major, these projects can potentially apply to internship or credit requirements. Generally, this approval process must be done through BYU-Idaho.
Applied Learning Projects(ALPS) are provided by the Research and Business Development Center (RBDC), not BYU-Idaho.
For ALPS | Advanced projects, students need to use the typical process to apply for internship credit or explore course substitutions. The best way to find out if an ALPS project will count towards credit is to apply for an internship through I-Plan, work directly with your Faculty Coordinator, and the Internship Office on campus at BYU-Idaho.
Advanced projects provide students with a 150 hour to 270+ hour experience over the course of a semester. The content and skills application of our projects are currently centered on business research. Some projects may have a need for data science skills and/or programming with familiarity with Python, R/Shiney, and SQL. For some majors, these project experiences will pair well with the internship requirements. Past students have found this alignment with applied math, business management, communications, finance, economics, marketing, public health, psychology, sociology, and more. However, students must work directly with their department on a case by case basis.
For ALPS | Basic projects, all students will receive credit through IDS 297R. Some majors may have an opportunity to substitute this elective credit for a required course. To explore this option, non-business major students will need to contact advising and discuss the options. The easiest route is to complete IDS 297R and then work with advising and your department chair to override the pre-authorized course substitution and/or internship credit. For business major students, ALPS | Basic is an approved substitution for B 298. Your grad plan will recognize IDS 297R as an equivalency to B 298R.
Basic projects provide students with a 105+ hour experience over the course of a semester. The content and skills application will vary by client. All Basic projects are an entry-level professionalism opportunity. A variety of majors can find out how their skill sets can be utilized to help an organization meet its objectives. In addition to the project work, students who complete ALPS | Basic projects will follow the same syllabus as the B 298R internship. This syllabus includes resume writing and development along with info interviews and networking skills.
Our ultimate aim is to have the ability to accommodate students of every major. We are still working to increase the options for all students at BYU-Idaho.