Frequently Asked Questions
Are there set working hours?
No. ALPS | Advanced is an educational training program and not employment. The committed time to participate is a range that varies from week to week and student to student. The RBDC prefers program participants align with two schedules: Mornings (9am – 1pm mountain time) or Afternoons (1pm – 5pm mountain time). These time frames are particularly important for client meetings. Other project efforts have more flexible scheduling.
How strict is the credit limit requirement?
The strictness of the credit limit requirement depends on the opportunity for which you apply and how for many hours you intend to contribute – this number is usually driven by an internship requirement. If you are applying to the Junior Analyst opportunity, 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 or a Technical Researcher, the credit limit is more flexible.
What kind of skills are needed for the project?
The specific effort that you contribute 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. All ALPS | Advanced participants are eligible to receive a $300 support grant. The grant is available by application. The grant must be used to pay for living expenses and or educational expenses incurred while participating in the program.
How many hours are trainees required to contribute?
It depends on the opportunity you apply for. General guidelines are that Junior Analysts will contribute around 30 hrs/week and Research Specialists around 20-25 hrs/week and Technical Researchers around 5-10 hrs/week. This can vary from week to week. And as the ALPS | Advanced program is an educational training program and not employment there cannot be set required hours or a “work-schedule”. However, the program requirements specify that participants are able to committed to contribute the range of hours mentioned above.
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-Idaho and Ensign College departments. You will need to check with the internship coordinator for your specific department.
I’m a business management major at BYU-Idaho, what can ALPS count for?
ALPS | Advanced has successfully been used for B398R. If you are seeking B298R 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 and Ensign College. 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 semester ends.