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Instructional Design Internship

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What will I do as an Intern at CIDI?

The Center for Innovative Design & Instruction (CIDI) hires 1-3 instructional design interns each semester to assist with online course development and instructional development for other course delivery formats. The interns work under the mentorship of full-time instructional designers and work directly with faculty to help them prepare instructional materials for online delivery, learn the systems they will be using, and ensure that courses meet USU’s quality standards. Duties may include Canvas course development, multimedia development, web development, graphic design, and more.


Who should apply as an Intern at CIDI?

  • A matriculated student in the ITLS graduate program.
  • Familiarity with learning theory and instructional design models.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including technical communication skills.
  • Some HTML and CSS coding ability is a plus. 
  • Basic multimedia and graphic design skills.
  • Ability to rapidly learn and simultaneously troubleshoot software and web applications, even while on the phone with faculty.
  • Ability to work on both Windows and Mac platforms.
  • Strong familiarity with various web browsers.
  • Ability to work well in teams.
  • An intrinsic motivation to help others.
  • A willingness to take ownership of tasks from start to finish, whether they be creative, engaging, perplexing, tedious, or ambiguous. 
  • An ability to work dependable hours during an allotted time frame.
  • A commitment to comply with security and privacy standards when working with sensitive data.


What else should I know about being an Intern at CIDI?

Work Schedule: Flexible, 150 hour experience
Hours per Week: Approximately 10
Wage: $15/hour
Semesters available: Spring, Summer, Fall
Kada CarlisleKada Carlisle, MLTID
Semester as Intern: Summer 2015
Degree Earned: Master of Learning Technology and Instructional Design, Utah State University, Fall 2015
Current Position: Migration Instructional Designer, Western Governer's University
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If there is someone you would like to meet or something you would like to learn during your internship, let your supervisor or boss know. Be willing to work on any project, even if it is outside of your comfort zone. Even if at times you may feel like "just an intern" your internship experience will help you in your professional life more than you realize. Working at CIDI certainly helped me!'

Brad DutsonBrad Dutson, MLTID
Semester as Intern: Fall 2015
Degree Earned: Master of Learning Technology and Instructional Design, Utah State University, Spring 2016
Current Position: Religious Educator, Seminary and Institute Programs, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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'Working at CIDI as in intern under the mentorship of the full-time instructional designers helped me understand what great online instruction in academia looks like, and how to design it yourself.  I would recommend you connect with as many people as possible and draw upon the talented mentors that work at CIDI, they know their business.'

Russell DuncanRussell Duncan, MLTID
Semester as Intern: Summer 2015
Degree Earned: Master of Learning Technology and Instructional Design, Utah State University, Spring 2016
Current Position: Instructional Designer, NetDocuments
Contact Information: @russellduncan88

'I was humbled and grateful for the opportunity I had to work at CIDI. I learned a lot, and was able to put my skills immediately to practice in designing and building some really awesome courses. I also really enjoyed working with the great faculty members at USU, and loved hearing the positive things students had to say about the courses developed at CIDI.'