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PSSI Internships

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  • Program History and Focus

    The Public Service Summer Internship (PSSI) Program was created in 1994 as a response to an institutional belief that a true liberal education includes making meaningful contributions to one's community.

    This paid summer internship program helps students secure full-time internships in local non-profit organizations in areas such as: economic development, education, social justice, human rights, public health, environmental conservation, the Arts and government. Every Wednesday, interns come together for discussions and complete service projects. 

    Under the guidance of carefully selected mentors/supervisors, interns learn invaluable leadership and professional work skills. In addition, interns study and discuss a wide range of issues and challenges facing Lancaster while developing skills and techniques to serve the community.

Applicants with the following traits
are encouranged to apply:

  • A demonstrated commitment to community service and the common good.
  • Service in leadership positions on campus and/or participation in community-based learning internships and/or internships for credit.
  • Ability to articulate a sincere interest in an agency's mission and how it correlates to their interests or career aspirations.

2014 PSSI Internship Details

  • Application Period: FEBRUARY 17 - MARCH 3
  • Program Dates: JUNE 4 - AUGUST 1
  • Training/Orientation Dates: June 4, 5 and 6
  • On-site internships begin June 9
  • Stipend: $3,400, paid in 5 installments (housing is not included)
  • Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply
  • There is no course credit for this internship
  • For students who may be interested in working another on-campus job during the summer, please know that the Ware Institute submits time sheets for 35 hours per week during the program. Therefore, PSSI interns can only work 5 hours per week at another on-campus job.


Contact Associate Director, if you have questions.

Information for Community Partners

Community partner applicants must apply for a PSSI. Once the interns are selected for the program, Lisa Wolfe, Associate Director and Erin Conahan, F&M Works Program Coordinator will meet with the iterns to review the list of internships and community partners. Students will then follow up with organizations to request interviews and facilitate an internship placement. 

Organizations should expect interested students to reach out by mid March. Placements are finalized in April. The Ware Institute provides orientation for the interns on June 4, 5 and 6. Internships for the 2014 cohort will begin on Monday, June 9, 2014 and conclude on Friday, August 1, 2014.
Students are expected to work fulltime (32 hours/week) except for Wednesday's when the students meet with Ware Institute staff for discussion and reflection and complete service projects.
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  • PSSI is about public service and Lancaster!
  • Twelve interns will be selected for paid internships to work in the Lancaster community for eight weeks in the summer (June and July). Each Wednesday, the interns gather for discussions and reflection with the Ware Institute staff and complete service projects.

    This internship experience enables students to make a significant contribution to the community while acquiring meaningful job experience that can impact career choices.