F&M Works in Lancaster

F&M Works in Lancaster is a selective program designed for students to explore their understanding of personal and social responsibility through:

  • Contributing to the community by working as an intern at a local nonprofit organization,

  • Engaging in meaningful discussions with a cohort of like-minded students about values, belonging, community and leadership, all within the context of exploring the common good.

All students are paid by the College. 

Questions? Contact  Lisa Wolfe at 717-358-4592.

Program Specifics 
Application Process:

The F&M Works application period for Fall 2022 will be open from August 9 - August 27. 

We are looking for students who are interested in meaningful opportunities to get involved with the Lancaster community.  Top candidates will demonstrate their willingness to commit to the program,  enthusiastically participate in discussions and positively contribute to the overall experience of the cohort.

The initial virtual interview process may start during the week of  August 22. Final interviews will run through the week of  August  29.  Placements will be finalized no later than September 9.

Students will be carefully matched with an organization according to their interests and abilities. 

Students are encouraged to apply for more than one internship to increase their chances of being selected.



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  • F&M students and their supervisors enjoy a luncheon to celebrate the end of the 2015 PSSI program. Pictured here is Jim Schultz, Program Director at LHOP and F&M alumnus, F&M student Kofi Alorzuke, and Squash ACES Academic Coordinator Susan Walker.
  • FM Works Internships are considered on-campus employment and count toward the maximum of 15 hours/week if you have two jobs.

  • In addition to being paid for your hours, students may also apply for an internship for credit (IFC). 

  • Internships may be virtual, on-site, or a combination. 

  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Must be available to work 10 hr/wk for the entire duration of the internship (either for the entire academic year or just for one semester).
  • 2.7 GPA or higher. 
  • International students: must arrange an Internship-for-Credit (IFC) per semester to receive the required authorization for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). You must have your major declared.
  • Can not be on academic or disciplinary probation.
  • Mandatory attendance at twice/semester Wednesday evening discussions and 1:1 check-in meetings.


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Next Steps: 
  1. We strongly encourage all applicants to make an appointment with an OSPGD adviser as soon as possible to review your resume and discuss your essays prior to submitting your application. 
  2. Review the Internship Descriptions and read through the variety of opportunities that are available to get involved with the local community.
  3. Be sure to visit the organization's website to learn more about their mission.  
  4. Check whether the location is within walking distance of Campus if you do not have access to transportation.
  5. Identify your top three choices.
  6. Draft a unique essay for each internship to make your case as to why you're a good fit for that specific opportunity along with articulating your interest in the organization's mission. Note: essays are reviewed by Ware Institute staff, not by the community partners.
  7. Make sure your resume is updated and saved as a PDF (with your first and last name in the filename) to be uploaded through the application.  If your resume is uploaded as a Word document, your formatting can be altered.

	F&M Works intern Tracy Hahn ’13 enjoyed the challenge of cultural and language issues in her refugee work at Church World Services in Lancaster. (Photo by Melissa Hess)

What  It's Like To Be an F&M Works Intern

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Misha Rodriguez '17, F&M Works Intern

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Mark Rooney, F&M Works Intern

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