Academic Year and Summer Internships

Serving in multiple internships will not only help you identify the fields and industries which best fit your unique talents and developing interests, but also make you a more competitive applicant for the post-graduate job market. 

Your OSPGD Adviser  can facilitate connections with F&M alumni, parents and friends of the College while guiding you through the internship search and application process.  You will benefit from the College's searchable alumni directory and OSPGD's mentorship database within Handshake, which contains 800+ alumni and parent mentors. Call us at 717-358-4084 or click here to set up an appointment. 


Internship for Credit

Students can complete an Internship for Credit (IFC) application to earn academic credit for  a summer or academic year internship. 

Learn more about the IFC process

Unpaid/Underpaid Internship Funds

OSPGD invites students to apply for funding to offset the financial burden posed by an unpaid or underpaid internship experience.

See details about funds


Handshake is F&M's online database of jobs and internships. You can also use the guides listed under "Resources" to help you find and apply for experiences.

Access Handshake

Applying for & Registering Your Internship Experience for Credit

Students who wish to obtain credit for an academic year or summer internship experience must complete each of the following steps before the below-listed  registration deadlines.  Because the application and registration process may take one to two weeks, you will want to complete all of the below steps at least several days in advance the registration deadline. In addition to the below resources, please consult the college catalog which contains additional Internship For Credit (IFC) resources and information.  

Registering Your Internship for Credit (IFC)

  1. Download the IFC Application, located below.

  2. Complete and sign the "Student Section" of the IFC Application.

  3. Meet with the faculty adviser who has agreed to sponsor your IFC and develop an Educational Plan with him or her which summarizes the academic component(s) and work product(s) which will result from the IFC.  Attach the written Educational Plan to the IFC Application and forward the same to your faculty adviser for review and signature.

  4. After your faculty adviser has completed signed the "Faculty Section" of the IFC Application, you will need to obtain the signatures of your faculty advisor's department chairperson and your academic adviser, respectively. 

  5. With the "Student Section" and "Faculty Section" complete, forward the IFC Application to your Internship Field Supervisor for him or her to complete and sign the "Employer Section."  (The Employer will need to provide a job description, which includes your internship tasks and responsibilities, as well as an internship offer letter).

  6. Having obtained all faculty and employer signatures, visit OSPGD at Harwood Commons, to obtain the signatures of your Student Development Adviser and the Director of Community and Employer Partnerships, which will be the last signatures you need.  Please note that your application will not be signed without a copy of your Educational Plan and Internship Description.  

  7. Submit the fully-executed and completed IFC application to the Registrar's Office by the registration deadline date (detaled below).  

Upon completion of your internship, the internship supervisor should complete the IFC Employer Evaluation Form (below).  This form must be returned to your faculty sponsor at least two (2) weeks before the end of the semester.

Application Deadlines:

Fall and Spring Semesters - Last day to drop/add a class (varies per semester, please see the academic calendar for specific dates.)

Summer 2018: June 18th at 4:30 pm.  Applications received after the deadline will be charged a $100 late fee.  In addition to the late fee, applications received after the July 6th, 2018 drop/add deadline will be required to complete a petition to the Committee on Academic Status (CAS).

Pricing for Summer 2018 IFCs:  $1764  for 1 full credit and $882 for a 1/2 credit. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above

  • To earn 1 credit, students must intern for 96 (or more) hours; to earn a 1/2 credit, students must intern for 46 - 95 hours over the course of the semester or summmer

  • Only 2 course credits from internships may count toward the completion of graduation requirements

  • During the academic year, there is no additional fee for an internship for credit UNLESS the students is enrolled as a part-time student (less than 3 credits)

Note:  If you do not meet the GPA requirement or are submitting a late application, you must petition the Committee on Academic Status for an exemption to these policies. You can find the petition above. Please contact Monica Kosiorek at 717-358-4000  for additional information. 

International Students

If you are applying for an Internship for Credit, please visit contact the Office of International Program's Jessica Haile at for information about specific requirements, including Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Please allow one week to obtain CPT authorization.

Questions about CPT should be directed to the Office of International Programs.

Questions? -- Call or email OSPGD at 717-358-4084 or

Unpaid Summer Internship Funds 

 The 2019 revised application and guidelines will be posted  in December 2018. 

Summer internships allow students to explore potential career paths, establish meaningful connections, and open doors to post-graduate employment. Recognizing the value of summer internships and the financial hardship posed by unpaid summer experiences (particularly common in the non-profit and government sectors), OSPGD is pleased to announce and invite you to apply for either the General Summer Internship Fund or the Health/Medicine Internship Funds (Hershfield-Rosenthal and Rackow). 

Please note that not all requests can or will be granted due to the limited funding available, and that preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding from OSPGD.


  • Be a current, full-time first-year, sophomore or junior student in good standing with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.7
  • Plan to intern a minimum of 200 hours at one organization over at least five weeks, between May and August 2019.

Deadlines & Notifications:

  • The application deadline is Friday, February 8th, 2019, by 4:30 p.m. (EST) 
  • Notification of award will be in March 2019.


Job & Internship Research

There are a number of different tools that you can use in your job and internship search. Networking is a great way to learn about companies and positions.  Job boards are another good tool, and there are hundreds of them.  We encourage you to be vigilant when applying to positions and to research opportunities and employers well before applying.  While we hope that  you will not encounter any fraudulent job or internship postings, we realize that fraudulent employers exist and are sometimes difficult to spot.  Review the below document for common red flags to look for and tips for researching companies and opportunities.