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.
Students who wish to obtain credit for an academic year or summer internship experience must complete each of the following steps before the application deadlines. Because the application and registration process may take one to two weeks, you will want to complete all of these steps at least several days in advance of the application 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)
Download the IFC Application, located below.
Complete and sign the "Student Section" of the IFC Application.
Meet with the F&M 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 F&M faculty adviser for review and signature.
After your F&M faculty adviser has completed and signed the "Faculty Section" of the IFC Application, you will need to obtain the signatures of your F&M faculty advisor's department chairperson and your F&M academic adviser, respectively.
With the "Student Section" and "Faculty Section" complete, forward the IFC Application to your Internship 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).
Having obtained all F&M 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.
Once the application is deemed complete, OSGPD will deliver the original application to the Registrar’s office within 24 hours. You will receive an email and PDF of your completed application, with the OSPGD signatures.
Upon completion of your internship, the internship supervisor should complete the IFC Employer Evaluation Form (below). This form must be returned to your F&M faculty sponsor at least two (2) weeks before the end of the semester.
Spring 2020: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Fall and Spring Semesters - Last day to add a class (varies per semester, please see the academic calendar for specific dates.)
Summer 2019: June 21st at 3:00 pm. Applications received after the deadline will be charged a $100 late fee. In addition to the late fee, applications received after the July 9th drop/add deadline will be required to complete a petition to the Committee on Academic Status (CAS).
Pricing for Summer 2019 IFCs: $1883 for 1 full credit and $942 for a 1/2 credit.
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 (CAS) for an exemption to these policies. Please see the CAS webpage.
If you are applying for an Internship for Credit, please contact Jessica Haile, Office of International Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
General Questions? -- Call or email OSPGD at 717-358-4084 or email@example.com
Recognizing the value of summer experiences and the financial hardship posed by those that are unpaid (particularly common in the non-profit and government sectors), OSPGD is pleased to invite you to apply for the following funds:
- General F&M Summer Experience Fund: To provide support for a broad range of unpaid student summer experiences supporting career development in all disciplines.
- Shapiro-Cadwell Internship Endowment: To provide support for students who secure unpaid or minimally paid internships in the non-profit or public sectors, with a focus on public policy, sustainability, conservation, or the environment. Students are
encouraged to seek internship opportunities which are extensions of, or precursors to, their academic research and curricular experiences.
- David Schuyler Urban Studies Fellowship: To provide funds to support student research and internship opportunities in the area of urban studies, defined to include areas of local, national and global focus; for example, such locally focused topics as Lancaster architecture, economic development analyses, repurposing of historic buildings, Lancaster as a model for other urban settings, etc., as well as national and international topics such as effects of pollution, renewable energy approaches in cities around the world, debates about urban water supply, etc.
- Hershfield Biomedical Research Endowment: To provide support for student participation in off-campus summer opportunities in laboratory research projects at academic centers or non-commercial research institutions in the area of biomedical
- Eric C. Rackow, M.D. ’67 & Sari J. Kaminsky, M.D. Endowed Fellowship for Pre-Health Students: Designed for pre-health students to receive funds to support research projects, community or service projects, internships, or to defray educational expenses (CNA or EMT courses for example).
Students may apply with or without an internship or other experience already secured. Please note: Not all requests can be granted due to limited funding. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated financial need.
- Awards range between $1,500 - $3,500.
Students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply for OSPGD’s summer experience funding:
- Current, full-time first-years, sophomores, or juniors in good standing (defined for this application as those who have not received a sanction of disciplinary probation or greater);
- Have cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 at the time of application;
- Have not received summer experience funding previously from OSPGD;
- Are not receiving funding from another F&M source (e.g. Hackman, Marshall, Summer Travel Awards, Eyler) for a Summer 2020 experience or opportunity;
- Have or plan to secure an unpaid internship or other position to take place between May-August 2020. The internship or other experience must include a minimum of 200 hours at one organization over at least 5 weeks.
DEADLINES & NOTIFICATIONS
- General Funding
- Application deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020.
- Notification of awards: Friday, March 6, 2020.
- Pre-Health Funding
- Application deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020.
- Notification of awards: Friday, March 13, 2020.
MORE INFORMATION & APPLICATIONS
- Visit the OSPGD 2020 Summer Experience Funds post in Handshake for supporting documents, links, and to apply.
- You will need to complete the application via Google Form and upload the 2020 Summer Experience Funds Short Answers document to submit a complete application.
- Questions? Contact Ashley Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit the OSPGD 2020 PRE-HEALTH Summer Experience Funds post in Handshake for supporting documents, links, and to apply.
- You will need to complete the application via Google Form and upload the 2020 PRE-HEALTH Summer Experience Funds Short Answers document to submit a complete application.
- Questions? Contact Marissa Sheaf at email@example.com.
- If you are looking for funding and internships related to Legal Professions Advising, click here.
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.