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 Summer Experience Funds

OSPGD invites students to apply for funding to offset the financial burden posed by an unpaid or underpaid summer internship or other 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 application deadlines.  

Because the application and registration process may take one to two weeks,  you will need to complete all of these steps at least several days before the application deadline. In addition to the resources below, please consult the college catalog, which contains additional Internship For Credit (IFC) resources and information.  Please note:  Per the college catalog, "All IFCs are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.  Credit earned for passing an IFC will, accordingly, not count toward a student’s major or minor."

Registering Your Internship for Credit (IFC)
  1. Download the IFC Application. 

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

  3. Meet with the F&M Faculty member who has agreed to be the Sponsor for 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.  (A sample Educational Plan is available for download, below, and may be used to structure your own plan.)

  4. After your F&M Faculty Sponsor has completed and signed the IFC application, forward the application and Educational Plan to your F&M Faculty Sponsor's Department Chairperson and your F&M Academic Advisor to obtain their signatures. 

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

  6. If you are an F-1 international student, you must complete and include the "F-1 Student Section" of the application.

  7. Having obtained all F&M faculty and employer signatures, email the complete application, Educational Plan, Job Offer, and Job Description to to obtain the approval of the Director of  Employer & Community Partnerships and your Student Development Adviser.  Please note that your application will not be approved without a copy of your Educational Plan, Job Description, and Job Offer.  

  8. 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.

Application Deadlines:

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

Fall 2020 - Mod 1:  Monday, August 31st at 3:00pm EDT

Fall 2020 - Mod 2:  Thursday, October 15th at 3:00pm EDT

Summer 2020: June 26th 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 14th drop/add deadline will be required to complete a petition to the Committee on Academic Status (CAS).

Pricing for Summer 2020 IFCs:  $1902 for 1 full credit and $951 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 during both Mods 1 & 2 of a semester. To earn a 1/2 credit, students must intern for 46 - 95 hours over the course of one Mod during a semester, J-Plan, 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 student 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


International Students

If you are applying for an Internship for Credit, please contact Jessica Haile, Office of International Programs, 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.


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Unpaid Summer Experience Funds 

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 Funding:

  • General F&M Summer Experience Fund: To provide support for a broad range of unpaid student summer experiences supporting career development in all disciplines.
  • Schapiro-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.

Pre-Health Funding:

  • 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.


Award Structure: 

  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.