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 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 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)

  1. Download the IFC Application, located below.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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).

  6. 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.  

  7. 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:

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. 

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 (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.


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

Unpaid Summer Internship Funds 


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  invite you to apply for either the General Summer Internship Fund or the Health/Medicine Internship Funds (Hershfield and Rackow). Students may apply with or without an internship 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 will be determined using the following base + supplements model:

Base Award ($1,500)

  • All recipients will receive the base award of $1,500 and may be eligible for one or both of the following supplements.

Relocation Supplement ($1,000)

  • Students who are relocating for the summer (i.e. wherein it is not feasible to reside at their permanent or campus address while completing their internship) will be considered for the $1,000 relocation supplement. Applicants should express their anticipated summer location(s) on the application and, if selected, update/confirm destination after securing an internship. Total award amount is subject to change until internship location is confirmed with OSPGD.

Financial Need Supplement ($1,000)

  • Committed to making summer opportunities accessible to students of all financial backgrounds, OSPGD is collaborating with the Office of Financial Aid to award $1,000 to recipients with demonstrated financial hardship. To be considered for this additional award, students must grant OSPGD permission to receive information regarding their level of financial need with Financial Aid via the summer funding application form.

Please note: Awards are designed to offset the cost of accepting an unpaid opportunity but are not intended to serve as wage replacement.


  • The application deadline is Friday, February 8th, 2019, by 4:30 p.m. (EST)  All applications must be submitted through Handshake, using this link 

  • Notification of award will be in March 2019.

Students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply for OSPGD’s summer internship 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 previously received summer internship funding from OSPGD;
  • Are not receiving funding from another F&M source (e.g. Hackman, Marshall, Summer Travel Awards, Eyler) for a Summer 2019 experience or opportunity;
  • Have or plan to secure an unpaid internship to take place between May-August 2019. The internship must include a minimum of 200 hours at one organization over at least 5 weeks.


  • Review the "2019 Summer Internship Fund Guidelines and FAQs" before applying
  • Use the "2019 Summer Internship Fund Application and Short Answers" and upload your completed application in Handshake

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.