PSSI:  Public Service Summer Internships

The Public Service Summer Internship program (PSSI) connects 12 - 15 F&M students (rising Juniors and Seniors only) with an 8-week internship opportunity that exposes them to the mission and inner workings of a nonprofit or government entity. 
A core element of each PSSI experience includes the opportunity for PSSI interns to help a nonprofit or government entity explore, expand and/or evaluate efforts to address current or emerging social issues and/or community needs/opportunities in a way that they may not otherwise be able to due to a lack of resources and/or limited capacity. 
F&M underwrites every PSSI student’s experience by providing them with a generous stipend.


 Internship Information

The Public Service Summer Internship (PSSI) program began in 1994 in response to an institutional belief that a true liberal education includes making meaningful contributions to one's community.  Interns are paid a $3,500 stipend by the College and work full-time for eight weeks in the summer. 

What Interns Do

Under the guidance of carefully selected mentor-supervisors, interns work full-time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on-site at various community benefit organizations.  

Every Wednesday, interns come together  on campus for discussions, reflection, workshops and to participate in service projects. Interns further develop their professional skills and understanding of  civic leadership while getting to know more about the Lancaster community and themselves.  

Students must be available for all the program dates.



Internship Descriptions and Application Information

Students are required to submit their resume as part of the application process.  Be sure to follow the instructions on the application about how to submit your resume.

Students may apply for up to three internships on the application.


APPLY:  February  14-March 2, 2018

PROGRAM DATES: June 6-August 3, 2018

Training takes place June 6-8; internships begin June 11  and end August 3.  Every Wednesday the group meets for reflections, workshops and service projects.  You must be available June 6-August 3.


Contact  Ann Hughes, Director, the Ware Institute.


 PSSI Student Expectations

To be eligible for the PSSI program, F&M students must:

  • Be rising Juniors or Seniors
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Not be on academic or disciplinary probation
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to immerse themselves in the everyday work of a local nonprofit or government entity to address a social issues. 

Each PSSI student experience will include:

  • Ownership of and/or responsibility for at least one specific project or task
  • The opportunity to present results of project/task to direct supervisor and/or organizational leaders in either a formal oral and/or written format. 
  • A direct supervisor from within the partnering organization who agrees to:
    • Serve as a positive role model and mentor who provides day-to-day oversight of the PSSI student experience while also thoughtfully including the PSSI student in opportunities to expand organizational and community issue personal knowledge base beyond day-to-day activities.
    • Expose the PSSI student to a variety of aspects of how said community partner brings mission to life and measures its success.
  • Discussion, discovery and reflection with a peer group around assigned social issue, efforts to address them, exposure to best practices and community/societal impact.  Includes final oral presentation of group findings and recommendations around assigned Lancaster County-specific issue.
  • A 40 hour per week commitment from June 12 – August 4, 2017 that includes four 8 hour days on-site at community partner site and one 8 hour day spent with PSSI student cohort.
  • Participation in 24 hours of PSSI cohort training from June 7 – 9, 2017.
  • A stipend in the sum of $3,500 underwritten and paid in full by Franklin & Marshall College. 

My PSSI Experience 

Story 7/24/2017

Kylie Logan, Communications & Fundraising Intern

I've wanted to work at Church  World Service since my freshman year at Franklin & Marshall, and I now have had the opportunity to find my passion in a new field of work, and reflect upon it with...

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Lee Scaralia, Summer Feeding Program Intern

Internship: Power Packs Project “I know that I want to work in nonprofits after I graduate. The PSSI program has allowed me to pursue this goal, because most nonprofits aren't able to offer pay,...

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Story 7/24/2017

Jacob Lichtblau, Historic Decision Intern

Most internships you go to work and then go home.  With a PSSI we have weekly time built in to share our experiences, look for ways to connect projects and troubleshoot issues in a friendly and...

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Story 7/6/2017

Fadoua Nabih, Youth Engagement Systems Developer Intern

"The PSSI internship is like nothing I have ever experienced before. On one hand everyone has their own individual and respective internship experience at a nonprofit, however what makes PSSI so...

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Story 7/24/2017

Daniel Grossman, Sustainability Advocate Intern

Lancaster is such a unique and engaging place where there is lots of good work being done and new ideas being shared. I feel much more connected to the Lancaster community because of PSSI." 

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