PSSI:  Public Service Summer Internships

PSSI connects 12 – 15 F&M students with a paid 8-week internship opportunity that thoughtfully exposes them individually to the mission and inner workings of a nonprofit or government entity while also engaging them as a cohort in the exploration of broader societal issues.  

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. 

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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 while also engaging them as a cohort in the exploration of broader societal issues.  

Program Dates:                                      June 6-August 3, 2018

PSSI training takes place June 6-8 and internships begin June 11  and end August 3.  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 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 11 – August 3, 2018 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 6 – 8, 2018.
  • A stipend in the sum of $3,500 underwritten and paid in full by Franklin & Marshall College. 

My PSSI Experience 

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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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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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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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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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