PURPOSE OF THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The internship program allows our students to participate in experiences whereby they can:
The internship program is coordinated by Dr. Kyle Foust. In nearly every academic major, students can apply concepts learned in the classroom at an appropriate company/organization where qualified placements have been established (new sites are continuously approved). For every 3 credits of internship that a student is registered, they must complete a minimum of 200 hours in the field. Depending on the major, students can earn up to 12 undergraduate academic credits of internship. Recent surveys of Mercyhurst graduates indicate that those who complete an internship receive more job offers and higher starting salaries than those who did not complete an internship.
TYPES OF PLACEMENTS
Internships can be full-time, part-time or summer placements. A full-time placement allows a student to be placed across multiple terms for a period of 10 to 30 weeks. Part-time placements are typically 10 to 15 weeks in length and are often done during the course of the normal academic calendar. Summer placements allow students to work part-time or full-time with an organization; the number of hours is dependent on the student’s/organization’s needs. Students interested in completing an internship must attend an information session and complete an internship application form; preferably one semester before their intended placement. Student applications must be signed/approved by the student’s academic advisor and department director.
Zero Credit Option: Student wishing to complete an internship experience without having to earn academic credit can now enroll in this option. A zero credit internship appears on the transcript like a credit bearing experience. Contact Dr. Foust for additional details.
WHY SHOULD YOU DO AN INTERNSHIP … EVEN IF IT’S NOT REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION?
HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?
Kyle Foust, EdD.
Director of the Internship Program
Office: Old Main 209
EMAIL DR. FOUST
A 1989 Mercyhurst alumnus, Dr. Foust has worked with Mercyhurst students since the summer of 1995. Within that time, Dr. Foust has advised thousands of students regarding their career development and he has individually supervised nearly 2000 internship placements across the curriculum. Dr. Foust’s extensive contacts with the Mercyhurst alumni network and employers in general have contributed to placements in 37 states, plus the District of Columbia, and 15 foreign countries including Ireland, China, Israel, Vietnam, El Salvador and other European and Central American countries. He has successfully placed students in many US government agencies including the DEA and Coast Guard, major accounting firms like Jackson Hewitt, fashion designers like Brooks Bros., hospitality giants like Marriott, Hyatt, and Omni Hotels, local Fortune 500 companies like Erie Insurance, and foreign placements like the Bhutan Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Dr. Foust has also been a leader on campus. He has served as a member of the Judicial Board regarding student disciplinary sanctions for many years. In 2012, he was elected to the University Council. He chaired a committee which created the first ever Staff Senate and later served as the Staff Senate’s first ever Chair.
Dr. Foust graduated from Mercyhurst College in 1989 with a degree in Social Science Education. He received an Elementary Education teaching certificate from Edinboro University in 1993 and his Master of Arts in Social Sciences from Edinboro in 2001. He received his EdD from Duquesne University after completing the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program for Educational Leaders (IDPEL). He is a lifelong resident of Harborcreek Township where he lives with his son Evan, a future Laker in training.