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Internship Program



The internship program allows our students to participate in experiences whereby they can:

  • apply the skills they have acquired in the classroom
  • assess what areas of the world of work might be best for them
  • develop their professional talents, skills and abilities
  • learn to become a “professional” beyond the day-to-day duties of the job
  • Network with professionals in the field


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.


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.


  • It’s the #1 attribute employers look for on the resumes of recent college graduates.  In other words, the experience you get helps set you apart from your competition.
  • Studies show you will get have more job offers and have a higher starting salary than your colleagues who did not complete an internship. Why? Because you have what employers want, experience.
  • It will help you sort out different career options and which ones will be most appealing to you. Therefore, you will be more satisfied with your “first destination placement” after graduation than your colleagues who did not complete an internship.
  • It will allow you to network with professional in the field who can be helpful to you in the job search process later on.
  • You will gain experience in interviewing and, if you’ve done well at the internship, acquire letters of recommendation.


  • Attend an information session a semester before your planned internship (a new schedule is published by the Internship Program each semester). See fall 2016 information session schedule here.
  • Using the resources found above “In this Section,” consider what internships and what internship sites are best for you.
  • Make an appointment with Dr. Foust as soon as possible to discuss and start the internship placement process.
  • Download the  internship application to your computer and complete all fields on the application form. Once you are finished, email to Dr. Foust and your academic advisor. In the email, ask that your academic advisor reply to the Dr. Foust indicating their approval for you to complete an internship (this will equate to digital signature or signature on a hard copy of the application).  You may also print the form and obtain a physical signature from your academic advisor.  Return to signed form to Dr. Foust in Main 209. 
  • Formulate a professional resume (or have the Internship Director critique your resume if already drafted) to be distributed to potential internship sites Resume Construction Guide.


Our Staff

Kyle Foust, EdD.

Director of the Internship Program
Office: Old Main 209
Phone: 814-824-2171

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.