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. 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 Kyle Foust for additional details.
Kyle Foust, Ph.D.