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A large majority of Penn State Brandywine students (85-87%) complete at least one internship before graduating. Half of our majors have a required internship built into the curriculum.

We encourage employers to utilize a variety of recruiting methods to connect with our student interns, through Career Services as well as through the faculty Internship Coordinator (see contacts below). Refer to the Recruiting page to learn how to advertise internship opportunities with your organization.


Definition (as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers)

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. 


Unpaid Internships – Law and Policy

Students can complete an internship with or without pay, provided that employers are abiding by the law as defined by the Department of Labor. Penn State Brandywine encourages employers to also abide by the criteria defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (a professional organization to which all Penn State campuses subscribe) which offers more clarity.

Although employers may legally and ethically sponsor interns without pay, it is proven that some amount of compensation, even if in the form of a stipend, provides incentive, motivation and support to students, many of whom prioritize in this way out of necessity. The applicant pool is likely to be more robust when some form of compensation is offered.

The 6 Criteria Required by Law (employers must comply)

The 7 Criteria as defined by NACE (to which Brandywine subscribes)


Internship Coordinators by Major

Internship Coordinators by Major

Major

Internship Coordinator

Email

Phone

American Studies

Dr. Julie Gallagher

jag63@psu.edu

 610-892-1464

Business*

Kathleen Yanoshak

kmy10@psu.edu

 610-892-1227

Communications Arts & Sciences

Dr. Wayne McMullen

wjm11@psu.edu

 610-892-1426

Corporate Communications*

Karrie Bowen

kab44@psu.edu

 610-892-1336

Elementary Education*

Dr. Patricia VanLeuven

pav2@psu.edu

 610-892-1462

English

Dr. Adam Sorkin

ajs2@psu.edu

 610-892-1444

Human Development & Family Studies*

Kathleen Meehan

kxm67@psu.edu

 610-892-1323

Information Sciences & Technology*

Nannette D’Imperio

nxd13@psu.edu

 610-892-1343

Letters Arts & Sciences

Patricia Hillen

pah14@psu.edu  

 610-892-1372

Psychology

Dr. Cynthia Lightfoot

cgl3@psu.edu

 610-892-1432
 

Requirements for Brandywine Majors

Students from all majors can complete an internship. Students can complete an internship with or without credit, unless the employer requires enrollment in a credit-bearing course. Five majors at Brandywine have a required internship built into the curriculum. The number of hours and credits varies from major to major..

Majors That Have a Required Internship

Major

Year Student Completes Internship

# hours
Required

Total # credits
(prep course+ internship +supervision course)

Business (Options: Financial Svcs,  Mktg, Mgmt)

Senior

300+

7-10

Corporate Communications

Senior

120

3

Elementary Education

Senior
(field exp. done earlier)

480

18

Human Development & Family Studies

Senior

480

14

Information Sciences & Technology

As early as
freshman year

300

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