Business Internship Program

An internship is defined as a semester-long, supervised work experience related to a student’s major or career goal for which the student earns academic credit. The work experience may be part-time or full-time and may be paid or unpaid.

Ship has a well-established Business Internship Program, which started in 1972, that provides opportunities for on-the-job experience while gaining college credits. While participation is not mandatory, students earn one full credit hour to every equivalent of a 40-hour workweek they finish. Students can receive a maximum of 9 credits.

The benefits of participating in an internship include:

  • Applying academic knowledge and skills to on-the-job experiences
  • Communicating and interacting with professionals in the world of work
  • Developing professional self-confidence
  • Clarifying career goals through exposure to a variety of career opportunities
  • Earning money for university and personal expenses
  • Building a network of professional contacts
  • Completing graduation requirements (general or free elective credit that does not apply to your minor or major electives for graduation)
  • Returning to the university with renewed interest and a new perspective on learning

Juniors and seniors (with over 60 credits) and sophomores (with 45 credits and a 3.0 GPA or better), who are in good academic standing, are eligible to participate in the Business Internship Program. You should acquire an internship within a company or organization that is related to your academic major. Internships can be taken for 3, 6, or 9 credits. Credit earned through the internship program may only be used as a general or free elective credit that does not apply to your minor or major electives and may not be used as a substitute for major course requirements.

Internships must be approved by the respective department chair and internship director.

Internship opportunities include family businesses, franchises, small businesses, and corporations where there is a need for entrepreneurial-minded individuals. Internships often turn into job offers, according to post-graduate surveys of Ship business students.

The SHIP Career Connection online job bank contains listings for both full- and part-time internship opportunities at some of PA's leading employers. You can use this online resource to:

  • Explore careers
  • Post your resume and other job-related documents
  • Connect with alumni and mentors to gather more information about specific career paths
  • Access the document library for helpful resources to aid you in your job search process
  • Research companies/organizations and positions available
  • Obtain information about upcoming events (job fairs, networking events, workshops, speakers)
  • Select “Favorite” employers and contacts
  • Manage on-campus interviews

To access the system and get started:

Questions? Go to the SHIP Career Connection document library (right side of the page) and view the “SHIP Career Connection Student/Alumni User Guide”. For additional assistance, please contact the Career Development Center at 717-477-1484.

Students can also arrange their own internship by:

  • Attending career fairs and expos: Held on campus (see upcoming events at top of page) and off-campus (Philadelphia area), these events are a great way to meet prospective employers seeking interns.
  • Networking with friends and family in the business world: You may know people who have connections to businesses with great internship opportunities.
  • Applying to federal and state programs: The Pathways Internship Program offers information for current students seeking internships, and the Pathways Recent Graduate Program provides options for student who will graduate soon, or within the past 2 years (6 years for veterans).
  • Seeking other online resources: Locate the type of internship that matches your career goals using these online resources.

The most current internship opportunities are approved and distributed by email to eligible students as we receive them from prospective employers. E-mails will include the job description, including a brief description of the company, location, job responsibilities, pay, and a set of directions on how to apply for an academic internship for credit. You need to respond to these opportunities immediately by sending your resume and cover letter to the point of contact on the job description. We encourage you to have your resume and cover letter reviewed by the Career and Community Engagement Center before sending.

Student Requirements

  • Professional duties and responsibilities must be directly related to the student's major and must be approved by the department chair and the director of the Business Internship Program.
  • Student must have achieved upper division status and possess a minimum 2.0 grade point average in business courses, major, and overall. Sophomores must have 45 credits and a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better.
  • Three credit internships require a minimum of 120 work hours.
  • Letter-graded internships are available for six and nine credit hours. Six-credit internships start at 240 hours and nine-credit internships require a minimum of 360 hours.
  • Internship positions may be established for the summer term (mid-May to late August), fall semester (late August to mid-December), or spring semester (mid-January to early May). Internships are not available during the winter term.
  • Internship positions may also be established on a part-time basis over the course of one or two semesters or the academic year.
  • Internship positions should be for pay except for opportunities with nonprofit organization.
  • You will need to take the initiative to search for an internship. You are more than welcome to stop by GRH 317 and speak with the director of the Business Internship Program to seek advice or follow the guidelines to search for active internships.
  • Contact prospective internship employers by telephone or by cover letter/resume (see Available Resources and Information) and try to schedule interviews with employers of interest.
  • Once an approved internship has been secured, contact the Internship Program Office to officially register for internship credit. Internships must be scheduled before the end of the add/drop period for that semester.

Student Intern Responsibilities

  • Meet the responsibilities and duties of the internship position as defined by the employer.
  • Read InternQube, by Michael True (ISBN: 978-0-615-46453-4 - available at the bookstore). This text is designed to prepare you for your internship experience.
  • Submit a 3- to 5-page paper about the above text to your faculty supervisor and the Assistant Dean no later than 2 weeks after the start of the internship.
  • Maintain a daily log briefly describing the tasks, responsibilities, and work-related experiences and submit to your faculty supervisor.
  • Submit a 1- to 2-page summary of the job to your faculty supervisor by the first day of each month during the internship semester.
  • Submit a 3- to 5-page summary report at the conclusion of the internship experience to both your faculty supervisor and the director of the Business Internship Program.
  • Complete an evaluation at the conclusion of the internship.
  • Additional responsibilities are required for 6- and 9-credit (graded) internships.

Student Internship Forms


Take advantage of the opportunity to enhance the educational experience of Shippensburg University students by offering an internship(s) through the John L. Grove College of Business Internship Program. Since its inception in 1972, our Business Internship Program has increased in the number of students participating as well as in the number of organizations offering internships.

To be included on our list of available internships, please submit an online Internship Placement Questionnaire. This information will be compiled and distributed to our students throughout the semester. If your organization is interested in sponsoring an internship, please contact the Business Internship Secretary, 324 Grove Hall, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA 17257 or call 717-477-1140 or at

Employer Requirements and Responsibilities

Submit a Business Internship Job Description Form for each internship position your company has available. Specify the hours, wage range, and responsibilities. Provide a clear job/project description for the work experience.

Internship are established under the following criteria:

  • Positions may be established for the summer term (mid-May to late August), fall semester (late August to mid-December), or spring semester (mid-January to early May).
  • Internship positions may be established on a part-time basis over the course of one or two semesters or the academic year.
  • Three credit internships require a minimum of 120 work hours. Each credit hour requires 40 work hours. We currently have 3, 6, and 9 credit hour internships.
  • Professional duties and responsibilities must be directly related to the student's major.
  • Internship positions should be for pay except for opportunities with nonprofit organization.

Once the department chair approves your job description, we will send it to all students in that major who are eligible to participate. After your internship is approved, you will need to:

  • Conduct student interviews at the worksite, on campus, or by telephone.
  • Designate a staff member to provide sufficient supervision and make assignments appropriate to the student's education level.
  • Provide a meaningful, practical experience that uses the student's educational expertise.
  • Orient the student to the organization, its “culture,” and his or her work assignment(s).
  • Assist the student in developing/achieving personal learning objectives, if applicable.
  • Offer feedback to the student on a regular basis.
  • Meet with the Faculty Advisor near the mid-point of the internship to discuss how the intern is doing.
  • Complete formal written evaluations at the mid-point and conclusion of the work experience (the Internship Office will e-mail the evaluations to you).

Employer Benefits

  • Provides a pool of prospective professional employees who are already oriented to your organization.
  • Reduces high turnover of entry-level employees.
  • Supplies competent temporary employees for work during peak demand, vacation replacements, or special projects.
  • Exposes organizational personnel to current academic curricula and concepts.
  • Increases the visibility of your company on campus when the intern returns to the classroom.
  • Contributes to society by supporting and providing work experience and income for the next generation of professionals.

Must an Internship Be Paid?

If your organization is a for-profit business, the U.S. Department of Labor expects you to offer compensation. Many students work their way through college and often give up a paying part-time position to take an internship. Receiving some form of remuneration is appreciated. If your organization is non-profit, and unable to offer a regular wage, consider helping the student with a stipend or internship-related expenses such as parking fees, mileage, meals, and other fees incurred during their internship.

Unpaid student employment will not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act if it is a training program that meets the following criteria:

  • The training should be similar to that given in a vocational setting.
  • The experience is for the benefit of the student.
  • Students do not displace regular employees.
  • The site sponsor provides the training and receives no immediate advantage from the activities of students.
  • Students are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period.
  • The site sponsor and student understand that the student is not entitled to wages for the time spent in training.

Many employers ask how much they should pay students. Pay for student interns last year in the Grove College of Business ranged between $8 and $24 per hour, with the average wage being $10 to $12 per hour.

Faculty Supervisor Requirements

  • Review monthly student intern reports to ensure students perform the duties/responsibilities as stated in employer job descriptions.
  • Review other student documents (see Student Requirements).
  • Schedule a meeting with the work supervisor and the intern near the middle of the internship experience. Meetings should take place in person at the work site. Conference calls may be used in lieu of personal visits if schedules and/or distance make a face-to-face meeting impractical. Additional phone calls with the employer and intern are recommended to supplement on-site visits if necessary.
  • Complete a formal, written midterm evaluation of the intern (the Internship Office will provide a link to the evaluation by email).
  • Submit intern grades to the Registrar's Office at the conclusion of the internship. Grades should be determined based upon the quality of work performed as evaluated by the employer (i.e., as indicated on evaluation form) and the quality of the documents submitted by the student intern as evaluated by the faculty supervisor. A copy of the employer's intern evaluation form will be given to the faculty supervisor upon receipt of the form from the employer.
  • Consult with the director of the Business Internship Program if any problems identified during the internship require immediate resolution.
  • Faculty Procedures Form (PDF)

Shippensburg University has long recognized the need to prepare its students with more than academic knowledge and skills. Since 1972, the John L. Grove College of Business has offered a Business Internship Program that adds practical work experience to student classroom preparation. We extend our appreciation to the following list of some of the organizations that have provided internships for our junior- and senior-level business students during the last few years. In addition, the university participates annually in the Capital Region Internship Fair and sponsors an annual con-campus Career Fair, which enable our students to network with approximately 100 organizations at each event.

Past Internship Employers

  • A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.
  • Adams County Housing Authority
  • Allen Distribution
  • Altegris Investments
  • American Red Cross of Susquehanna Valley
  • Angel Marketing Group
  • Apex Valuation Services
  • Applied Card Systems
  • Arooga's Grille House & Sprts Bar
  • Arthur F. Bell, Jr. & Associates, LLC
  • Baltimore Life Companies
  • Boyer & Ritter
  • Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fitz
  • Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverage
  • Capital BlueCross
  • Carlisle Productions
  • Carlisle Regional Medical Center
  • Chartwells and Pepsi Bottling Group
  • ChildTime School Age Care LLC.
  • Cisney O'Donnell Inc.
  • Citadel Broadcasting Company
  • Citizens Bank
  • City of Harrisburg
  • Clark Resources
  • Comcast Spectator
  • Community Banks
  • Computer Aid Inc.
  • County Commissioners Assoc. of PA
  • Cruzstar LLC
  • Defense Logistics Agency
  • DE Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Delta Development Group Inc.
  • DENTSPLY International/Prosthetics Div
  • Diverse Technologies Corporation
  • Dorney Park +Wildwater Kingdom
  • Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
  • Ellis Lee Hostetter & Co. PC
  • Ernst & Young LLC
  • EYC
  • Fastenal Company
  • First National Bank--McConnellsburg
  • Frederick County Internal Audit Division
  • Frito Lay
  • Geisinger Health Systems
  • Goodwill Industries Keystone Area
  • Graham Packaging Co.
  • Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Greenfield Property Development, LLC
  • Gretna Theatre
  • Hagerstown Suns
  • Harrisburg Horizon Basketball Alliance
  • Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
  • Harrisburg Stampede Pro. Football
  • HBG City Islanders
  • Hedin Environment - Iron Oxide Recovery
  • Hersha Hospitality Trust
  • Hershey Entertainment Complex
  • Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitor's Bureau
  • Highmark Inc
  • Holy Spirit Health System
  • HOPE International
  • Huston Family Chiropractic And Wellness
  • Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
  • James H. Hess, CPA
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg
  • JLG Industries, an Oshkosh Corp. Co
  • Journal Publications
  • JPL
  • Jump Start
  • Kellogg Company
  • Lake Raystown Resort
  • Legg Mason
  • Linear Acoustic
  • Livin' The Dream Foundation
  • Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, Inc.
  • Management Recruiters of Carlisle
  • Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc
  • Members 1st FCU
  • Merion Matters
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • Novak Strategic Advisors
  • On-Line Publishers Inc.
  • Orrstown Bank
  • PA Assoc. of Elem. & Second. School Principals
  • PA Bureau of Correctional Industries
  • PA Dept. of Agriculture
  • Padden, Guerrini & Associates, P.C.
  • Pavone Inc
  • PA Dept. of Transportation
  • PA Partnerships for Children
  • PA Assoc. of Non-profit Org.
  • Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA
  • Post Now PA
  • Praestar Technology
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC
  • Pyrotek Inc
  • Rager, Lehman & Houck, P.C.
  • REACH Alliance & Foundation
  • River Bottom Pottery Studio
  • RJ's Transport, LLC
  • Roxbury Treatment Center
  • Roy Rogers Restaurant
  • Sacunas Integrated Communications
  • Schreiber Foods, Inc.
  • Senator Arlen Specter
  • SHS Staffing Solutions
  • Six Flags Great Adventure
  • Smith, Elliot, Kearns & Company, Inc.
  • Snider's Elevator Inc.
  • Sollenberger Accounting
  • Sonic
  • Staples
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Straley and Associates, LLC
  • Suasion LLC
  • Susquehanna Polling & Research
  • Susquehanna Style Magazine
  • Suzanne Morgan Ctr. @ Ridgeland
  • TB Woods Inc.
  • The Eur-Am Center
  • The Herald mail Co.
  • The Lancaster Financial Group-Northwestern
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Sherwin Williams Co.
  • Universal Counseling Services
  • Volvo CE
  • Walmart
  • Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
  • World Trade Center Institute

Students participating in the internship program can choose from business, government, and service organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the many outstanding small and medium-sized organizations.

“Everyone I worked with at Ernst & Young was always more than willing to help me when I asked, because they understood that I was there to learn. I gained the practical experience and made business contacts that I will need when I start my professional career with them after graduation. Professional internships give you the edge and do make a difference!”

Jamie Taylor, Accounting, Intern with Ernst & Young

“My internship at Roadway Express provided me the opportunity to experience sales first hand. This internship expanded my communication and personal selling abilities by directly working with the reps and sales manager. In my job searches, employers were very eager to learn about my experience in sales. My internship was instrumental in helping me to land a job in Ernest & Julio Gallo's Management and Development Program.”

Jason Reigner, Marketing, Intern with Roadway Express

“My internship with IBM was one of the most valuable experiences in college. It helped me to see how I could apply information learned in the classroom to real business-world situations. The opportunity to interact with different departments enabled me to determine what areas I would like to pursue before actually committing to a full-time position.”

Julie M. Zeiters, Information Management & Analysis, Intern with IBM

“Working as an intern at Capital Blue Cross provided me with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a business setting that would be impossible to cover in a textbook or classroom. The professional contacts I have made during my internship will help open the door for employment opportunities upon graduation from Shippensburg University.”

Brian J. Dinger, Management Information Systems, Intern with Capital Blue Cross