Science Internship Program
Gain experience in your field while earning course credit.
Use your summer to get a head start on your career.
As a student at the Eberly College of Science, you have the option to receive course credit for your internships as you advance your scientific skills.
Internship Program Guidelines
- You need to be progressing in your degree program and in good academic standing.
- To receive credit, your internship must relate in some way to your academic plan and educational goals.
- Internship credit is offered via SC 294 or SC 494, depending on the skills and responsibilities required by the position.
- The course cannot be added retroactively after the start of the internship experience, so you’ll need to apply in advance.
- Registration for SC 294 and SC 494 is limited to students with major and minors in the Eberly College of Science.
Apply to the Internship Program
Complete the following steps to apply to receive credit for your internship. Remember: You must complete this process before your internship starts.
- Obtain a copy of your offer letter on company stationery. Your offer letter must contain the following information:
- job title
- exact start and end dates
- hours to be worked per week
- specific address of where you will be working
- brief description of duties (specifically what you will be doing and either how or why you are doing that activity)
- employer signature and the signer’s name and title
- Here is a copy of these Offer Letter Components that you can use to help with the preparation of this letter.
- Meet with your academic adviser to complete and sign the Science Internship - Adviser Approval Form.
- In LionPATH, please accept Financial Responsibility and make sure there are no holds on your account. Our office cannot register you for classes until this is done.
- Apply through the online application and submit all required materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact the Office of Science Engagement
If you have additional questions or need help starting the internship process, reach out to the Office of Science Engagement.
For professional development questions regarding finding and looking for Internship Opportunities:
Dustin Zettle, dmz5150 'at' psu.edu or set up an appointment through Starfish.
Engagement Specialist: Careers, Co-ops & Internships
If you are considering registering for the Internship for credit or have registered for credit, please reach out to: Dr. Tiffany A. Mathews, tam276 'at' psu.edu or set up an appointment through Starfish.
Explore more professional development opportunities.
The Office of Science Engagement is your resource for science experiences that go beyond the classroom. Find out what types of opportunities we can connect you to, or explore how Penn State’s career resources can support your efforts.