Susquehanna encourages all students to participate in some form of experience-based learning. Opportunities include internships and practica, urban study programs, international study and work, and public service through the Center for Service Learning and Volunteer Programs. Experience of this sort not only makes classroom learning more meaningful but also helps in the process of career development. Experience often leads to employment after graduation.
Most academic disciplines offer internships during the junior or senior year. These work experiences allow students to apply what they have learned in courses to the real world of professional organizations. A faculty director and a supervisor in the place of work design internships together and each evaluates the student's performance following completion of the internship. While academic good standing (2.0 or better) is required for all internships, many departments require a 2.5 or better for internship approval.
Before arranging an internship, the student consults the academic department in which credit is to be earned. Department faculty must approve the student for internship placement and determine the nature of the academic responsibilities and the amount of credit. Candidates then formally apply through the Center for Career Services by the end of the semester prior to the work assignment. Students register for the internship credit in the semester in which the grade is to be earned as part of the full-time course load.
Students participating in summer internships for academic credit, or part-time students, pay 50 percent tutition on a credit-hour basis. Normally, the university awards 1-4 semester hours for a summer internship.
Also available are non-credit internships which can be placed on the academic transcript. For more information on this option, please contact the Center for Career Services.
Whether attempting the internship for credit or not, students must complete a Student Learning Contract, to be turned in to the Center for Career Services, BEFORE beginning their internship.
Practica are typically unpaid work assignments required in conjunction with a major program. Student teaching within the education department is one example of a practicum experience. Practica typically involve supervised experience and training in professional, academic, clinical, community and research settings. Faculty from their major department inform and guide students in the practicum requirements. Internships or practica are possible for any Susquehanna student who meets the basic eligibility requirements. Interested students should consult their faculty advisors or department heads.
Externships. Additional opportunities for freshmen, sophomores and juniors are available through EXPLORE, the Susquehanna Externship Program. The university designed EXPLORE to increase a student's career awareness. The externships are short-term, one- to two-week experiences in a work setting related to the student's career plans. The student observes a professional at the work site, either spending time with one person or rotating assignments to investigate the variety of careers. Students interested in the EXPLORE option should contact the Center for Career Services.
The Boston Semester, integrates course work, seminars, internships, and optional community service or service learning opportunities in public policy and human services.
The Washington Center offers both summer and academic year placements in the nation's capital. In either case, students work approximately 35 hours per week in a government, business, or non-profit setting and take one course at the Center. They earn 16 hours of credit for a semester internship or 12 hours for a ten-week summer internship. Interested students should contact the Center for Career Services.
The Philadelphia Center offers academic year placements in Philadelphia. Students spend four days per week in one of more than 700 field placements. They also participate in city and elective seminars to earn 16 semester hours. Interested students should contact the Center for Career Services.
Study Abroad. More and more Susquehanna students choose to complement their learning with study and/or internship experiences abroad. Susquehanna offers a wide range of programs around the world to suit student interests, fields of study, and foreign language preparation. Many programs are offered in the English language - even in countries where English is not an official language.
To be eligible, students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average, although many specific programs may have higher requirements. They also need approval of their major advisor, the appropriate academic departments, and the Office of the Registrar for the courses selected at another university.
A full year of study abroad is usually equivalent to a year of academic credit at Susquehanna. The university does not calculate grades earned abroad into a student's cumulative GPA at Susquehanna. Interested students should contact Associate Professor Scott Manning, director of international study programs, early in their academic career, preferably during the first year of study.
Internship Programs Abroad. To accommodate the increasing interest in career preparation and career-related work experiences as part of the academic program, Susquehanna encourages students to take advantage of a wide variety of internship experiences available overseas. Students receive no salary but may receive academic credit for their experience. Internship deadlines often precede other study abroad program deadlines, so it is important to make plans early.
Internships are arranged on an individual basis. Susquehanna University cannot guarantee positions for all interested students because of economic circumstances and other factors over which the university has little control. Internships abroad are open to students in any major and cover a wide range of interests. Internship options include summer programs (six weeks minimum), a semester, or a semester plus a summer. Contact: Associate Professor Scott Manning, director of international study programs.
The Boston Semester brings together college women from around the country to study and work directly with leaders in the areas of public policy and human services. Sponsored by Simmons College, the program is designed to take advantage of Boston’s vast educational, political, economic, and cultural resources. The 16-credit program integrates course work, seminars, internships, and optional community service or service learning opportunities. The program is open to women who have completed two semesters of study at any fully accredited, four-year college and have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application. For further information, contact the Susquehanna University Center for Career Services.
Lutheran College Washington Consortium Semester in Washington. Susquehanna University joins 13 other Lutheran colleges to sponsor a semester in Washington, D.C. During the semester, students take two seminar courses that are chosen from a selection of elective offerings. Students are also evaluated on the basis of a 30-hour-a-week internship, which they arrange in consultation with their advisor. Susquehanna students have completed internships at the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, Cable News Network, the National Organization for Women, and various Congressional and government offices as well as other public and private agencies. Credit earned totals 16 semester hours. Interested students should contact Professor of Sociology J. Thomas Walker.
The Philadelphia Center Program provides students an opportunity to work and study in the heart of Pennsylvania's largest city. Students are placed in one of more than 700 field placements, participate in a city seminar and complete an elective seminar while earning 16 semester hours. Placements are available in the applied arts, fine arts, economics, finance, management, marketing, advertising, corporate communications, TV/radio, public relations, law/government, medicine, physical science, psychology, social services and education. Additional information is available in the Center for Career Services at Susquehanna University.
The Washington Center offers students the opportunity to work in a wide variety of professional settings in the Washington, D.C., greater metropolitan area. Work assignments are tailored to the student's specific career interests. The university encourages students from all fields, including the arts, natural and social sciences, humanities, and business, to participate. The Center also offers special programs for women, minority students and those interested in environmental issues. For information contact Susquehanna University's Center for Career Services.
The Washington Semester is a cooperative arrangement permitting students to spend a semester in residence at the American University in Washington, D.C. Students may choose among programs in American politics or law, conflict resolution, foreign or economic policy, gender and politics, information technology, international business, justice, journalism, international environment, and urban renewal. The program consists of a seminar, an individual research project or elective course at American University, and an internship in a public or private agency. To be eligible, a student must have at least junior level standing and a minimum 2.5 grade point average, have successfully completed the appropriate course work and have demonstrated research skills. By contract with American University, course grades earned are calculated into the student’s GPA at Susquehanna. Internship grades are recorded only as S or U. Interested students should contact Assistant Professor of Political Science Andrea Lopez.
The United Nations Semester offers the opportunity to study international politics through direct contact with the United Nations and its related agencies. Drew University sponsors this program. It includes a seminar on the United Nations, an individual research project on some aspect of the U.N., and additional courses from the Drew curriculum, or an internship with the United Nations or related organizations. The U.N. Semester is offered only in the fall semester and has a March 15 deadline for application. To be eligible, students should have junior or senior level standing, at least a 2.7 GPA, and must have successfully completed at least one course in international relations. By contract with Drew University, grades earned are calculated into the student’s GPA at Susquehanna. Interested students should contact Assistant Professor of Political Science Andrea Lopez.
INTERNATIONAL AND OFF-CAMPUS STUDY POLICY AND PROCEDURES
The following policies and procedures apply to off-campus study for credit:
- Students planning off-campus study may choose from a list of university-approved programs, or, if they wish to study in a non-approved program, take the steps listed in the following section #6.
- For approved programs, a Susquehanna faculty member from the appropriate department must pre-approve specific courses for which students wish to receive transfer credit at Susquehanna. Students also must complete required forms with the director of international study programs.
- Students will be charged Susquehanna University tuition, activity, and health fees during any semester in which they study off campus in an approved program. In order to participate in Susquehanna's study abroad program, the Business Office requires that current tuition accounts be paid in full. Students will be billed for room and board directly from the study abroad program they attend. In addition, each student may be required to pay a deposit to the program for which he or she plans to attend. That deposit will be credited to the cost of room and board, as billed by the program. Questions regarding this policy can be directed to the Business Office at 570-372-4060.
- Students in approved off-campus study programs will be eligible for all forms of financial aid and scholarships, except student employment. They may receive SU financial aid and scholarship assistance for up to a maximum of two semesters of off-campus study. To access need-based financial aid for off-campus study, they must:
- complete the standard financial aid application, meeting university deadlines for doing so;
- provide documentation of all expenses they expect to incur in studying away from SU, including transportation, room, board, and other academically required costs;
- meet or exceed the required grade point average and satisfactory academic progress requirements for renewal of scholarship assistance and/or need-based financial aid.
- All forms of SU-sponsored scholarship assistance will continue to be available to students in approved off-campus study programs. This includes tuition remission, Tuition Exchange, and International Student Scholarships, as well as all other institutionally determined non-need scholarship awards. No SU scholarships and grants will be available toward the expenses of students participating in any of the Focus or other short term, SU-sponsored overseas trips.
- Students who choose to enroll in a non-approved off-campus study program must take the following very important steps:
- apply for a leave of absence from the university through the Office of the Registrar for the duration of the non-SU study period;
- obtain appropriate department/faculty pre-approvals for any transfer of credit;
- negotiate directly with the sponsoring institution on all aspects of the program, including scheduling, travel, billing, and the acquisition of official grade transcripts at the conclusion of the program.
- Students in non-approved off-campus study programs will not be eligible for financial aid.
- Study abroad programs currently approved as financial aid-eligible will be designated on a list available in the Office of International Study Programs. Approved domestic off-campus study options are listed in the "Off-Campus Study Programs" section of the university catalog.
- Participants are responsible for payment of room and board to their corresponding programs. The SU Study Abroad Program does not include the payment of room and board charges.
- Changes to the list of approved programs abroad may be initiated through or by the director of international study programs, who may direct recommendations to the vice president for academic affairs and the International Study Program Committee. Requests to change the list of approved off-campus programs in the U.S. should be directed to the vice president for academic affairs, or, for financial aid, to the director of financial aid.
More than half the students at Susquehanna volunteer at some time during their four years on campus. Susquehanna’s Center for Service Learning and Volunteer Programs coordinates the many forms of community service available to students. Groups of volunteers organized and approved as "Project Houses" live and work together in the award-winning Project House System. Numerous other opportunities range from Habitat for Humanity to the support of national and community charities by fraternities and sororities. The Center for Service Learning and Volunteer Programs actively encourages curricular service learning as an important part of every student’s personal and professional development. Interested students should contact the director of service learning and volunteer programs, at 570-372-4139.