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 Office of 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 intern advisor 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 the internship 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 or term in which the internship is completed.
Students participating in summer internships for academic credit or part-time students pay 50 percent tuition on a credit-hour basis. Normally, the university awards 1-4 semester hours for a summer internship. Summer internship credit is registered through the Office of Continuing Education.
Also available are non-credit internships, which can be placed on the academic transcript. For more information on this option, please write or call the Center for Career Services.
Whether attempting the internship for credit or not, students must complete a Student Learning Contract, to be submitted to the Center for Career Services, before beginning their internship. The university will not grant retroactive internship credit.
Please see below for information about Off-Campus Study Programs including: The Boston Semester, Lutheran College Washington Consortium Semester in Washington, D.C., The Philadelphia Center, The Washington Semester and The United Nations Semester.
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.
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 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.
One semester of study abroad is usually equivalent to one semester 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. Interested students should 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-semester-hour 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 Center for Career Services at Susquehanna University.
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 800 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 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, public law, foreign policy, conflict resolution, law enforcement, justice, information technology, international business and trade, journalism, international environment and development, 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 for-credit, off-campus study programs that are not sponsored by Susquehanna University. The university reserves the right to change these policies without notice.
- Students planning international off-campus study choose from a list of university-approved programs available on the SU Study Abroad web page. They may petition to study in a non-approved program, no later than one semester before the published deadline of the non-approved program application. Specific guidelines and forms for this petition are available on the SU Study Abroad Web page.
- Pre-approval from the appropriate Susquehanna department chair must be secured for courses taken off-campus that will fulfill major, minor, or core requirements at Susquehanna. Students also must complete required waiver and other forms before leaving campus.
- Students will be charged Susquehanna University tuition, activity, and health fees during the semester in which they study off campus in an approved program. In order for the student to participate, the Business Office requires that current tuition accounts be paid in full. Students will be billed for room and board directly from the off-campus program. 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 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be eligible for most forms of financial aid and scholarships, limited to one semester of off-campus study. To access need-based financial aid for off-campus study, students 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 Susquehanna, 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.
- Most forms of SU-sponsored scholarship assistance, including tuition remission and other institutionally determined non-need scholarships, will continue to be available to students in approved off-campus study programs. Exceptions include all Tuition Exchange awards and all scholarship and/or need-based aid to students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. However, Tuition Exchange awards and scholarship and/or need-based aid to non-U.S. citizens may be used for study in SU-sponsored off-campus programs, including internships and the SWSB London Program.
- Study abroad programs currently approved as financial aid-eligible will be designated on the SU Study Abroad Web page. 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 Off-Campus Program does not include payment of room and board charges.
- The provost, on a case-by-case basis, may grant exceptions to these policies for requirements of a major. SU-sponsored need-based aid in lieu of scholarships or grants will be considered to support requirements of a major as approved by the provost. Changes to the list of approved programs may be initiated through or by the director of international study programs, who may direct recommendations to the provost 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 provost, or, for financial aid, to the director of financial aid.
Susquehanna students have a strong commitment to volunteering and display that devotion through service both on campus and in the community. The Office of Volunteer Programs works to offer options and support for students interested in community service. Groups of volunteers organized and approved as "Project Houses" live and work together in the award-winning Project House System. Projects rage from tutoring middle school students to working with elderly in convalescent homes to working with people with disabilities. Other volunteer opportunities are available for students through fraternity and sorority philanthropies and organizations like Habitat for Humanity or Circle K. The Office of Volunteer Programs actively encourages service and social action as an important part of every student's personal and professional development. Interested students should contact the coordinator of volunteer programs at 570-372-4139.