Undergraduate Internships & Externships

Undergraduate Internships & Externships

Clinical and research internship and externship opportunities are available for students seeking to fulfill graduation, licensure, and certification requirements.

Applicants must be formally matriculated students at a school, college or university with which an affiliation agreement has been established before placement occurs. Student interns and externs, once assigned to a sponsoring PSHMC/COM employee, will remain under the supervision of the sponsoring employee or designee at all times.

Internship Opportunities

Faculty at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine are able to post internship opportunities. See current postings.

How to Apply

Students should download and complete an application packet and return it to the appropriate department coordinator. See all department coordinators here. If you are seeking a nursing internship, see details here.

Please be as specific as possible regarding your preferred dates and times, and preferred faculty and staff who you would like to serve as your preceptor.

The required application packet, accessible here, includes:

  • Observation/Career Shadowing/Internship Application
  • Application for Visiting Students in Laboratories (required for laboratory settings only)
  • Infectious Disease Summary (required for clinical areas only; see details on how to complete this form here)
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Code of Conduct and Dress
  • Student/Visitor Waiver Liability Form
  • CPSL Disclosure Statement

Please type or write legibly on all forms. Be sure to make a copy for your records. If you need the information in these forms in another format, please contact the Office of Academic Placements at academicplacements@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Check to make sure your application and accompanying forms have been properly completed. Applications and accompanying forms should be mailed, or scanned and emailed to the department coordinator.

Approval for internships may take 8 to 10 weeks. You may check with the department coordinator on the status of your request.

Once all approvals for your application have been granted, the department coordinator will contact you to inform you of your start date and instruct you where to report.

Criminal Background Checks

Students and visitors participating in programs for more than five days must obtain the following background checks at their own expense:

  • Pennsylvania Criminal History
    • Cost: $22
    • Register and pay by credit card at the link above. If you have no record, all you need to do is print the "certification" page. You will only receive something by U.S. mail if a criminal record is found.
  • Child Abuse History Clearance
    • Cost: $8
    • Pay by credit card at the link above if completing the online application. If you choose to complete the paper application, found here, you must mail payment as described.
    • Under "Application Purpose," choose "Individual 14 years of age or older who is applying for or holding a..."
    • List your name as first name, then last name, and include your complete legal address.
    • If you only know city and state for previous addresses, that is acceptable.
    • For household members, you must include those who are deceased, but do not need to include college roommates, or servicemen in the unit if in the military.
    • Online certificates will be issued in two to five days; mailed certificates will be issued in four to six weeks.
  • Federal Criminal History/FBI Fingerprinting
    • Cost: $22.60, payable by credit card at the fingerprinting site.
    • Appointments are required. To register and schedule an appointment, click "Schedule or Manage Appointment" on the link above. The screen will prompt you to provide personal details, all of which are required to be fingerprinted.
    • Once you are registered, you will need to submit your fingerprints at an IdentoGo site as soon as possible.
    • Fingerprinting takes approximately 20 minutes.
    • After submitting your fingerprints, you will receive the FBI Fingerprint Clearance in the mail within seven to 14 days. If a record exists, there will be a slight delay. If you have not received your certificate in the expected time, call 717-783-6211 for help getting a duplicate.

After Your On-Site Experience

Following your on-site experience, please complete the online evaluation.