The internships in the Master of Arts in Higher Education advance several objectives. The internship is an opportunity to build professional capacity and marketability. For many students, this means completing their internship in an area where they see themselves potentially serving in higher education. For other students who are currently serving professionally or as graduate assistants, the internship is an opportunity to broaden experience.
The internship site application must be submitted for approval in order to register for the internship course. The application leads to approval of both the site and the internship site supervisor, and a resume of the site supervisor is required as part of the application. The application asks the student to identify the rationale for this site as it relates to the students’ educational and professional aims.
Plan ahead! Site applications are due:
Fall Semester internship applications are due July 1
Spring Semester internship applications are due December 1
Summer Semester internship applications are due April 15
The application will be reviewed by the Program Director in consultation with the students’ academic advisor. Upon approval, the student will be granted permission by the Program Director to enroll in the Internship course. It is the student's responsibility to secure an approved site and Site Supervisor. Messiah’s Higher Education faculty can assist students in finding a site.
HIED 562: Internship in Higher Education
HIED 562: Internship in Higher Education is a part of the Capstone that is required of all students. Alongside the experience itself, HIED 562 is an online course that provides HIED students with the opportunity to reflect on their educational practice and to identify avenues for professional development. Finally, in the context of HIED 562, students reflect on the learning outcomes of the higher education program and evaluate their progress on these outcomes.
The internship is a semester long supervised field experience of 120 hours set in a setting consistent with the students’ professional and educational goals. The internship experience is designed to enhance students’ professional capacities in higher education. Students will assume administrative responsibilities at a college, a university, or another higher education organization, under the supervision of an accomplished professional in the field. These responsibilities must be graduate-level in scope and represent new learning for the student. Students will engage in academic and professional reflection. Prerequisites: completion of 12 HIED credit hours including HIED 511 and 3 credits in the HIED area of concentration. The course syllabus can be found on the Course Schedule page.
HIED 563: Internship II in Higher Education
HIED 563:Internship II in Higher Education is a supervised field experience of 120 hours designed to provide further experience in a setting consistent with the students' professional and educational goals. Students will assume administrative responsibilities at a college, a university, or another higher education organization, under the supervision of an accomplished professional in the field. These responsibilities must be graduate-level in scope and represent new learning for the student. Prerequisites: HIED 562
- HIED 562: Internship in Higher Education Site Application : Due July 1 for Fall Internship, Dec 1 for Spring Internship , or April 15 for Summer Internship
- HIED 562: Internship Learning Agreement: Due first week of course
- HIED 563: Internship ll Site Application:
Due July 1 for Fall Internship, Dec 1 for Spring Internship , or April 15 for Summer Internship
- HIED Directed Study form Directed study is available to graduate students who need to complete a catalogued course at a time other than when it is offered. Directed studies will only be approved for situations that present extenuating circumstances. Students are expected to make every effort to enroll in required courses at their regularly scheduled times.
- Time Log for HIED 562 and HIED 563 hours
Must I have an Internship?
HIED 562 Internship is required for all students. You are eligible to take the course once you have completed 15 credits (required HIED 511 and 3 credits (one course) in your concentration).
How long is the Internship Course?
The Internship is a full semester course which includes an online class with a text and the 120 hours at the Internship Site.
When should I begin looking for an Internship Site?
Three months ahead of when you wish to take the course. For example: If you are eligible for an Internship in the Spring term, begin looking at sites in Mid October. Site applications are due to the program director by Dec 1 for the Spring term.
How do I go about finding a site?
Students are encouraged to pursue the placement process the same way they would approach searching for a job. A Field Experience Site Database has been created for students with information about previous internship sites used by students. The database is accessible through:
- MCSquare>>Home Tab>>Self-Service Main Menu>>Student Tab>>Field Experience Site Database
Students are encouraged to complete an internship in an area where they see themselves potentially serving in higher education or an opportunity for students to broaden their experience.
Laura Julius, a 2015 graduate of Messiah College's Master of Arts in Higher Education, won the Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association's 2014 Graduate Student Professional Development Award for demonstrated commitment to the field of career counseling. Laura participated in the MACCA annual conference along with her internship supervisor, Karl Martz, during her internship in career services at Penn State Harrisburg.