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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:

Spring Semester internship applications are due December 1
Summer Semester internship applications are due April 1

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 563: Internship II in Higher Education
MA in Higher Education Internship FAQ's

Internship Awards:

MACCA award

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.