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
Course Description: The internship is a supervised field experience of 120 hours in a setting consistent with the student’s professional and educational goals. The internship experience is designed to enhance the student’s professional capacities in higher education. Students will assume administrative responsibilities at a college, university, or other 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: Completion of 15 HIED credit hours including HIED 511 and 3 credits in the HIED area of concentration.
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 Dec 1 for Spring Internship , or April 1 for Summer Internship
- HIED 562: Internship Learning Agreement: Due first week of course
- HIED 563: Internship ll Site Application:
Due Dec 1 for Spring Internship , or April 1 for Summer Internship
- HIED 563: Internship II Learning Agreement: Due first week of course
- Time Log for HIED 562 and HIED 563 hours
MA in Higher Education Internship FAQ's
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 you 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.
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.