Summer Immersion Internship Programs

The application period for the Summer Immersion Internship Programs has closed.

To learn more about the program, check below.

Interns, find materials for both Summer 2017 programs below.

Intro to  Summer Immersion Internships | What is SFI? | What is SAI? | What is Intern Away? | How to Apply | Choose Your Site |

Meet Our Summer Internship Alumni

About our summer Programs

Experiential Learning at Puget Sound offers three different Summer Immersion Internship Programs, each designed to support talented Puget Sound students who wish to enhance their knowledge on a career trajectory. Different program options allow students to find an internship experience that suits their unique needs.

Organizations take on a Puget Sound student for a ten-week internship over the summer. Time is set aside in the programs for students to engage in a academic educational component, within which they learn how to critically reflect on their intern experience. They will have the opportunity to connect this experience with their Puget Sound academic discipline. Students who are selected or enroll will engage in ongoing reflection and self-assessment.



The Summer Fellowship Internship is designed to support Puget Sound students who want to gain career experience and increase their knowledge, but would not otherwise be able to participate in an unpaid internship program.


  • A $3,000 need-based fellowship is awarded to Summer Fellowship Internship participants.
  • Students work 28 hours a week for 10 weeks.
  • Two hours per week are reserved for an experiential learning course.
  • On-campus housing provided for a small fee (total cost $250).




The Summer Academic Internship is designed to support Puget Sound students who want to gain career experience and increase their knowledge while earning academic credit.


  • Earn one academic unit for internship course completion.
  • Tuition costs are 25% less than during the academic year.
  • Students work 20 hours a week for 10 weeks.
  • Three hours per week are reserved for an experiential learning course.
  • On-campus housing provided for a small fee (total cost $250).



 EXLN 351: Intern AWAY

Course Description
The central objective of this is course is to provide students with an academic framework that informs, supports and expands their internship learning experience.  There is a strong tradition that field experience – in the broadest sense of the word – can be an important part of a college education.  In very specific ways, internships represent a form of field experience (sometimes also referred to as experiential learning). From a student perspective the primary aim of an internship should be an educational one, which is to inform and enrich the learning experience; it is not – as is often commonly perceived – to gain work experience, to facilitate entry into the workforce, or as an alternative to coursework. However, beyond stimulating academic inquiry and enriching the college learning experience, such an experiential-based undertaking fosters, among other things, civic engagement, personal growth and leadership skills – all keys components of a liberal arts education.

Internship Requirements
The internship experience for each student will necessarily be distinct and unique. As such, an important component of this course requires that each student develop at least three specific learning objectives beyond those defined in the syllabus. These learning objectives will be established in the learning agreement that is cooperatively created by the student and employer. All internship learning agreements will be reviewed and require instructor approval. Students must work for a minimum of 20 hours per week over the course of 10 weeks.


Apply for the Summer Academic Internship

(Application Period Closed)

Apply for the Summer Fellowship Internship

(Application Period Closed) 


    • Must be a current Puget Sound student.
    • Open to sophomores and juniors from all majors, unless otherwise specified. 
    • Current seniors are not eligible unless returning as a student for the Fall 2017 semester.
    • Good academic and conduct record.
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5
    • Attend one of the Application Preparation Sessions (see dates below).

Important Dates for Summer '17:

Info Sessions (Howarth 101)

  • Wednesday, February 1, 4:00PM
  • Thursday, February 2, 12:00PM
  • Thursday, February 2, 4:00PM 
  • Monday, February 6, 4:00PM *Cancelled due to Weather Closure
  • Wednesday, February 8, 4:00PM

Document Review for Interns with CES: Wednesday, February 15, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Application Deadlines: Monday, February 20, 8:00AM

Offer Day: March 31


Find your internship site for Summer, 2017!




Austin Colburn (SIIP '16) explains how his internship has helped him plan for the future.

Emma Ferguson (SIIP '16) describes her transformative internship experience.