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Benefits of Becoming a Graham Fellow

Students who become a Graham Fellow will have the advantage of working as an intern with an organization that is specific to their major while being exposed to a tool box of leadership skills that will help them succeed in their future career. Throughout the internship, students will be partnered with a faculty liaison from their major and be paired with a corporate mentor from the organization where they will be working. Both the faculty liaison and corporate mentor will be a guide to the student throughout their learning experience.

The program is currently available for students in the following majors:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Information Sciences and Technology
  • Science

Curriculum Outline

Assisting students along the way is a curriculum outline. Similar to a degree audit, it is specifically designed for each discipline to help guide students with all the courses required in the major, as well as elective classes assure that students are well rounded when working their internship. For example, taking a course in communications will allow you to learn effective ways to communicate in your organization.
View the Curriculum Outline (pdf)

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Robert Choi, ’84, cofounder of Volagi Cycles in Cotati, Ca., shared his story and gave advice to students looking to participate in the Graham Program at Penn State York. His presentation was part of the Visionary Leaders Lecture Series sponsored by the program. In addition to talking about his experiences, Choi also had one of his bikes on display.

Outside the Classroom Experiences

Students will have many corporate partner networking/meet-and-greet opportunities and guest speaker events offered on campus. Last year, students had the opportunity to attend events with Penn State alumni entrepreneurs Gary Eberle and Robert Choi. These opportunities will students allow you to make connections that are very beneficial for your future.

Additionally, the chance for networking is not limited to on-campus events. As a Graham Fellow, students are able to travel with their corporate partners to conferences and meetings which take place out of the office.

How to become a Graham Fellow

Students can enter the program in two ways: referral/recommendation by faculty in their chosen discipline and through self-identification. Both avenues require the program application and supporting documents to be presented to your faculty adviser and the Graham Fellow’s representative in Advising and Career Development. A résumé and two academic and/or professional references are required.

Students are asked to complete the application and articulate their goals for the internship.
View the Application (pdf) (docx)

For more information and any questions contact your faculty adviser or one of the Graham Fellow faculty liaisons.

The Graham Internship Process

A key component of the Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies is the identification of internship opportunities with a number of corporate partners. Students electing to apply for internships must understand the process used to place eligible interns.

The following narrative describes the process for internship eligibility.
  1. Corporate partners provide a job description that includes the responsibilities of the internship.
  2. Faculty representatives identify Penn State York students, participating in the Graham Program, who should be considered for the internship.
  3. Application packets for each student being considered for the internship are submitted to the corporate partner.
  4. Corporate partner schedules interview with all eligible candidates and selects a candidate.
  5. Corporate partner extends an offer to the student that would include:
    • Length of Internship
    • Rate of Compensation
    • Name of the Mentor Assigned
    • Focus of the Internship
  6. Faculty representative meets with the mentor from the corporate partner to establish observation and evaluation schedule.
  7. Internship begins.
  8. Evaluation of the intern is completed by the mentor twice during the internship.
  9. Results of the evaluation are shared with the student and the faculty representative.

Student Responsibilities

Entrepreneur — a person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for business ventures.

The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies at Penn State York is an opportunity for students to enhance their entrepreneurial and leadership skills through participation in planned activities and internship experiences. These activities are designed to prepare students for future opportunities in a chosen career.

Student Responsibilities

Students must submit the Graham Application Packet as described on the Graham website.

Participate in activities offered to students. These include: The International/Domestic Dining Experience, Corporate Partner’s Dinner, Professional Presence Activity, and three events from the Graham Speaker’s Series.

Maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average in the major.

Specific Responsibilities of Student Interns

An internship is an opportunity for Penn State York students to experience the daily operation of an organization allowing for an understanding of the processes that are necessary for successful business experiences.

Student interns must be punctual and regularly present for the internship. It is expected that any absences from the assignment must be cleared through the mentor assigned to the student.

Student interns are expected to dress appropriately for the internship. Proper attire may vary in various organizations. It is the responsibility of the student to ascertain the organization’s expectation of proper attire.

Student interns will follow all of the policies and procedures that guide all other employees in the organization.

Student interns understand that an evaluation will be completed by the assigned mentor and the Penn State Faculty Representative.

Student interns can expect that opportunities will be provided to experiences all parts of the organizational operation.

Student interns may be required to participate in activities and events planned by the Corporate Partner.

Student Tool Box

Students entering the Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies should be aware of a number of tools that are available as one prepares for the possible placement into an internship opportunity.

These tools can be accessed at any time to assist the student in their preparation for the opportunity to seek an internship with a corporate partner.

Advising and Career Development

The Advising and Career Development Office is available to provide support to students participating in the Graham program.

Review of Résumés

Graham students are required to schedule a review of their résumé to assure that is of exceptional quality.

Mock Interviews

To assure Penn State York students are prepared to compete for internship opportunities, Graham students should schedule a Mock Interview through Andrew Caldwell, Advising and Career Development.

Graham Center Website

The Graham Center Website will provide interested students with information that will assist in preparing candidates for internship opportunities.

  • This website includes:
  • Student Responsibilities
  • Responsibilities of a Graham Intern
  • Calendar of Events for Graham Students
  • Requirements for Achieving Graham Fellow Standing

Specialized Course Selections

Students in the business, informational technology, and engineering majors have the opportunity to select specialized courses that assist students develop several important skills that will increase their ability to secure an internship.

Online Writing Lab

Penn State students have access to the Online Writing Lab that can be used to assist in the development of the résumé and writing sample.


Corporate Mentors

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Faculty Liaison

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