What is the Chapel Executive Internship Program?
The Virginia Todd Chapel Executive Internship Program provides $5,000 to Liberal Arts students completing full-time, in-person internships in the business or private sector.
- Current undergraduate student at Penn State University Park or Penn State World Campus
- At least one declared Liberal Arts major
- Completed at least 59.1 credits (fifth semester standing)
- Minimum grade-point average of 3.0
- Offer for a full-time internship (paid or unpaid) in the business or private sector (virtual internships not eligible)
Strongest consideration will be given to students who have not previously received funding from the Chapel Executive Internship Program, students who complete the application prior to the deadline, and students who articulate the ways in which their Liberal Arts education will impact their internship experience and career goals.
How do I apply?
To apply for the Chapel Executive Internship Program and all other enrichment funding offered by the College of the Liberal Arts, students must fill out the Enrichment Funding application.
When applying, students will be asked to provide the following information:
- Details about the internship experience (location, salary, coordinator contact information, etc.)
- Formal offer letter from the internship
- Description of the internship (title, name of organization, what you will do for the company, etc.)
- Information on how this internship experience will support your overall career goals
- Information on why your internship is unique and worthy of support
- Information on any financial circumstances the Career Enrichment Network should be made aware of
- List of expenses tied to the completion of your internship
What is the application deadline?
Students must submit their application prior to the deadline for the semester they are completing an internship. For example, students completing an internship in the fall must submit their application before September 1. Applications will be reviewed and awarding decisions will be made within two to three weeks.
What happens if I am selected for the program?
Students selected as recipients will receive $5,000 deposited into their Penn State student Bursar account the semester their internship takes place. Students who are not selected for the internship program will automatically be considered for our general Liberal Arts enrichment funds. There is no need to submit a separate application.
In addition to receiving funding, selected students must also:
- Write a letter thanking the donors responsible for the award.
- Submit a summary (no more than 300 words) at the conclusion of your internship experience.
- Include the highlights of your internship, how it furthers your career goals, and how the college and your education helped you get where you are today.
- Complete the Clifton Strengths assessment.
- Submit a student profile.
- You will be asked to provide a headshot and a location photo, a description of your internship, how the funding and/or the college helped you, and more.
- Attend a breakfast with the Chapels and the other Chapel Interns held within the first few weeks of the fall semester. Details about this event will be provided in advance.
- Meet with the donors if they return to campus. A staff member in our office will contact you to arrange a meeting if the donors return to campus.
Meet the Chapels
Virginia (Jinnie) Todd Chapel is a 1965 Penn State graduate with a degree in English and member of the Liberal Arts Development Council. Jinnie had a successful career with the management consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton and later became a partner in LeapFrog Solutions, a marketing communications management firm, based in Fairfax, Virginia. Her husband, John Chapel, is a graduate of Drexel University, and today he is president and CEO of White Hall Capital LLC, a Northern Virginia-based private equity investment firm.
The Chapels started The Virginia Todd Chapel Executive Internship Program with leadership gifts creating an endowment now valued at $2.5 million. This funding, partnered with a previous gift, supports premium internships in the private sector for Liberal Arts students who excel academically and who seek high-quality career development opportunities.