Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory

Learning Factory Interns

Program Overview

Many students within the College of Engineering had their internships cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. Internships are a vital part of undergraduate education: they provide context to and inspire our students. The Learning Factory will host a 10-week internship program pairing students with sponsors to work remotely on projects. Students will complete supplemental training including areas like financial literacy, ethics, professional communications, leadership, and report writing.

Student Information

If you are a student that had an internship cancelled, you can register here until Monday, May 25, at 11:59pm.


Program Details

  • All internships are “remote”. There will be no site visits, etc.
  • The internship lasts 10 weeks, from late May through early August.
  • Interns are expected to spend approximately 20 hrs/week developing these skills, working on projects.
  • Some internships are for individuals. Others will work in teams of up to 4 people.
  • Sponsors include companies, entrepreneurs, and Penn State faculty.
  • Interns that complete the internship requirements will receive a micro-credential digital badge.
  • Upon receipt of the micro-credential, students will be eligible to apply for a $2000 scholarship, awarded at the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

To earn the Penn State micro-credential, interns will need to complete the following:

  • Weekly memo reports to the sponsor.
  • A cumulative deliverable (report, presentation, etc.).
  • Five professional development modules, primarily through LinkedIn Learning.

Sponsor Information

Thank you for your interest in this program and willingness to support Penn State Engineering students. We have already had an overwhelming number of students express interest.

Internships are valuable experiences for our students and an important part of their professional development. With so many of our students missing out on this opportunity, we are trying to create a structure that makes it easy for our corporate partners to (at least partially) address that shortfall. We are looking for sponsors that can make a small financial commitment and bring an interesting problem or need that might be addressed by a student or student team over the course of 10 weeks.

Traditional internships are on-site, require extensive mentoring, and often leverage corporate intern programs. We recognize that in the current climate some–or maybe even all–of those items are not possible. The LF intern program will be remote and Penn State will ease some of the mentoring burden. Students that participate will not be enrolled in a class at Penn State or be employees of the company. Instead, they will receive a $2000 scholarship and be asked to complete some online professional development modules. Additionally, they will produce a final deliverable, identified in collaboration with their sponsor. Students that demonstrate this proficiency will receive a Penn State micro-credential. Our expectation is that they will spend approximately 20 hours/week on activities related to this 10-week program, beginning in late May.

We are asking sponsors to make a donation to the student scholarship pool. The full $2000/student donation would be appreciated, but there is a minimum donation of $1000/student. You can indicate your level of support at the time of project submission. You can request that individual students or student teams work on your project.

For those of you that have supported Learning Factory Capstone projects in the past, the project submission system will be familiar. Note that since the students will not be enrolled in a class or employees of the company that we will not be able to process Non-disclosure or Intellectual Property agreements. If you have any questions, you can contact Jesse Torba ( When you are ready to submit your project, you may do so here.

Thank you for your support!

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