The Harrisburg Internship offers an exceptional opportunity for students in the SSHE System to spend one semester in their Junior or Senior year actively involved in our State governing process. These internships are not limited to students in political science or government, although such students will find this internship invaluable. Some of our current interns are working in: the Office of the Budget, Commission on Women, Bureau of Consumer Protection, House Education Committee, Department of Mental Health, Department of Labor and Industry, Environmental Studies, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Other areas of state government are waiting to be discovered by motivated student interns.

More information on the internship experience may be found at the Dixon Center Internship site.

To read what previous Interns have to say about the benefits of this internship, link to:

Why I wanted to Participate in THIS

What I learned from THIS

What I researched for my THIS Policy Project

These internships are available to students of junior or senior standing, with a minimum of 30 credits earned at ESU. Applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, with good writing skills. Only two students from ESU (all departments) are selected to participate each semester, so the internships are competitive. Final selection will be based on GPA, class standing, and evidence of writing and critical thinking skills. In addition, we will be looking for candidates who show evidence of responsible behavior and the ability to work well with others in professional settings.

The internship entails a full time commitment at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg for the entire semester. Therefore, in recognition of the added financial cost, students receive a work-study stipend to cover tuition, room, and board. They also receive 15 credits...9 credits actual internship, 3 credits for a weekly seminar, and 3 credits for an independent study project. Students may opt to receive these credits in Communication Studies or (with some restrictions) in student's major.

Invitations are mailed directly to highly qualified students each February. However, any interested students are encouraged to apply or to contact the coordinator to discuss the internship opportunities.

Further application information is available by contacting the ESU Coordinator, Dr. Godich. Applications must be submitted to Dr. Godich by the following deadlines:

Spring internship local deadline for 2010:   March 17 (Early applications) and September 21, 2009

If you are interested in applying for the program, *****please fill out the Preliminary Application Form.*****

Complete application materials should then be mailed to Dr. Godich, and should include:

*A Cover Letter
*A Resume
*Transcripts from all schools attended
*Three letters of recommendation
*A Writing sample of 3-10 pages (check with Dr. Godich regarding appropriate styles and topics.)

Internship Co-ordinator: Dr. Godich

Phone: (570) 422-3743.




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Last Updated February 11, 2009