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The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS)

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  • Earn 15 credits toward ANY major

  • Receive $4,000 stipend to assist with living expenses

  • Spend one semester in Harrisburg

  • Learn more about public policy

  • Network to make connections that will last a lifetime!

If you are interested in public policy, you have the opportunity to see it in action. By taking part in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS), you can learn from Pennsylvania's policymakers and leaders, enhance your academic experience and prepare for life outside of the classroom.

Some of the skills you will sharpen while in Harrisburg include report and speech writing, research, and program design and evaluation. While policymakers bring their years of expertise to the table, you provide fresh points of view, making it an ideal partnership.​


 Fall 2018 Participants

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Life After THIS

At the conclusion of THIS, you will have a better understanding of state government, more specifically, the role of your inte​rnship site in public policy. THIS hopes to serve as a springboard for you to gain employment within a governmental setting. Quite often, employment opportunities are available within Pennsylvania's state government. You also can use this experience to go on to enroll in graduate school, law school, and other post-baccalaureate educational opportunities.

Credits & Tuition
You can earn 15 semester credit hours for THIS from the State System university in which you are enrolled—nine credits for the internship placement,three credits for completing a research project, and three credits for participation in an academic seminar. You are responsible for tuition and fees as in any other semester. A $4,000 stipend is provided to assist with living and other expenses. 

Internship Sites

The semester-long internship experience 
provides you with a variety of opportunities 
within the state government structure, including 
with both the legislative and executive 
branches, the Democratic and Republican 
parties, and a variety of agencies that are 
directly associated with Pennsylvania's state 

Apply Now

Interested in applying? Contact your State 
System university THIS campus coordinator
learn more about the program. While you should 
apply prior to the academic year you wish to 
participate, it's never too early to start asking
questions and getting informed!


 Additional Info

For information on obtaining a THIS student intern for your office, please contact Dr. Jonathan Smith, Resident Faculty Director.