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The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS)

Opening doors for college students in partnership with state government
Since 1989, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has sponsored a semester-long internship program for outstanding students, in all academic majors, from its 14 universities. The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) places these selected students in working relationships with policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of Pennsylvania government, as well as with independent boards, agencies, and commissions.  

 >> Spring 2016 Group Photo


​Alejandro Beach
Intern, Department of Environmental Protection
Edinboro University
Political Science  


“I'm planning on attending graduate school for international relations and use that to help people in less fortunate regions of the world.”

Raven Davis
Intern, Department of Human Services
Cheyney University 
Psychology-Concentration in Early Childhood Ed.
"After graduation, I would like to go to Temple University to obtain my EdD (Doctorate of Education) in Educational Leadership. I hope to one day work in a field of Human Services specifically focused on Early Childhood Education and Headstart."
Benjamin Edney
Intern, Department of Health
Clarion University
"The key motivation I have right now is taking my undergraduate degree to the doctorate level and utilizing my education to better the lives of other people within the public health sector."

Christopher Erthal
Intern, Joint State Government Commission
Kutztown University

“I plan to attend a graduate school to further study psychology. My career goals include directly treating those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders, as well as advocating for drug and alcohol treatment accessibility through public policy.”

Adisa Hargett-Robinson
Intern, Office of the First Lady
California University of Pennsylvania
Political Science and Communications

“I plan to attend graduate school and study journalism and hope to report on political and entertainment happenings.”

Cassandra Hourlland
Intern, Department of Human Services
Bloomsburg University
Social Work
“After graduation, I would like to attend graduate school to attain a master's degree in social work. Ultimately, I would like to influence policies that will advocate and fight for social justice, so I can make a difference in people's lives on a large scale."

​Abby Krueger
Intern, Office of House Democratic Whip Michael Hanna
East Stroudsburg University
Communications/Focus on Public Relations

“I plan on going back down to Harrisburg to do Public Relations work in the Capitol Building. Later on down the road I hope to be working in Washington D.C. doing Communication/ Public Relations work in the White House or for federal campaigns.”

Jedediah Lemon
Intern, Office of House Majority Leader David Reed
Bloomsburg University 
Political Science/Minor in Psychology
“After graduation I would like to either continue my education by attending law school or find a job within the capital. I want to practice law with my father and/or take the necessary steps to become a representative within my district.”

Chuong Ly
Intern, Department of State
Millersville University
Governmental and Political Affairs/Economics 

“For as long as I could remember, I had always wanted to help my community.  Interning at the Department of State has allowed me to do just that.”

Luke Marcinko
Intern, Office of Senator Vincent Hughes
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Political Science/Minor in Spanish

“I’m currently considering enlisting in the military after I graduate and will then continue to piece together my future one step at a time.”

Jenna McCarthy 
Intern, Office of Speaker of the House of Representatives 
Lock Haven University
Political Science 

“After graduation I plan to seek employment in the Pennsylvania state government and obtain a law degree.”

Andria Mebane
Intern, Legislative Black Caucus
Cheyney University

“I would like to attend graduate school for Public Administration.”

Carolyn Mercatanti
Intern, Senate Democratic Research Office
Mansfield University
Political Science and Criminal Justice
“I love exploring new cultures and languages. After I graduate, I plan to teach English abroad.”

Dennis Mundt
Intern, Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning
West Chester University
Political Science
“Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I plan on attending law school. I specifically want to focus on criminal law with intentions on becoming a prosecutor.”

Daniel Petrelli
Intern, Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock University
Political Science/Non-Western History 
“I am excited for the experience and knowledge that I will gain through the THIS Internship. I feel confident that the internship will provide me with the skills I need in either graduate school, or in the workforce.”

Alan Rivest
Intern, Office of Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack 
Shippensburg University
Political Science 
“I plan on becoming an elected official.”

 Get involved with THIS

Students interested in applying for a THIS internship position should contact their THIS Faculty Campus Coordinator.
Based at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, THIS is administered by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs in the Office of the Chancellor.  The Resident Faculty Director in Harrisburg coordinates activities and organizes the program. 

 Additional Information

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