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Sept. 07, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU student earns PASSHE internship

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Tierney Smithson, a Slippery Rock University political science and philosophy major from Verona, is spending this semester working for the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Smithson is one of 15 students systemwide participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester program, which provides students the opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester's worth of credits. THIS invites students from each of the 14 PASSHE universities to participate.

Smithson and the other program participants will attend several academic seminars during their fall semester internship. Each participant will complete an individualized research project as part of the program's requirements.

More than 500 students from PASSHE universities have participated in THIS since the program began in 1989, each gaining valuable insight into the workings of state government at the policy-making level. Interns have worked with dozens of state agencies, as well as in the offices of the governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the attorney general.

PASSHE students interested in participating in THIS in a future semester may obtain information on the program by contacting their individual campus coordinator or their university's cooperative or internship office, or by calling the Dixon University Center at 717. 720.4089. More information is available at:

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