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Department of Political Science 

 The Harrisburg Internship Semester 



Spring 2014 Harrisburg Intern

Veronica Cardello

Harrisburg –  

  Veronica Cardello of Forestville is working for The Center for Rural Pennsylvania as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

 Cardello is a senior political science major and American politics and Russian minor at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She is one of 14 students participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) 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.

 Cardello, the daughter of John and Monica Cardello, is a 2010 graduate of Slippery Rock High School. She and the other students participating in the program will attend several academic seminars during their spring semester internship. Each of the students also 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 on the program also is available at: 

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth, with about 112,000 students. The 14 PASSHE universities offer degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study.  About 500,000 PASSHE alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

 The state-owned universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. PASSHE also operates branch campuses in Clearfield, Freeport, Oil City and Punxsutawney and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg and PASSHE Center City in Philadelphia.

  PASSHE students interested in participating in THIS in a future semester may obtain information by contacting Dr. Sharon Sykora, 724-738-2431, or visit


This is one of the few internship programs offered to state system students!

Spring 2013 Harrisburg Intern
Mark Bogush

Fall 2012 Harrisburg Intern
Tierney Smithson

Spring 2012 Harrisburg Intern
Jacob E. Ohl

Fall 2011 Harrisburg Intern
Lindsey MacNabb

Spring 2011 Harrisburg Intern
Ciarra Karnes

Fall 2010 Harrisburg Intern