University senior begins internship semester


Shaun Smith, SU student

Shippensburg University senior Shaun Smith will be working for the state of Pennsylvania this semester during an internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Smith, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is a public administration major and is currently working for the state’s Department of Corrections. Smith is one of 11 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,” according to an SU news release.

Each year, THIS invites students from each of PASSHE’s 14 state schools to apply to participate in its internship program. Throughout the spring 2017 semester, the interns will attend several academic seminars. Each student will also complete a research project in order to fulfill the program’s requirements.

More than 600 students have participated in the PASSHE’s internship program since its inception in 1989. Interns gain insight into the state government system and the process of creating new policies, according to SU’s news release.

Students interested in learning more about the THIS program or how to participate in a future semester may contact the SU campus coordinator or visit

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