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Contact Information

Dr. Dara Bergel-Bourassa
Director, Gerontology Program
Office: Shippen Hall 325
(717) 477-1969

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Gerontology Internship Requirements

Students in the Gerontology Minor Program must complete an internship at an appropriate agency or facility.  Students are excepted to contact organizations for their placement.  All undergraduate gerontology minors must inform the Director of Gerontology about their proposed internship sites.

Required Materials from the Agency, Facility, or Organization

After making the initial contact with the organization, and obtaining approval of the site from Prof. Bourassa, student may be required to participate in an interview process for selection by the organization.  Once the position is secured the following items must be sent to Prof. Bourassa BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF WORK AT THE SITE.

  1. A letter from the student's supervisor addressed to Prof. Bourassa on agency letterhead.  This letter will describe the internship duties (direct contact with older adults).  This letter will also confirm that the student will work 40 hours for each academic credit.  Internships must involve 120 hours of work for 3 credits, however, students are allowed to work 240 hours for 6 credits.
  2. The contact information (phone number and e-mail) of the student's workplace supervisor.
  3. A brochure, pamphlet, or information guidebook from the agency or facility should be submitted as well.

The Facility Internship Advisor

The facility internship advisor may assign readings, require a journal, require a paper, or require a presentation from the student.  Faculty internship advisors will make contact with the internship supervisor at mid-term and at the end of the semester to inquire about the performance of the student intern.  Faculty internship advisors will visit the workplace to meet with the student and his/her supervisor at the end of the semester.  Students are reminded that they must meet the expectations of their internship supervisor in the workplace and the academic expectations of the faculty internship advisor.  Any faculty member who teaches a course in the SU Gerontology Minor Program, or who serves on the SU Interdisciplinary Gerontology Council may serve as a facility internship advisor.  The faculty internship advisor assigns a grade of Pass or Fail at the end of the academic semester.

Volunteering/Internship Opportunities

Shippensburg Health Care Center                            

121 Walnut Bottom Road
Shippensburg, Pa 17257
(717) 530-8304

Bethany Village Retirement Center

325 Wesley Drive
Mechanicsburg, Pa

Beverly Healthcare

46 Erford Road
Camp Hill, Pa
(717) 763-7361

Cedar Haven

590 South Fifth Avenue
Lebanon, Pa

Claremont NRC of Cumberland County

1000 Claremont Road
Carlisle, Pa 

Colonial Manor Nursing Home

970 Colonial Avenue
York, Pa
(717) 782-2790

Pinnacle Health ECF-Harrisburg

Fifth Floor-2601 North Third Street
Harrisburg, Pa

Forest Park Health Center

700 Walnut Bottom Road
Carlisle, Pa

Alterra Clare Bridge Cottage

745 Norland Avenue
Chambersburg, Pa 
(717) 264-3550

Big Spring Senior Center

91 Doubling Road
Newville, Pa
(717) 776-4478

Center for Independent Living

415 Fallowfield Street
Camp Hill, Pa 
(717) 731-1900

Clearview Nursing Home

9946 Downsville Road
Hagerstown, MD
(301) 582-1654

Home Instead Senior Care

107 Sporting High Road
Mechanicsburg, Pa
(717) 731-9984

Manor Care Health Services 

1070 Stouffer Avenue
Chambersburg, Pa
(717) 263-0436

Mont Alto Senior Center

Mont Alto Fire Company
Mont Alto, Pa
(717) 724-7294

Menno Have

2075 Scotland Avenue
Chambersburg, Pa
(717) 261-2360