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Contact Information

Dr. Dara Bergel-Bourassa
dpbourassa@ship.edu
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 expected 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 Dr. 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 Dr. Bourassa BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF WORK AT THE SITE.

  1. A letter from the student's supervisor addressed to Dr. 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 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

Episcopal Home                            

206 E. Burd St.
Shippensburg, Pa 17257
(717) 532-4612

Luther Ridge

2735 Luther Dr.
Chambersburg, Pa 17207

(717) 264-5700

The Shook Home

55 S. Second St.
Chambersburg, Pa
(717) 264-6815

Elmcroft Assisted Living

129 Walnut Bottom Rd.
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 530-1400

Episcopal Square Apartments

101 N. Prince St.
Shippensburg, Pa 17257
(717) 530-1277

Branch Creek Place (Formerly Shippensburg Senior Center)

47 E. King St
Shipensburg, Pa 17257

Pennsylvania Behavioral Health & Aging Coalition

525 S. 29th St.
Harrisburg, Pa 17104
(717) 541-4219

Green Ridge Village

210 Big Spring Rd.
Newville, Pa 17241
(717) 776-8200

Big Spring Senior Center

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

Menno Haven

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

For more information on agencies in the field of gerontology, click here