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

Cumberland County Aging and Community Services

1100 Claremont Rd.
Carlisle, Pa
(717) 240- 6110

Big Spring Senior Center

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


Branch Creek Place (Formerly Shippensburg Senior Center)

115 N. Fayette St.
Shippensburg, Pa 17257


Bridges of Bent Creek

2100 Bent Creek Blvd.
Mechanicsburg, Pa
(717) 775-6870


Church of God Home

801 N. Hanover St.
Carlisle, Pa
(717) 248-5322


Elmcroft Assisted Living

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

Episcopal Home                            

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

Episcopal Square Apartments

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


Gettysburg Lutheran Retirement Village

1075 Old Harrisburg Rd.
Gettysburg, Pa
(717) 334-6204

The Magnolias of Chambersburg

745 Norland Avenue
Chambersburg, Pa 17201

Menno Haven

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


Menno Haven- Penn Hall and Elder Day Program                    

2011 Scotland Avenue
Chambersburg, Pa


Perry County Area Agency on Aging

315 Keystone Way
New Bloomfield, Pa
(717) 582-2131

The Shook Home

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


Thornwald Home

442 Walnut Bottom Rd.
Carlisle, Pa
(717) 249-4118


For additional questions and a complete list of internship and volunteer options, please see the Gerontology program director, Dr. Bourassa.
For more information on agencies in the field of gerontology, click here