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Interim President Jody Harpster, left, and Thomas R. Quinn Jr., president and CEO of Orrstown Bank, sign the internship agreement.

Shippensburg University, Orrstown Bank sign internship pact signing3

Representatives from Shippensburg University and Orrstown Bank today (Aug. 28) signed an agreement that will provide a team of students with the opportunity to work on leading edge technology-related projects for the bank.

Participating in the signing, from the university were Dr. Jody Harpster, interim president; and Dr. Barbara Lyman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Participating in the signing from Orrstown Bank were Thomas R. Quinn Jr., president and CEO, and Ben Wallace, executive vice president for technology and operations.

signing4This partnership will give the Shippensburg student team members an internship that will allow them to become immersed in a real-life bank project. It will also give them a new opportunity to be involved in a financial services offering while reinforcing the university’s emphasis on experiential learning.

“One hallmark of Shippensburg University is its ability to offer students the opportunity to enhance their classroom work with hands-on experience with major employers and industries in the region,” Harpster said. “These experiences provide students with valuable skills they will need after they graduate and provide the firms with talented students who bring new perspectives to the work. These partnerships show the value each of us receives from such collaborative efforts.”

According to Lyman, “This university-industry collaboration provides a rare opportunity to bring together some of our most talented and capable students with leadership at Orrstown Bank to solve real-world problems. Experiential learning is an important part of our students’ success and this partnership is an important component of that valuable learning in a financial services setting.”

According to Quinn, “We could not be more excited to expand our partnership with the university and support of the local community. Some of our best employees and leaders within Orrstown Bank are Shippensburg University graduates. We believe this innovative program will help us continue to develop financial services professionals while allowing students to work on several technology focused initiatives.”signing5

While Shippensburg offers students internships in many fields, this program is unique in that it is being offered as a team endeavor, rather than as an internship for an individual student.

According to Ashish Bhatia, Orrstown Bank project director and a co-sponsor of the program , the team will work on “real-life projects with deliverables, real-life implementation dates, and ultimately an evaluation of their success. Students will leave this partnership with a signing6new appreciation for industry and far better equipped to hit the ground running post-graduation.”

The partnership will begin this fall and will be conducted via group and individual sessions at the bank’s facilities and on campus. Justin English, director of business internships and MBA recruitment at the university, is the university’s coordinator for the program and will be involved in recruiting team members.

Students from all three of Shippensburg’s colleges, arts and sciences, business, and education and human services, will be eligible to participate in the program.

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Interim President Jody Harpster, left, and Thomas R. Quinn Jr., president and CEO of Orrstown Bank, celebrate after signing the internship agreement. At right are Ben Wallace and Dr. Barbara Lyman.

8/28/14