||"Interning at the Peters Township Public Library in Pittsburgh and running a teen reading program was a great way to explore a career field I'd never even thought about before. Now I can't wait to go to grad school!"
-Beth Rauch, Honors '09
SU Career Development Center
The Career Development Center offers many services to assist students and alumni, including workshops on resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills, individual counseling, graduate school information, a resource library to assist with choosing a major and career planning, and a computerized assessment program that helps students find their major or career path. The center also publishes the Ship Career Connection, a bi-weekly newsletter to inform students of the most recent career opportunities.
Shippensburg University Departmental Internship Coordinators
Please contact your department internship coordinator for more information regarding internships related to your major or field of study. If you are unsure of who the coordinator is, please consult your academic advisor or department chair.
Institute On Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service is a dynamic summer program for undergraduate students interested in volunteerism and careers in the nonprofit sector.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The Summer Internships Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities introduces promising college students to the programs, policies, and operations of the federal agency charged with promoting scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities in the United States. During their 10-week stay in Washington, D.C., interns will be assigned to one office of the agency to assist with daily work and participate in the intellectual life of NEH.
Typically, an intern's time will be split between routine administrative duties and an individual project that makes best use of the intern's skills, talents, and interests. For example, past interns have written articles for Humanities magazine, researched emerging fields in the humanities, and developed web-based tools for the gathering of humanities-related information.
The Fund for American Studies
Choose between an 8-week summer program or a 15-week option for spring and fall semesters at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The 8-week program offers 9 credits, including two academic courses in the field of your study and an optional Leadership Scholars Program. You will also intern approximately 30 hours a week in your chosen career path.
The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS)
Since 1989, the State System of Higher Education has sponsored a semester-long internship program for outstanding students, in all academic majors, from its 14 universities. The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) places these selected students in working relationships with policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of Pennsylvania government, as well as with independent boards, agencies, and commissions. Each student earns a total of 15 credit hours. Students are responsible for payment of tuition, fees, and other campus-based charges. The state system universities award financial assistance to each intern in the form of a stipend, which approximates these charges.
The State Department
The State Department offers paid and unpaid positions in Washington, D.C., and overseas. Internships are available in the following fields: business, public administration, social work, economics, information management, journalism, and biological, physical or engineering sciences. Students must complete 60 credit hours before the start of the internship.
The Washington Center
The Washington Center is an independent nonprofit organization that has provided internship programs and academic seminars in Washington, D.C. to college students across the country and around the world since 1975. They have 2,000 to 3,000 internship placements in Washington representing major professional fields in the private, public, and nonprofit sector. Students receive academic credit for their internships. For the past several years, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has provided scholarships for students who have become interns through The Washington Center.
International Career Opportunities
Council on International Educational Exchange
CIEE offers teaching abroad experiences for anyone with a bachelor's degree and native English skills. The knowledge and work experience gained during a teach abroad experience are applicable to any career aspirations: you build management skills, acquire international savvy and perspective through full cultural immersion, make a difference in the lives of students and community members, gain networking skills and international competency through professional interaction, and improve your foreign language skills.
CIEE teach abroad programs include a salaried teaching placement, a fun and informational in-country orientation, classes on TEFL theory and teaching methodology, travel and medical insurance, housing at the beginning of your stay, and much more.
BUNAC (British Universities North America Club)
BUNAC is a nonprofit, nonpolitical national student club that offers paid and volunteer opportunities for university graduates. Work in Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand from 8 weeks to 18 months. Volunteer placements are available in South Africa or Peru.
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program invites university graduates from overseas to participate in international exchange and foreign language education throughout Japan. JET participants are placed in a total of about 1,800 contracting organizations (local boards of education, local governments, etc.) based on the requests received from contracting organizations and successful applicants.
Princeton in Asia (PiA)
Princeton in Asia offers service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and serves the needs of Asia as determined by its Asian partners. PiA has placed fellows in 14 countries, including China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Currently the program offers 60 teaching fellowships with 30 additional fellowships in the fields of journalism, international development, and business.
The Peace Corps
The Peace Corps was established to promote world peace and friendship. Their mission is to help the people of interested countries in meeting their needs, help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served, and help promote a better understanding of other people on the part of all Americans.
WorldTeach is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries.