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THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE FROM ACTING PRESIDENT GERALDINE JONES

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Posted on June 15, 2012

From: Acting President Geraldine M. Jones
To: All students, faculty, staff, alumni and University friendsPortrait of Acting Cal U President Geraldine M. Jones.

More than 450 Cal U students are getting an unforgettable education this summer. As interns, they are putting their classroom learning into practice. They are building a resume, and their own self-confidence, while “test-driving” a potential career.

Most students have held jobs before, but internships are different. Here at Cal U, an internship is an academic course, taken for credit, supervised by a faculty member and conducted in a real-life workplace. Our Internship Center, located in Eberly Hall, is dedicated to assisting Cal U students in locating an internship and preparing for the experience with workplace training and resume development.

The Chronicle of Higher Education describes academic internships as “three-way partnerships among an institution of higher education, the internship site and the student.”

“They have an irreplaceable role … (in) providing hands-on learning opportunities, allowing students to collaborate closely with faculty, and strengthening ties between the college and the community,” the Chronicle says.

Our Cal U interns are, quite literally, all over the map this summer. One is interning at Fox News in New York City, where she’s learning about digital strategy and sharing her big-city adventures on a blog. Another found an internship in the heart of Florida’s Ocala National Forest, the southernmost forest in the continental United States.

In Washington, D.C., Cal U students are getting an inside look at jobs in our nation’s capital. Internships have taken them inside the Cyber Space and Intelligence Association, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Voice of America headquarters and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Civil Rights, among other locations.

Closer to home, Cal U interns are learning with the Pennsylvania State Police, the state Game Commission, CONSOL Energy, the West Penn Allegheny Health System, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission and many other agencies, nonprofit groups and businesses. One student can even be found in guest relations for the Pittsburgh Pirates, working with the team’s mascot, the Pirate Parrot.

Some internships come with paychecks; others are made possible through the generosity of University donors. All internships are noted on the student’s academic transcript, and they also may be recorded on an Activities Transcript, an official University document that can be shared with potential employers.

Students from every Cal U program of study are eligible for some type of experiential learning. Because I believe that all students can benefit from hands-on education, I invite our returning interns to discuss their experience with their professors, their classmates and especially with prospective students who might be considering Cal U.

As the vision statement for the Cal U Internship Center states, our goal is “to encourage every deserving student in completing a quality internship, and to assist every interested employer in placing a highly qualified intern.”

Signature of Acting President Geraldine Jones.

Meet Acting President Geraldine M. Jones