FROM: Dr. Melanie Blumberg
RE: The Harrisburg Internship Semester - Applications for Spring 2018
Sent: 9/11/2017 5:28:21 PM
To: Students, Faculty, Staff




Applications are being accepted for The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Interns attend seminars, many of which feature leading Commonwealth policy makers, and work with professionals and legislators in various state government offices. During their internships, students gain hands-on experience participating in public policy formulation, analysis, and evaluation.       

You have the opportunity to earn 15 credit hours toward your undergraduate degree consistent with the policies of Cal U and major department.

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply for this prestigious internship.

Eligibility Requirements

The student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least 45 undergraduate credits completed at time of application.

Application Requirements

The following materials must be included in the application packet:


  1. a completed application form, which may be obtained from Dr. Melanie Blumberg or Ms. Cindy Speer in the Department of History, Politics & Society (Manderino Library 440),
  2. a one- to two-page letter of interest that includes why you would like to be considered for the internship, any relevant background knowledge or experience, your career objectives,
  3. a three- to five-page writing sample, preferably related to a public policy issue,
  4. a one- to two-page current resume,
  5. an unofficial transcript, and
  6. two letters of recommendation that address your academic ability, communication skills, and readiness for a public policy research assignment at high levels of state government plus an assessment of your maturity, judgment, and sense of responsibility.

Official application forms are available in the Department of History, Politics & Society (Manderino 440). Please see either Dr. Melanie Blumberg ( or Ms. Cindy Speer (  

All application materials must be on file in the office of Dr. Melanie Blumberg, Department of History, Politics & Society (Campus Box 6, Manderino Library 440), by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017.  The successful candidate will be notified of his or her acceptance by Wednesday, October 4, 2017. For further information, call or email Dr. Blumberg: 724.938.4054 (Office), 724.938.5720 (Direct), or