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Posted on January 28, 2011

Tamara Alkhattar of South Park, Pa., is working for the state Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by PASSHE, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Alkhattar is a junior international studies major and political science minor at Cal U. She is one of 14 students participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester program, which provides students the opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester’s worth of credits. THIS invites students from each of the 14 PASSHE universities to participate.

Alkhattar, the daughter of Aref and Nariman Alkhattar, is a graduate of South Park High School. She and the other students participating in the program will attend several academic seminars during their spring semester internship. Each of the students also will complete an individualized research project as part of the program’s requirements.
More than 500 students from PASSHE universities have participated in THIS since the program began in 1989, each gaining valuable insight into the workings of state government at the policy-making level. Interns have worked with dozens of state agencies, as well as in the offices of the governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the attorney general.
Students interested in participating in THIS in a future semester may obtain information about the program by contacting the Cal U Internship Center, or by calling the Dixon University Center at (717) 720-4089. More information on the program also is available at: <> .
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth, with nearly 120,000 students. The 14 PASSHE universities offer degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Approximately 500,000 PASSHE alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.