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BOARD OF PROBATION AND PAROLE

The Board of Probation and Parole has an unpaid internship program for juniors and seniors majoring in Criminal Justice or similar fields (i.e. Social Work, Psychology, etc.). Students must receive college credit from their college or university in order to be considered.

If interested, contact the address below for more information.
Ashley Gruber
PA Board of Probation and Parole
Bureau of Human Resources, Workforce Management Division
1101 South Front Street, 5th Floor, Suite 5600
Harrisburg, PA 17104

COUNTY OF ERIE, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH

The Erie County Office of Children and Youth continually seeks talented students for internship positions throughout the year.  Students will have an opportunity to work directly with caseworkers, youth, families and various community social service programs.

  • Work in job responsibilities directly related to your field of study
  • Gain experience that can be used upon graduation when seeking full-time employment
  • Provide insight into a career with growth potential within Erie County government 

For more information and to apply, contact Cindy Pierson, Acting Intern Coordinator, at (814) 451-6656 or cpierson@eriecountygov.org.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

General internships are available as needed by Department of Agriculture Bureaus.  Unpaid internships are also available at times within specific Bureaus.  Such unpaid internships are only approved to be filled when the duties involve non-union covered work and are for a student educational requirement.  Any interest or questions should be directed to the Agriculture HR Office at 717-787-1065 or via email at ra-ag-personnel@pa.gov.

DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has both paid and unpaid summer internships throughout the state, available to full-time college students. The number of positions varies from year-to-year, based on Department needs. DCNR is seeking majors in Civil Engineering, Communications, Biology, Earth Sciences, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Environmental Sciences, Forestry Sciences, Geography, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Geology, Information Technology, Political Science, Public Administration, Parks Management, Recreation Management and Surveying.

For more information and to apply, visit DCNR Internships.  For assistance, contact Lana Seay at (717) 787-8737 or lseay@pa.gov. 

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) operates state correctional institutions throughout Pennsylvania. Unpaid internship opportunities are available at these facilities and also at the DOC’s Central Office, which is located in Mechanicsburg, PA. A limited number of paid internships are available with DOC’s Bureau of Correctional Industries. Interested candidates should contact the location in which they are interested in working to obtain specific position and application information. Opportunities at these locations may be available in fields such as criminal justice, education, psychology, sociology, human services, counseling, communications, recreation and human resources.

If interested, visit the Department of Corrections’ Employment Page for more information .

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

General internships may be available and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Due to current budget constraints, the Department of Education (PDE) provides unpaid internship opportunities. Internships are designed to provide students with educational experience needed for the course of study.

How to Apply:
Students submit a Personal Data Sheet to the PDE Bureau of Human Resources.

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Bureau of Human Resources
333 Market Street, 11th Fl
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

To find out more about these opportunities, visit the PDE internship web page.

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offers both paid and unpaid internship opportunities.  Applicants must indicate on the online application if they are willing to accept paid and/or unpaid internships.

Engineering, Scientific and Technical Internships are for students who are currently enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree program, have completed their freshman year, are in good academic standing, and are Pennsylvania residents or are attending a Pennsylvania college or university.

To find out more about this opportunity and how to apply, go to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Internship page.

DEP also offers a limited number of Government Services Internships.  They are for students with majors such as Communications, Human Resources, Journalism, and Public Relations. The majority of these positions are located in Harrisburg at DEP headquarters.

To apply for a Government  Services Internship,  visit www.employment.pa.gov and select “Apply now.”

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Public Health Internships provide students working on a graduate or undergraduate degree in health sciences with valuable experience working with public health professionals on current public health issues.  Opportunities vary depending on area of student interest.  Depending on funding, internships may be paid or unpaid.

How to Apply:
Send completed Public Health Internship Application, Academic Verification Statement, and resume to:

PA Department of Health
Intern Coordinator
Room 126 Health and Welfare Building
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA  17120-0701

To obtain internship application materials and to find out more, visit the Department of Health’s website for internship opportunities for students.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRY

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, has two paid internship programs for Orientation and Mobility Interns and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Interns. Students must be in their final semester of an accredited college or university bachelor’s or master’s degree program or certificate program in an applicable area of study. If Interns successfully complete the internship and obtain the necessary degree or certificate, they may then be promoted to a full-time, permanent Orientation and Mobility Specialist or Vision Rehabilitation Therapist with an increase in salary.

For more information about these internships, contact Amanda Piro at (717) 787-6374.

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation has a paid internship program for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Interns. Students must be in their final semester of an accredited college or university master’s degree program in an applicable area of study. If Interns successfully complete the internship and obtain the necessary degree, they may then be promoted to a full-time, permanent Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with an increase in salary.

For more information about these internships, contact Adrienne Kuhn at (717) 787-6374.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Government Services Intern (Non-Civil Service). Interns are hired in support of PennDOT’s highway maintenance crews.  Students perform laboring duties in the maintenance organizations and at worksites along the highway.  This is a paid internship.

How to Apply:
Complete a non-civil service employment application at www.employment.pa.gov.

To find out more about this opportunity, visit the Department of Transportation’s website.

Engineering, Scientific, and Technical Intern-Engineering internships are in seasonal construction, STAMPP (Systematic Technique to Analyze and Manage Pennsylvania Pavement), or roadside development.  Construction internships give students experience in inspection, materials testing, and documentation related to highway and bridge construction projects. STAMPP survey crews collect data on roadway conditions.  A limited number of positions in the roadside development program provide experience in vegetation and soils management.  This is a paid internship.

How to Apply:
Students must complete the PennDOT Internship Application.  Internship applications may be submitted online or mailed to the local Human Resource Office.  Our preference is that applications are submitted online to expedite the process.   Applications for the summer program will be accepted beginning January 1st through March 30th.

To find out more about this opportunity, visit PennDOT’s Bureau of Human Resources.

Engineering, Scientific, and Technical Intern - Non Engineering. These internships provide practical experience in administration and management.  This is a paid internship.

How to Apply:
Students must complete the PennDOT Internship Application. Internship applications may be submitted online or mailed to the local Human Resource Office.  Our preference is that applications are submitted online to expedite the process.  Applications for the summer program will be accepted beginning January 1st through March 30th.

To find out more, go to the Department of Transportation’s Human Resources page.

NUMEROUS AGENCIES

Opportunities are available for current college students to work as a Commonwealth Public Service Intern in the spring/summer of 2016. Most positions will be in the Harrisburg area (Dauphin County); however, there will be select opportunities available throughout the state.

This is a paid ($14.03/hour), six month internship, which provides a flexible pathway for college students to advance from this internship program to Commonwealth employment in a variety of occupations. Following successful completion of this program, students may be promoted to a full-time, permanent position with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!

To qualify, students must be currently enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited bachelor’s degree program and have satisfactory completion of 65 credits, including 12 credits (or a minimum of four courses) in their major field of study.  They also need authorization from their school to participate in this program.

Access the test announcement for Commonwealth Public Service Intern for additional information.

How to Apply:
Students may apply online through the Online Services section of the Civil Service website.

Questions regarding this program can be directed to ra-csinternquestions@pa.gov or (717) 214-4649.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE

Internships may be considered within a Bureau, Office, or Troop location, but are infrequently available due to security, safety, and liability concerns.  These internship opportunities are unpaid.

How to Apply:
Students must provide the Personnel Services Office with the name of the college and coursework requiring the internship, as well as the geographical location and time frame needed.

The information may be emailed to ra-hrplacement@state.pa.us of sent via U.S. mail to the following address:

Pennsylvania State Police 
Personnel Services Office 
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110

To find out more about this opportunity, visit the Pennsylvania State Police website.