Harrisburg Ė Nicole Tarbox of Susquehanna is working for the state Board of Probation and Parole as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Tarbox is a junior psychology major at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. She is one of 14 students participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program, which provides students the opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semesterís worth of credits. THIS invites students from each of the 14 PASSHE universities to participate.
Tarbox, the daughter of David and Cheryl Tarbox, is a 2007 graduate of Susquehanna Community Junior-Senior 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 programís 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.
PASSHE students interested in participating in THIS in a future semester may obtain information on the program by contacting their individual campus coordinator or their universityís cooperative or internship office, or by calling the Dixon University Center at (717) 720-4089.
The state-owned universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. PASSHE also operates branch campuses in Clearfield, Freeport, Oil City and Punxsutawney and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.