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Internship Profile - Ashley Piroeff, COMM
The four-year corporate communications program at the campus prepares students for careers in community relations, public relations and special events planning, which is exactly what Ashley Piroeff had the opportunity to do during her internship.

 

At Penn State Brandywine, 83% of graduates complete at least one internship compared to the national average of 69% for the class of 2014 (InternMatch survey). Penn State Brandywine emphasizes the importance of internships for their educational value, allowing students to apply classroom learning to real world experiences. Numerous other benefits exist including: increased self-awareness, skill development, discernment of interests, improved chances of employability, potential for intern to hire, expansion of professional network, professional maturity and development, the opportunity to exercise civic responsibility, preparation for graduate school application and building an impressive résumé.


Finding Internships

Refer to the Job Search page for tips on finding Internships


Tell Us About Your Internships at the Start and the End

All students are asked to complete this Online Internship Acceptance Form at the start of their internship once officially hired. Students may access the Paper Form in order to print and share with their internship supervisor to plan well before completing the online form.

At the end of your Internship, please complete this Online Feedback Form. We are very interested in hearing about your experience


Internships Defined

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent (source: National Association of Colleges and Employers).

To ensure that an experience is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, all the following criteria must be met:

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

For experiences in which the student is also earning academic credit, the college or university’s requirements in combination with the criteria laid out above will be used to determine if the experience is a legitimate internship.

Students can complete an internship with or without enrolling in a credit-bearing internship course, depending on the employer requirements. Internships can be paid or unpaid (see Unpaid Internships for more details about the law on this). Five Brandywine majors have a required internship component. Students in the other majors can sometimes opt to take an internship course for credit and must contact the Internship Coordinator for their major for more details.

To learn more, view the following:

Unpaid Internships - the 6 Criteria by Law
Internships at our State Capitol


Internship Assistance

Students who are required to complete an internship in order to graduate will need to meet with the Internship Coordinator (shown below for Brandywine majors). Brandywine students intending to transfer to another campus, and who also desire credit, must call the College/Department of their major at the other campus to discuss whether it is possible to earn credit before transferring to that campus.

Career Services is available to assist students with the identification of internship opportunities. The primary resources for finding internships include:

Nittany Lion Career Network logo Campus Philly logo

  • Nittany Lion Career Network, Penn State’s private job board utilized by all Penn State campuses
  • CampusPhilly, a job board and more – includes an online Internship Fair each October and February
  • Join the internship LISTSERV to receive announcements via email
    Send an email to LISTSERV@LISTS.PSU.EDU; leave the subject blank and send the message: JOIN BW-INTERNSHIPS firstname lastname
  • Bulletin board outside of Main 104
  • The Angel group “Brandywine Career Services” which contains listings of past interns sites
    (students can enroll in this group, no pin is required)

Be sure to check these resources routinely as they are updated on a regular basis.

Refer to the “Job & Internship Search” page for more details.


Internship Coordinators by Brandywine Major

American Studies
Dr. Phyllis Cole, pbc2@psu.edu

Business
Instructor Kathleen Yanoshak, kmy10@psu.edu

Communication Arts and Sciences
Dr. Susan Fredricks, smf17@psu.edu

Corporate Communications
Dr. Susan Fredricks, smf17@psu.edu

English
Dr. Paul deGategno, pjd15@psu.edu

General Engineering / Multidisciplinary Engineering Design
Dr. Bob Avanzato, rla5@psu.edu

Human Development and Family Studies
Instructor Michael Sturm, mrs36@psu.edu

Information Sciences and Technology
Instructor Nannette D'Imperio, nxd13@psu.edu

Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Instructor Patricia Hillen, pah14@psu.edu

Psychology
Dr. Pauline Guerin, pbg12@psu.edu


Requirements for Brandywine Majors

Students can complete an internship with or without a credit course, unless employer requires enrollment in a credit-bearing course. Students from all Brandywine majors can complete an internship for credit. Five majors at Brandywine have a required internship built into the curriculum. The number of hours and credits varies by major. Below is a chart showing those majors that have a required internship and accompanying credits and hours.

 

Internship Requirements for Brandywine Majors

Major

Year Student Completes Internship

# hours
Required

Total # credits earned
(prep course+ internship +supervision course)

Business 
(Options: Accounting,  Financial Svcs,  Mktg, Mgmt)

Senior

300 +

1+(3 or 6)

Corporate Communications

Senior

120

1+3

General Engineering

Summer after Junior

300

1+1

Human Development & Family Studies

Senior

480

2+9+3

Information Sciences & Technology

As early as
freshman year

300

1+1

 


Course Offering

CN ED 280: Job/Internship Search and Professional Skills (1 credit) – This course will teach students how to implement a career strategy to effectively secure a job/internship. It is appropriate for students at all academic levels who are focused on a major and preparing for an internship or career search. This course is highly recommended for IST, Corporate Communications and General Engineering since these have a required internship. HDFS and Brandywine majors have a required equivalent preparation course (HDFS 490 and BA 420), however, these courses cannot be taken until senior year. Refer to the online schedule for more details.


Vault Career Insider

The Career Insider contains free Career Guides including "Guide to Top Internships." Students must create an account using their Penn State email address in order to be able to download guides.

 

Internship Profiles

Communications
Ashley Piroeff
Aimee Ralph

Engineering
Kareem Ali


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Shayna Cedeno & Shoeb Hasan

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IST
Alex Leiser
Kanel Nang