Internships

West Chester University

 


WCU Departmental Internship Coordinator Contact Info

(By College/ By Department)

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)


Department Name: ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY
Contact Person: 
Name: Jackie Zalewski, Ph.D.
email: jzalewski@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-3529
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.ant/
internship website: no departmental internship website at this time

Department Specifics: This career internship is a service learning practicum experience, in a setting that must be relevant to student’s primary or secondary interest area in sociology. Interns are typically but not exclusively placed with social services agencies and obtain college credit by working 90 hours with an organization in the selected semester.


Department Name: BIOLOGY
Contact Person: 
Name:  Jack Waber, Ph.D.
email: jwaber@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2319
department website: http://bio.wcupa.edu/biology/index.php
internship website: no departmental internship website at this time

Department Specifics: The Department of Biology offers six specialized areas of study, including a new concentration in Marine Science.  The concentration in Medical Technology requires a fourth year hospital internship.  Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA to apply for an internship and completed internships will give students 26 semester hours for the year.


Department Name: CHEMISTRY
Contact Person: 
Name: Tim Starn, Ph.D.
email: tstarn@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2684
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.che/
internship website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.che/Internships.asp

Department Specifics: An internship in Chemistry is an off-campus work or research experience that can take place in a variety of industrial, governmental, and academic laboratories.  Internships are required for the Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry concentration and optional in other Chemistry degree programs.  Regardless, all internships are by permission of the department, only. Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry students should contact Dr. Starn or the department chair concerning internships. Chemistry-Biology degree students should coordinate internships through the Pre-medical office.


Department Name: COMMUNICATION STUDIES
Contact Person: 
Name: Michael Pearson, Ph.D.
email: mpearson@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2550
department website: http://communication.wcupa.edu/
internship website: http://communication.wcupa.edu/intern

Department Specifics: Communication Studies students with a 2.8 or above overall GPA and a 3.0 or above GPA in the major may obtain internships through the department to obtain hands-on work experience for credit. These opportunities are as vast as the departmental focus but include positions in the areas of event planning, public relations, advertising, broadcasting, lobbying and politics, human resources, promotions, and more. Students may work in internships for credit hours from 3 to 15 over one or more semesters.


Department Name: COMPUTER SCIENCE
Contact Person: 
Name: Cheer-sun Yang, Ph.D.
email
: cyang@wcupa.edu
phone: (610)738-0450
department website: http://www.cs.wcupa.edu/
internship website: http://www.cs.wcupa.edu/internships

Department Specifics: Under the current degree requirements, each Computer Science major can complete one internship. This internship (CSC400, a 6 credit course) requires a total of 14 weeks of work or 560 hours, which may be completed on a full time or part time basis and consequently spread out over more than one semester. Students must have a C- or better in select required courses as well as an overall major GPA of 2.5 or better and a Math GPA of 2.0 or above. Interested students should bring an updated résumé to the department Internship Coordinator.


Department Name: ENGLISH / LITERATURES AND WRITINGS
Contact Person: 
Name: Eleanor Shevlin, Ph.D.
email: eshevlin@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2463
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_cas.eng/
internship website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_cas.eng/undergrad/internships.asp

Department Specifics: The Department of English strongly encourages its BA majors to complete an internship. Completing both on- and off-campus internships, our majors have gained experience in a wide range of fields. Such experiences demonstrate that it’s not what one can do with an English degree that’s the question, but what one can’t do! Our students’ internships have enabled them to perform editorial work and proofreading; write press releases; design newsletters, brochures, and web pages; create and conduct questionnaires; work in marketing campaigns, and participate in management training, among many other activities. Recent organizational placements include Philadelphia-area publishers, local media, public-relations organizations, corporate groups, nationally-based volunteer organizations, sports organizations, and libraries. Each intern must meet with the department’s internship coordinator and complete an internship letter of agreement before pursuing an English internship.


Department Name: ENGLISH / BUSINESS AND TECHNICAL WRITING (BTW)
Contact Person: 
Name: Judy Scheffler, Ph.D.
email: jscheffler@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-3101
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_cas.eng/
internship website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_cas.eng/undergrad/internships.asp

Department Specifics: Business and Technical Writing minors are required to complete an internship, which is usually scheduled at the conclusion of coursework.  Interns complete 120 hours of work per 3 credits.  Together with their faculty advisor, students choose an internship site that offers the opportunity to practice professional writing strategies that meet the organization's needs.  Students have interned in a variety of sites on campus and off campus in nonprofits, small businesses and corporations.


Department Name: GEOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY
Contact Person: 
Name: Tim Lutz, Ph.D.
email: tlutz@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-3498
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.esc/
internship website: http://geology.wcupa.edu/forum/3

Department Specifics: The Department of Geology and Astronomy prepares students for careers in geoscience and geoscience education. Geoscience is an integrated study of the Earth, its geologic history, composition and structure, resources, natural hazards, atmosphere and oceans, and its environment in space. Students are encouraged to participate in an internship (ESS 460: Internship (1-18 credits) where they are able to work with industry, or local, state, or federal government agencies under faculty supervision. The department regularly posts internship opportunities on its Student Forum page (link above).


Department Name: HISTORY (and AMERICAN STUDIES)
Contact Person: 
Name: Charles Hardy, Ph.D.
email: chardy@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-3329
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.his/
internship website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.his/DHIP.asp

Department Specifics:The History Department offers opportunities for internships with a broad range of placements and projects, including museums, archives, historical societies, and public agencies. Hosting agencies of recent internships include Anthracite Heritage Museum , Chester County Historical Society, Eckley Miners’ Village, Ellis Island, Ephrata Cloister, Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Lightfoot Mill at Anselma, Pearl Buck Foundation, and the Valley Forge National Historical Park. Interested students with a minimum 2.8 GPA who can offer 14 or more 8 hours days, typically during summer sessions, should contact the History Department Internship Coordinator regarding the application process and registration for AMS 415 or HIS 460.


Department Name: LANGUAGES AND CULTURES
Contact Person: 
Name: Andrea Varricchio, Ph.D.
email: avarricchio@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2700
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.flg/
internship website: http://wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_cas.flg/internships.asp

Department Specifics: The Department of Languages and Cultures offers a three, six, nine or twelve credit-hour internship to junior or senior majors and minors in languages or linguistics and to graduate students in French, German, and Spanish who wish to enhance their study of a world language in aspects such as language, culture, and linguistics with an educational experience directly in the workplace, either in the United States or abroad. Students must have a minimum 75 credits, 2.75 GPA, 3.0 language GPA, and work a minimum of 10 hours per week for a 3 month period (120 hour) to receive 3 credits. Opportunities are vast and have included: Yves Rocher, French cosmetics firm in Exton, Upper Merion Area Middle School, the Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Chester, US Airways, Lufthansa Air, the World Bank, IBM, and local companies working with foreign clients, as well as teaching English in other countries.


Department Name: LIBERAL STUDIES PROGRAM
phone: (610) 436-1096
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_cas/lsp/default.asp

** At this time, the Liberal Studies Department does not offer a formal internship program (internships may be completed as part of minor with advisor permission and met eligibility requirements).


Department Name: MATHEMATICS
Contact Person: 
Name: Lisa Marano, Ph.D.
email: lmarano@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 738-0585
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.mat/
internship website: no departmental internship website at this time

Department Specifics: The Department of Mathematics has several concentrations that encourage an internship, which will allow students to work with a local company or organization. This hands-on opportunity allows students to see mathematics education at work, in applied real-life situations. Students must sit down with the Mathematics Department academic advisors to seek direction on whether or not they qualify for an internship and to assure that this applied experience will best fit the student’s career goals.


Department Name: PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Contact Person: 
Name: Steve Zimniski, Ph.D.
email: szimniski@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2978
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_cas/pharm/
internship website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas/pharm/internships.asp

Department Specifics: One of the unique features of the Pharmaceutical Product Development program is the requirement of a full-time summer internship. Internships are considered to be full-time employment, thus, they are twelve weeks in length and the students are paid. Prior to becoming eligible for a summer internship all students must complete a full year of organic chemistry, courses in cell physiology, genetics, recombinant DNA methodology the introductory course, PPD 481, and specialized seminars in the internship selection process. A full spectrum of internships are available, including bench science projects in drug synthesis, drug design, and drug metabolism studies in animals. In addition, other internships are available in data analysis and statistics, regulatory affairs, medical affairs, epidemiology, and safety monitoring of drugs.


Department Name: PHILOSOPHY
phone: (610) 436-1000
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.phi/

** At this time, the Philosophy Department does not offer a formal internship program.


Department Name: PHYSICS (PRE–ENGINEERING)
Contact Person: 
Name: Anthony Nicastro, Ph.D.
email: anicastro@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2540
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/SCH_CAS.PHY/
internship website: no departmental internship website at this time

Department Specifics: The Physics (Pre–Engineering) program offers internships for majors. Contact the department Internship Coordinator for details.


Department Name: PROFESSIONAL STUDIES PROGRAM
phone: (610) 436-3548
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_cas/psp/generalprograminfo.asp

** At this time, the Professional Studies Department does not offer a formal internship program (internships may be completed as part of minor with advisor permission and met eligibility requirements).


Department Name: PSYCHOLOGY
Contact Person: 
Name: Loretta Rieser-Danner, Ph.D. and Sandra Kerr, Ph.D.
email: lrieser-danner@wcupa.edu ; skerr@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-3106 ; (610) 436-2549
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_cas.psy/
internship website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_cas.psy/specialstudy.asp

Department Specifics: The Department of Psychology strongly encourages students to engage in applied training through field experience. Students may search local offerings of field experience opportunities through resources on this page or through the WCU Career Development Center and speak to their Departmental Coordinator regarding eligibility and details.


Department Name: WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
Contact Person: 
Name: Lisa Ruchti, Ph.D.
email: lruchti@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2464
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/womensstudies/
internship website: no departmental internship website at this time

Department Specifics: The Women’s and Gender Studies Program encourages students to engage in applied training in a variety of areas including reproductive justice (e.g. Planned Parenthood), anti-violence (e.g., the WCU Women’s Center), and art (e.g., the National Museum of Women in the Arts), among many others. Students may search offerings of internship opportunities through resources on this page or through the WCU Career Development Center and speak to their departmental Internship Coordinator regarding eligibility and details. 


College of Business and Public Affairs

Internships are not required but are highly recommended. Studies have shown that students who complete internships acquire good job experience and obtain better jobs upon graduation. All departments within the CBPA offer internships, and more than 400 students per year participate with businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies.

Department Name: ACCOUNTING
Contact Person: 
Name: Peter Oehlers. D.B.A.
email: poehlers@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 738 0562
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba/accounting/
internship website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba/accounting/internships.asp

Department Specifics: The Department of Accounting encourages students to participate in internships. Through an internship, students connect classroom instructions with practice. Student majors in the Department of Accounting can be granted up to 6 credits toward their graduation requirements through an approved internship experience. Students must complete a minimum of 180 hours of internship experience in order to earn 3 course credits. To date, all internships have been paid positions and can be undertaken for credit in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. To find companies offering internship opportunities, students should speak to the Accounting Department Internship Coordinator or the WCU Career Development Center.


Department Name: CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Undergraduate Contact Person: 
Name: Jane Tucker, Ph.D.
email: jtucker@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2638

department website: http://wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba/criminaljustice/
practicum website: http://wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba/criminaljustice/practicum.asp

Department Specifics: This is a field placement, not an internship program. The Department of Criminal Justice requires students to complete a capstone Practicum course. This is a comprehensive twelve-credit, twelve-week summer program during which students work full-time for one of 500 Department-approved criminal justice agencies. Students gain valuable full-time experience with federal, state and local criminal justice agencies, as well as private organizations. In addition to resume enhancement, students begin important networking in the field, make valuable connections, earn references and letters of recommendation from professionals in the field, and learn of job openings before they are publicized. This is an extraordinary opportunity for all students interested in a career in the field of criminal justice.


Department Name: ECONOMICS AND FINANCE
Contact Person: 
Name: Orhan Kara, Ph.D.
email: okara@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-3331
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/sch_sba/EconomicsAndFinance/
internship website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba/economicsandfinance/economics/internship.asp

Department Specifics: Students accepted into either program, the Bachelor of Science in Economics or the Bachelor of Science in Finance, may take ECO 411 or ECO 412 for three to six credits. When a student has secured an internship, they should immediately contact the internship coordinator to determine if the job opportunity is a qualifying internship.  Internships are not all but have typically been paid positions during fall, spring, or summer sessions.


Department Name: GEOGRAPHY AND PLANNING

FOCUS: PLANNING
Undergraduate Contact Person: 
Name: Dottie Ives Dewey, Ph.D.
email: divesdewey@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2746

FOCUS: BUSINESS GIS
Undergraduate Contact Person: 
Name: Martin Katirai, Ph.D.
email: mkatirai@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2393

FOCUS: GIS
Undergraduate Contact Person: 
Name: Gary Coutu, Ph.D.
email: gcoutu@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 738-0522

FOCUS: ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
Undergraduate Contact Person: 
Name: Joy Fritschle, Ph.D.
email: jfritschle@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-3396

Graduate Contact Person: 
Name: Martin Katirai, Ph.D.
email: mkatirai@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2393

department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba.geo/default.asp
internship website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba.geo/internships.asp

Department Specifics: The Geography and Planning Department offers programs that bridge the physical and social sciences, combing the theoretical with practical experience. Students gain knowledge that can be applied to societal and environmental problems and to future planning. Departmental programs prepare the student for the post-graduation job market as well as for advanced educational opportunities. The degree program has several tracks and options, including Planning, Environmental, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geography, and Elective Social Studies Education. Many Geography & Planning students benefit from an internship experience during their junior or senior year. Often these are available during the summer. Formal internships are for academic credit, and involve a faculty supervisor as well as an employer supervisor. The student receives professional experience, and in some cases may receive a wage or expense money.

In recent years WCU students have held academic internships with these employers: The Brandywine Conservancy, Inc., Cahill Associates, Chester County Conservation District, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Chester County Planning Commission, Conrail, Delaware County Planning Department, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, EnviroSure, HAC Group, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Randolph Township, Roy F. Weston Company, Inc., SEPTA, U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Research Station, West Bradford Township.


Department Name: MANAGEMENT
(see below for Management Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center)
Contact Person: 
Name: Roberta Snow, Ph.D.
email: rsnow@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2261
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/Sch_sba/Management/default.asp
internship website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/Sch_sba/Management/internship/default.asp
internship syllabus: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/Sch_sba/Management/internship/syl.asp

internship FAQs:
http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/Sch_sba/Management/internship/faq.asp

Department Specifics: As part of their undergraduate curriculum, students have the opportunity to gain internship experience for academic credit. The internship program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to connect classroom concepts with hands-on managerial experience. About 25% of Management majors take advantage of the internship option, and many receive job offers from their internship employers as a result of the experience. In order to do so, a student must be accepted into the Management Department with a GPA of 2.8 or higher and be a junior or senior student who has secured an internship at a company that will provide managerial or professional skills. (see links on this site to the Career Development Center and additional resources).


Department Name: MARKETING
Contact Person: 
Name: Jack Gault, Ph.D.
email: jgault@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-3135
department website: www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/Sch_sba/Marketing/default.asp
internship website: www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/Sch_sba/Marketing/internships.asp

Department Specifics: Internships in marketing are designed to provide a substantive work experience in the business world, as a means of enhancing a student’s educational experience. The overwhelming majority of interns are paid for their work. The hourly rate ranges from $9.00 to $15.00, with the majority of positions in the $10.00 to $12.00 range. Organizations typically offering marketing internships to WCU students represent more than 20 industries, including: consumer products marketing, marketing research agencies, pharmaceutical marketing/marketing research, software services marketing/marketing research, financial services marketing, sales training, and advertising. Students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher and have completed MKT 325: Marketing Management with a grade of C or better. Additional requirements vary by position and are subject to the approval of the Marketing Internship Coordinator, Marketing Department Chair, and the Dean of the School of Business and Public Affairs.


Department Name: POLITICAL SCIENCE
Contact Person: 
Name: John Kennedy, Ph.D.
email: jkennedy@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2701
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba/political_science/default.asp
internship website:
http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba/political_science/internIntro.asp

Department Specifics: The Department of Political Science offers students the opportunity for experiences outside the regular classroom environment through field placement learning in organizational settings. Internships are intended for highly qualified students who meet the following criteria: 1) a major or minor in one of the programs of the Department of Political Science; 2) class status of junior or senior; 3) overall G.P.A. of at least 2.5; 4) proper completion of the application process; 5) agree to all conditions set forth in the internship contract. To start the process, students should schedule a meeting with the department's Director of the Internship Program.


Department Name: SOCIAL WORK
BSW - Undergraduate Social Work Department Contact Person: 
Name: Janet Bradley, M.S.S. - Main Campus
email: jbradley2@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2801

Name: Theresa Sullivan, M.S.W. - Philadelphia Campus
email: tsullivan@wcupa.edu
phone: (267) 386-3017
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba/socialWork/
practicum website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba/gradSocialWork/

Department Specifics: This is a field placement, not an internship program. Undergraduate (BSW) field practicum are a significant part of your preparation for professional social work practice. During the spring semester, junior level students complete 16 hours per week of field practicum experience. Senior level students complete 16 hours per week of field practicum experience during the fall and spring semesters. The field practicum is designed to help students learn to bridge classroom theory with social work practice. In the field practicum, students are provided opportunities to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, values and skills necessary to become competent beginning level generalist social workers.

MSW - Graduate Social Work Department Contact Person: 
Name: Lisa Allen, M.S.W. - Main Campus, Director of Field Education
email: lallen@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 738-0351

Name: Theresa Sullivan, M.S.W. - Philadelphia Campus
email: tsullivan@wcupa.edu
phone: (267) 386-3017
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/sch_sba/gradSocialWork/FEoverview.asp

Department Specifics: This is a field placement, not an internship program. Graduate (MSW) program field practicum focuses on integration of classroom/academic content with social work practice experiences to develop professional social work competencies. A total of four semesters of practicum experience is required, one academic year (two semesters) in each of two field practice placements. First year MSW students complete16 hours per week and second year, 20 hours per week. MSW students must work with the Director of Field Education to identify and finalize the field placements/internships in this program.


College of Education

At this time, the College of Education departments do not offer formal internship programs (field experience and student teaching may be part of many departmental requirements - such as the MA Counselor of Education – please contact individual departments for participation guidelines).

Dean’s Office Information: phone: (610) 436-2321
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/%5Facademics/coed/


College of Health Sciences

Department Name: COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS
**At this time, the Department does not offer a formal undergraduate internship program.
phone: (610) 436-3401
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/commdisorder/


Department Name: HEALTH

FOCUS: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Contact Person: 
Name: Chuck Shorten, Ph.D.
email: cshorten@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2360
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/health/enhealth/default.asp
internship website (general info): http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/health/enhealth/interns.asp
internship website (requirements): http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/health/enhealth/env456.asp

Department Specifics: As a capstone experience, students in the Environmental Health program complete a semester long internship with industry, government, or non-profit organizations at the completion of their course work. The internship provides environmental health students with a unique chance to gain practical, hands-on professional experience and prepares them for the job market. Some of the organizations which have sponsored interns include: Dupont Environmental Remediation Services, Inc., Sun Marketing and Refining Co., Chester County Conservation District, The Brandywine Conservancy, The Brandywine Valley Association, PECO, PA Department of Environmental Protection, US Environmental Protection Agency , US Geological Survey, and many others. Before the internship may begin, the student, internship supervisor, and faculty advisor must agree, in writing, to the terms and conditions of the position.

FOCUS: HEALTH PROMOTION
Contact Person: 
Name: Sharon DeJoy
email: sdejoy@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-3531
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/health/healthpromotion/default.asp
internship website: no departmental internship website at this time

Department Specifics: The highlight of the public health program is the semester-long (12 semester hours) internship during the senior year, usually at a site selected by the student with the approval of the faculty advisor. This real-world work experience allows the student to put classroom theory into practice. Successful internships often lead to job placement.

FOCUS: RESPIRATORY CARE
Contact Person: 
Name: Brian Kellar, M.S., M.Ed., RRT-NPS, RPFT
email: kellarb@mlhs.org
phone: (484) 337-3347
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/health/respcare/default.asp
internship website: no departmental internship website at this time

Department Specifics: The Health Department’s program in Respiratory Care prepares students to enter the healthcare work force as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. The program enlists the assistance of twelve clinical sites to complete the educational process and as part of the clinical experience. Clinical rotations in Respiratory Care are open only to students who are currently enrolled in the Respiratory Care Program. Students interested in Respiratory Care as a major should contact the Program Director.


Department Name: KINESIOLOGY
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/kinesiology/
internship website: see above page and link to "Internship Forms"

Undergraduate Student Teaching Contact Person:
Name: Frank Fry. D.PE.
email: ffry@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2832
focus website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/kinesiology/teachercert.asp

Focus Specifics: The Teacher Certification Program in Health and Physical Education is designed to prepare students to teach health and physical education in schools. The program requirements are intended to equip students with the prerequisites for pursuing mastery in teacher education and permanent teaching certification for grades K-12 and include mandatory student teaching.

Undergraduate Exercise Science Contact Person:
Name: W. Craig Stevens, Ph.D.
email: cstevens@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2386

exercise science website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/kinesiology/fitspecial.asp

Graduate Contact Person: MPA with Graduate Certificate in Sport Management and Athletics
Name: Eve Atkinson, D.Ed.
email: eatkinson@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2314

graduate certificate website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_academics/healthsciences/kinesiology/gradcert.asp

Graduate Contact Person: MS in Exercise and Sports Physiology
Name: David Stearne, Ph.D.
email:dstearne@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2347


pre-physical therapy website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/kinesiology/physical.asp
pre-occupational therapy website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/kinesiology/OccupationalTherapy.asp
athletic coaching minor website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/kinesiology/coaching.asp
physical education for individuals with disabilities website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/kinesiology/disability.asp


Department Name: NURSING
Contact Person: 
Name: Katherine Conroy
email: kconroy@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-3204
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/nursing/
internship website: no departmental internship website at this time

Department Specifics: Students in the BSN program have a wide variety of clinical experiences including acute care, community health, day care centers, schools, retirement centers, nursing homes, and a veterans hospital. Individualized instruction is provided in the clinical setting with a 1:10 faculty/student ratio. A learning laboratory is available on campus to allow students to practice their psychomotor skills prior to actual contact with clients. BSN graduates have obtained jobs in many settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community agencies, physicians’ offices, etc. Most BSN graduates continue on with graduate study after a few years of experience as a professional nurse.


Department Name: SPORTS MEDICINE
At this time, the Department of Sports Medicine does offer clinical experiences but does not offer a formal internship program.
phone: (610) 436-3293
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/_ACADEMICS/HealthSciences/sportsmed/default.asp


College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department Name: SCHOOL OF MUSIC
The School of Music does not currently offer credit for internship programs but strongly encourages students to engage in applied training through internship experiences. Students may search internship offerings through the WCU Career Development enter or on the SOM Website, and should speak with their Faculty advisor to assure that applied experience will best fit with the student’s career goals. Internships may be paid or unpaid.
phone: (610) 436-2739
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/cvpa/music/


Department Name: ART + DESIGN
Contact Person: 
Name: John Baker, M.F.A.
email: jbaker@wcupa.edu
phone: (610) 436-2755
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/cvpa/artDesign/
internship website: http://www.wcupa.edu/cvpa/artDesign/prospectiveStu.aspx#opportunities

Department Specifics: The Department of Art + Design at West Chester University has established an organized and structured program integrating the visual arts and academic disciplines. Those students interested in a career in Graphic Design who are either juniors or seniors in the major may register for the ART 450 Graphic Design Internship for 3 credits. This course provides experience in studio, agency, or company-involved design responsibilities and procedures to broaden the student's understanding of the profession through job experience. Departmental permission is required for registration.


Department Name: THEATRE AND DANCE
Contact Person: 
Name: Harvey Rovine, Ph.D.
email: hrovine@wcupa.edu
phone: 610-738-0529
department website: http://www.wcupa.edu/cvpa/theatreDance/
internship website: no departmental internship website at this time

Department Specifics: The Department of Theatre and Dance at West Chester University is dedicated to the educational development of its students, preparing them to meet the challenges of our contemporary world. To achieve this goal, the department supports student experience in hands-on internships. Students interested in an internship must be interviewed and obtain department permission to be placed in THA 150 Summer Theatre Workshop for 3 credits. This course is a combination of classroom instruction and applied production techniques for student interns working with the department’s Summer Theatre program and is available to first-year/sophomore-level students and to qualified high school seniors.