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Hayley Dunn of Nazareth is working for the Pennsylvania Department of State as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
A junior political science major at West Chester University, Dunn is one of 15 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 semester's worth of credits.
Dunn, the daughter of Nancy and Timothy Dunn, is a 2010 graduate of Nazareth Area High School. She and the other students participating in the program will attend several academic seminars during their fall 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. 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, gaining valuable insight into the workings of state government at the policy-making level.
THIS invites students from each of the 14 PASSHE universities to participate. More information on the program is available at www.passhe.edu/this.