February 23, 2017
This spring, for the first time, West Chester University has not one, but two students participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS). Both students are studying political science, plan careers in law, and would like to eventually run for public office.
Aaron Rosengarten of Easton is a senior political science and applied ethics major interning with the Office of General Counsel in the Pennsylvania Department of State. He explained that his duties are to "review cases and write up prosecution evaluations, which explain everything going on within a case and what the proposed action should be." He is also assisting attorneys with specific research cases and attending board meetings and hearings to broaden his experience within the State Department.
On campus, Rosengarten has served as a senator in SGA and is a founding father of the Kappa Chi chapter of Alpha Tau Omega. Following graduation this May, he plans to pursue a law degree and one day run for public office, with his ultimate goal to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Michael Walter of West Grove is a junior political science and international relations major and peace and conflict studies minor. He is working in the office of Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny). On a typical day, he might "assist the speaker's staff, observe voting sessions on the House floor, track bills through the legislative process, and conduct research in the House Archives." He is also writing biographies for a book on women representatives. Walter attends committee meetings, press conferences, and public hearings to immerse himself in the operations of the House.
At West Chester, Walter is a member of both the Sigma Phi Epsilon and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor fraternities. Following his graduation in May 2018, he plans to earn both a J.D. and a master's in public administration (MPA), using those degrees to teach, write, practice law, and eventually run for public office.
The Harrisburg Internship Semester has seen more than 600 students from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education participate since its inception in 1989. THIS students gain valuable insight into the workings of state government at the policy-making level.
For additional THIS information, visit www.passhe.edu/this.