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Bria Canady Interns with PA Board of Probation and Parole

This fall, WCU senior Bria L. Canady of Philadelphia is working for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP) as part of The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program.

Canady is one of 12 students participating in the 15-week internship. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education offers the program for students from its 14 universities to provide them an opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester’s worth of credits. Applicants must have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in a minimum of 45 undergraduate credit hours at the time of application for placement during their junior or senior year.

Canady, a political science major with a minor in women's & gender studies, will be working directly with Victor W. Wills, IV, director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the PBPP. To be approved for this internship, all candidates must have a criminal history background check performed prior to starting their first day. Her role also requires confidentiality.

She reports that her duties "include answering official correspondence from the Honorable Tom Wolf's office as well as analyzing different bills that come through the floor." She and the other THIS participants will also attend several academic seminars and complete required individualized research projects.

On campus, Canady is an active member of the Rho Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a charter member of the NAACP of West Chester University. She has served as a peer mentor in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and as a student advisor to the College of Business and Public Affairs Women's Leadership Forum.

Following her graduation in December, Canady will prepare to enter West Chester's master of social work at the Philadelphia campus in fall 2017.

More than 600 students from the State System universities have participated in THIS since the program began in 1989. For additional THIS information, visit