February 15, 2016
West Chester University junior Dennis Mundt of Dunmore, Pa., is working in the governor’s Office of Policy and Planning as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.
A political science major who is also involved with the WCU pre-law society, Mundt is splitting his time between Policy and Planning and Public Liaison. He is one of 16 students participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program, which provides State System students the opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester’s worth of credits. Interns will attend several academic seminars during the semester and will complete an individualized research project as part of the program’s requirements.
"Politics has always been an interest of mine, and now that I am able to see the inner working of Pennsylvania government, I realize that doing the people’s work is very appealing to my interest," says Mundt, who also serves in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. "Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I plan on attending law school. I specifically want to focus on criminal law with intentions of becoming a prosecutor."
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. THIS welcomes students with any academic major and will try to tailor the student’s internship placement to their academic major.
More than 600 students from the State System universities have participated in THIS since the program began in 1989, gaining valuable insight into the workings of state government at the policy-making level. Interns have worked with dozens of state agencies as well as in the offices of the governor.