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Internship Fair Connects Penn State DuBois Students with Businesses, Opportunity

In the photo: Student Melissa George, left, talks with Rob Walker and Tracey Gordon about internship opportunities with Jefferson County Probation.
In the photo: Student Melissa George, left, talks with Rob Walker and Tracey Gordon about internship opportunities with Jefferson County Probation.
11/12/2010 —

DuBois – Students in the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) programs at Penn State DuBois connected with businesses in their field at an internship fair recently held in the student union, and sponsored by the campus HDFS Club.  Nearly 50 students attended, and representatives from a dozen local businesses and organizations seeking interns were present.  Those companies ranged from area probation departments, to mental health agencies, and child behavioral organizations. 

 

Both two and four year HDFS programs at Penn State DuBois require internships, and according to senior instructor and HDFS Club advisor Sally Vavala, those internships can benefit both students and local organizations. 

 

"We're indebted to these organizations for providing these opportunities to our students, but we also want to provide the organizations with good interns who can help them with their essential functions," Vavala said.

 

Crystal Vicklund, a primary counselor for Pentz Run Youth Services in DuBois, and a recent Penn State DuBois HDFS graduate, agreed.  Vicklund represented Pentz Run in its search for interns at the internship fair.  She said, "Interns are extra eyes and hands, and they're nice to have in almost all areas of what we do.  We have had interns take on grant writing, and other big projects that really matter.  They're not doing trivial things."

 

Lacey Hackett, student and president of the HDFS Club, said the internships help students network and could potentially connect them with future employers.  Most of all, she said, the internships provide the ultimate learning experience.  "They give us first-hand experience, so we'll have that by the time we graduate, and we'll know what we're getting into when we start a job. 

 

For more information on internship fairs, career fairs, and other opportunities at Penn State DuBois, call 375-4764.

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