The moment I accepted my internship with APSCUF, I was overwhelmed with excitement. Little did I know I would learn so much about my career field and learn the ways of lobbying and journalism. The staff and my two advisers, Kathryn Morton and Sean Crampsie, made this whole experience comfortable and welcoming. Both taught me new skills that I will carry for a lifetime.
With any internship, you may face challenges, but you will learn valuable information and have the opportunity to understand what you want to do with your career. In this dual internship, I was able to work within in my field of political science and brush up on my writing skills. My hardest and most rewarding challenge in this internship was learning the ways of writing in a journalistic form. Kathryn was super helpful with tips and tricks to writing a blog and other pieces of importance for an organization like APSCUF. I was also able to use social-media accounts while I visited multiple universities in Pennsylvania. I want to thank Sean for his efforts of showing me around the Capitol and giving me the outlet to network. It gave me a better understanding of how the lobbying field works.
Throughout my time in the Harrisburg office, I was able to meet with Gov. Tom Wolf and now-Lt.-Gov.-elect John Fetterman. I attended APSCUF’s September legislative assembly, where delegates from all 14 university chapters met. I sat in with political speakers, watched committee meetings, and met with individuals who have influenced my goals.
My advice for this internship: Come to learn. I found my love for meeting with people and lobbying about issues that are important to me. I enjoyed talking to all of the faculty and staff within APSCUF, which showed me, a State System student, how passionate professors, coaches, and the staff are about providing us with an affordable education. I was able to learn what a union is and what it does for its members.
For those who are not local to the Harrisburg area, APSCUF provides housing. For me, this was an important factor in choosing an internship. It gave me the opportunity to learn without the burden of paying for something I wouldn’t be able to afford.
Overall, my time with APSCUF has been a fulfilling and humbling experience. Everyone will welcome you as a person and part of the team, which is nice for someone new to the job. Enjoy the time you have to learn and the opportunities APSCUF gives you: Not many internships will provide something as unique as APSCUF.
Thank you, Ken, my two advisers, and all of the APSCUF staff for letting me experience what it is like to be a part of the team. I learned more than I thought, and you all made my fall semester a successful one.
Fall 2018 APSCUF intern
Interested in applying for an APSCUF internship? Learn more about the opportunity at https://www.apscuf.org/students/#internship.
In case you missed it, check out some of the accomplishments of our APSCUF faculty members and coaches from this fall semester.
- Bloomsburg University mass communications Assistant Professor Kristie Byrum spoke about her book while arguing against the “right to be forgotten” act.
- Tom Mueller, a geography professor at Cal U, joined the Ukraine Research Institute at Harvard University’s MAPA Digital Ukraine Program.
- Cheyney Professor Steven Hughes brings fish farming to light.
- Clarion University recognized APSCUF faculty members who received tenured or a promotion.
- East Stroudsburg faculty members were recognized and honored at the first All-University meeting of the academic year.
- Katherine Robbins of Edinboro University took her new role as athletic director.
- Faculty member Susan Drummond of Indiana University of Pennsylvania discussed how the Janus versus AFSCME ruling affects public-sector unions.
- Kutztown’s department chair of computer science and information technology, Lisa Frye, received the Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award.
- Rick Schulze of Lock Haven University received the Visionary Leadership Award at the AIDS Resource 30th anniversary gala.
- Mansfield University faculty members performed “Gorgeous Nothings.”
- Biology professor Carol Hepfer received Millersville University’s 2018-19 Teacher of the Year Award.
- Faculty members at Shippensburg University provided a literacy program at the Hope Station in Carlisle.
- Computer science Professor Sam Thangiah started a STEAM program for students at Slippery Rock University.
- West Chester University field hockey Coach Amy Cohen led her team to the No. 1 spot in the nation.
APSCUF aims to keep our members and followers updated on our faculty members’ and coaches’ successes. Don’t forget to follow us on our social media sites for more stories featuring our incredible faculty and coaches. Have a story to be told? Tag APSCUF on social media or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Sydney Miller, APSCUF intern
Last week, we welcomed Bim Arthun, right, State APSCUF’s new membership-benefits specialist. She will spend the next few weeks learning from Nancy Koutris, left, who will retire after 36.5 years with the association.
Watch for two APSCUF members in the final SPORTSfever broadcast of the season: the football contest between East Stroudsburg and Clarion universities, beginning noon Saturday, Nov. 10. Featured members will be Sandy Miller, women’s field hockey coach at East Stroudsburg University; Colleen Shotwell, athletic-training coordinator at East Stroudsburg University; and James L. Thornton, Clarion University’s head athletic trainer. The appearances during televised football, soccer, and field hockey games have been part of APSCUF’s sponsorship of the college-sports network. Broadcasts also include an APSCUF commercial and the APSCUF logo.
Click here for a list of all SPORTSfever games and information about where to watch.
Watch for Susan Kocher, head softball coach at Bloomsburg University, and Mary Fleig, women’s basketball coach at Millersville University, during the Millersville at Bloomsburg PSAC football telecast 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Their appearances are part of APSCUF’s sponsorship of the college-sports network SPORTSfever. Broadcasts also include an APSCUF commercial and the APSCUF logo. Click here to see the fall SPORTSfever schedule and information about how to watch. Interested in appearing in a SPORTSfever broadcast? Email email@example.com.