Internships

The County of Chester offers many quality internship opportunities for relevant job experience. No compensation is provided.

Library

Available for candidates who are currently pursuing a degree in Library Science. Internships provide the opportunity to gain practical work experience in the library field while earning academic credit. Interns will have the option to work at the Chester County Library, the Henrietta Hankin Branch, or to split their time between the two libraries. Interns will report to the Volunteer Coordinator, who will work with department managers to develop work schedules and ensure that academic requirements of the program are being met.

For a well-rounded experience which will allow interns to sample all aspects of librarianship, we recommend that interns plan on dividing their time among the following departments:

  • Reference
  •   Youth Services
  •   Multimedia Services
  •   Circulation
  •   Technical Services
  •   Adult Collection Development
  •   Jacobs Technology Center/Public Computer Areas
  •   Administration

The number of hours spent in each area would be dependent upon the interests and focus of the intern’s academic program.

For more information: email Susan Walraed or call 610-280-3235

Parks + Preservation

The internship with Parks + Preservation is designed to be flexible and provide useful work to us and meet the needs and interests of the intern. To have a well-rounded experience, we will guide the intern to:

  1. Identify and complete a largely self-directed, capstone-style project – we will help them identify something that we need or want done, that is in line with their interests.
  2. Work with programs we use and complete tasks we need in GIS, scan and upload files, input data, organize documents, help with planning and marketing programming events, monitoring, and other things as they come up – which will allow them to learn and practice new skills, and understand office needs and norms.
  3.  Attend educational opportunities to go to conferences, webinars, workshops, and meetings to gain knowledge and an understanding of a job in this field

We are able to offer interns time in the following areas:

  • Parks and Trails management
  • Natural resource planning
  • Ranger shadowing
  • Monitoring
  • Open Space land acquisition
  • Grants
  • Finances
  • Marketing/social media
  • GIS focused work

If you are interested in an internship, please email [email protected] with a cover letter, in which please note: why you want to do this internship, applicable experience or skills you have, internship duration (hours), and area(s) of interest from above, and educational and career goals.

Pocopson Home

The Pocopson Home is ideal for music and art therapists, music performance majors and other related categories. Our population consists of all levels of cognitive and physical conditions. The age groups of the residents are from 40-103 years old. The average age is 80. The hours are flexible, but afternoons and weekends are preferable.

For more information, email Nancy McGready, Director of Activities

Probation, Parole & Pretrial Services

Internships can be a valuable asset to our Department while providing a practical education in probation and parole to students. The placement, by its nature, is not a highly structured experience: it is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of the Department, its clientele, and the student. 

Student interns are regarded as professionals during the placement and are expected to conduct themselves appropriately. This includes being able to identify their developmental needs, and to adhere to the conduct of professional ethics. 

Most internships are in the Supervision Units, working with Probation/Parole Officers as they perform their normal duties. While this is the most common placement, a limited number of internships are possible in special program or research related areas. Arrangements will be handled on an individual basis between the student and the Department. Any special interests, needs or limitations should be noted at the time formal application for placement is made.  

Each assignment may vary. The following are various tasks that may be assigned:

  •   General travel and observation of Probation and Parole Officers 
  •   Small caseload responsibility 
  •   Initial interviewing
  •   Observation of hearings  Assist with classification process
  •   Assist with pre-parole investigations
  •   Assist with special investigations
  •   Assist with pre-sentence investigations
  •   Completion of surveys, research, etc.
  •   Assist in other administrative duties

All interns will report to a Probation/Parole Officer Mentor. The mentor will be responsible for providing necessary guidance and support during the placement, and will also give the intern a department orientation. 

While the Department attempts to offer a broad range of activities to student interns, there are limitations imposed by law, regulation or potential danger. These may include restrictions on participation in arrests, use of client-related data for research, etc. Students shall not add or alter any conditions of supervision. Students are not permitted to make any case decisions without the approval of the officer to whom the case is assigned. 

To be considered for an internship, students must be enrolled in a formal for-credit internship/practicum class with their college or university.

All students requesting a placement must complete the Application for Student Internship. Applications must be submitted to Wendy Baigis, Student Intern Coordinator.

Public Health

Chester County Health Department internships provide students with practical education and a real-life work experience. Throughout the year, we provide both credit and non-credit internship experiences to graduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of professional areas, some of which include: program evaluation, health assessments, health improvement planning, epidemiology, disease prevention, and health promotion.

To inquire, email [email protected] with the following information.

  •  Current resume and a cover letter identifying:
  •  Curriculum goals and learning objectives|
  •  Internship duration (hours)
  •  Start/End dates

    Public Health area of interest:

  • Disease Investigation Surveillance
  • Health Planning and Promotion
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness
  • Maternal Child Health
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Immunizations
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Sewage, Water and Environmental Monitoring
  • Food, Institutions & Vector Control

Upon receipt, your information will be forwarded to all Health Department supervisors for consideration. Supervisors will explore potential projects that relate to the learning objectives and public health areas of interest submitted by each student. If a suitable match is identified, you will be contacted. The Health Department does not offer a monetary allowance for these appointments.