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InternSHIP: 6 Awesome and Local Internships

Your dream internship in L.A. or NYC may have to wait for summer break, but that doesn’t mean you can’t gain valuable experience during the school year right here in Ship. HC Ship rounded up some great opportunities in town and on campus that will give you a competitive edge without the long commute. 

Volvo Construction Equipment

The scoop: Tiny Shippensburg is home to some BIG business. Volvo Construction Equipment’s North American Headquarters is located right in town. Every year more than 70 students take part in Volvo CE’s intern program. There are internship opportunities in a wide range of skill sets and majors, including marketing, communications, finance, human resources and engineering. And no, you don’t need to be a construction equipment whiz to score an internship.

The perks: Competitive hourly wage, employee discount at Volvo Brand Shop and opportunities to move within the company all around the globe.

Shippensburg University Magazine
The scoop: Shippensburg University is a quarterly publication run through the office of marketing and publications. In addition to getting an intimate look at the inner-workings of a magazine, interns have the chance to write and contribute to future issues.

The perks: Flexible schedule, will work around your class schedule, interns can earn up to three academic credits and score a byline.


Shippensburg Dining Services

The scoop: Chartwells Dining Service on campus is in charge of a lot. From the infamous Raiderbowl to Dunkin’ Donuts and Reisner, the folks at dining services cover a lot of ground. The marketing department is a vital part of that.

“The marketing department for dining is responsible for more than most people think,” Lindsey Schneck, marketing director for Chartwells at Shippensburg University tells Her Campus.  “Marketing interns get to get their feet wet in all aspects of marketing done for dining services so it allows them to see that marketing is not just about advertising. It allows the student to make great connections and also allows for job opportunities after graduation,” she says.

The perks: Paid, school credit not required, flexible hours, Chartwells is part of Compass Group USA (the 11th largest employer in the United States), located on campus, FREE FOOD while you work! 

PSECU eCenter

The scoop: Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) is a state-wide credit union with more than 400,000 members and $4 billion in assets. Shippensburg’s on-campus PSECU eCenter (conveniently located on the bottom floor of The CUB), takes student interns during the school year. According to PSECU’s BeYourChange.com, PSECU interns explain products and services, show how to use online and mobile banking tools and help with completing membership applications.

The perks: Paid, conveniently located, great for preparing you for a career in business or any job dealing with the public.

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

The scoop: The Luhrs Center has been bringing a wide range of artists and performers to Shippensburg for years, from an animal circus to Boyz II Men to Phillip Phillips. The center offers a marketing internship during the school year and in summer. Though it’s marketing, it’s open to a wide array of majors.

Sam New, a communication/journalism and English education double major interned for four months last summer. “It was an opportunity to see what entertainment PR was like without moving out of the area,” she said. According to Sam, some of her intern duties included making clipping scrapbooks and publicity packets as well as promoting Luhrs events at local festivals.

The perks: Paid and easily accessible on-campus. Sam also added she was able to make “backstage connections” that she can use in the future. She was also invited back after the end of her internship to work on a promotional video.


Pepsi (on campus)
The scoop: In addition to its general marketing internship, dining services also fosters a Pepsi business/marketing internship. The Pepsi intern works part time under the director and assistant director of retail on campus. Together, they develop a marketing plan including promotions and giveaways, promoting Pepsi products on campus.

The perks: Paid, representing a widely-known brand, lots of social interaction.




Sarah is the founding editor of Her Campus Ship. She graduated in May 2015 with a B.A. in communication/journalism and a minor in international studies. During her undergrad career she completed a fashion internship at Girls' Life magazine and an editorial internship at Redbook magazine. After graduation, she is headed to Istanbul and Venice to write about food and culture as an intern in iei Media's foreign reporting program. Upon returning to the states, she plans on pursuing a career in publishing.
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