Co-Op: Stories from the Field is a series profiling the summer internship experiences of undergraduate students participating in Penn State Schuylkill Co-Op. Each series of stories is authored by a different Penn State Schuylkill student each year. The 2022 series was written by fourth-year student Jontae Martin, who is earning her degree in corporate communication.
Co-Op Stories: Renee Paetzell inspired by geriatric health care internship
Second-year business student Renee Paetzell is a dedicated student who maintains a delicate balance between work and family life. As this Penn Stater completes her degree to better support her family, she also is gaining important workplace experiences through Penn State Schuylkill Co-Op, where she interned in geriatric health care this summer.
Read Paetzell's Co-Op story here >
The 2021 series was written by Courtney Weikel, who was a fourth-year Penn State Schuylkill student majoring in corporate communication and completing her summer internship in the campus’s Office of Strategic Communications during the time these stories were published.
Co-Op Stories: Poetic Session seizes potential with therapy center internship
Penn State Schuylkill second-year student Poetic Session found her perfect internship match at Gym-Jam Therapeutics, a therapy center serving individuals with autism and other special needs in Pottsville, Pa. Through her internship, Session has been able to get real-world working experience in her chosen field of psychology.
Co-Op Stories: Corinne Ellis’s internship highlights importance of networking
Corinne Ellis, a fourth-year Penn State Schuylkill student, is spending her summer in Washington, D.C., interning with the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association Organization. Through her experience, she has learned the power of networking and formed important connections with prominent leaders while furthering her knowledge in economics.
Co-Op Stories: Lucas Centola E Silva connects from Rio De Janeiro to San Diego
Lucas Centola E Silva is a second-year Penn State Schuylkill student from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, who landed a unique remote internship opportunity with Sizigi, an eportfolio company based in San Diego, California. Through this internship, he’s learning fundamental principles that will benefit him throughout his academic and post-graduation career.
Co-Op Stories: Sean Duffy launches law enforcement journey with an internship
Sean Duffy, Penn State Schuylkill third-year student-athlete, finds internship with Bucks County District Attorney’s Office located in Doylestown, Pa., that will prepare him for his future in law enforcement. As an intern, Duffy has the experience of attending court trials, providing information to defense attorneys, and sharing his viewpoint on evidence that will be used in trials.
Co-Op Stories: Dominique Hughes strengthens internal communications at her internship
Third-year Penn State Schuylkill student Dominique Hughes is expanding her knowledge of internal communications through a summer internship with Independent Dock & Door. As part of her internship, Hughes developed a business-critical project intake form and helped plan an event to show appreciation to the company’s hard-working technicians.
Co-Op Stories: Carina Garcia gets big-city police experience through internship
Carina Garcia, a second-year criminal justice major at Penn State Schuylkill, secured an internship with the Houston Police Department this summer. She’s been accompanying officers on ride-alongs and helping with daily administrative tasks. A fluent Spanish speaker, Garcia also has served as a translator, helping bridge a communication divide between citizens and officers.