Malik Potter, of Middletown, is working for the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.
Potter is a junior business administration major at Lock Haven University. He is one of nine students participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program, which provides students the opportunity to work in all areas of state government while earning a full semester’s worth of credits. THIS invites students from each of the State System universities to participate.
"As an intern for PSAYDN (Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network), I’m looking forward to being informed and included in the decision-making process that impacts our youth," Potter said. "Being from inner city Harrisburg, I’m excited to provide representation of the youth that benefit from afterschool programs and insight to what those experiences are like."
Potter is the son of Raheem and Jacqueline Potter and a 2013 graduate of Harrisburg High School. He and the other students participating in the program also will attend several academic seminars during their fall semester internship. Each of the students will complete an individualized research project as part of the program’s requirements.
More than 600 students from the State System universities have participated in THIS since the program began in 1989, each gaining valuable insight into the workings of state government at the policy-making level. Interns have worked with dozens of state agencies, as well as in the offices of the governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the attorney general.
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Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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