Internships

The County of Chester offers many quality internship opportunities for relevant job experience. No compensation is provided.
Geographic Information Services (GIS)

Students majoring in Computer Science, Geography, GIS or related fields are invited to inquire. Positions are offered throughout the school year and during summer months. Work hours are scheduled around your class schedule and are generally 10-30 hours per week. Responsibilities include map creation, research, data maintenance/creation and other duties as needed to support emergency management, 911, and first responders. Students will have the opportunity to work with current ESRI products, including ArcGIS Online for Organizations.

For more information: email Dave Sekkes. A resume must accompany application This is an unpaid internship. Academic credit is available. 

Adult Probation

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 Assessment and Improvement Planning, Health Data Processing/Analysis, Epidemiology, Dietetics, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

If you are interested in an internship with the Health Department please email cchd@chesco.org 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 (DIS) 
    Communicable Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) 
    Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) 
    Maternal Child Health 
    Communicable Disease Control 
    Immunizations 
    Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 
    Sewage, Water and Environmental Monitoring 
    Food, Institutions & Vector Control 

Student internships are based upon the student’s goals, curriculum requirements and staff availability. 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 by the Program Area Manager. The Health Department does not offer a monetary allowance for these appointments.

Public Health Intern for Disease Investigation and Surveillance
Chester County Health Department seeks a dynamic, self-motivated individual to support investigations and interventions for prevention of disease.

Responsibilities:
  • Enter report data into appropriate data systems
  • Manage investigation from receipt of report, initiation of follow-up, and successful case closure.
  • Coordinate communication during disease outbreak investigations
  • Assist in notification of reporting requirements to identified partners
  • Update disease prevention tools

Qualifications:
  • Working toward a college degree (undergraduate or graduate), preferably in a related field (e.g., Public Health, Marketing/Communications, or Public Relations)
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills (spreadsheet design, data analysis, ability to utilize pivot tables, and produce charts/graphs)
  • Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal
  • Self-motivated, flexible, strong organizational skills, detail-oriented
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines

Student must be available to work in the office Monday-Friday 8:30 -4:30.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume to mmaglio@chesco.org.
Public Health Intern for Historical Permit Searches
The Chester County Health Department permits water and sewage systems throughout the County. County residents can requests historical copies of the permits. Volunteers are needed to fulfill these requests which require searching records using a computer and microfiche reader. Volunteers will receive hands-on training and be provided a friendly work space. Volunteers can assist weekdays, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity, email igreising@chesco.org.
Public Health Medical Countermeasures Planning Intern
The Chester County Health Department Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program is looking for a self-motivated individual to assist with plan review and data analysis for the medical countermeasures program. The medical countermeasures program aims to provide life-saving medication to the County’s citizens in the case of a public health emergency. The program is being updated and the intern would assist in medication dispensing planning and helping to strategize program activities by using data and proven best practices.

Responsibilities:
   • Develop an understanding of the County’s public health preparedness and medical countermeasures programs.
   • Incorporate internal and external data sources and best practices into the County’s medical countermeasures planning.
   • Assist in the writing and revision of medical countermeasures plans.
   • Assess and update the PHEP program’s data analysis methods and applications.
   • Assist in the streamlining for the PHEP program’s data collection and management process.

Qualifications:
   • Working toward a college degree (undergraduate or graduate), preferably in a related field (e.g. Public Health, Epidemiology, Emergency Management, Statistics, etc)
    • Strong Excel and other data management software skills
    • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to communicate technical topics to an audience
    • Self-motivated, flexible, strong organizational skills, detail-oriented
    • A high level of independence, ability to take responsibility to advance and complete projects
    • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines

Start Date:
Position open until filled

Schedule:
Intern must be available to work in the Chester County Health Department office. Hours may range from part-time to full time. Schedule may fluctuate based on volume or requirements for college credit.
Compensation:
This is an unpaid/volunteer internship. This internship may be used for school credit with appropriate paperwork. A formal recommendation will be written upon completion of this internship if performance is satisfactory.
To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to Sarah Koeller at skoeller@chesco.org.
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

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:  Nancy McGready, Director of Activities