Priority 4.3

Partner with more state agencies and local, regional, national, and international organizations to provide opportunities for internships, field experiences, and professional and continuing education.

Business Liaison Office

In support of local businesses and organizations that can use the advice and expertise of PSU students, faculty, and staff, PSU created the Business Liaison Office as part of a cooperative effort with the University System of New Hampshire. The office identifies and offers resources that are valuable to these businesses, including opportunities to create internship positions that both assist the organization and give students hands-on experience.

Increased Internship Opportunities

Many students get an early start on their careers through internship opportunities coordinated by the Global Education Office.

Many students get an early start on their careers through internship opportunities coordinated by the Global Education Office.

Recognizing that an internship can often be a defining experience of a student’s college education, PSU has worked to create more partnerships and relationships across the state and nation, and around the world, that provide intern opportunities for students. The Global Education Office works with many academic departments to set up opportunities in which students both earn credit and get crucial, real-world experience needed to succeed in their chosen fields.

Recently, students have completed internships with companies throughout the U.S., such as Snowboarder Magazine in California, the Tacoma Convention and Visitor Bureau in Washington, and Weston Solutions in Alaska. Other students have interned with organizations closer to home, including the U.S. Forest Service Holderness, NH branch; the Bedford Granite Group in Manchester, NH; Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission in Lebanon, NH; Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH; New England Home magazine in Newton, MA; Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation in Brattleboro, VT; and ESPN in Boston. PSU also offers students an opportunity to combine an internship with an international experience through a summer internship program in Sydney, Australia.

Center for the Environment Partnerships

NHPR's Amy Quinton (right) interviews CFE instructor Steve Whitman.

NHPR's Amy Quinton (right) interviews CFE instructor Steve Whitman.

The Center for the Environment and Hubbard Brook Research Foundation partner on science education initiatives including a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBRF) under a grant from the National Science Foundation. Undergraduate students from around the country spend the summer at HBRF, working on research projects and participating in a science communication project that serves a nonprofit organization, local government, or public agency.

In 2009, an agreement formalized the partnership between the Center for the Environment and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). The Center and NHDES have previously partnered on several research projects and the establishment of the Center’s Environmental Research Laboratory. The agreement includes a plan to develop environmental research and outreach projects, work together on the analysis and interpretation of applied environmental problems, and raise awareness and understanding of environmental issues in the North Country and Lakes Region.

The Center for the Environment and the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) in Holderness both focus on applied environmental research and public outreach. The two organizations work in partnership and co-fund a research associate position at SLA. Rebecca Harvey, SLA’s current research associate, is also a PSU graduate fellow seeking her master’s degree in environmental science and policy.

Pakistani Educators Leadership Institute

Pakistani educators interact with PSU faculty and staff during their summer institute.

Pakistani educators interact with PSU faculty and staff during their summer institute. Photo: John Hession

Each summer since 2003, educators from across Pakistan have traveled to PSU to take part in an intensive, month-long institute, learning about American educational innovations and how to translate them for use in schools at home. The Pakistani delegates work with PSU faculty and staff and often share educational experiences with PSU graduate students or area teachers. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, provides funding for the project as a line item in its annual budget. Thanks to this support, the project will be expanding the number of delegates in 2010, allowing more Pakistani educators to take part.

North Country Teacher Certification Program

The North Country Teacher Certification Program is a collaboration with White Mountains Community College and Granite State College that provides PSU bachelor’s degrees and teaching certification to students in New Hampshire’s North Country, helping meet the increasing need for new teachers in the area. The program’s importance has been recognized by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, which provides grant funding for stipends that replace students’ income during their required 14-week student teaching experience.

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