The Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has mandated that all undergraduate and graduate students in experiential learning sites, including professional placements, practica, internships, research internships, and clinical rotations should not report to on-site placements until face-to-face classes resume.
PASSHE has determined that University Presidents can grant exceptions to this policy under appropriate circumstances. The Dean’s office will forward all approved requests (with their attached Word documents) for review by a University Ad Hoc committee. The Ad Hoc committee will meet every few weeks to review requests and send a list of recommended learning experiences to the Provost and President for their approval.
It is very possible your internship may be essential if it is related to news media. The following is an excerpt from a web site discussing whether or not news media personnel are essential workers.
April 1, 2020 – Governor Tom Wolf has extended Pennsylvania’s “stay at home” order to cover all counties in the state. The order is in effect until April 30. While the order does not specifically mention news media, a press release from the governor’s office does include “news media” on the list of “essential” businesses for the state. You can read the full list here. You can read the updated statewide executive order here.
Communications Media Department Undergraduate and Graduate students who wish to count internship hours in a Face-to-Face environment, either on-site or in another location, must request an exemption using the form below. Complete the form and then upload it as a Word document (.docx) using the form upload tool below. Applications must be submitted by June 14, 2021.