MANSFIELD - Mansfield University senior Jelaina Jones is one of 15 college students participating in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program for the fall semester.
The mass communication major, with a dual emphasis in journalism and public relations, is working in the office of state Attorney General Linda Kelly as part of a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
Jones is from Carlisle and is a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School. She is the daughter of Chris and Casey Jones.
THIS provides students with the opportunity to work in all area of state government while earning a full semester's worth of credits. Jones and the other students participating in the program attend several academic seminars during their internship semester. Each student will complete an individualized research project as part of the program's requirements.
More than 500 students from PASSHE 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 Office of the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Office of the Attorney General.