Our students reach higher to explore different opportunities. Practical experience is an excellent way for students to evaluate their interest in a career, and begin developing professional skills and contacts that will enhance their marketability when seeking postgraduate employment.
We caught up
with Christie Olek, B.A. in History 2015, to see what she’s been up since
graduating from Saint Francis University.
Cody Turnbaugh's determination to shed a light
on a Civil War solider led to a research trip to the National Archives.
From interning with Fox News Radio and attending parties with delegates to participating in protests, Amanda Schiavo and Harry Olafsen gained a wealth of experience to guide their futures as they interned at the National Conventions.
Read about their internships
Studying political science and studying abroad in Germany led Emily to a full time job in Munich, Germany. Emily currently works in the political risk office at Marsh.
Read about her journey to Germany
Adding to her paralegal studies, Julie studied political science and researched Henry VIII's decision to separate from the Catholic Church and establish the Church of England. Now, she works as a successful legal assistant.
How is life in a law office?
After completing two internships in Washington, DC while studying political science at Saint Francis, Andrew's dreams came true. Working and living in DC full time, Andrew is making strides in the world of campaigning and politics.
Read about his life in DC
Tori Martin, a fourth-year Master of Occupational Therapy student, is interning on Capitol Hill. The first Occupational Therapy student to intern on Capitol Hill through the Ann Eppard Scholarship, Tori is finding a voice among the people who make decisions about
healthcare in the U.S.
How did Tori get on the Hill?
Known affectionately by her classmates as a "hippie" and by her professors for wearing t-shirts bearing the names of bands they have actually heard of, Madeline’s quietly analytical presence has contributed greatly to every history class she has taken at Saint Francis.
Read about her successes
Garrett knew he wanted to design some kind of senior capstone project that would help him be the best high school history teacher he could be. Hoping to connect students with the past, he created a lesson plan that would incorporate local community members’ involvement in World War II.
Learn about his project
Combining his passions for studying war and gender studies, Harry has investigated individual women’s lives during the American Civil War in order to make arguments about the “domestic war” within homes.
Read about his research
While conducting research as a history major at Saint Francis, Nick's personal commitment to his own faith, as well as current events left him questioning the tolerance of one particular faith -- Islam.
The Ann Eppard Memorial Scholarship
and Congressional Internship program offers scholarships for summer
congressional internships. Scholarships and congressional internship placements
are awarded annually to deserving upper-level Saint Francis University
students, with preference for young women from Pennsylvania without regard for
race, religion, or ethnicity.
Ann Eppard, a native Pennsylvanian,
was chief of staff to Congressman Bud Shuster who served as the chairman of the
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and ranking member of the
House Intelligence Committee. Congressman Shuster, Chairman of the Ann Eppard
Memorial Scholarship Committee, stated, “Ann served as a mentor to innumerable
interns and staff, nurturing their talents and ensuring that they enjoyed a
rich and rewarding experience on Capitol Hill. She made it a personal priority
to support young peoples’ participation in the political process in
Pennsylvania and throughout the nation and she would be pleased to know that
her name is being used to help advance Saint Francis students in this special
One six-week congressional
internship will be awarded each summer. There is some flexibility in
scheduling, but the internship must be completed prior to July 31. The
scholarship will provide a $5,000 stipend to defray housing and other living
expenses. The selection process is competitive.
The successful candidate will be an
upper-level student. The intern will have a strong academic background, possess
good communication and research skills, and have a genuine interest in the
legislative processes, government and law. Personal integrity and discretion in
dealing with confidential and/or sensitive legislative matters are required.
As a first-time full-time freshman,
you may be eligible for a Department Fellowship to help cover your
undergraduate education expenses.
Internships are a not a luxury, but
a necessity in today’s competitive job market. We are committed to helping you
explore internship opportunities to give you that extra edge when you are
searching for a job after graduation. University affiliation with the
Washington Internship Institute and the Washington Center opens up a wide
variety of opportunities for our students. Internships are also available with
local community organizations.
As a student you may participate in
professional activities including attending and presenting in professional
conferences as you learn new things and are ready to share your research. We
also encourage independent study opportunities to help you delve into topics
that excite your passions. The School of Arts & Letters offers
undergraduate research grants to assist students with field work and other
aspects of their research. Students have pursued research at the British
Library in London, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, and the
Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg to name a few.
The Department hosts chapters in Phi Alpha Theta
(the National History Honor Society) and Pi Sigma
Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society). Qualified students
are eligible for membership after their sophomore year. Honor Society
Membership would look great on your resume!
Many of our students assume leadership positions in student government,
their fraternities and sororities, and various student clubs. Our students
often receive awards for their involvement in student organizations and
community service. These opportunities will enrich your on-campus experiences
and make you more attractive to future employers.
The Department sponsors three active student clubs.
History and political science majors
are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs
during an academic semester or over the summer. Our students study in Mexico,
Italy, France and travel in Europe through University-sponsored programs. Saint
Francis University is also a member of the Cooperative
Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), which offers intensive study
programs in England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and other
English speaking countries.
Being an engaged, informed, and active citizen is critical if you want to make an impact in this world.
The Center for the Study of Government and Law at Saint Francis emphasizes programs that help our students understand their rights in a democratic society and are equally ready to meet their civic responsibilities. The Center offers a wide variety of
relevant programs, including mini-grants to help students defray the costs of LSAT preparation courses.
The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University houses several
special collections of artifacts and oral history projects. The origins of the
primary collection lie with Altoona resident Joseph E. Keirn, a retired Command
Sergeant Major in the United States Army.
An avid preservationist of WWII
memorabilia, CSM Keirn used his collection as an educational tool, welcoming
students and community groups to tour it and learn about life during the war. In
2014, he donated his collection to Saint Francis University to ensure that it
would continue to be used to educate future generations regarding the legacy of
the war. His once private collection, combined with additional donations, is now
available for public viewing and scholarly research. Assistant Professor of
History, Dr. Sarah Myers, is the Director of The Keirn Family World War II
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