BU student completes Harrisburg internship

For immediate release: Feb. 22, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania student recently participated in The Harrisburg Internship Semester, during which the 100th anniversary of the state Capitol was celebrated. His impressions on the internship program and centennial celebration were included in a newsletter placed in a time capsule that will be opened in 100 years.

Shane Langan, a senior business administration major from Archbald, was chosen for one of the 14 positions in the competitive internship program. He worked for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole in the office of the chief counsel, Victoria Madden, who was Langan’s sponsor for the semester.

Langan, who plans to attend law school after he graduates in December, also worked with the Office of Policy, Legislative Affairs and Communications and attended weekly legislation liaison meetings and a Senate judicial hearing about preventing gun violence. He created statistics files, conducted surveys of parole procedures and assisted in writing applications for state grants. He briefed two cases for the Megan’s Law Handbook, which attorneys use to reference sex offender cases.

“I appreciate the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for providing the opportunity for this internship because it has helped solidify my career goals,” he said.

He previously interned for Lackawanna County Judge Robert Mazzoni at the courthouse for several summers. Mazzoni said Langan was very helpful with orienting juries for several murder cases and a four-week medical malpractice case. He was also responsible of reviewing selected cases before Mazzoni heard the arguments.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has sponsored the semester-long internship program since 1989 and places selected students from each university in positions with policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of the Pennsylvania government, as well as with independent boards, agencies and commissions.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.