Welcome to the APSCUF students’ page! Here you will find the latest information about how contract negotiations affect you, upcoming events, student-centered projects, contacting your legislator, and APSCUF scholarships and internships. Click the links below to jump to the corresponding sections:
- Pennsylvania Promise for affordable college
- Register to vote
- DACA resources
- Faculty and coach contract negotiations
- United We Stand, Underfunded We Fail: What you can do now
- Watch a video to learn more
APSCUF is the voice for a quality public higher education that works to ensure students receive all the educational benefits and opportunities possible from our 14 state colleges and universities. Representing more than 100,000 students from the State System universities, APSCUF is dedicated to keeping students updated through our APSCUF Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest pages. We’re also on Snapchat (APSCUF). Follow us!
STAND UP FOR AFFORDABLE COLLEGE NOW WITH PENNSYLVANIA PROMISE
Pennsylvania students are leaving college with tens of thousands of dollars of debt, and who knows how many students are simply not going to college because they cannot afford it? Pennsylvania, which U.S. News this year ranked 50th in higher education, is failing a generation by not providing affordable public higher education. It’s time for Pennsylvania Promise — a plan to make higher education affordable in the Commonwealth. APSCUF is a proud partner of this plan, and we encourage you to get involved as well. Click here to visit the Pennsylvania Promise website to learn more information about how to attend a rally, contact legislators and Gov. Tom Wolf to show your support, or to share your story about paying for college. And be sure to follow PA Promise on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
APSCUF’s September 2017 legislative assembly approved two statements about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, one of which called for APSCUF to compile and post a list of local and statewide resources available to students (and staff and faculty) on our campuses whose immigration status is at risk in the wake of the recision of the DACA program. Click here to view the list so far.
GOVERNMENT/PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERNSHIP
Each semester, we offer a paid internship in government and public relations for undergraduates attending a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university. The APSCUF internship is a great opportunity for a student interested in government, politics, public affairs, journalism, or communications. APSCUF interns must be professional, self-motivated, and skilled communicators. Our recent interns have gone on to jobs in the legislature, lobbying, and the news media (see Where are the APSCUF interns now?).
We are seeking a junior or senior majoring in political science, communications, journalism, or a related field to serve as a government relations/communications intern at the state APSCUF office building at 319 N. Front St. in Harrisburg. New for 2019: Graduate students may apply for the spring internship (but are not eligible for summer or fall). The student internship must be for academic credit under the supervision of a State System university faculty member. The successful applicant should have strong knowledge of government workings, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. APSCUF will pay $11 per hour ($12 for spring graduate students), and interns are expected to work 35 hours each week, Monday through Friday. Please note:
- The summer 2018 internship begins May 29, 2018, and concludes Aug. 10, 2018. We have selected our summer intern.
- The fall 2018 internship begins Aug. 27, 2018, and concludes Dec. 7, 2018. We have selected our fall intern.
- The spring 2019 internship begins Jan. 21, 2019, and concludes May 3, 2019. The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.
Want to learn a little more about our internship — from past interns’ perspectives? Read their blog posts:
Leahy: People make APSCUF experience, fall intern says
Newton: Summer internship full of learning, experience
Mansfield: Winter intern reflects on month at APSCUF
Rebuck: Why an APSCUF internship is for you
Matthews: 10 Reasons Why You Should Intern for APSCUF
Letter from an APSCUF Student Intern
STATE APSCUF SCHOLARSHIP
APSCUF offers a $3,000 scholarship to relatives of APSCUF or APSCURF members in good standing. Click here to download a PDF containing more information and the application. Application deadline was March 2, 2018. Direct questions to Nancy Koutris, director of membership services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FACULTY AND COACH CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
Your professors, coaches, and other faculty members are organized in the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. This union negotiates with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to reach a fair collective-bargaining agreement that facilitates faculty members’ ability to provide quality, affordable higher education. Our current agreements expire June 30, 2019, so we will begin negotiations with the State System in summer 2018. Read updates about negotiations in our news center here.
UNITED WE STAND, UNDERFUNDED WE FAIL: WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
About 500 people filled the Capitol rotunda Feb. 8, 2016, to advocate for fair funding for our 14 state-owned universities. The event was a roaring display of unity and activism featuring legislators and State System students, faculty members, and alumni. Students and professional media reported the Feb. 8 event, and we documented the activities, too.
But our work is not over, and there is much you can do:
- Contact your legislators and tell them the importance of fair funding for your university and the entire state system. Click here for a template and talking points.
- Contact your university’s APSCUF office to find out how you can get involved on your campus.
- Apply for an APSCUF internship to learn more about what the organization does for students, faculty, and coaches — and to take an active role in our efforts.
Click this link or the image below to watch a video about how APSCUF provides students with the best education possible.