South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — Students from each of the eleven specialized associate degree programs at South Hills School of Business & Technology are required to complete a 12-week internship (24 weeks for Diagnostic Medical Sonography students) upon completion of their program. Throughout the students’ internships, they are provided with real-world working experience in their fields before graduation.
Each year, South Hills holds an Internship Appreciation Luncheon at Mountain View Country Club in Boalsburg to honor each internship supervisor. This is the school’s way of thanking those employers who have provided their students with such an invaluable service.
As part of the luncheon presentation, Business Administration–Accounting program intern, Derek Stevens, and Criminal Justice program intern, Jonothan Glunt, briefly discussed their internships and gave many thanks to all of the internship supervisors and South Hills faculty and staff.
Appreciation awards are given to those businesses who have accepted South Hills interns for five or more years. This year, Mount Nittany Physician Group was recognized for taking South Hills interns for the last 15 years, and Penn State’s Office of the Physical Plant was honored for five years of participation.
Employers interested in participating in the South Hills internship program should contact our Career Services Team at 814-234-7755 or fill out our "Find an Intern" form online.
Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.
The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.
Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.
Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.
Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.
Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.
She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.
Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.