Observation, Class Visitation, Volunteer,
Student Teaching, Practicum, Internship, Fieldwork, Clinical Fieldwork, etc.


Individuals requesting any of the above with the Intermediate Unit are required to send a letter/email describing your request as described in Part 1 below, as well as have current clearances as described in Part 2 below.  
Please send an introductory letter/email in which you introduce yourself and describe your request.  Include the following information and send to Paula Watts in the Special Education Dept:
- Share what college/university you’re attending & what major/program/class this is for 
- Who is your college contact?  Provide his/her contact information (phone & email) 
- How many hours/days/weeks you are requesting & what days/hours work best for you
- Your deadline for completion 
- Which IU program or kind of students you’d like to be with 
- Whether you prefer Preschool, Elementary, Middle, or High School 
- Which Bucks County School Districts are within driving distance for you 
- Contact phone number & email where you may be reached
Our Special Education Supervisors will need to evaluate your request to see if we have an appropriate placement.  If so, you will be asked for the clearances listed in Part 2.  Paula will coordinate the process.  If you have any questions about the above information, please contact Paula by email or 215-348-2940 ext.1201.
If you are approved for a placement, please provide the following (all valid within a year) to Human Resources.
Act 34PA State Police Clearance
         -You can apply online and you will receive results immediately.  Print and retain the receipt/results containing your control number.
Act 151Child Abuse Clearance
         -Create an account on the Child Welfare Portal or log in if you have already created an account.
         -Read all information, create your own Keystone ID, and complete all requested information.
         -You will receive an email confirmation and you are able to view the status at any time by logging in.
Act 114FBI Fingerprint
         -You must register (under the Department of Education) on the Cogent website prior to visiting a fingerprint site.
         -The cost is $27.00 payable by credit card on the website or by money order at the time of fingerprint appointment.
         -The Bucks County Intermediate Unit is an official Fingerprint location, for more information click here.
         -Provide Human Resources with the receipt containing the registration number, staring with the letters "PAE".
Negative TB Test
         -Human Resources will need documentation of a negative TB Test within one year of your proposed start date.


A link to order each clearance is available on the IU website, under the “Employment Opportunities”. Originals may be mailed (Attn: HR Dept. Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, 705 N. Shady Retreat Rd.  Doylestown, PA 18901), or delivered in person.  Once all five clearances are verified by the Human Resources Department, the Special Education Department will be notified that you are eligible for consideration. 
If you have any questions regarding clearances, please contact April Borgeson in the Human Resources Dept. by email or 215-348-2940 ext.1527.  
For Internships in Behavior Analysis, Psychology, School Counselor or Social Work:
These unpaid internship positions are selected through an application process as positions are available.  
Check the BCIU Human Resources webpage to see if internship positions are available at this time.
Further questions on these specific Internships may be directed to the following:
Lead Behavior Analyst – Kelly McElrath
Lead Psychologist – Caroline Tisot
Lead School Counselor – Heather Fennell
Lead Social Worker – Caryn Kadel