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Internship with Allee King Rosen & Fleming (AKRF)
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Benjamin Berkman

Paterno Fellow
Major: Economics
Minor: French
Hometown: State College, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about my internship through a family member who used to work at the company. I contacted a senior worker at the company, arranged an interview, and was awarded the position a few weeks after interviewing. I learned about the funding available through the Chapel Executive Internship program through various emails sent by the College of the Liberal Arts' Career Enrichment Network. It seemed like an outstanding opportunity, and well worth the application requirements.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

The internship was a truly incredible experience. The company, AKRF, provides economic, engineering, and environmental consulting to developers. An economics major, I worked with the economics group. For forty hours a week, I worked alongside full-time staff members, and was treated as a peer, not simply as a lowly intern. After a few weeks of training, I was tasked with conducting various analyses that would be used in our reports. Professionally, the experience helped me gain a greater appreciation for applied economics. Personally, through working at an industry leading firm and living in New York City alone, I acquired many other valuable skills. The Chapel award made this all possible, allowing me to live in Manhattan, not far from our offices.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience provided me with an entirely new understanding of economics. In class, economics is extremely abstract. Before this summer, I didn’t know what “doing” or “applying” economics possibly meant. Through my internship at AKRF, however, I became acquainted with one of many applications of economic skills. This is an incredibly valuable experience as it reinvigorated my interest in my studies of economics. I will continuously be able to think back to my summer work, understand how course work can now be applied to real-life situations. Moreover, working 40 hours a week provided me with new found time management skills, ones that I can undoubtedly apply to schoolwork.

This is an incredibly valuable experience as it reinvigorated my interest in my studies of economics.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

Before this summer, I had no idea what I wanted to do after graduation. After this summer, I have a much better idea. That alone suggests this summer was a profound success. I enjoyed the consulting aspect of my company’s work. I wasn’t as passionate about the type of consultation we provided: consultation to developers working on environmentally sustainable projects. I now know, however, that I would like to pursue a career in economic consulting. I enjoyed working with data, completing economic analysis, and learning the consulting process – from proposal to final project. Next summer, I hope to pursue another internship in consulting, hopefully one with a more economic concentration.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely. In my mind, there are few experiences that rival an internship in a city for both professional and personal development. Just three weeks removed from my internship, I constantly look back fondly at my 11 weeks in the city, and think about how much it changed me.

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