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John Bernstein

Major: Economics & Spanish
Hometown: Broomall, PA
Chapel Executive Intern

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I spent 10 weeks as a Process Improvement Intern and gained valuable skills. However, more importantly, I gained a lot of wisdom not only from my experiences but also from my co-workers and managers. This information is proving extremely helpful in navigating the rest of my college career but also in searching for future careers, which will have a huge impact on how the rest of my life plays out.

This information is proving extremely helpful in navigating the rest of my college career but also in searching for future careers...

How did this experience impact you academically?

This was my first full time position in a corporate environment. There I felt a constant need to be focused and attentive and I gained a better grasp of how to buckle down and get projects done, even if they're tedious or unpleasant. This, as well as the rigor of my position, will directly translate into my study and work habits. I also now know I want to work with more numbers and more technology, so I plan on adding more courses to accommodate that desire.

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

My goals and plans were fairly amorphous prior to this position. Having a lot of options meant that I couldn't pick one without having regrets about not trying the others. Now I know that it's better to go into a position and get experience than it is to waste time considering all the opportunity costs. This lesson will help me to adapt myself to future roles in order to maximize my success and also to take full advantage of opportunities to learn and develop.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Definitely. I had a lot of expenses to defray this summer because my internship required my moving several hundreds of miles away. This scholarship helped me cover all those expenses and made sure I was able to fully enjoy the experience, learning as much as possible.

 

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