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Annie Kukieza

Major: Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Minor: Labor and Employment Relations
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

One of my mom's friends introduced me to my manager. She was in need of an intern, and I had not found anything yet!

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I had a wonderful experience at my internship. My main role was helping with the Onboarding Welcome Session for newly hired employees. It was my job to make sure new employees were comfortable and confident starting their career at the network. Towards the end of my internship, my manager gave me the opportunity to begin facilitating the entire day of orientation. I ended up presenting orientation for over 400 new employees. Another role I had was managing the Learning and Development Help Desk. When employees had questions about their online training or any questions in general, they would email the help desk, and I would assist them. This required me to understand the network in order for me to be able to answer properly.

It was a great kick-start to my career that taught me professionalism, time management, and networking skills.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My internship has taught me many things that impacted me academically. One major skill I developed was public speaking. I was never comfortable public speaking until my boss pushed me and gave me the confidence in myself to face my fears. She said I would never get better if I did not try, and she trusted me to facilitate the orientation day.

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

My ultimate career goals are to work for a consulting firm using my knowledge from my degree and my internship experience. My internship experience impacted my goals in a positive way because to reach my goals I need to start in a human resources position, which is where my internship was. It was a great start to achieving my goals.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend this experience. It was a great kick-start to my career that taught me professionalism, time management, and networking skills.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program made my internship possible. I would have had a hard time being able to afford my internship. It was a weight off of my mind knowing that my expenses were covered; I did not have to worry about parking every day and could concentrate on learning rather than stressing about money. It was also a great feeling to know I had people supporting me in my experience. I felt that I had a team who believed in me from the Paterno Fellows Program.

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