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Bruce Beckman

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, Labor and Employment Relations
Minor: Business, Dispute and Conflict Resolution
Hometown: Randolph, New Jersey

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being able to work with letters from famous figures of history like Thomas Jefferson and Charles Darwin. My job was to transcribe the letters so the museum could potentially turn them into an exhibit. Reading and experiencing unique aspects of history firsthand was an unforgettable experience.

Being able to translate knowledge learned in classes into practice to interpret history taught me a lot and was an invaluable part of the internship experience.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Learning many of the functions of museum and archival operations was a key part of the internship. Being able to translate knowledge learned in classes into practice to interpret history taught me a lot and was an invaluable part of the internship experience. Additionally, working with historical objects to identify them, preserve them, and display them for the public was amazing because I got to tell the stories of the objects, gaining a better understanding of how people leave an imprint in the objects that they leave behind.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

As someone with an interest in becoming a lawyer, I will use the knowledge gained in this internship to expand my research skills. Working in a museum's archives was a unique opportunity to develop research skills when researching objects. I hope to translate these research skills to become a more effective lawyer.

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

As a Paterno Fellow, I brought ethical experience from additional classes taken in ethics to my internship. This meant that I, when working with other interns, maintained focus on the tasks at hand. It also meant that I brought my skills as a leader to bear. When I worked with other interns on collaborative projects to identify or research objects, I worked in a collaborative and integrative manner to make sure that we accomplished the task successfully.

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