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Michaela Combs

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics, French and Francophone Studies
Hometown: Media, Pennsylania

What was the best part of your experience?

I enjoyed experiencing a different culture both during and outside of work. Working in an international company allows you to see the different ways different parts of the world work. Perhaps the most satisfying part of my internship was realizing how well the Penn State FR 409 class prepared me both culturally and vocabulary-wise for this experience and my responsibilities. This experience has been a lot more enjoyable because I was prepared through that course to succeed in a French workplace.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I have yet to return to classes after my internship, but I can predict the positive impact my internship will have on my academics. Firstly, completing the LA 495 course allows me to have a more manageable schedule during the fall semester, which can be difficult as I am a double major. I predict, though, that I will return this fall semester able to do my academic work much more efficiently. After getting used to being at work all day, focused on completing a certain task, I will have a better mindset when it comes to doing school work and studying; I've realized I much prefer setting aside a block of time to do specified tasks, giving those tasks my complete focus, completing them, and then allowing myself free time. This will improve my efficiency, focus, and time management skills during the school year.

"I enjoyed experiencing a different culture both during and outside of work. Working in an international company allows you to see the different ways different parts of the world work."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

As of now, it is my goal to work in the finance realm of a foreign and/or international company. My internship this summer checked all of those boxes, and further confirmed to me this is what I want to do post-grad. I have made many connections within the company, both from this job site and others. I have become more educated on different jobs and tasks within the finance department, so I now have a more diverse field experience.

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