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Sophia Wertz

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics, International Politics
Hometown: Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of interning at Bank of America was the ability to meet a variety of people and learn about different areas of the company. Everyone was so friendly, so it was really easy to get to know other employees and better understand the divisions of the bank.

I feel better equipped to challenge myself and take risks in my future career

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience was interesting because it was a great opportunity to see how the topics I learn about in my classes impact financial markets. I worked in Global Transaction Services within the Global Banking and Markets division, and seeing the impacts of U.S. monetary policy on international corporations was really interesting. It was a particularly intriguing summer to work in banking because of the changes in interest rates and the policies of the Federal Reserve.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have a much better sense of how banks and other large corporations operate, and I feel better equipped to challenge myself and take risks in my future career. I have established a great network of people who supported me throughout my internship, which has also helped as I get ready to start a job. Interning also made me realize that there is a lot of room to change careers within your life; a lot of people I met have worked for a variety of companies. This has made me more interested in pursuing several interests within economics and gaining various insights from different sectors of the industry.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program instilled in me the value of seeking out opportunities to enrich my academic experience at Penn State. From my first year, I was impressed by the things older Paterno Fellows were doing, whether it was studying abroad, co-oping, or interning. This impressed upon me the importance of pursuing these types of programs.

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