Penn State University Libraries Division of Development and Alumni Relations
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Alexandra Boyda

Liberal Arts Major(s): International Politics
Hometown: Downingtown, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my internship experience so far has been cultivating the Giving Tuesday Thank You Video. Every year, the Development team in the Libraries works hard to celebrate Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving dedicated to charitable giving. So far I have been able to craft my own ideas for this year's video and go down to the Libraries to film students, which has been incredibly engaging.

This internship has impacted my career goals by giving me another possible option to explore after graduation

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experienced impacted me academically by helping me develop critical professional skills. Throughout my education, my classes have helped me work hard at communication, organization, and creativity. This internship experience has allowed me to apply these skills in a hands-on professional environment to encourage further development.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship has impacted my career goals by giving me another possible option to explore after graduation. I was not sure what career options would be open to an International Politics major besides working in politics or the government, but working in Development has given me another avenue to explore. This career field incorporates a variety of majors with the goal of securing gifts, impacting the Penn State community, and upholding the University's values. I have really enjoyed working in philanthropy and fulfilling the values of the University, so I think this internship may have steered my post-graduation career path more toward this type of work.

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