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Penn State School of International Affairs and The Center for Global Studies at Penn State
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Katrina Burka

Liberal Arts Major(s): Political Science
Other Major: Advertising, Master of International Affairs (integrated undergraduate-graduate program)
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Spring 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

As a project assistant for Dr. McClennen at the School of International Affairs and The Center for Global Studies, I am involved in different aspects of research, event management, and supportive administrative tasks. In terms of research, I am examining how to expand and/or replace the use of realist and idealist theories across universities. This involves gathering information from various universities, summarizing past critiques of international relations theories, and synthesizing the findings in a cohesive manner. Other research areas are laughtivism and non-violent communication.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacts me academically because I have the chance to work directly with the Director of Global Studies and tenured professor at the School of International Affairs. Having the chance to learn under her direction provides me with the opportunity to fine-tune my research abilities, hear about her past experiences, and learn the inner workings of a global culture and education center. In the realm of academics, I am learning more and more about non-violent communication, the concept of laughtivism, and globalized media trends under her research direction.

Having the chance to learn under her [Dr. McClennen's] direction provides me with the opportunity to fine-tune my research abilities, hear about her past experiences, and learn the inner workings of a global culture and education center. 

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience impacts my career goals because I have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with a professor at the School of International Affairs. Learning under her direction, this internship fine-tunes my time management skills, research abilities, and provides the chance to build a personal, one-on-one connection with a professor acclaimed in the world of media, globalization, and activism.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts has assisted in the sense that I can utilize this internship experience as class credit. This is extremely helpful because as an IUG student, I am simultaneously completing two bachelor's degrees and my master's degree. Not wanting to miss out on an opportunity to work for a professor, the College of the Liberal Arts has set me up for success to be able to achieve numerous experiences while fulfilling classroom requirements.

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