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Beautiful Social Research Collaborative
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Macie Plotkin

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Minor: Business in the Liberal Arts
Hometown: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I spent my time working with the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative, a nonprofit-focused digital media consultancy. Working with the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative, I planned social media and website strategies, and wrote and edited materials for virtual and in-person academic workshops and presentations. Given the pandemic, I completed my internship virtually.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience challenged me to apply what I have learned in the classroom to areas outside of my major. During my time with the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative, I was able to specifically apply leadership psychology to an event that they hold yearly. Through this, my interest in the area of industrial and organizational psychology grew, due to the fact that I could take my skills into the real world and apply them to concrete issues.

This experience challenged me to apply what I have learned in the classroom to areas outside of my major.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Thanks to my internship with the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative, I have solidified the idea that I want to work in a role that somehow leaves a positive impact on the world, as well as the fact that I want to work in the world of industrial and organizational psychology. Being able to apply my psychological interests in a meaningful way has enabled me to further determine where I want to go career-wise. I have also learned I can incorporate my love for volunteerism, service, and psychology into my professional life.

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 provided me with funding for my unpaid internship, which enabled me to accept the offer. As someone who typically works during the summer, being without a source of income was far from ideal. Due to the funding I received, I felt comfortable accepting the offer and was able to gain a meaningful professional experience.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program focuses on service and communication (among other goals), both of which I too was able to focus on during my time with the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative. Working with a nonprofit media consultancy, I gained the valuable skills of learning how to communicate effectively though social media and websites, as well as how to communicate in an academic setting, via academic conferences. Applying these skills to a nonprofit setting was extremely valuable to me, and I look forward to applying my skills to other endeavors in the future.

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