The Pennsylvania Environmental Council
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Luke Babik

Liberal Arts Major(s): International Politics
Minor: Sustainability Leadership
Hometown: Trafford, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Interning with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) this summer was an incredibly fulfilling experience. Though I started virtually, I was able to gradually return to an in person work experience which was challenging, but a great learning experience. I met so many great people and gained plenty of new skills. Above all, I enjoyed the work that I did and I felt very accomplished.

How did this experience impact you academically?

It was really interesting to finally apply much of my academic background to a real-world professional setting. However, the experience also opened my eyes to the reality that no matter how hard or long you study, nothing will prepare you entirely for a position. As I continue my academic studies, I will keep this in mind and possibly apply my knowledge and creative and abstract thinking.

"...I am more open-minded about future options and truly believe that I could be happy and fulfilled in many different settings."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

The internship was not in the exact field that I was planning to work in upon graduation, so I was skeptical. I now have a different attitude towards my future plans. While I still have some idea of what direction I want to head, I am more open-minded about future options and truly believe that I could be happy and fulfilled in many different settings.

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.)?

My Liberal Arts academic advisor encouraged me to pursue the City Semester Pittsburgh program, which led to my internship. The whole staff has also been incredibly helpful in getting me in the necessary classes to apply my internship to my academic goals.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 
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