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Jessie Bastardi

Liberal Arts Major: Letters, Arts and Sciences
Hometown: University Park, Pennsylvania 
Experience Time: Spring 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I spent the semester as an intern for the Penn State Wrestling Director of Operations. I had the opportunity to observe the in's and out's of how to run a highly functional and efficient NCAA athletic program.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship experience helped me see the behind the scenes of how leadership is demonstrated through efficiency and organization, and how these skills translate to the performance of athletes on competition day.

"This internship experience helped me see the behind the scenes of how leadership is demonstrated through efficiency and organization."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Learning efficiency skills from one of the most dominant athletic programs in the country can be translated into any business format. Much of what is done within this program on a daily basis has to do with the emotional posture they keep while carrying out tasks.

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 Liberal Art was extremely accommodating with my internship experience, as the staff was supportive of me getting the best out of my experience and not just getting a passing grade.

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