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Kristen Miller

Liberal Arts Major: Global and International Studies, Labor and Employment Relations/Labor and Human Resources, Latin American Studies, Spanish
Minor: Portuguese
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania
Are you a Chapel Executive Intern: Yes
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer I took part in the Consultant Development Program at Ernst & Young (EY), serving in the Government and Public Sector as a People Advisory Services intern. Through this role, I collaborated with clients to address complex people-related issues and provided support through a variety of core competencies including change management, organizational design, workforce planning, and culture transformation.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience gave me the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills I have gathered from my classes at Penn State. Particularly, I was able to use my academic background in human resources to address issues relevant to government clients. By exploring different aspects of human resources in a professional setting, I better understand my educational goals from both a research and coursework lens.

"I was able to use my academic background in human resources to address issues relevant to government clients."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience impacted my career goals by showing me the potential responsibilities of an entry-level consultant. As someone who has held a variety of career ambitions, it was important to gain experience in consulting to know whether it was a profession I wanted to pursue. After a rewarding summer, I plan to join EY next year in their D.C. office upon graduating.

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 Arts has allowed me to explore a variety of interests without feeling pressured to commit to a particular discipline. This variety in coursework has helped me to develop strong critical thinking skills which are applicable to a career in consulting. All of my advisors have been supportive of my ambitions both in and out of the classroom; they have provided me with the tools and resources I need to succeed as a student at Penn State.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program has supported me in all of my ambitions whether they be related to research, study abroad, or internships. Through the Paterno Fellows Program, I learned about the Chapel Executive Internship Program. The generous funding from Mr. and Mrs. Chapel supported my move to Washington, D.C. to complete my internship in person.

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