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Maxwell Hahn

Liberal Arts Major: Communication Arts and Sciences
Other Major: Mathematics, Statistics
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

For six weeks this summer, I was a legal intern for the law firm Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. at their Florham Park, New Jersey office. The internship was structured so that I had the opportunity to work directly with a number of the firm’s attorneys from different practice areas, offering hands-on, practical experience working in a law firm. During my six week tenure at Bressler, I learned much about the legal profession, and I was connected with two mentors who guided me through the internship and discussed the law school application process with me.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My internship required me to frequently conduct research and write memos, often on complex, nuanced legal questions. As such, I had ample opportunity to employ many of the skills I have learned at Penn State, from critical thinking to logical reasoning to technical writing. This experience showed me that my writing skills–-which I largely attribute to my Communication Arts and Sciences major–-have valuable, real-world applications. In that sense, I believe seeing the transferability of these skills will likely only drive me further in my pursuit of my classes.

"I believe my writing and analysis skills from my communication major, combined with my logic and problem solving skills from my mathematics and statistics studies, will prepare me well for law school."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have not always been interested in pursuing a career in the law [I previously saw myself as wanting to study graduate mathematics]; however, my time at Penn State thus far has really opened my eyes to the many different fields of advanced study from which I can choose. I believe my writing and analysis skills from my communication major, combined with my logic and problem solving skills from my mathematics and statistics studies, will prepare me well for law school. At the end of the day, I truly love solving problems and helping people–-and, in part from my experience this summer, I believe being a lawyer would allow me to make use of my skills and education to do as much.

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 provided financial support towards my experience this summer. Without the enrichment funds that I received, I am not sure whether I would have been able to complete this internship opportunity, simply because of the costs I would have accrued over the course of the summer. In finding housing in New Jersey and planning for my summer internship, I was all too aware of just how much such an experience can cost. Therefore, I am very grateful for the generous support of the College of Liberal Arts.

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