DDAR Internship
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Samantha Escobar

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, Political Science
Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Over the course of summer and fall 2022, I worked as an intern within the Development Communications Office in Penn State's Division of Development and Alumni Relations. I gained a lot of knowledge on how philanthropy affects the University and helps enable student success across all campuses. My work over the fall centered on stewardship; specifically helping to show donors why their generosity matters and how it has been impactful.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically by developing the skills I have learned in the classroom. During the internship, I went to Special Collections in the Paterno library, helping me practice archiving and records searching. As a history major, this real-world experience with the archives was extremely beneficial and quite educational.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has impacted my career goals in so many different ways. I was able to practice transferable skills that will certainly help me in the future such as time-management and problem solving and self-management. I had the freedom to structure my project any way I wanted, which was quite different from previous internships, all within an office space environment.

"I had the freedom to structure my project any way I wanted, which was quite different from previous internships, all within an office space environment."

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 helped me tremendously in this experience through the disbursement of enrichment funds that allowed me to live in the internship location and transport myself there weekly. I am very grateful for the College's support.

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