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Internship with Department of English, The Pennsylvania State University
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Jessica Harwick

Majors: Comparative Literature and English
Minor: Italian
Hometown: Pine Grove, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity through discussions with professors in the department.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

For the academic year of 2012-2013, I interned with the Department of English in the College of the Liberal Arts. I worked under the supervision of a department professor as a researcher of textural support for the projects (papers and presentations) she was working on. Through this internship I learned a variety of skills that I never would have had the chance to learn in a traditional classroom. I learned how to use a variety of databases, how to read 17th century secretarial script, and how to use microfilms, just to name a few things. I also refined my ability to find textual support for arguments and analyze texts.

“The experiences I had as an intern convinced me to continue my studies in graduate school.”

How did this experience impact you academically?

My internship was for credit, taking the place of regular classes that would have given me a less personalized experience. Upon deciding to apply for graduate school, I received valuable advice from my professor about the entire process. My application was stronger because of my internship, and allowed me the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to excel in graduate school as well.

What are your career goals and plans? How did this experience impact them?

My goal is to attend graduate school for Comparative Literature. This internship reinforced my interest in literature-related research, and it therefore helped me to make the decision to apply for graduate programs.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend that other students participate in an internship with their departments if given the chance. It is a rewarding, educational, and worthwhile experience.

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