Internship with J.A. Green & Company
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John Satira

Hometown: Murrysville, PA
Majors: History and International Politics
Minor: Italian

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about the opportunity through the Penn State Washington Program, which is run through the College of Communications. Since I was interested in public policy, the coordinator of the Washington Program helped me contact J.A. Green & Co. I reached out to the company, sent my résumé, and was invited for an interview.  Once I received the email that I had been offered the position, I happily accepted.

“Almost everyone that I worked with had a background in Liberal Arts, and it was great to see fellow Liberal Arts students grow to be just as successful in their careers as their counterparts in the businesses and technical sciences.”

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

The work that I do with J.A. Green & Company has been interesting, fast-paced, and plentiful. Every day, I assist the full-time employees in their work that aims to improve the government relations and public affairs of client companies. The work has focused on a variety of topics like conflict minerals, supply chain security, rare earth elements, and other topics relevant to the defense-industrial base. I conduct research, write memos and letters, and develop summaries and roadmaps of various government processes and policy initiatives. While I’ve been enjoying the work, being a young professional in the city of Washington, D.C. has truly been the icing on the cake. The city is full of young, vibrant people from all walks of life and I have made a ton of great contacts. I took advantage of Penn State’s alumni network and attended various alumni/student mixer events.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This summer has allowed me to gain a better appreciation for the skill set that I have learned in my classes, and I will now take the time and effort to continue to improve such skills in my coursework. Skills such as researching, critical reading, succinct writing, and interpersonal communication have been very advantageous in my internship.

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

I have always planned on going to law school to be an attorney, but I wanted to experience the working world before I decided to dedicate another three years to academics. Since I enjoyed my internship so much, I am considering working for a year or two and then applying to law school in order to make a dent in my student loans as well as to rejuvenate myself after four very aggressive years in the academics at Penn State.

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