Internship with The Penn State University Press
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Sadie Buckallew

Major: Communication Arts and Sciences
Minor: World Literatures
Hometown: Allentown, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity through the Liberal Arts Network Symplicity website.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My personal tasks as an intern always keep me busy, and I’ve had the opportunity to observe my coworkers dealing directly with many different aspects of the publishing process. They’re all very intelligent, savvy business men and women, and their enthusiasm for what they do is inspiring. Publishing is just as interesting and exciting to me as it was when I first decided I wanted to explore it as a career option. There are a lot of very interesting changes occurring in the publishing world, from eBooks to Print-On-Demand supply. I’m lucky enough to be able to observe these changes first-hand and assist a great, non-profit publisher in transitioning into a new era of both academia and books overall. I’m learning new things every day and I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity so close to campus.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My experience at the PSU Press is giving me the tools, experience, and opportunities necessary to make it in the “real world.” I’m supplementing my classroom experience with workplace experience and gaining the traction I need to succeed.

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

I plan on entering the publishing industry after I graduate, and my experience at the PSU Press will help me do this.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely! The environment at the PSU Press is very positive and there’s so much to learn every day. It’s definitely a valuable experience that I would recommend to anybody interested in the field.


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