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Samantha Baskin

Hometown: Quakertown, PA
Major: Economics
Minor: Political Science

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity after a meeting at the College of the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Networkwhere I was notified of the position’s availability.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

During my time with the Center for Democratic Deliberation, I improved upon my written and oral communication skills while working on the projects I was assigned. I wrote several pieces for the CDD, including monthly blog posts for Voices of Democracy (a website sponsored by the CDD in conjunction with the Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership), short articles for the CDD’s annual newsletter, and various website edits. In mid-August, I plan on acting as a moderator in the State College Public Issues Forum, and will have formal training in preparation for doing so. My time at the CDD has been rewarding, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from various Penn State faculty and scholars.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience has greatly improved my writing capabilities. I have been able to hone my stylistic writing skills and grammatical accuracy by having my work edited by my supervisor, who always gave me constructive feedback to help me improve. The projects I was assigned while with the CDD also helped me develop my abilities to direct my writing to different audiences. I worked on a project where I composed blog posts for Voices of Democracy which aimed to help educators better teach major oratory pieces from the past century. Additionally, my time at the CDD has allowed me to improve upon my time management skills, as many of my projects were assigned deadlines.

"My time at the CDD has been rewarding, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from various Penn State faculty and scholars."

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

I am not sure what I want to do in the future. As an Economics major, there are several career paths that I may embark on, though I am not positive which one I will end up choosing. My time at the CDD helped prepare me for working at a professional organization. I’ve learned how to network, how to interact with supervisors, and how to produce quality materials in a timely fashion in order to meet deadlines. This internship experience is something that I would not trade away, as it has allowed me to develop as a student, a professional, and an individual.

Would you recommend this experience to other liberal arts students?

Yes

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