Internship with Center for American Literary Studies (CALS)
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Shannon Brace

Major: English
Minor: Business
Hometown: Hunlock Creek, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I was informed about this internship from Professor Jenkins in the Department of English.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My internship within the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) has provided me with the opportunity, but also challenge, to sharpen the writing abilities I have learned in my many English courses. I am currently working on a hybrid business proposal between a marketing analysis and demographic writing proposal for marketing mediums pertaining to CALS. As an avid hobbyist photographer, CALS has requested that I bring my photography skills to our many events, requiring me to perfect my multitasking skills. 

In addition, I have been able to associate with other community groups, such as the Centre County Library. Through spending time outside the office, I am able to see the results of our planning, making the process extremely rewarding.

“I have learned new forms of writing and communication and continue to challenge myself and my abilities.”

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship provided academic credit, but more importantly provided me with professional internship experience.

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

I am seeking a career in State College where I can use my writing and marketing abilities to make the community and environment a better place. I also plan to start my own photography business. CALS has allowed me to become a more active member of the community, introducing me to new people and resources from the surrounding area.

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