Student Profiles Folder

Profiles of Liberal Arts majors participating in a variety of enrichment experiences, such as internships, education abroad programs, for undergraduate research.

Sureaya Inusah

Adobe
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Sureaya Inusah

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Other Major: Art History
Hometown: Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Are you a Chapel Executive Intern: Yes
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to work as a Solutions Consulting Intern with Adobe's Experience Cloud! Adobe offers a full suite of products to enhance a company's marketing efforts. This internship helped illuminate the full scope of Adobe's Experience Cloud products. Through mentorship and shadowing, I saw firsthand how Cloud Solutions Consultants show businesses how Adobe can be a bridge between businesses and customers, providing customers with an individualized experience. I was able to apply this knowledge through various presentations aimed at identifying and solving business problems in the retail sector with Adobe products!

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a Cloud Solutions Consultant Intern, I got a close look at the background work that goes into pitching products to clients. This meant meeting clients to understand their business challenges and pitching solutions with Adobe Experience Cloud products. This process can easily be translated into presentations within Penn State classrooms!

"As an intern with Adobe, I saw advancement and growth in real-time while understanding the industry's business side!"

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have always wanted to work in tech, and my internship with Adobe helped me achieve that. The idea of participating in an industry that is always changing and advancing is really exciting to me! As an intern with Adobe, I saw that advancement and growth in real-time while understanding the industry's business side! In the future, I would love to work more closely with emerging technologies through roles such as Product Management.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts has helped me immensely to ensure I got the full in-person experience for my internship! I was lucky enough to get an internship offer for New York City, a city with a notoriously expensive cost of living. The College of Liberal Arts enrichment funds program helped fund housing and transportation for the summer, allowing me to meet my team face to face and learn more about the city of New York.

 For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Sandra Faller

Boalsburg Heritage Museum
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Sandra Faller

Liberal Arts Major: History, Sociology
Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

My experience with Boalsburg Heritage Museum has been very helpful. I worked with various different aspects of the museum, whether it be social media promotion, working with artifacts, or helping with events. I met amazing people and gained a passion for museum work. This internship showed me what I want to do in my career and crafted connections for me to get there.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I learned how to multitask and stay motivated during projects as well as how to put up installations with artifacts. I learned how to use my knowledge of history in conjunction with hands-on tasks and promotional efforts.

"I learned how to use my knowledge of history in conjunction with hands-on tasks and promotional efforts."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience made me appreciate museums and the work they do even more. I did not know exactly what field I wanted to go into after Penn State, but now with the experience and connections I have, I know I want to be a Museum Curator one day.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts helped me financially through enrichment funds to be able to travel to and from my internship. The College also gave me the support to keep at my internship and stay motivated.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Alexis Parra

Minitab
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Alexis Parra

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Other Major: HRER Master’s
Hometown: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer I interned at Minitab as a Talent Acquisition Intern. In my role, I was able to gain hands on experience in recruiting, program organization, and interviewing.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My experience at Minitab this summer has impacted me academically by providing me with various opportunities to see how my class learnings are applied in the real world. For instance, I was able to pull upon my learnings from employment law to understand what questions can be asked in an interview. Minitab has provided me with an environment full of opportunities to grow my knowledge and positive team members who are always willing to answer questions.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience will impact my career goals as Minitab has shown me the type of company I want to work for. I was shown what an employee focused culture looks like and found that culture is one I want to stick with. Working for a company that truly values your health and work progress has been a life changing experience.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts helped me find this experience by advocating for internship experiences. This encouraged me to start my search and network with fellow classmates which led me to discovering this internship experience. The College of Liberal Arts acts as an advocate for its students and is always sharing tips on how to improve your educational experience.

 

Alessandra Liller

Rome, Italy: Study Tour of Roman History and Archaeology
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Alessandra Liller

Liberal Arts Major: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, English
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Together with a cohort of other Penn State students and a team of faculty members, I journeyed around the city of Rome and the surrounding area in order to explore the culture of Ancient Rome and to see landmarks I've studied in history courses for years. We learned about ancient economics, politics, and everyday life through ruins and archaeological excavations.

How did this experience impact you academically?

It was phenomenal being able to finally explore in-person the sites and buildings I've been learning about for years. It's one thing to read about something in a book, but it's a whole other experience to be able to say you stood in the middle of the Roman Forum or looked out over Capitoline Hill. It gave me perspective on information I already knew that I wouldn't have gotten without the experience.

"It's one thing to read about something in a book, but it's a whole other experience to be able to say you stood in the middle of the Roman Forum or looked out over Capitoline Hill."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I believe that this experience has given me a more worldly view, which is vital for being an effective editor as you're meant to be constantly on the lookout for the next new thing in literature.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The enrichment fund I received from the College of the Liberal Arts allowed me to undertake this experience without worrying about the financial burden. The faculty involved in the program--all members of the CAMS department--also helped to make this experience unforgettable with their knowledge and expertise.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program informed me of this opportunity through the newsletter that they send out weekly during the school year. Although I don't remember this exact program being featured, there was a link to the CAMS study abroad page, which is where I found this program.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Megan Neely

Center for Virtual and Material Studies Internship
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Megan Neely

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Other Major: Art History
Minor: Italian and International and Global Studies
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I completed an internship at the Center for Virtual and Material Studies (CVMS). I was responsible for cataloging and researching the Theatre Department's vintage clothing collection. CVMS hopes to create an exhibition on flax and linen and digitize the vintage clothing collection so it is more accessible to the public.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I believe I have significantly improved my research skills. I feel more confident in finding primary sources, using library resources, and deciding the reliability of a source.

"I feel more confident in finding primary sources, using library resources, and deciding the reliability of a source."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship has helped me explore and improve my professional skills. I was able to create accession numbers, create an exhibition, and learn about the care of textiles, as well as the construction of clothing. I feel prepared for future internships.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The Liberal Arts Enrichment Fund allowed me to focus on my career. The funding I was given went to offset the costs of the internship for the summer.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Isabella Parrillo

DANTA Study Abroad: Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation
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Isabella Parrillo

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Biology
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I traveled to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica where I spent 10 days at the Piro research station with Osa Conservation. I learned about and practiced methods such as sexing primates, using camera traps, estimating population density, and habitat measurement in the rainforest. I also participated in lectures and article discussions regarding primate behavior, primate taxonomy, conservation methods, and observational methods. The primates we studied in the Osa were spider monkeys, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and white-faced capuchins. During my stay I was also able to participate in sea turtle egg rescue/relocation to protect turtles from predation. Traveling to and from the Osa, I visited a zoo focused on wild animal rehabilitation, observed dolphins in the Golfo Dulce, and toured a sustainable chocolate plantation in Puerto Jimenez.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This study abroad experience provided me with a field research experience, adding to my research skills. I increased my knowledge base regarding primates and conservation. Furthermore, I participated in a hands-on learning experience I would be unable to be a part of on campus.

"This study abroad experience provided me with a field research experience, adding to my research skills."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Gaining this field experience in Costa Rica reinforced my career goals in the sense that it confirmed that I want to work in the field. Previously I had only guessed at what I wanted to pursue in the future, and now I have more certainty that I want to pursue a career in the realm of primates and conservation efforts. In addition, this experience adds to my resume which can help me get an internship working with animals in the future. Many applications in the animal behavior field require some animal experience, and studying abroad with DANTA has opened doors for me.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts has helped me succeed in this study abroad experience by providing enrichment funding which enabled me to be able to travel to Costa Rica, for which I am immensely grateful. Without the enrichment funds I received, it would have been significantly more difficult for me to reach my goal to study abroad.

For more information on study abroad experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Kaylee Ward

Middlesex County Superior Court
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Kaylee Ward

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

As a Judicial Intern for the Middlesex County Courthouse, I got to work under The Honorable Judge Thomas McCloskey. I was able to shadow his law clerk, sit in on hearings and trials, and was given the opportunity to conduct my own legal research.

How did this experience impact you academically?

To be a Judicial Intern as an undergraduate student is an immense honor. Since I do not have any legal qualifications or law school experience under my belt yet, I was trusted to put forth my best effort while working alongside extremely intelligent individuals. This experience will set me years ahead of my law school classmates.

"I was able to make connections with them and was able to secure support from them for any help I will need in the future."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

In this position, I got to network with countless Judges and Attorneys in my home state of New Jersey. I was able to make connections with them and was able to secure support from them for any help I will need in the future.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I made several career appointments to help me navigate accepting my internship, sending letters, emails, etc. All the career counselors were so patient and knowledgeable. I want to specifically thank Katie Wysocki for all her help through my internship search.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Charmaine Wood

Athens, Greece: Ancient Gods, Modern Culture, and the Psychology of Religious Belief
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Charmaine Wood

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Ethics
Hometown: Claymont, Delaware
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I spent six weeks studying both the psychology of religion and cross-cultural psychology while becoming immersed in the Greek culture in the city of Athens. I was also able to visit other cities, towns, and islands throughout the country of Greece to explore the intricacies of cultures even within one country.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience allowed my to complete two classes for my major program, as well as gain skills of how to learn in new spaces and environments in addition to learning through a more hands on experience. Academically, I am much better off because of this program. I enjoyed taking both a 200-level and a 400-level psychology class in an area where the content could so easily be applied to my surroundings.

"By meeting [professionals] and interacting with them and their work, I was able to learn which fields I could likely envision myself in and which I could not."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Throughout my trip, I was able to meet multiple professionals both in my field of study and outside of my field of study. By meeting these people and interacting with them and their work, I was able to learn which fields I could likely envision myself in and which I could not. I also gained a better understanding of how some professions in my field are treated cross-culturally, such as social workers which are often underfunded and overworked. Regardless, their work is so important that I believe I may pursue that option within my career to help others.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts advertised this program through study abroad fairs which helped my find it and understand what the program entailed prior to going. They helped me succeed by providing enrichment funds to me when I would have otherwise not been able to justify the cost of the trip. Every little bit helps and the college definitely made and impact in my financial ability to succeed in my study abroad experience.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Namkyu Lee

QVC
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Namkyu Lee

Liberal Arts Major: Political Science, Social Data Analytics
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

During my internship, I supported the transition to new database platform, Microsoft Azure, by migrating key reports and finding opportunities to eliminate redundancies in data. I analyzed trends and reviewed system algorithms to identify inefficiencies. I processed and visualized data in Excel and Tableau for employee retention. I also created senior-level views of operations driven reports in Tableau based on SQL to allow decision-makers to clearly see trends and understand recurring issues.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to learn my weakness and it reassured me about what to do in my future career. I was also able to see how things that we learned from school worked/used in real business situation.

"I wasn't sure about what I wanted to do with my future career, but because of this internship experience, I confirmed that this is what I wanted."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I wasn't sure about what I wanted to do with my future career, but because of this internship experience, I confirmed that this is what I wanted and from now on, I can develop my skills and improve my weak spot to prepare myself to get closer to my career goals.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The Career Enrichment Network helped to review my resume and discussed about how to answer the interview questions.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Kahleel Charles

Ocean City Police Department
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Kahleel Charles

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology 
Minor: Security and Risk Analysis
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

As a Public Safety Aide on patrol, my main responsibility was assisting in the transportation of arrestees that have committed a criminal offense to the jail facility in Ocean City. Other responsibilities included the enforcement of civil ordinances of Ocean City, and assisting police officers when they are dispatched to criminal or civil matters. This ranged from a noise complaint to incidents where a domestic assault occurred.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically by allowing me to have a stronger comprehension of the reasonings behind people's intention to commit crimes. Being able to share the personal experiences in my various classrooms so long as it relates to the topic at hand will provide me a greater sense of what is being taught by my professors. My experience also reinforced what I have previously learned in my courses, which increased my abilities to perform the tasks.

"Being able to share the personal experiences in my various classrooms so long as it relates to the topic at hand will provide me a greater sense of what is being taught by my professors."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience gave me an insight on how the criminal justice system operates between law enforcement, corrections, and courts, along with the ways in which crime can potentially be mitigated. It gives me the opportunity to provide my own hypothesis. The internship also helped to developed my decision-making and interpersonal skills in which are a necessity in the field crime analysis and intelligence.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts helped me to succeed in this experience by providing enrichment funds that were used towards rent and additional equipment needed for my internship. The emails I have received that encouraged me to apply for funding made me take imitative in ensuring that my months in Ocean City would be smooth and that expenses would not be a concern for me.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Abigail Frey

Tanzania: Bio of Eco-Health
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Abigail Frey

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Other Major: Biology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Ligonier, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

We were immersed in the culture and beauty of Tanzania through game drives and interactions with the Hadzabe and Masaai tribes. We saw many different animals in their natural habitats and got to learn about Tanzanian policies and way of life.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience showed me that academic experiences aren't always about collecting tangible data, like measurements or numbers. We got to learn so much about different animals and cultures through stories, conversations, and oobservations. This experience has taught me the value of forming relationships with people you meet and watching them, animals, and landscapes with an open mind. It's not about what I expect to find, it's about what I am experiencing or observing in the moment.

"This experience has fueled a fire in me that I didn't know existed that wants to pursue a career in animal conservation."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has fueled a fire in me that I didn't know existed that wants to pursue a career in animal conservation. I enjoyed doing field work in all of the areas of Tanzania that we traveled to. I love how animal observation studies are like puzzles; you have to first watch the animals, figure out specific behaviors that are curious, and then find a way to measure those into variables. Animals in the wild are not confined to any restrictions, so I like that it may not always be easy to figure out how to study them.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts helped me go into this experiences whole-heartedly by providing enrichment funds. I was able to worry less about finances and more about immersing myself fully into each experience. It was a great weight off of my shoulders and allowed me to let myself enjoy every moment.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Lauren Gusherowski

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Dutch Criminal and Social Justice
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Lauren Gusherowski

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology, Psychology
Hometown: Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Our trip to the Netherlands included visits to prisons, courts, juvenile and mental health facilities, government buildings, as well as many other historical and interesting sites.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience gave me the opportunity to learn about the Dutch criminal justice system and allow me to compare and contrast it to our own. I was able to learn through lectures but also from the stories of people whose lives are impacted by the justice system, which enhanced my overall experience.

"I was able to learn through lectures but also from the stories of people whose lives are impacted by the justice system, which enhanced my overall experience."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has furthered my desire to want to go into social work and help those impacted by the criminal justice system in America.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The enrichment funds provided by the College of Liberal Arts allowed me the opportunity to go on this trip. The faculty that led this trip also had a huge impact on my experience and made it that much more enriching.

For more information on study abroad experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Benjamin Burlovic

Deloitte
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Benjamin Burlovic

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Other Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Are you a Chapel Executive Intern: Yes
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I interned within Deloitte's strategy and analytics offering portfolio. My project was with a high profile Biopharmaceuticals company with a scope stretch 3 independent workstreams. Over the course of the summer I learned many new skills, engaged with our client, and explored the different offerings at Deloitte.

How did this experience impact you academically?

At the conclusion of the internship, I have a newfound appreciation for continuous learning. I've set personal goals to read more nonfiction books and think more critically of what is taught in the classroom.

"Over the course of the summer I learned many new skills, engaged with our client, and explored the different offerings at Deloitte."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I'm able to walk away from the summer knowing that I'll enjoy starting my career in a consulting role. It's a field I've been interested in for quite some time now, so it was hugely beneficial to spend some time interning as one.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The Chapel Executive scholarship helped take off the financial burden of living in NYC this summer. It allowed me to freely explore the city I hope to live in post graduation.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Zhihan Wang

Utility Rates Analysts
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Zhihan Wang

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Other Major: Energy Business and Finance
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Shijiazhuang, China
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I worked at a utility company in the technical utility analyst position. I helped file damage claims worth $15 million for clients in a supplier bankruptcy event. I used Excel to create adaptive hedging templates that can be used by over 400 clients for their future electric and natural gas procurements. I also generated around 70 reports on forecasting future electric and natural gas prices calculated across over 7000 data points. It was not only an eye-opening experience, but it also taught me a lot of knowledge that is beyond the range of my academics.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has refined my knowledge and skills from my classes and put them into practice. I was glad that I could add some value to the organization. The experience also clarified my goals of learning in the future so I will be able to have a better understanding of where to focus during my future studies.

"This experience has refined my knowledge and skills from my classes and put them into practice."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

The experience has developed my leadership skills and prepared me with the fundamentals of solving real-world problems. It has also clarified my career goals and granted me a competitive advantage in pursuing a permanent position in the future.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I am honored to be a recipient of enrichment funds. The financial support from the College of the Liberal Arts allowed me to take less life pressure and therefore concentrate more on my career goals. The acknowledgment from the College of the Liberal Arts will make me more confident and work harder to achieve my goals in the future.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Lance Rich

Ronda: Spanish Culture and Language
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Lance Rich

Liberal Arts Major: Spanish
Other Major: Accounting
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I participated in a Penn State faculty run study abroad experience. I lived with an amazing Spanish host family and took 3 Spanish classes with other Penn State students. My host family helped me develop my Spanish language skills and really understand the culture. As a Penn State group, we took bus trips to several attractions in southern Spain.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I took 3 Spanish courses in 6 weeks which is very demanding. Even though it is a lot to manage, I learned a lot vocab, culture, geography, and history. Academically, taking 3 Spanish courses gets me closer to completing my Spanish major. The other students took their academics seriously, so it was nice to be surrounded by peers pushing you to do better.

"In my future career, I would love to travel to Spanish speaking countries for an American company and do business with the Spanish speaking world."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Learning Spanish as a second language and studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country are very impressive feats to put on a resume, which should help me in the job market. In my future career, I would love to travel to Spanish speaking countries for an American company and do business with the Spanish speaking world.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Being that the Ronda Program is a faculty led program; the Penn State professors were extremely supportive. For example, they organized all our excursions, so students did not ever need to worry about transportation or hotels. The professors also showed us where to set up our cell phones, obtain euros, and buy school materials. The enrichment funds I received from the College of the Liberal Arts were also greatly appreciated.

For more information on study abroad experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Matthew Rauber

BNY Mellon
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Matthew Rauber

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Other Major: Finance
Minor: Information System Management
Hometown: Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Are you a Chapel Executive Intern: Yes
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

In this experience, I worked in Asset Servicing, supporting the Global Client Coverage team, specifically the Investment Manager segment. My projects included discovering new revenue streams, deal case studies, and gathering intelligence on clients.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience confirmed that this field is right for me. It also showed me which topics I would like to study further. Whether that's by taking a class or doing independent studies, I discovered new areas to take a deeper dive into.

"[This experience] confirmed what my goals are; which is to work at a large, prestigious, historical firm with a wide variety of opportunities."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience was the first big step towards my career goals. It also confirmed what my goals are; which is to work at a large, prestigious, historical firm with a wide variety of opportunities.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The college of Liberal arts helped me succeed in this experience with the Chapel Enrichment Funds. That money gave me some financial "breathing room", which meant there was one less stressor during the summer.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Emily Hu

Bank of America
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Emily Hu

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Other Major: Finance
Minor: German
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania
Are you a Chapel Executive Intern: Yes
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I worked as a sophomore summer analyst in the Equity Capital Markets division at Bank of America. Throughout my internship, I rotated through two groups: the Strategic Equity Solution Group and Financial Institutions Group.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This role was very market-facing, and I was able to apply several concepts from economics classes I have taken (specifically macroeconomics), like monetary policy, because I had to understand the impact of those ideas in my work.

"I was able to apply several concepts from economics classes I have taken... because I had to understand the impact of those ideas in my work."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has served as a confirmation for me in terms of my career goals. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Bank of America, and I know that I want to continue working in the financial services industry and on Wall Street.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts provided me with enrichment funds for this summer and extremely helpful advisers who have guided me in my class selection to focus on my interests.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Ashley Phelan

Youth Service Bureau - Big Brothers Big Sisters
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Ashley Phelan

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Hometown: Orangeburg, New York
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Within the Youth Service Bureau, I was an intern for Big Brothers Big Sisters. I facilitated reference checks to ensure a high level of safety among new volunteers working with children. I also helped with promoting volunteer opportunities, which allow individuals to mentor a child in the community. I provided assistance with conducting interviews for individuals interested in the program and organized the office space to optimize the workplace.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I had the opportunity to interact with children and get a better sense of how younger children think and behave. As a psychology major, I am very interested in learning about the mind and how that impacts human behavior. Being able to interact with children from different backgrounds and experiences first-hand was an eye-opening experience.

"Even at times when I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking for, my career coach was able to help guide me through the [internship search] and gave me a better understanding of what works best with my interests."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Interning for the Youth Service Bureau showed me what it was like to be truly invested in my work. I genuinely enjoyed spending my time working with my colleagues and the Littles involved in the program. This has shown me what to look for when I begin my search for a full-time work position.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I spoke with a Penn State Career Coach throughout my search for an internship. This coach helped me fix up my resume and gave me tips on what facilities in the State College area would fit with what I was looking for. Even at times when I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking for, my career coach was able to help guide me through the process and gave me a better understanding of what works best with my interests.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Sarah Paterno

Taraco Archaeological Project
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Sarah Paterno

Liberal Arts Major: Anthropology, Psychology
Minor: Biology
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I spent two months this summer working on archaeological excavations at the site of Chiripa in Bolivia. The project investigates the nature of the transition to agriculture in the Taraco Peninsula during the Early Formative Period (1500-800 BCE). Additionally, the project investigates the role, if any, of climate change in this shift to agriculture. I assisted with stratigraphic records with Harris Matrices, artifact collections, dry screening, and total station coordinates. I also spent time assisting in community outreach to initiate other excavation projects around Tarija, Bolivia.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I gained more thorough familiarity with artifact identification and Harris Matrices, which I think are skills that improve mostly through hands-on experience. Additionally, I learned how lithic analysis is carried out, which improved my understanding of the different lithic artifacts and how they are made. I also kept frequent and thorough notes throughout fieldwork on stratigraphy, events, features, and artifacts, giving me an overall bigger-picture-view of how all of our excavations worked together.

"This project has taught me how archaeological research is carried out, and I believe it has prepared me for continuing research at a graduate level."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I intend to continue studying archaeology through graduate school. Additionally, I will be assisting in bone isotope analysis using bones collected from this project, to further my learning beyond just fieldwork. This project has taught me how archaeological research is carried out, and I believe it has prepared me for continuing research at a graduate level.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Dr. Capriles-Flores, a professor in the Anthropology department, is a co-director of the Taraco Archaeological Project. I took his course last fall on Andean archaeology and then traveled with him to Bolivia for this project. His course provided the foundational knowledge on the region and provided this opportunity for fieldwork. I worked primarily with him throughout the summer, along with the two other co-directors from other universities. Dr. Capriles-Flores and his family provided a lot of safety and support throughout the whole experience. I also received enrichment funds through the College of Liberal Arts which supported me financially, especially for visits to other sites such as Tiwanaku, Padcaya, and Yunchara.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Ashlee Wilson

Leeds International Summer School
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Ashlee Wilson

Liberal Arts Major: History
Hometown: Milford, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I traveled to the University of Leeds in northern England to study two exciting modules for one month, The English Country House and Reparations for Historical Injustices. I had the opportunity to meet international students from 25 different countries around the world and I experienced adventures in seven different cities and towns in the United Kingdom, including London, Liverpool, and Edinburgh. Even though the program was only a month, I made lifelong friends from around the globe and learned so much about different cultures and myself.

How did this experience impact you academically?

The two modules I took were very eye-opening in different ways. My first course The English Country House- A Social History allowed me to learn about the architecture of country estates and their role in the history of the United Kingdom. My second course Reparations for Historical Injustices focused on global histories of historical injustices, who is owed reparations, who owes those reparations, and what form those reparations should take. In both modules, I had the opportunity to learn about different perspectives from students around the world. Through this experience, I had the privilege of learning about the history of the United Kingdom while I was physically there. Additionally, embedded field trips in the classes allowed me to travel to historic sites, such as Temple Newsam, Castle Howard, and the Royal Albert Docks.

"One of my career goals is to work internationally, and this experience allowed me to interact with people from different cultures, especially because the program consisted of students from 25 different countries."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

One of my career goals is to work internationally, and this experience allowed me to interact with people from different cultures, especially because the program consisted of international students from 25 different countries. I also got the opportunity to complete a project for my class that included historical research, which is a skill that will help me immensely in the future.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts helped me take part in this experience by providing me with enrichment funding, which enabled me to fully take advantage of my time abroad.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Kelsey Evans

Make-A-Wish
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Kelsey Evans

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Health, Development, and Family Studies
Hometown: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer I got the opportunity to intern for my local Make-A-Wish chapter. I was able to have a part in raising money for wishes in the Scranton area, along with the experience of planning and seeing a wish be carried out.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Make-A-Wish as a non profit has a mission to inspire confidence, joy, and well-being through their workers and the children. Working there has motivated me to continue my growth academically and to work hard to inspire others.

"Having a hand in providing wishes to help foster hope in children with critical illness has further enhanced my plan on working with children in my future."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Having a hand in providing wishes to help foster hope in children with critical illness has further enhanced my plan on working with children in my future.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts helped me succeed at Make-A-Wish with enrichment funding, as my internship was unpaid for the summer. With this support, I was able to focus on my work rather than the financial burden.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program was the reason why I was looking for an internship, and the reason I found Make-A-Wish.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Victoria Medina

DHC LLP
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Victoria Medina

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Other Major: Integrated Social Sciences
Minor: Crime Law and Psychology, Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies, Politics & Government
Hometown: New York
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I spent my summer observing law practice in a mid-size law firm in NYC. Most of my work was focused on doing research, handling paperwork, helping attorneys with projects, and learning about daily affairs in the legal field. As part of my role to prepare for my future career, I completed tasks given to me by attorneys in different fields.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically, including activities I will focus on in my future academic career, specifically legal research. My experience had a lot of experiential learning, which applies to the educational setting as the skills I relied on were analyzing and digesting information and applying it to different scenarios.

"My experience had a lot of experiential learning, which applies to the educational setting as the skills I relied on were analyzing and digesting information and applying it to different scenarios."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience will impact my career goals as it aids my ability to network and have valuable experience for future internships or jobs. The skills needed will likely be the same for all legal internships/jobs.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts helped me to succeed in this experience with enrichment funds, which contributed to my travel costs and ability to purchase business attire to wear for my internship.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Kendall O'Keefe

Athens, Greece
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Kendall O'Keefe

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Women's Studies
Hometown: Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I traveled to Greece to learn more about the religious and historical background of the country. By traveling to different sites, I learned how Greece kickstarted much of what we deem modern civilization and how our culture differs from the Greek culture.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience had a significant impact on me academically as I learned a great deal about where we got our start as a civilization. We visited several sites that showed us where historical figures made revolutionary discoveries that impacted how we interact with each other and with knowledge. I also got to learn how another cultures handle mental health, which was extremely eye-opening since that is the primary focus of my future career.

"Living in a new country gave me a new appreciation and understanding of how culture impacts people's beliefs."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Living in a new country gave me a new appreciation and understanding of how culture impacts people's beliefs. Seeing how people from another country interact with each other and handle day-to-day struggles will be helpful to my future role as a therapist.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I worked with my advisor during the 2021-2022 school year to figure out a plan of action that worked best with my schedule. I also received enrichment funds from the College of Liberal Arts to help aid in some of the financial requirements of this experience.

For more information on study abroad experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Sarah Meyer

Study Tour of Roman History and Archaeology
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Sarah Meyer

Liberal Arts Majors: History, Medieval Studies, Political Science
Minor: Religious Studies, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Hometown: Tyrone, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I spent about 3 weeks exploring Rome, Italy with a wonderful group of faculty and students. Our class was able to gain an in-depth knowledge of Roman history through tours of famous sites like the Roman Forum, the Mausoleum of Hadrian, and Trajan's Markets. Our travels also extended outside of the city of Rome with visits to Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii, and Florence.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Participating in this study abroad experience has been the highlight of my liberal arts education and has prepared me for future academic success. As a student of history, a hands-on approach is essential to truly comprehending the ancient world. The ability to be amongst archaeological sites strengthens ones understanding of Rome's unique identity and culture. This enriching experience, where I was able to immerse myself in the center of Roman history, has effectively prepared me for future international study.

"Participating in this study abroad experience has been the highlight of my liberal arts education and has prepared me for future academic success."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I wish to continue to graduate study in the field of History. This study abroad experience has provided me with the skills needed to navigate international travel and study. Being exposed to Italian culture and language has provided me with greater respect for the country's rich history. Furthermore, this program has aided me in developing global awareness, a characteristic that is necessary for my future career goals.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The enrichment funds awarded through the College of the Liberal Arts made this experience possible. Without this funding, I would have never been able to commit to this study abroad experience. Furthermore, this program was led by faculty members who genuinely cared and prioritized the success of their students. These professors were able to provide us with an enriching experience despite the (slight) craziness of a post-pandemic world.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows program strives to provide students with numerous opportunities for academic and professional development. I feel this experience directly falls in line with the program's mission of enhancing Liberal Arts education.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Raymond French

Athens, Greece
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Raymond French

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology, Sociology
Hometown: Gloucester Township, New Jersey
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

For six weeks, I had the opportunity to travel to many cultural hotspots in Greece, both on the mainland and on the surrounding islands. Mainly set in Athens, I studied the psychology of religious belief and cross-cultural psychology. I got to witness the evolution of religious belief first-hand by visiting ancient Greek temples engaging in polytheism and the religious buildings of the Abrahamic monotheistic religions (churches, synagogues, mosques). What I was learning in class directly reflected what I was engaging with in my physical environment. Also, cross-cultural psychology was very applicable when navigating a culture as rich as Greek culture.

How did this experience impact you academically?

These classes, even if not taken abroad, are quite life-changing and eye opening, as you see the psychological mechanisms behind culture and identity. As a psychology major and a sociology major, this opportunity was great hands-on experience in social psychology and sociology. While I loved every moment of in-class academics, most of my learning was outside of class, discovering my own identity and place within cultures.

"While I loved every moment of in-class academics, most of my learning was outside of class, discovering my own identity and place within cultures."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I started my collegiate studies as only a psychology major, who was more interested in the cognitive science portion of psychology. As I developed my interests, I realized that I was more interested in social psychology, so I decided to work towards a second major in sociology. This experience has even furthered my passion for sociology, and I now favor sociology over psychology. The interactions with so many different people from across the globe had a great social influence over me. So, my career goals are now more oriented towards being a sociologist in some capacity.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

My academic advisor, Rachel Zimmerman, helped me tremendously throughout the entire process. While navigating the education abroad website, she helped me to find a program, and she provided me with a recommendation. My psychology research lab advisor, Dr. Terri Vescio, also helped me along the way and provided some insight for me. The College of Liberal Arts provided me with enrichment funds, which I was very appreciative of and it took a big burden off of my shoulders.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

I always was interested in studying abroad, but as a Paterno Fellow, it gave me more motivation to embark on a study abroad opportunity. Also, the Paterno Fellows Program provided me with some enrichment funds to help alleviate the cost of the experience.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Nicole Kruse

Westchester County District Attorney's Office
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Nicole Kruse

Liberal Arts Major: History, Italian
Hometown: Stormville, New York
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Throughout my time as a Special Prosecutions intern, I regularly attended trials and hearings to document case details with fellow interns and reported findings to assistant district attorneys. I collaborated daily with other interns to locate, catalog, and organize files for various court hearings. I also participated in an intern run in mock trial experiences for special prosecutions cases such as child endangerment, domestic violence and sexual crimes.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My experience as an intern at the Westchester County District attorney's office has confirmed my interest in becoming an attorney. And at this time, I plan to eventually attend law school.

"Since interning at the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, I have become increasingly interested in the intricacies of law - particularly those pertaining to special victims cases."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Since interning at the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, I have become increasingly interested in the intricacies of law - particularly those pertaining to special victims cases. I hope to serve as a public attorney at some point in my career.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts has helped me succeed in this experience by providing financial support via enrichment funding, which I have been able to use to supplement my time in various ways. For example, I have utilized this funding to purchase train tickets, as I commuted via public transit to this internship, as well purchasing appropriate work attire, and supplementing the costs of living during this unpaid internship.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Claire Williams

Dublin, Ireland
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Claire Williams

Liberal Arts Major: English
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Throughout the course of this five week study abroad trip, I was able to experience Ireland's rich culture. Traveling from Dublin, to Ballyvaughan, to Galway, I experienced its cities, countryside, unique landscapes, museums, and festivals. Through the lens of art and literature, I gained an understanding of the country's history and culture, both of which its people are so proud of.

How did this experience impact you academically?

During this trip, we visited many museums, historical landmarks, and had many artists, authors, and climate experts come speak to us. Being able to see these important sites in person and learn about them and their history first hand was incredibly enriching. Additionally, hearing from such established and successful authors and artists was extremely inspiring.

"Being able to see these important sites in person and learn about them and their history first hand was incredibly enriching."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I hope to enter the field of publishing after graduating. Being able to talk to some of the authors who are already established in their fields was a very helpful opportunity; I learned about their publishing experiences, received advice, and had extremely meaningful and inspiring conversations with them. Further, participating in writing workshops with them was both technically enriching and inspiring creatively.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Receiving enrichment funds from the College of the Liberal Arts was extremely helpful; I was able to focus less on the financial aspects of this study abroad trip and more on the experience itself. I am extremely grateful to have received the funds I did.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

YiFei Qin

PNC Financial Services
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YiFei Qin

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Other Major: Finance
Minor: IST
Hometown: Shandong, China
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I served as a commercial and corporate banking intern at PNC during the summer of 2022. Throughout the internship program, I participated in shadowing, mentoring, and projects that furthered my understanding of underwriting and sales. Some of my responsibilities include going to networking events and client calls, assisting in underwriting bank deals, and performing company research and financial analysis. Overall, I was able to build long-term connections while improving myself not only on the technical side but also holistically.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience allowed me to see how academic theories and classroom learning are applied in real-life scenarios. It makes the classes that I am taking more meaningful. With that, I am able to choose more lessons that are fitting to my interest and learn more in my college career.

"This experience allowed me to see how academic theories and classroom learning are applied in real-life scenarios. It makes the classes that I am taking more meaningful."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This was my first internship experience, so in a way, it kickstarted my career in economics and finance. It provided me with more direction for my career, and in the future, I would like to continue in the banking field and learn more skills as I go.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts has helped me elevate my internship experience through enrichment funding. Not only did the funding cover many living expenses, but it also allowed me to experience the brand-new city I was interning in. Overall, it was a great help in me being fully successful during my internship.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Sarah Bett

Cádiz Program: Spanish Language and Culture Summer 2022
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Sarah Bett

Liberal Arts Major: Spanish
Other Major: CED
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I had an amazing experience studying abroad in Cádiz. Being able to spend a month in this beautiful peninsula with 14 new friends was such a memorable and wonderful opportunity. I loved being able to spend time at the beach after classes, experience the local food scene, and immerse myself in the Spanish language. From a jazz festival, to sunset-swimming in the ocean, to a paella cooking class - there's always something to do. I also loved going to Granada and touring the Alhambra. I would highly recommend this study abroad opportunity to anyone who's considering it!

How did this experience impact you academically?

Studying abroad in Cádiz helped to immerse me in Spanish-speaking culture. I feel more confident as a Spanish major now than ever before. I have loved all of my Spanish classes at Penn State, but being able to speak in Spanish every day with anyone I meet makes a big difference in my ability to speak and comprehend the language.

"Being able to speak in Spanish every day with anyone I meet makes a big difference in my ability to speak and comprehend the language."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Being conversationally fluent in Spanish is incredibly important to me. I think it is important to break down language barriers. In order to effectively communicate with people who I work with, I want to make sure I can speak more than just English. This experience has strengthened my ability and my confidence with Spanish.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

This program is a faculty-led program from the Spanish department. My professors were incredibly helpful, thoughtful, and caring throughout the entire trip (and even beforehand). They wanted to make sure that we had the most enriching experience possible in the short month we had in Spain. I am so grateful for all the time and effort they put into creating such a wonderful trip and educational opportunity.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Maxwell Hahn

Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.
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Maxwell Hahn

Liberal Arts Major: Communication Arts and Sciences
Other Major: Mathematics, Statistics
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

For six weeks this summer, I was a legal intern for the law firm Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. at their Florham Park, New Jersey office. The internship was structured so that I had the opportunity to work directly with a number of the firm’s attorneys from different practice areas, offering hands-on, practical experience working in a law firm. During my six week tenure at Bressler, I learned much about the legal profession, and I was connected with two mentors who guided me through the internship and discussed the law school application process with me.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My internship required me to frequently conduct research and write memos, often on complex, nuanced legal questions. As such, I had ample opportunity to employ many of the skills I have learned at Penn State, from critical thinking to logical reasoning to technical writing. This experience showed me that my writing skills–-which I largely attribute to my Communication Arts and Sciences major–-have valuable, real-world applications. In that sense, I believe seeing the transferability of these skills will likely only drive me further in my pursuit of my classes.

"I believe my writing and analysis skills from my communication major, combined with my logic and problem solving skills from my mathematics and statistics studies, will prepare me well for law school."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have not always been interested in pursuing a career in the law [I previously saw myself as wanting to study graduate mathematics]; however, my time at Penn State thus far has really opened my eyes to the many different fields of advanced study from which I can choose. I believe my writing and analysis skills from my communication major, combined with my logic and problem solving skills from my mathematics and statistics studies, will prepare me well for law school. At the end of the day, I truly love solving problems and helping people–-and, in part from my experience this summer, I believe being a lawyer would allow me to make use of my skills and education to do as much.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts provided financial support towards my experience this summer. Without the enrichment funds that I received, I am not sure whether I would have been able to complete this internship opportunity, simply because of the costs I would have accrued over the course of the summer. In finding housing in New Jersey and planning for my summer internship, I was all too aware of just how much such an experience can cost. Therefore, I am very grateful for the generous support of the College of Liberal Arts.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Lillian Aronson

Qalam wa Lawh MSA Program
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Lillian Aronson

Liberal Arts Major: International Politics
Other Major: MIA IUG
Minor: Arabic, Middle East Studies
Hometown: Millville, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I spent 2 months taking intensive Modern Standard Arabic classes at the Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies in Rabat, Morocco. In addition to my classes, I studied Arabic calligraphy and Moroccan history and culture, volunteered at an organization working with refugees, and explored many parts of Morocco.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience improved my Arabic a lot as well as provided me with greater insight into the politics and history of the North African region and how it differs from that of the Middle East despite often sharing an Arab identity.

"This experience made me much better able to pursue a career that uses Arabic by being able to fully immerse myself in the language."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience made me much better able to pursue a career that uses Arabic by being able to fully immerse myself in the language. It also helped me clarify some of my career goals by allowing me to experience what it’s like to work at an organization focused on helping refugees.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I would not have been able to go abroad without the College of the Liberal Arts generous enrichment funds. By relieving some of the financial burdens of this experience, I was able to fully focus on my classes and work. 

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program has pushed me to challenge myself in all aspects of life and was one of the reasons why I really wanted to pursue an education abroad opportunity.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Nicole Fiore

Morris Elite Soccer Club
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Nicole Fiore

Liberal Arts Major: Labor and Employment Relations
Hometown: Springfield, New Jersey
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer I worked as a Corporate Sponsorship Manager and Game Day Operations Intern for Morris Elite Soccer Club. It was a minor league soccer team with players and staff from all over the world! I managed the production of multiple soccer matches including logistics and marketing while overseeing ticket operations.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Being in a classroom learning and hearing about what you are studying is a lot different than being in the office and actually applying those concepts. What I read about in my textbooks about roles in a company I was able to experience firsthand while working in the office. I got to put my knowledge from the classroom to the test.

"Being able to try many different parts of the sports industry I now have been able to decide that I want to be a general manager for a major league sports team."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship affected my career goals by solidifying what I know I want to do in life. I always knew I wanted to do something in sports but never specifically what. Being able to try many different parts of the sports industry I now have been able to decide that I want to be a general manager for a major league sports team.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Without the enrichment funds from the College of the Liberal Arts, I would not have been able to accept my internship position. These funds made a huge impact on my daily life because I did not need to stress about how I was going to pay for the credits I was taking. It was a lot of traveling and eating out, and without the funds I could not have done any of that.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Nicole Fiore

Alumni Mentor Program
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Nicole Fiore

Liberal Arts Major: Labor and Employment Relations/Labor and Human Resources
Hometown: Springfield, New Jersey
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer I was mentored by the amazing Kristie Pappal. We got to meet regularly over zoom and discuss many topics. 

How did this experience impact you academically?

Meeting someone who does exactly what you want to do and through the same path is so cool. I got to hear from Kristie about her experiences as a student-athlete and how that shaped what she wanted to do. Seeing someone accomplish what you want to accomplish reassures you that you can do anything you set your mind to.

"Seeing someone accomplish what you want to accomplish reassures you that you can do anything you set your mind to."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience will impact my career goals because now I have the support from someone is currently working in the field I wish to pursue and all her knowledge to help me along the way and achieve my goals.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The faculty at the College of the Liberal Arts pushed me to apply to the program. If I did not have their help, I do not think I would have done it and would have missed out on this invaluable opportunity.

For more information on mentorships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Lidia Vitoc

Agile Rainmakers
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Lidia Vitoc

Liberal Arts Major: Sociology
Other Major: Digital and Print Journalism
Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Are you a Chapel Executive Intern: Yes
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I interned at Agile Rainmakers, a high impact business development consulting and advisory firm based in Chicago’s gold coast. Over the course of two months, I worked alongside five other interns on various projects for the eight clients we had. There was value in the diversity of industries we were able to work with as well as in the opportunity to work very closely with the CEOs of each company with minimal overhead from our boss. This allowed us to see and understand the value that our work was adding to each client and their company.

How did this experience impact you academically?

It was very empowering to be able to hit the ground running in the way that we did through our interactions with each client as we led meetings and exercised effective communication as well as time management. This internship has allowed me to discover what I look for in terms work life balance, which will be useful in the remainder of my undergraduate education as well.

"It was very empowering to be able to hit the ground running in the way that we did through our interactions with each client as we led meetings and exercised effective communication as well as time management."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

In terms of future plans, I was not expecting to like consulting as much as I did, and I now see this as a possible career path. That being said, I’m extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to surround myself with such intelligent people as well as the clarity this experience has given me around my professional endeavors.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I received enrichment funds through the College of the Liberal arts, which helped relieve the financial burdens of this experience and allowed me to focus on my work. 

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Amelia Dodoo

Office of the Special Prosecutor
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Amelia Dodoo

Liberal Arts Majors: African Studies, Psychology
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

For a month, I interned with the Office of the Special Prosecutor - Ghana (OSP). The OSP is an independent specialized agency responsible for investigating specific cases of alleged or suspected corruption, or corruption-related offences involving Ghanaian public officers and individuals in the private sector. With this opportunity, I was able to attend anti-corruption conferences and summits, sit in on meetings relating to Ghana’s future, contribute to anti-corruption campaigns, and attend court hearings and cases.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My internship helped me understand why critical thinking, consistency, and passion are instrumental to a successful career. These tenets of success are what I am bringing back with me to school when I focus on closing out my undergraduate career.

"My internship helped me understand why critical thinking, consistency, and passion are instrumental to a successful career."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My internship revealed where my true interest in a legal career lies. By contributing to my urgent ambition to ultimately eradicate corruption in Ghana, working at the Office of the Special Prosecutor reinforced my decision of attending law school as my next step in education.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts significantly contributed to my success in this experience as I would not have been able to attend and benefit from this opportunity without the funding and support from my college and enrichment funds.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Sydney Robinson

CHANCE Romania
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Sydney Robinson

Liberal Arts Majors: English, Global and International Studies
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Penn State students work with students from the University of Bucharest to study climate change and develop skills in navigating complex, inter-disciplinary challenges. The students visit research sites along the Danube River; work side-by-side with scientists to carry out undergraduate research on water issues confronting the waterway; and advocate for change with politicians, international agencies, and university leaders. By the end of the field practicum, students present potential solutions for the sustainability of the Danube River and Delta per the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs) at an international Undergraduate Research Symposium held at the University of Bucharest.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience challenged me academically through research and group work. It helped me expand my understanding of topics such as ethical consumption, international politics, and how many stakeholders are required to work together to make a change. I also learned research and analysis techniques surrounding GIS and spatial analysis. Finally, I gained interpersonal skills due to the small group work and exposure to different cultures. This includes selecting virtual meeting times that are fair for people on both sides of the world and the importance of making an effort to learn about a new culture such as through language or food.

"The sense of duty I gained for the environment has shown me that I must be an advocate in whatever space I’m in."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has taught me to stand up for environmental justice in whatever career path I pursue. Although I enjoyed learning about STEM, I probably will not pursue a career as a scientist. However, the sense of duty I gained for the environment has shown me that I must be an advocate in whatever space I’m in. This could be advising my future company to buy solar panels or becoming an environmental lawyer. It is on all of us to take care of the Earth that takes such good care of us.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts provided enrichment funding that was essential to my participation in this program. I am truly grateful for the financial support that eased the economic burden of the international travel and similar expenses.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows helped me attain this enrichment funding as well as helped the acceptance of my application. It was included on my resume to show my academic commitment. Although I am not a STEM major, the Paterno Fellows demonstrates my dedication to learning. The holistic education provided by the program created a unique perspective to bring to CHANCE Romania and all other opportunities

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Carlton Jarmon

Bank of America
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Carlton Jarmon

Liberal Arts Major: Spanish
Other Major: Accounting
Hometown: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Are you a Chapel Executive Intern: Yes
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

For the entirety of the summer, I had the pleasure of working as a credit analyst with the Global Corporate & Investment Banking team out of the Chicago Office for Bank of America. This specialized team of underwriters aimed to structure loan facilities for companies large enough to earn over $2 billion in yearly revenue for the US & Canada. The Credit and Wholesale Banking summer analyst program was designed to offer candidates the opportunity to work closely with the front-line banking sales team across various lines of Business and Specialized products to help clients succeed. The business puts an emphasis on innovation and digital technology to continue to deliver for clients both locally and internationally.

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a member of the Integrated Masters and Bachelor's in accounting program for Penn State, it felt so fulfilling to see all the late nights of studying for exams on precise accounting metrics finally pay off in an applicable setting. I was able to hop right into financial statements and have a firm grasp on at least a few of the financial calculations used to evaluate the risk level and profitability of companies.

"As a member of the Integrated Masters and Bachelor's in accounting program for Penn State, it felt so fulfilling to see all the late nights of studying for exams on precise accounting metrics finally pay off in an applicable setting."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Aside from being offered the chance to return to work full-time upon graduation, one of the greatest parts of the experience was being able to work alongside and learn from the brightest minds in the banking industry. Every day I would learn something new, and the seniors around were never hesitant to answer even the most nuanced and convoluted of questions I could spew out at any given time. It was truly inspiring to be mentored by people who had gradually become masters of their craft. I aim to leverage their advice on life and careers to make better decisions for myself in the future. Additionally, I plan on staying connected with these mentors for other possible opportunities down the road.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The Chapel Executive Internship Scholarship was quintessential to my being able to complete this internship. Without any family or friends in the city of Chicago, where the internship was held, the only short-term housing options available to me were charging exorbitant prices that summer. However, through the selfless generosity of the Chapel family, I had enough financial support to live in a safe location near the office and direct all my focus only towards succeeding at this rare to come by chance at a burgeoning career in banking.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Sarah Devlin

Literary London
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Sarah Devlin

Liberal Arts Major: English
Minor: Media Studies
Hometown: Chatham, New Jersey
Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I studied Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf for five weeks in London. For our Shakespeare class, we read Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, King Lear, and The Tempest, seeing Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear at the reconstructed Globe Theatre. We lived and studied in Bloomsbury, home of the famous Bloomsbury Group, Virginia Woolf's club of artists and bohemian public figures. Field trips included trips to Charleston and Monk's Houses (Woolf and her sister Vanessa Bell's country homes), York, Kew Gardens, Sissinghurst and Knole houses, the country homes of Vita Sackville-West. My own excursions in England included trips to Bath and the White Cliffs of Dover.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I am an English major, but this trip allowed me to experience other art forms that are not simply literature. Studying Shakespeare requires analysis of theatrical choices, which I had never done in depth. For each play we read, we watched a film or play version after reading it. We always had a performance analysis assignment, which allowed me to study theater as well as literature. Dr. Chris Reed, an art history scholar, was our Virginia Woolf professor. We not only studied Woolf, but her sister Vanessa Bell, and the rest of the Bloomsbury Group's famous art pieces. I gained more of an appreciation for visual art and how it can intersect with literature through Woolf and Bell's work together.

"I gained more of an appreciation for visual art and how it can intersect with literature through Woolf and Bell's work together."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Like all English courses, these two classes I took in London required a lot of reading and analysis of that reading. My career goals are in law, so English classes like this prepare me for law school.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I was fortunate enough to receive Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds to support this experience. I was able to use this money to cover my travel expenses and food while I was abroad. I also owe Taylor Hare, PhD candidate at Penn State and my Shakespeare professor, and Dr. Chris Reed, my Virginia Woolf professor for helping me succeed academically in London.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

I have taken two prior Shakespeare classes at Penn State, which were both honors classes. I was extremely prepared for this class due to my experience studying Shakespeare before, which would not have been possible without the Paterno Fellows Program.

For more information on education abroad for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Annette Wienken

Dutch Social and Criminal Justice
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Annette Wienken

Liberal Arts Major(s: Global and International Studies, Italian
Hometown: Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I spent five weeks in the Netherlands between the cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, focusing on social and criminal justice. We interviewed victims of sex trafficking, correction officers, sex workers, social workers, and many more people from various backgrounds and walks of life. As part of a sub program, I also got to visit the International Criminal Court and watch a hearing, and well as do a model UN exercise.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Being in the Netherlands on this program counted as a supporting class for my major, but it was so much more than that. It reinvigorated my passion for learning, reminding me of why I chose to study human rights in the first place, through emotional, first-hand experiences.

"[This experience] reinvigorated my passion for learning, reminding me of why I chose to study human rights in the first place through emotional, first-hand experiences."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience made me realize that within my human rights focus in GLIS, I want to focus on women's rights. Because of this, I have decided to pursue a Masters in my future.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Without the enrichment funds provided to me for this experience, I never would have been able to go on this program that meant the world to me. Along with the funds, I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of my Italian professor Dr. Truglio, who wrote me my letters of recommendation and has supported me greatly on my academic journey through the years.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Lauren Shovlin

Literary London
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Lauren Shovlin

Liberal Arts Majors: English
Minor: History
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This past summer I had the incredible experience of studying abroad in London, where I learned about Virginia Woolf and Shakespeare as well as the city where they lived. I not only read books from both of these authors, but had the incredible opportunity of attending multiple performances at the Globe and other theaters as well as sites related to our curriculum. I visited Vanessa Bell’s house, Virginia Woolf’s house, York (including Yorkminster Cathedral), as well as Knoll and various castles. In addition to bonding with my classmates, I became familiar with the city around me, immersing myself in various cultural neighborhoods and sites, like the British Museum and Westminster Cathedral.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This opportunity to study abroad had an incredible impact on my academic experience. I believe that I would not have truly appreciated Virginia Woolf or Shakespeare if I had not been immersed in London. It was such a worthwhile experience to have the city’s sites augment the curriculum we learned in class. I loved reading “Kew Gardens” by Woolf in Kew Gardens with my classmates, or reading about Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in “Moments of Being” at both of those locations. The ability to immerse myself in the city that so deeply influenced these authors truly inspired me in my intellectual experience as well.

"It was such a worthwhile experience to have the city’s sites augment the curriculum we learned in class. The ability to immerse myself in the city that so deeply influenced these authors truly inspired me in my intellectual experience as well."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have such a deeper appreciation for literature and the intricacies of writing than I did prior to my abroad experience. It has awakened a passion within me to pursue the literary arts more deeply and fervently. Woolf’s class in particular revealed a passion for philosophy in me that I never fully realized. I met friends in London who study philosophy at King’s College and I am now considering studying philosophy there after completing my undergraduate education! Overall, this opportunity to broaden my intellectual horizons has been one of my greatest blessings and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I have made lifelong friends, both Penn State students and those studying full time in London, who all continue to inspire me to pursue my dreams.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts graciously assisted me through enrichment funds to attend the Literary London program this past summer. Without this financial assistance, I would not have had this life changing experience abroad and would have very different plans for my future. Through the enrichment fund, I truly feel that I have a more wholistic perspective of my life, the world, and my intellectual pursuits. It was through this aid that I have made lifelong connections and memories that I never could have imagined. I truly immersed myself in London through my abroad experience, visiting a wide variety of museums (the Churchill War Rooms was my favorite!), churches (the Oratory was easily my favorite!), parks and gardens (loved Regent’s Park!), and met so many friends through the University College London’s Newman Catholic club, who I still keep in touch with today! Thank you College of Liberal Arts for making this experience possible!

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Taylor Kowalsky

Puebla, Mexico
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Taylor Kowalsky

Liberal Arts Major: Spanish
Other Major: Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Throughout my study abroad experience, I was able to be immersed in the Mexican Culture while improving my language skills. I had a fantastic time visiting archeological sites, museums, and the beautiful waterfalls of Puebla, Mexico. I formed life-long bonds with the other students that went on the trip as well as my amazing host family. This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never, ever forget.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I was able to learn about the history and literature of Mexico in classroom settings with Penn State Professors. This allowed us to have some familiarity with our classes and feel comfortable because we were around Penn State staff. We were engrossed in a theater class with a Professor from the IBERO college that we took classes at, which was an amazing hands-on experience like none of the classes I have taken in the US.

"We were engrossed in a theater class with a Professor from the IBERO college that we took classes at, which was an amazing hands-on experience like none of the classes I have taken in the US."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

In the future, I would love to work with the Spanish language in correlation with young children. Whether that be by teaching Spanish or simply working with students that speak Spanish, this is something that I would love to do. During this abroad experience, we took a trip to an indigenous school where the students taught us about their projects and how they learn. This made me want to be immersed in their culture even more and emphasized my desire to work with Spanish-speaking children in the future.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Through the College of Liberal Arts I was able to gain a lot of guidance and funding for my trip. I remember one of the Professors coming into my Spanish class early on to introduce the study abroad experience to us, and ever since then I was hooked on applying to this one specifically. The College of Liberal Arts hosts a lot of informational meetings about different study abroad experiences, which was really helpful.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Kyle Daugherty

Pennsylvania Railroaders Memorial Museum
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Kyle Daugherty

Liberal Arts Major: History
Hometown: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

As an intern at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, I was tasked with several responsibilities. I gave museum tours, cataloged artifacts, and researched many facets of railroading history.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship had profound academic effects on me personally. I was able to grow my social skills, network with several professional historians, and gain a deeper understanding of railroading history.

"I was able to grow my social skills, network with several professional historians, and gain a deeper understanding of railroading history."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has opened my horizons to many career opportunities in research, public history, and historical preservation.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal arts was very helpful in my internship process. The Liberal Arts Staff were able to connect me with this internship opportunity, as well as guiding me throughout the internship academically.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Kacey Lo

Novartis
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Kacey Lo

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Minor: Statistics
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Are you a Chapel Executive Intern: Yes
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I interned at Novartis in their Managed Markets Finance division. I was assigned to the Medicaid team, in which I worked to set up government contracts and conduct financial analyses of those contracts. Each day, I learned something new, and specific projects I worked on include generics competitor benchmarking and forecasting profitability of different Medicaid bid decisions.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship impacted me in many ways academically and professionally. At the start, I learned high-level concepts in healthcare and finance, but by the end, I was able to combine skills to solve real problems and communicate those solutions effectively. Furthermore, I was able to delve deeper into healthcare and more fully appreciate the complexities of how a drug gets to the consumer. As Novartis is a very large company, I also took advantage of learning from others outside of Medicaid: finance-wise, from product strategy to treasury, and product-wise, from hematology to oncology.

"My future plans are to pursue life sciences or healthcare economic consulting after college and to broadly think about solutions to more effectively make healthcare more accessible as a whole."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Especially after this internship, I have solidified an interest in healthcare, especially on the affordable access side. My future plans are to pursue life sciences or healthcare economic consulting after college and to broadly think about solutions to more effectively make healthcare more accessible as a whole.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The Chapel Executive Scholarship directly supported my internship experience. It helped fund my professional development, while helping cover transportation and housing costs. It made a huge difference and allowed me to focus on learning and working this summer.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Ryan Setzenfand

Pennsylvania House Democratic Appropriations Committee
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Ryan Setzenfand

Liberal Arts Major: Political Science
Other Major: Accounting
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I worked with Chairman Matthew Bradford’s Democratic Appropriations Committee developing analysis, materials, and data visualizations on the record $45+ billion state budget and other bills. I wrote 4 original bills on education, insurance, the Auditor General’s subpoena authority & health care oversight, and public assistance and 3 amendments on agriculture. I presented my public assistance bill in the Majority Caucus Room of the House of Representatives and am now coordinating introduction of my legislation by Representatives. I met with Governor Wolf, Speaker Cutler, Senator Argall, Auditor General DeFoor and Deputy Auditor Generals, and interviewed Representatives Freeman, Quinn, Zabel, and DelRosso.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience provided the real-world basis for classroom concepts, along with the ability to see how theory does (and does not) line up with practice. Now returning to the classroom, I have such a unique perspective having been in "the room where it happened" and seen "how the sausage gets made" to contribute to discussions, ask questions with my experience in mind, and support the overall learning environment.

"This experience provided the real-world basis for classroom concepts, along with the ability to see how theory does (and does not) line up with practice."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I’ve long been interested in government and public service, but was unsure where I could fit it best with my unique background and if I would enjoy it as much as I hoped. The experience showed me first-hand the positive impact I could have on people through public policy and how public service is a rewarding viable career option.  This in-person experience allowed me to build the supportive professional network empowering me to pursue my ideal career using both of my academic disciplines and service at its heart. 

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts offered the critical funding support I needed in order to afford and be able to pursue this once in a lifetime opportunity. My classes provided the basic foundational context for me to be able to support my team, ask thought provoking questions, and understand the role that individuals, coalitions, and the institution play in the process of shaping public policy. While practice certainly varies from the textbooks, thereby making the Fellowship all the more incredible of a learning experience, the College of Liberal Arts and my political science professors prepared me well for success.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program in conjunction with Schreyer offered a breeding ground for broad based intellectual curiosity that would serve me well in my Fellowship. Learning for the sake of learning, building a more global and diverse perspective, and being an ethical leader with civic engagement top of mind were critical pieces that made me a far more effective public servant as I crafted policy, developed analysis, and thought critically in an open-ended environment.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Kylie Cabot

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
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Kylie Cabot

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I had a great internship experience at the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. I was assigned to the Pre-Trials and Diversion Unit but often found myself learning from all of the Assistant District Attorneys as well as the District Attorney, Kevin Steele. Within my unit, I was given tasks, such as collaborating with the ARD office, listening and documenting prison calls, attending court with the Assistant District Attorneys I was assigned to and communicated with victims and Troopers within the county. Outside of my unit, I had the opportunity to visit the Montgomery County Youth Center and the evidence room, participate in a police ride along with the Upper Merion Police Department, attend various Lunch and Learns, and sit in on Pre-Trial conferences.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Throughout my academic experience at Penn State, I have taken a variety of courses pertaining to the Criminology field. However, having the opportunity to use what I have learned in the classroom and apply it to a real world experience is extremely rewarding. Throughout this semester, I have found many to ways apply my internship experience to my classes and share the knowledge that I gained with my fellow classmates.

"I shadowed all of the district attorneys at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office on a day to day basis and was inspired by their hard work and passion for their career."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I chose to peruse a Criminology degree at Penn State because I had aspirations to go to law school. Throughout my internship, I made many connections with my fellow interns and allowed myself to learn about their experiences in law school and why they ultimately made the decision to go to law school. I also shadowed all of the district attorneys at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office on a day to day basis and was inspired by their hard work and passion for their career. This experience solidified my decision to attend law school, which will have a great impact on my career goals.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts had a major impact on my successful internship experience. Through the enrichment funding provided to me, the extremely helpful faculty within the College of the Liberal Arts, and the lessons I have learned from each of my classes that I have taken thus far, I was able to excel as an intern for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Shannon Darcy

IES Paris Summer Internship
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Shannon Darcy

Liberal Arts Major: French and Francophone Studies
Other Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

In Paris, I took two courses (a seminar and a French course), and had a full-time internship. It was a really rewarding experience to meet co-workers from another country and continue to stay in touch with them after my study abroad ended. 

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience definitely improved my language skills as well as general communication skills in a work environment. I learned how to work for a corporate company in a different country and how communication and business is conducted on a daily basis.

"I learned how to work for a corporate company in a different country and how communication and business is conducted on a daily basis."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This study abroad has impacted my future career goals in the aspect of applying for careers and graduate programs when I graduate this spring 2023. During all of my interviews or any questions about past experience, I try to circle back to how my internship in Paris makes me an amazing candidate.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I received enrichment funding from the College of Liberal Arts for my tuition, which helped me and my family financially prepare for my study abroad. Dr. McCoy in the French Department also helped a ton, through emails and office hours, and I would not have been where I am now without her!

For more information on internships and study abroad experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Giselle Concepcion

League of Women Voters Pennsylvania
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Giselle Concepcion

Liberal Arts Major: Political Science
Minors: Women's Studies, Civic and Community Engagement
Hometown: Rutherford, New Jersey
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Throughout the summer, I served as a Membership and Equity Fellow for the League of Women Voters Pennsylvania. I focused on building a pilot program for Universities in South East PA to offer voter registration and educational resources. I also edited the Equity page resources and built the Equity Initiative of the League; this initiative provides DEI resources and implementation information to local leagues to better equip them to advocate for underrepresented communities. Finally, I served on the by-laws committee, which helped me to expand my knowledge of the operational side of non-profits.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has improved my writing, research, and communication skills. During my experience, I wrote many guides that local leagues would widely utilize. I also did enormous amounts of research into existing college civic action plans and DEI Policies. These experiences have made me a better and more consistent writer and communicator, serving me during my intensive writing courses as a political science major.

"Having experience with voting work and a national advocacy organization during the summer after my first year signals my tenacity and work ethic to future employers or admissions committees."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

As a Political Science major, I am currently exploring many career options, including law school, graduate school, government, and non-profit work. This experience has given me insight into the world of government, politics, and non-profit work. Learning skills that can be transferable to all fields in this fellowship has been highly beneficial to my future career goal. In addition to this, having experience with voting work and a national advocacy organization during the summer after my first year signals my tenacity and work ethic to future employers or admissions committees.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts allowed me to take on this opportunity as it was unpaid. The enrichment funding I received from the college allowed me to pick this educational experience over working a job for an hourly wage.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Madison Campsey

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Dutch Criminal and Social Justice
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Madison Campsey

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology
Minor: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Claysville, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Academically, my study abroad experience revolved around a diverse selection of topics and experiences that are deemed criminal and/or deviant either by American or Dutch standards. While exploring such topics daily, I was exposed to the Dutch legal and justice systems' approaches to dealing with such processes and, consequently, I was able to compare my own knowledge about the American systems and how we might have a differing approach. Socially, my study abroad experience allowed me to meet a wonderful group of students, both from Penn State and not, as well as instructors and others whom I may never have met if not for leaving the United States.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience truly allowed me to leave a space of what I thought I had known in the realm of criminology and form a completely different understanding of the study. I now have a broader set of experiences from which I can compare new information and derive different opinions from. Since my study abroad experience, how I view topics and experiences that are deviant has altered and I now make an effort to understand the "why" behind such happenings and for what reasons it may be deviant, criminal, or even not criminal. It has become clear to me that this experience has allowed my ability to learn to evolve and to not be fearful of challenging what I may have already known.

"I now have a broader set of experiences from which I can compare new information and derive different opinions from."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have been interested in pursuing a career in law and this experience has only deepened my interest in doing so. As I had stated previously, I found it so interesting to see what is considered deviant and not and how this factored into the legal system. Knowing that the legal system evolves, I want to be able to see these changes in how society views what is deviant and if the law will reflect public views. I think being exposed to this will allow me to understand society on a deeper level, which is something that has always intrigued me.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts helped me succeed in this experience through providing access to enrichment funds. These funds helped me cover the cost of airline flights, which are very expensive at the moment.

For more information on study abroad experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Sylvia Klimachefsky

Out of the Cold
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Sylvia Klimachefsky

Liberal Arts Majors: Criminology, Psychology
Hometown: Edison, New Jersey
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer I was an intern for the non-profit organization Out of The Cold, which is a low-barrier Homeless Shelter located in downtown State College. I assisted with the intake of guests, shadowed case managers, organized an initiative for better health and nutrition, planned events, aided with chores and upkeep of the shelter, as well as compiled community resources. My day-to-day experience was never the same as I learned to manage different needs, priorities, and occasionally conflicts. I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who shared their adversities, wishes, and stories with me.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to have hands-on experience with people who have been formerly incarcerated, as many guests served sentences at the local jails within State College and had no place to return to after their release. Through this internship, I personally learned about the long lasting consequences and hardship of having a criminal record, such as barriers to getting a job, prevalence of untreated mental illness, and oftentimes being in active addiction. This experience opened my eyes to the need for more transitional support programs for people that are coming out of prison.

"I am determined to spread awareness of this issue and find the means to create a smoother transition back into society as well as reduce recidivism through providing adequate healthcare, housing, and access to support services."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience solidified my future interests in criminal justice with a specialization in community outreach, reintegration, and prison reform. It also deepened my understanding of the prison-to-homelessness pipeline that affects so many people within our local communities, and the lack of resources available for those who struggle in reentering society. I am determined to spread awareness of this issue and find the means to create a smoother transition back into society as well as reduce recidivism through providing adequate healthcare, housing, and access to support services.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts aided my experience by providing enrichment funding that would help pay for my basic expenses throughout my internship this summer, as my position was unpaid. This greatly alleviated financial stress and allowed me to pursue an opportunity that I was interested in.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

Through the Paterno Fellows Program and the Schreyer Honors College I had guidance from my Honors Career Advisor who helped me find this opportunity, and connected me with people who shared my career interests and passions. I am very grateful for my experience and for everything that I have learned through this opportunity.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Sneha Prem Chandran

Fidelity Investments
Up one level
Sneha Prem Chandran

Liberal Arts Majors: Economics
Other Major: Data Science
Hometown: Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Are you a Chapel Executive Intern: Yes
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I interned at Fidelity Investments in Boston, MA as an investment intern in the Asset Management division. I was able to rotate between many different asset classes including equities, fixed income, high income & alternatives, quantitative data, and strategic advisors where I completed research reports, presentations, investment strategies, and financial models. I was able to present my ideas to senior members in the firm including managing directors, portfolio managers, and senior analysts. Moreover, I received intensive training in various finance topics including accounting, valuation, excel, and global asset allocation, and had the chance to network and meet employees in almost every division!

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship has greatly impacted me academically by providing me a vast amount of feedback. After every project and case study, we were given amazing detailed feedback which was monumental in realizing where I needed to improve. All of our presentations had over 50 people watching that were genuinely interested in the work that we did and were eager to provide me with tips and advice for how to improve going forward. Moreover, this internship gave me a huge network that I can always reach out to with anything. Although I am not studying finance at Penn State, this experience has allowed me to broaden my skill set and learn about areas of finance that I would have never been exposed to otherwise.

"I received a return offer for my junior year with Fidelity Investments and hope I can continue to shape my niche skill set and capabilities through continued learning at Penn State and outside of the university."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship greatly impacted my career goals as I have established my future career plans and realized that I want to do work in the credit and distressed debt industry. My rotation with the high yield and alternatives team was the most impactful and I was able to narrow down my broad interest in investing. I received a return offer for my junior year with Fidelity Investments and hope I can continue to shape my niche skill set and capabilities through continued learning at Penn State and outside of the university.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The college helped me by providing me enrichment funds that I made use of during the summer! I was able to put all my focus into my own personal and professional development without worrying about housing and transportation.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Lorin Harris

Alternative Community Resource Program, Inc.
Up one level
Lorin Harris

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Sociology, Health Policy Administration
Hometown: Somerset, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

My internship experience at ACRP was an amazing hands-on opportunity to learn more about the field of mental health and psychological counseling care. I was able to shadow a variety of professionals, such as BCM/CMs, therapists, psych nurses, psychiatrists, and BHTs. I was even able to earn my certificate to be a BHT-ABA after 40 hours of training. This internship allowed me to work with ASD children and families and obtain an entire new perspective on the importance of social and mental health and the ways in which we can be advocates for clients who seek help.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience was like the missing piece to my education. Everything that I learned in my classes here at Penn State came to life when put in the field--I was able to understand and explore concepts that had been merely theories and case studies in a textbook before this summer. I feel as though my internship has given me a more well-rounded understanding of my field in the real world, and will therefore give me an advantage in my academics because it is more tangible now.

"Everything that I learned in my classes here at Penn State came to life when put in the field--I was able to understand and explore concepts that had been merely theories and case studies in a textbook before this summer."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience genuinely laid the groundwork for the rest of my career. It gave me the confidence and assurance that I needed that my desired career, being a therapist/counselor, is my calling. By being so young and already having the opportunity to work directly with my community, it gave me all the more passion and determination to further my education and work to be alongside the professionals of mental health someday.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts, specifically my professors, advisers, and the enrichment fund I was awarded, have been my biggest supports here at Penn State so far. Without the interesting and engaging classes I've been able to take with wonderful professors, I might not even have a passion for psychology at all. My adviser has also helped me succeed with always answering questions and getting me on the right track to have fruitful semesters. And of course, the enrichment fund I was awarded helped aid me through costs of travel, food, and materials all summer during my internship. "It takes a village," and the people of Penn State have been nothing short of that for me.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Reghan Leiberman

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Up one level
Reghan Leiberman

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Child Maltreatment & Advocacy Studies
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I stayed in State College this past summer to begin work on my senior thesis, while also submitting my first poster abstract to the Society for Research in Child Development conference. Additionally, I continued work in the Parent-Child Dynamics lab as an undergraduate research assistant. I assisted with running in-person research visits with families. My main role was to lead executive functioning and cognitive tasks with the child of each family. The children were ages 2.5 to 3.25 years old.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to get a head start on my thesis to ensure the topic I chose was the correct fit for me. I also got experience writing my first abstract for a research conference. Lastly, I gained additional knowledge about running research sessions and having to adapt to each family to ensure it all runs smoothly.

"I plan to apply to developmental PhD programs in the next few months and my dream is to work for intervention programs or the FBI."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience solidified the fact that I do want to work with children who are at-risk for abuse or have experienced abuse or harmful parenting. It also gave me the opportunity to figure out my post-undergraduate goals. I plan to apply to developmental PhD programs in the next few months and my dream is to work for intervention programs or the FBI.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts made it possible for me to stay in State College over the summer. I had to sublet an apartment and also purchase a parking pass. The enrichment funds ensured that I did not have to worry financially, while being able to fully focus on the research experience.

For more information on research for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Arushi Grover

Editorial Assistant
Up one level
Arushi Grover

Liberal Arts Majors: Comparative Literature, English
Other Major: Theatre Studies
Hometown: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

In this experience, I was the editorial assistant for Dr. Jeanmarie Higgins, who is one of the co-editors of "Prompt: A Journal of Theatre Theory, Practice, and Teaching". I worked with her to put together the upcoming issue, Volume II, Issue 4, on "domestic space", in which we pair photos of discarded scenic models with playwrights who write new 1–2 minute plays inspired by their "prompt", the scenic model. I used email correspondence to reach out to our playwrights, people who are professional playwrights and even students here at Penn State, and I organized our Google Drive to allow for it to be inputted into the issue's website easily. I also interned with Dr. Higgins as part of the "International Journal of Education & the Arts", learning about the peer-review and editing process in academic publishing.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience asked me to become acquainted with the system that is used to create new knowledge: peer-review. I was able to better my ability to read theatre criticism, by reading about educators' ways of teaching drama. This also furthered my understanding of what knowledge can look like, by seeing artistic creations used as products of knowledge.

"I want to pursue research related to theatre and literature in my future, so this experience allowed me to have my first brush with academic publishing."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I want to pursue research related to theatre and literature in my future, so this experience allowed me to have my first brush with academic publishing. The journal, "International Journal for Education & the Arts", also specifically focuses on education from educators' perspective, which allowed me to consider the possibility of going into teaching. I am now considering pursuing further education and career opportunities which allow me to teach, starting with learning how to teach others in my student organization commitments during undergrad.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Enrichment funds have allowed me the opportunity to pursue this internship over the summer in place of a paid-internship. The education I have received in my ENGL and CMLIT classes have given me the skills to be able to read current scholarship, allowing me to succeed in this internship.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program trained me in the ability to read, write, and communicate professionally and academically through the one-year course in "Rhetoric and Civic Life". In being trained in an education of leadership, I was able to use the skills of management and communication during my internship.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Maddie Lapetina

U.S. Department of Transportation
Up one level
Maddie Lapetina

Liberal Arts Major: Political Science
Minor: French, Business with the Liberal Arts
Hometown: Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This past summer, I interned with the office of Public Affairs in the Office of the Secretary for the Department of Transportation. I was placed in this position through the Future Leaders in Public Service program. I worked closely with the digital manager to create and post content on the Department and Secretary Buttigieg's social media accounts. I developed campaigns and analyzed platform analytics, presenting them to the entire Public Affairs team. I also got to write a press release on the anniversary of the ADA, do research for the Secretary's speech writers, and lead a cohort of interns through a special project. During my time there, I also got to tour an air traffic control tower and attend events featuring USDOT leadership.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically because it gave me the opportunity to apply what I've learned from my classes and apply them in a new way. I have experience working in digital media from prior internships and on-campus leadership, but this experience allowed me to apply it to the federal government. Using my knowledge from classes and combining it with prior experience really set me up for success in this position.

"I got to meet and network with a ton of public servants with the most fascinating career journeys, and the connections I made will really benefit me in my future career!"

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have always been interested in working in the federal government, but have spent most of my undergraduate education exploring what aspect of the federal government I want to work in after graduation. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed working in public affairs and how much policy was involved in it in addition to communication and media. Living in DC was also a great experience, and I'm definitely interested in moving there after I graduate in the spring. I also got to meet and network with a ton of public servants with the most fascinating career journeys, and the connections I made will really benefit me in my future career! Because of this experience and past experiences, I am excited to begin a career in politics and strategic communication after graduation.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Working in the Career Enrichment Network as a network assistant has exposed me to many opportunities and resources available for liberal arts students. I am grateful for the support from the career coaches as I navigated the application process. I also received enrichment funding from the College and from the Political Science department, which was extremely helpful in my temporary move to DC.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

Paterno Fellows is always encouraging us to go the extra mile, which really pushed me to make the most of this rewarding experience. I truly reaped all of the benefits of my time at USDOT, gaining skills and products to add to my portfolio for future employers.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Lily Pershica

Contemporary Colombia
Up one level
Lily Pershica

Liberal Arts Majors: Global and International Studies, Spanish
Minor: Business in the Liberal Arts
Hometown: Apple Valley, Minnesota
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This experience will definitely stick with me forever. We went to three different cities: Ibagué, Bogotá, and Cartagena. I had a blast getting to know more students at Penn State as well as students at the University of Ibagué. We got to meet so many cool people and learn about the different cultures. The whole trip was so memorable but the moment that stuck out to me the most was hiking through the rainforest with students from Ibagué.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This trip definitely challenged my Spanish abilities and I feel like I came back with improved skills. I also feel like I have a better understanding on the culture and history of Colombia which has already helped me in class discussions this semester.

"The whole trip was so memorable but the moment that stuck out to me the most was hiking through the rainforest with students from [The University of] Ibagué."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I came out of this experience with lots of new contacts with students from the university of Ibagué, contacts I can utilize in my future global career. It also gave me more intercultural communication skills which is necessary in any current day job.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The enrichment funds I received from the college helped me tremendously as I was able to indulge in more experiences and opportunities without the financial worry. One of my professors, Lauren Halberstadt, also helped me prepare for this trip and encourage me to study abroad. Without her help and her stories from her experiences in Colombia, I probably would have never thought to go to this amazing place.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

As this was a trip through Schreyer Honors College, I was able to connect with honors staff and students while gaining honors credits. Without my involvement in the Paterno Fellows Program, I probably would have not been able to go on this trip nor be able to create the connections I did.

For more information on study abroad experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Jordan Yerger

Ronda: Spanish Culture and Language
Up one level
Jordan Yerger

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Other Major: Biobehavioral Health
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Douglassville, Pennsylvania 
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I traveled abroad to the small, welcoming town of Ronda, Spain for 6 weeks. My education abroad experience involved living with a host family, taking 3 courses on Spanish history, culture, and conversation, and practicing my Spanish speaking skills as much as possible.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience greatly helped improve not only my Spanish, but also my confidence in practicing it with others. I also had the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Spain, along with witnessing and experiencing some of the topics of our classes in real life.

"The ability to communicate in another language broadens the amount of people with whom I can interact in whichever profession I choose."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

The ability to communicate in another language broadens the amount of people with whom I can interact in whichever profession I choose. Studying abroad has also increased my cultural awareness, which helped to expand my perspectives and prepares me to make more informed decisions and educate myself on global issues.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The enrichment funds provided by the College of Liberal Arts helped in making my experience financially possible. I am very grateful for the generosity of the benefactors and for receiving these funds.

For more information on study abroad experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Dylan Hackett

McCain Institute for International Leadership
Up one level
Dylan Hackett

Liberal Arts Major: International Politics
Minor: Global Security
Hometown: Yarmouth, Massachusetts
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I worked with the Preventing Targeted Violence (PTV) team at the Institute, a subdivision focused on solutions to preventing Domestic Violent Extremism (DVE), radicalization, and hate-based violence. Over the summer, I completed research, did administrative work, and attended events to support team objectives. I contributed the most work to building the database of the Prevention Practitioners Network, the interdisciplinary network of professionals united to end hate-based violence. I was fortunate enough to attend events on international actors in the Ukraine crisis on Capitol Hill, the Invent2Prevent competition final presentations at the Department of Homeland Security, and the PTV team’s Summer Symposium at CFR.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically by challenging my abilities in a real-world environment. Despite having practiced writing many papers and presentations, managing this academic task with evolving situations, hard deadlines, and coordination with senior coworkers was challenging. This experience certainly helped to strengthen my time management skills, as well as my ability to take initiative on a project. My public speaking skills also improved, as I spoke with many leaders at the Institute, and briefed my team on issues with fellow interns weekly.

"Despite having practiced writing many papers and presentations, managing this academic task with evolving situations, hard deadlines, and coordination with senior coworkers was challenging."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience was incredibly beneficial to my career goals. I was able to practice networking with professionals in my areas of interest and begin to build out my own network in Washington, DC. I was also able to see different career paths that my team members and leaders at the Institute had taken, and they shared valuable information on their own stories to help me better refine my goals. Exposure to different career paths within my interest area and to DC culture will most likely prove most useful as I begin my professional career.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts graciously awarded me enrichment funds for this unpaid internship experience in Washington, DC. I could not have taken this opportunity without the help of the College, as even additionally working part-time would not have been enough to pay for the experience. I cannot express enough thanks to the College for helping me afford this academic and professional development experience.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

Kate Howarth

Singapore: National University of Singapore
Up one level
Kate Howarth

Liberal Arts Major: International Politics
Other Major: Master's in International Affairs; Security and Risk Analysis
Minor: Chinese Language
Hometown: Yardley, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

During the Fall 2022, I completed an exchange program with the National University of Singapore. This experience abroad was only my third time leaving the United States, and it not only confirmed my love of travel, but introduced me to new cultures, friends, and experiences that I will never forget.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience challenged me to adapt to a new culture, learning environment, and teaching style while keeping up with and maintaining rigorous coursework with high standards. Facing these new obstacles during my fifth year allowed me to rediscover my passion for my studies and find new ways to teach myself concepts and succeed in the classroom.

"Facing these new obstacles during my fifth year at Penn State allowed me to rediscover my passion for my studies and find new ways to teach myself concepts and succeed in the classroom."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My time in Singapore was eye-opening regarding my studies in International Affairs and International Politics. The Republic of Singapore is 57 years old, much younger than the United States, and many countries in the Southeast Asian region have similar histories. I was able to adapt my studies to a global perspective while gaining a better understanding of the impact of the United States across Southeast Asia.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I was lucky to be awarded enrichment funding from the College of the Liberal Arts for this experience. This funding helped to enable me to financially afford my study abroad, and I am deeply grateful for it.

For more information on study abroad for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Luisina Kemanian Leites

IES: Politics, Social Justice & Language
Up one level
Luisina Kemanian Leites

Liberal Arts Majors: International Politics, Latin American Studies
Minor: Spanish, Arabic, Middle East Studies
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

In the Fall 2022 semester I participated in a study abroad in Santiago de Chile, focused on politics and social justice. My studies included human rights in Latin America, native cultures and indigenous rights, economic development in Chile, and an internship. I also witnessed first-hand the unique Chilean constitutional referendum and the ensuing protests that broke out.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This study abroad was an enriching academic experience. My coursework was conducted entirely in Spanish, which as a native Spanish-speaker improved my professional Spanish skills. Additionally, it was enlightening to learn about Latin American politics and history from Latin American professors, who provided a different viewpoint than what is taught in the US. These experiences highlighted the differences in a country that is transitioning and strengthening its democratic institutions (Chile), with a country that is a constitutional monarchy (Jordan where I studied abroad last semester), and the US, which is currently experiencing democratic backsliding.

"It was enlightening to learn about Latin American politics and history from Latin American professors, who provided a different viewpoint than what is taught in the US."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

In addition to my coursework, I completed an internship with Escuela Amor de Dios, a primary school in a Santiago where students were primarily immigrants from around Latin America. Working there was valuable since I would like to work as an immigration lawyer in the future, and it provided a whole new outlook on the experiences of immigrants around the world. Chile is a special case as it only recently has seen an influx in immigrants, so the government is actively working to build out infrastructure.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts graciously made this opportunity possible for me through providing enrichment funds. My professors in the College also motivated me to seek experiences like this and prepared me to take full advantage of my time in Chile.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program actively encourages students to pursue experiences like study abroad that push students out of their comfort zones and helps them grow as academics and professionals.

For more information on study abroad for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Casey Sennett

CRIM 451: Race, Crime, and Justice
Up one level
Casey Sennett

Liberal Arts Majors: Anthropology, History, Jewish Studies
Other Major: Middle East Studies
Minor: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Global and International Studies
Hometown: Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I participated in an embedded trip to Curacao during fall break for CRIM 451: Race, Crime, and Justice. During the trip, we visited the University of Curacao, Human Rights Defense Curacao, the U.S. Consulate, and other advocacy organizations to learn about race and the criminal justice system in Curacao.

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a student outside of the Criminology department, the experience exposed me to an unfamiliar discipline. The experience pushed me to think critically and consider how I can incorporate what I learned on the trip in my own research and fields of study.

"The experience pushed me to think critically and consider how I can incorporate what I learned on the trip in my own research and fields of study."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

After I graduate, I intend to work in education or public programming at a Jewish history or Holocaust Museum. The ability to tour different museums in Curacao gave me a more expansive knowledge of international museum practices and heritage management.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Through the Career Enrichment Network in the College of the Liberal Arts, I learned about the program and received funds to support the experience. Without the scholarships I received from the College of the Liberal Arts, I would not have been able to participate in the experience, which enhanced both my academic and personal growth.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program encourages students to take advantage of as many professional and academic opportunities as possible while at Penn State. No matter what opportunity I decide to participate in, I feel supported by the program and strive to fulfill the program’s mission.

For more information on study abroad for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Xinbing Zhang

Research Assistant
Up one level
Xinbing Zhang

Liberal Arts Majors: Psychology, Computer Science
Hometown: Xingtai, China
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I worked with the principal investigator and a PhD student to setup a research project which is planning to launch in Fall 2023.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I learned a lot about research through this experience. Including research design, data collection and processing. It helps me on my application to PhD programs.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I'm more certain about my passion in neuroscience and want to pursue a Ph.D. degree in this field.

"The enrichment funding helps me with day-to-day living expenses, which allows me to focus on my research and academics."

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The enrichment funding helps me with day-to-day living expenses, which allows me to focus on my research and academics.

For more information on research opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Umu Diallo

IES, Law and Criminology
Up one level
Umu Diallo

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I loved everything about my study abroad experience. Although the classes were somewhat different from the ones we take in America, I still had a good experience. I went to the Vrije Universiteit (VU) and a typical class week would include having class once or twice a week, and on the days we don't have a class we would study at home. The VU separates into blocks and the fall consists of two blocks. A block is typically 6-7 weeks in which on the final week we have exams, written or multiple choice that is a summary of everything we have learned. There is no homework except for readings and some classes require a paper or project instead of an exam. Class weeks are very short thus, I was usually experiencing Amsterdam by going to restaurants or eating out with friends. Sometime we even traveled to other areas in Europe.

"I loved everything about my study abroad experience."

How did this experience impact you academically?

My experience made me realize that I would not mind going to law school especially since I loved my law class. I realized I was more stressed out school-wise in Amsterdam than I was in America. Although there was no homework just readings, I felt as though I needed to study all day long in order to pass the final exam. My experience made me realize that I actually appreciate the homework that the U.S. schools give us! Most of the students in the program loved that we had no homework because it was peaceful and they were not stressed. Everyone's experience is different so don't worry too much when deciding to study abroad.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Before studying abroad I did not know if I wanted to go to law school, but after taking a certain law class (Comparative law) with IES, I realized that law school would not be bad. I plan on taking a gap year while working before I go to law school.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The Liberal Arts faculty was very helpful. Sometimes, I had no way of paying for tuition, so I found myself calling and asking for help. The faculty helped me with the enrichment fund and helped me with some other funds to help me while I was in Amsterdam. I am very grateful for that.

For more information on global opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 

Lauren Cleaver

Thesis Research
Up one level
Lauren Cleaver

Liberal Arts Majors: Criminology, Labor and Employment Relations/Labor and Human Resources
Hometown: Honey Brook, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I am using the funding to participate in research in the field of Labor and Human Resources. The research is part of my undergraduate thesis. The working title of my thesis is " Unmet Diversity and Inclusion Expectations in the Workplace". More specifically, I am assessing whether or not employees' needs have been met or unmet in regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within their organization.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This research experience is allowing me to dive deeply into a very relevant topic in my field. It is also contributing to my undergraduate thesis requirements.

"This research experience is allowing me to dive deeply into a very relevant topic in my field."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I will take the conclusions I gather from my research/completing my thesis and apply them to my HR role daily, as diversity, equity, and inclusion is crucial to impactful Human Resources.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts has helped me succeed in this experience as they have equipped me with the necessary tools to approach and conduct research.

For more information on research opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Brennah McKinsey

CRIM 451: Race, Crime, and Justice
Up one level
Brennah McKinsey

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology
Hometown: Nampa, Idaho
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

While abroad in Curaçao I got to meet with the U.S. Consulate, spend time at a women's shelter, contribute to at a local community center, and explore the island.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience allowed for me to learn more about laws and policies that exist outside of the U.S. I was able to get hands on experience with the functions of law and society on the island.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has impacted my career goals by giving me the opportunity to broaden my networking skills. Furthermore, my experience and newfound knowledge will guide me through supporting others and their culture in the workplace and in life.

"My experience and newfound knowledge will guide me through supporting others and their culture in the workplace and in life."

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts has been kind enough to help me embark on this trip by providing me with enrichment funds. This funding made the program more affordable and accessible to me.

For more information on global opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 

Haven Harrington

IES Direct Enrollment - St. Catherine's College, Oxford
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Haven Harrington

Liberal Arts Majors: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Minor: German
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

During this program, I spent one month in England studying at the IES Centre to get acclimated to the British tutorial system. In London, I was able to do a lot of exploring across the city and I was also in London at the time of the late Queen's passing. Then in October, I moved into Oxford to start the Michaelmas term as a Visiting Student at St. Catherine's College. In Oxford, I studied the Ancient Near East and Roman Statuary for 8 weeks.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience really challenged my academic capabilities as the tutorial system is entirely different from the educational system in the United States. Each week, I had to write 1-2 essays and read more books for research than I have in my entire academic career. The tutorial system was beneficial as every week I would have a 1 on 1 session with a tutor to discuss my research and learn more about the assigned topic for that week. Also, the lectures are about 1 to 2 hours long, and most of the time you can choose which lecture you'd like to attend. This experience pushed me to improve my research and academic writing skills.

"This experience pushed me to improve my research and academic writing skills."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience makes my career goals seem less of a reach, and it has sparked an intense interest for me to pursue a career in academia. I was able to network with professors and graduate students who are really passionate about their field, and they are highly encouraging of newcomers. Studying in Oxford exposed me to some of the best academics in my field of study, and it has encouraged me to continue my academic career beyond Penn State.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts was critical in allowing me this opportunity to study at the University of Oxford. The application materials for this experience were recommendation letters, a personal statement, and a writing sample, and it was the College of the Liberal Arts that exposed me to such supportive professors to help me in this process. (My writing sample was a writing exam from one of my CAMS courses!) The scholarship funding of the College of the Liberal Arts was also extremely helpful, as the funds allowed me to participate in such a prestigious program without worry of adding to my student debt.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program pushes each fellow to push the boundaries of their academic capabilities, which encouraged me to apply to this program. The experience I had as a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar taking honors courses, helped me succeed academically in Oxford. Also, the Paterno Fellows Program supplied scholarship funding which helped me be able to attend this program and stress less about the cost of attending such a prestigious college as a visiting student.

For more information on global opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 

Lillian Aronson

CIEE Middle East Studies
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Lillian Aronson

Liberal Arts Majors: International Politics, School of International Affairs MIA
Minor: Arabic
Hometown: Millville, Pennsylvania 
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I spent almost 4 months living with a host family in Amman, Jordan while taking classes at the CIEE center and completing an internship with a local think tank.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I gained a new perspective on a lot of important topics related to my primary interest, international politics in the Middle East. It was great to have professors from throughout the region in my courses, and my internship allowed me to connect with a lot of well-known and up-and-coming scholars in the field.

"I gained a new perspective on a lot of important topics related to my primary interest, international politics in the Middle East."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I was able to experience what it's like to work at a politics-related think tank abroad and in the field of international development. I'm interested in continuing to work in these areas in the future.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The Liberal Arts enrichment funds helped make this experience possible for me.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program pushed me to set ambitious academic goals for myself and pursue a study abroad program to deepen my understanding of dynamics in the Middle East.

For more information on global opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.  

Chloe Bevilacqua

Research: A Meta Analysis on the Overlap of Borderline Personality Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Chloe Bevilacqua

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I am conducting research on the potential overlap between borderline personality disorder (a condition defined by a pattern of unstable relationships, emotions, and self-image) and autism spectrum disorder (a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social interaction impairments and abnormal/repetitive interests). There are multiple papers on this overlap, all with differing conclusions. I am performing a meta-analysis to synthesize the results and better understand how the conditions relate.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Throughout my college career, I have read research studies and participated in the collection of data. However, the process of doing my own independent research has taught me how to come up with a question and systematically investigate the topic. I've also learned how to write the results in a way that can be shared within the scientific community and beyond. These tools will be incredibly helpful in graduate school.

"I've also learned how to write the results in a way that can be shared within the scientific community and beyond."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I am planning on attending graduate school to receive a Ph.D. in either school, child clinical, or child counseling psychology. Being able to conduct independent research is a cornerstone of Ph.D. programs, and I will be expected to investigate emerging topics as both an empirical scientist and a clinician.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

My advisor, Dr. Kenneth Levy, is a member of the psychology department and has helped me tremendously both in this project and my entire undergraduate career. I've been a member of his lab since my 1st year of college, and have learned how research impacts people. The enrichment funding has also helped me, easing some of the financial burdens I've encountered throughout college.

For more information on research opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 

Jeffrey Lunger

Temple: Rome
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Jeffrey Lunger

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Minor: Mathematics, Environmental and Renewable Resource Economics
Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Studying abroad in Rome, I lived like the Romans do. I attended courses with other American students four days per week to study locally relevant topics. I adapted to Italian life, learning how to enjoy little details, slow down, and live with more passion. The program included numerous socially engaging events, building a unique culture within the student population that fostered strong bonds. The experience was the time of my life.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I strengthened my passion for art history, diving deep into local art. With an incredible collection of public art around the city, as well as magnificent museums, my art history course scheduled weekly excursions to view the art we were studying. This hands-on style extended to all my courses; Italian language improved my daily communication with locals and international trade helped me understand exchange rates of the different currency that Europe uses. The relevant, useful, and accessible material improved my learning.

"Living in Europe for almost four months has influenced my desire to return there and travel to more of the world."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Living in Europe for almost four months has influenced my desire to return there and travel to more of the world. Finding a career that includes travel or seasonal off-time now intrigues me. My priorities have shifted to target this experience-based approach that certain careers offer.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

My major advisor, as well as the Career Enrichment Network coaches, helped tremendously in finding a program that fit my academic plan and my location preferences. Enrichment funds from the college of Liberal Arts were also a key piece in making the experience happen. Since the program included additional costs like plane tickets not usually included in my college experience, the funding brought the cost back to standard semester levels. I am grateful that it was possible to utilize funding to lower these additional costs associated with living abroad.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program, in addition to the college of Liberal Arts, provided additional funding that made the study abroad experience possible.

For more information on study abroad for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

Casey Sennett

ARAB 99/499: Youth Life in Cairo
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Casey Sennett

Liberal Arts Majors: Anthropology, History, Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies
Minor: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Global and International Studies
Hometown: Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I participated in an embedded study abroad trip to Cairo, Egypt, during winter break for ARAB 99. During the trip, we visited different museums and archaeological sites related to ancient Egypt, such as the Pyramids of Giza and the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, as well as more modern historical sites, such as the Citadel of Saladin and the Muhammad Ali Mosque. We also participated in different cultural experiences, such as a cooking class and a Nubian and Sufi dance show.

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a student in the Middle East Studies and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies programs, the opportunity to interact with both the ancient and modern history of Egypt was surreal. The experience allowed me to deepen my knowledge of Egypt beyond what I previously learned in the classroom. It also pushed me to think critically about prevailing conceptions of Egypt in Western media and popular culture.

"The experience allowed me to deepen my knowledge of Egypt beyond what I previously learned in the classroom."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

After I graduate, I intend to work in education or public programming at a Jewish history or Holocaust museum. The ability to tour different museums and historical sites in Egypt expanded my knowledge of international museum practices and heritage management, which I can utilize in my professional career.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I learned about the program through the Career Enrichment Network in the College of the Liberal Arts. I also received enrichment funding from the College of the Liberal Arts. Without the funding, I would not have been able to participate in this experience, which has been my most memorable experience at Penn State.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program encourages students to take advantage of as many professional and academic opportunities as possible while at Penn State. No matter what opportunity I decide to participate in, I feel supported by the program and strive to fulfill the program’s mission.

For more information on global opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.  

Samantha Escobar

DDAR Internship
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Samantha Escobar

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, Political Science
Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Over the course of summer and fall 2022, I worked as an intern within the Development Communications Office in Penn State's Division of Development and Alumni Relations. I gained a lot of knowledge on how philanthropy affects the University and helps enable student success across all campuses. My work over the fall centered on stewardship; specifically helping to show donors why their generosity matters and how it has been impactful.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically by developing the skills I have learned in the classroom. During the internship, I went to Special Collections in the Paterno library, helping me practice archiving and records searching. As a history major, this real-world experience with the archives was extremely beneficial and quite educational.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has impacted my career goals in so many different ways. I was able to practice transferable skills that will certainly help me in the future such as time-management and problem solving and self-management. I had the freedom to structure my project any way I wanted, which was quite different from previous internships, all within an office space environment.

"I had the freedom to structure my project any way I wanted, which was quite different from previous internships, all within an office space environment."

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts has helped me tremendously in this experience through the disbursement of enrichment funds that allowed me to live in the internship location and transport myself there weekly. I am very grateful for the College's support.

For more information on global opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.  

Nicole Kruse

Working Group on Lived Religion in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
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Nicole Kruse

Liberal Arts Majors: History, Italian
Hometown: Stormville, New York
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

In this role, I worked alongside Professor Wanner with The Working Group, which is a research network of scholars, based throughout numerous countries, who engage in interdisciplinary study of the intersection of religion and public life in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. I worked to maintain the working group's website, and ensured that all events, both hybrid, remote, and in-person ran smoothly by providing technological support.

How did this experience impact you academically?

In this role I regularly looked forward to learning more about historical research, while also learning about modern research practices in this field, while broadening my own understanding of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. I obtained course credit for this experience, and broadened my understanding of history in fields I would normally not have been exposed to. I have especially appreciated hearing first hand from researchers.

"I believe this experience to be critical to my own professional development, as well as a guiding experience for the next steps in my professional journey."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

At this time, I am unsure of whether or not I will be pursuing higher academia or law school, and believe this experience to be critical to my own professional development, as well as a guiding experience for the next steps in my professional journey.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Dr. Wanner has been a great support during this role, and I enjoy working with her as a team to ensure the success of the Working Group and its researchers. The College of Liberal Arts has helped me elevate my internship experience through enrichment funding which did cover many living expenses, allowing me to pursue my internship without worrying over cost expenses since I would not receive compensation until the end of the semester.

For more information on global opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 

 

Nicholas Regos

Conservative Political Action Coalition
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Nicholas Regos

Liberal Arts Major: Political Science
Hometown: Bedford, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This past fall, I continued my internship at the Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC) that I had begun in the Summer of 2022. I worked with the communications and technology departments to execute our social media initiatives and promote conservative principles ahead of the midterm elections.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship has given me the opportunity to gain real-world experience working in politics, an opportunity that isn't available through traditional political science coursework. I was able to learn more about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into political advocacy and communications.

"This internship has given me the opportunity to gain real-world experience working in politics, an opportunity that isn't available through traditional political science coursework."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This opportunity has given me many connections to expand my network when I graduate from Penn State. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most influential conservative leaders and thinkers throughout my time working at CPAC.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Although I found this internship through my involvement with the Penn State College Republicans, the College of Liberal Arts was able to make this internship a reality through the opportunity to receive enrichment funding for my internship.

For more information on global opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 

Kylie Cabot

CRIM 451: Race, Crime, and Justice
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Kylie Cabot

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Pottstown, Pennsylvania 
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

During my experience in Curaçao, I took part in a variety of activities that furthered the knowledge that I gained from taking the CRIM 451 course. These activities immersed students in the culture while learning about how race, crime, and justice has affected the island.

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a future attorney, it is extremely important for me to understand race, crime, and justice. These topics are more complex than they seem and are crucial to the betterment of society and the legal field.

"As a future attorney, it is extremely important for me to understand race, crime, and justice."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Being able to engage with fellow students in this unique setting has allowed me to make connections. I was surrounded by people that had the same academic and professional interests as me, which will help me in my future career as an attorney.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Without the enrichment funding and resources that the College of the Liberal Arts has to offer, I would never have been able to take part in these unique experiences. I consider myself a more well-rounded and educated student because of the opportunities that I have been able to take part in.

For more information on global opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.  

Dana Wesneski

CRIM 451
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Dana Wesneski

Liberal Arts Major: Criminology
Hometown: Hanover, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

In Fall of 2022 I went on an embedded trip to Curaçao with CRIM 451. We studied the culture, history, and criminal justice system of the island. Being a Dutch Caribbean island, Curaçao has been heavily influenced by the Netherlands. Throughout our trip we got to see just how much the Netherlands impacted life on the island. It was a wonderfully educational experience.

How did this experience impact you academically?

It allowed me to experience a culture vastly different from my own. It also opened my eyes to how different the criminal justice system was to the United States system. To be able to study such a diverse and intriguing system in person was an experience I’ll never be able to replicate. I can't put into words how beneficial this program was to the course.

"It allowed me to experience a culture vastly different from my own. It also opened my eyes to how different the criminal justice system was to the United States system."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

While on the island we visited Human Rights Defense Curaçao, I had never been able to directly interact with people involved in the human rights crisis of asylum seekers. This experience was incredibly moving, it made me realize just how diverse the criminal justice system is.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Through the enrichment funds I was able to afford a plane ticket. Let’s be honest, the plane ticket was almost as much as the class fee, so without this enrichment fund I might not have been able to participate in this course.

For more information on global opportunities for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 
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