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Jaye Aster Broder

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’17 Spanish, Food Science | Associate Scientist II, Mondelez International | East Hanover, NJ
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Jaye Aster Broder

Liberal Arts Major: Spanish

Other Major: Food Science

Minor: International Studies

Hometown: Ardmore, PA

Current Location: New York, NY

What enrichment activities did you participate in as a student?

I completed a Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at Purdue University, a 6-month fall co-op at Campbell Soup Company, a summer internship at DDW "the color house," and a summer internship at Mondelez International. Throughout college I was very fortunate to have two international experiences, including a semester study abroad in Madrid, Spain where I took art and business classes, as well as an embedded course that travelled Hyderabad, India to learn more about Indian food systems. I completed an honors thesis in food science. Outside of internships, study abroad, and research, I also participated in enrichment experiences through professional organizations such as Agriculture Future of America, the Professional Manufacturing Confectioners Association, and Institute of Food Technologists.

What was your first job after graduating from Penn State?

My first job after graduating from Penn State was at Mondelez International as an Associate Scientist I where I worked on cookies research & development for North America. As an intern-conversion, I was able to build on previous knowledge gained during my prior internship.

What were your favorite classes and faculty members?

There were so many memorable classes and professors that it is difficult to choose a single class. I particularly liked SPAN253W Introduction to Hispanic Literature with Professor Blue. I came to Penn State somewhat dreading literature courses: SPAN253W changed my mind. Not only did the class build foundational reading and writing skills, but it inspired me to take additional literature courses. I also enjoyed FDSC400 Food Chemistry and FDSC514 Food Physical Chemistry with Dr. Coupland because of Dr. Coupland's engaging teaching style.

How did the Paterno Fellows Program enhance your experiences and opportunities as a student?

The Paterno Fellows Program enhanced my experiences and opportunities as a student by providing a framework for personal development that pushed me to be more intentional about my time at Penn State. The requirements to complete a second major, study abroad, coursework in ethics, and substantial leadership commitment helped me develop as a whole person. The Virginia Todd Chapel Executive Internship Award and Liberal Arts enrichment funding supported me during my co-op, study abroad, and internships. I also have fond memories of the lunch with honors speaker series where I learned a bit about topics outside my area of study and connected with other Paterno Fellows.

How did your liberal arts education and skills prepare you for life after graduation?

My liberal arts education and skills prepared for life after graduation in many ways. As a Spanish major, I developed global awareness and language skills that I continue to practice in my role as I work with manufacturing teams in Mexico. Above all, the value of the interdisciplinary nature of a liberal arts education only grows as I work with people from other backgrounds to tackle challenges in the workplace.

What networking advice would you share with current students?

Networking has certainly influenced my career decisions, progression, and perspective. It is critical for success within an industry as well as within a company. I recommend current students approach networking not as a task or tool to help themselves, but to help others. Shifting the focus from “me” to “them” will result in better conversations that can lead to more meaningful relationships. It can reduce stress that students may associate with networking.

What role have mentors played in your career progression?

Mentors have helped me identify opportunities academically and professionally. They have shared their wisdom and have provided feedback to help me progress. The greatest mentors have provided questions that make me think critically about my career.

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