Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom
Beyond the Classroom
Liberal Arts students and faculty complete archeological research.
Liberal Arts students and faculty complete archeological research.
97
%

of students who apply for enrichment funding receive it.

Take your Liberal Arts education outside the classroom

Out-of-classroom experiences—internships, education abroad, research, student organizations, and other professional development—provide you with the opportunity to use the knowledge you learn in the classroom in real-world settings. In addition to getting you career-ready—one of Dean Lang’s top priorities—these experiences allow you to step out of your comfort zones, cultivate intangible skills, and find your passions. 

In the College of the Liberal Arts, our Student Services offices don’t just help you prepare for and find out-of-classroom opportunities; we also support you every step of the way, including financially. Enrichment funding through the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network is available to fund internships, education abroad, and research. 

Meet with a career coach in the Career Enrichment Network to learn more about out-of-classroom opportunities. 

Internships

Each year, hundreds of Penn State Liberal Arts students complete internships in the private sector, government, and nonprofits. Internships allow students to gain real-world experience by applying what you’ve learned in the classroom. In recent years, our students have interned everywhere from Fortune 500 companies and the White House to local non-profits and government.  

I credit the College of the Liberal Arts for aiding me in my internship endeavors by empowering my education and bolstering professional development. The Career Enrichment Network has been especially helpful.
RachelSorensen
Rachel Sorensen
Taylor Needleman, a Criminology major who interned with the U.S. Marshals Service in the summer of 2022, stands in front of the United States Courthouse where she worked every day
Taylor Needleman, a Criminology major who interned with the U.S. Marshals Service in the summer of 2022, stands in front of the United States Courthouse where she worked every day.
NoraVanHorn3 (1)
Campus LeaderCareer Enrichment NetworkChineseGlobal and International StudiesInternshipsPaterno FellowsPhilosophySustainability

Nora Van Horn

’22
Philosophy
|
Chinese
|
Global and International Studies
Philosophy
Chinese
Global and International Studies
Nora created a lasting change for sustainability at Penn State. She helped establish the University Park Undergraduate Association’s Department of Sustainability and the University’s Environmental Sustainability Fund to support on-campus sustainability efforts.
DanRisser (1)
Chapel InternsEnrichment FundingInternshipLabor and Human ResourcesPolitical Science

Dan Risser

’23
Political Science
|
Labor and Human Resources
Political Science
Labor and Human Resources
Dan, a York, Pennsylvania native, had the opportunity to blend his two majors through a summer internship at Southwest Airlines, thanks to funding he received through the Virginia Todd Chapel Executive Internship Program in the College of the Liberal Arts.
JasmineJackson (1)
African StudiesCampus LeaderEconomicsInternships

Jasmine Jackson

’19
African Studies
|
Economics
African Studies
Economics
During her time at Penn State, Jasmine inspired activism and change around campus. Jasmine served as president of Queer and Trans People of Color in addition to interning for Penn State’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Sureaya
Chapel InternsEconomicsInternship

Sureaya Inusah

’23
Economics
|
Art History
Economics
Art History
Sureaya interned with Adobe thanks to funding she received through the Virginia Todd Chapel Executive Internship Program. “The College of the Liberal Arts has always made sure that I have stayed on track for graduation, and the Chapel funding has allowed me to afford housing and transportation for the summer in New York City, which is notoriously expensive.”
SimonHebert
EnglishHistoryInternshipsPaterno Fellows

Simon Hebert

’22
History
|
English
History
English
Simon, a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, was editor-in-chief of Kalliope, Penn State’s undergraduate literary magazine. He also interned for the Hemingway Letters Project in the College of the Liberal Arts.
KayAdetiba (1)
Chapel InternsCommunication Arts and SciencesEnrichment FundingFrench and Francophone StudiesInternship

Kay Adetiba

’23
Communication Arts and Sciences
|
French and Francophone Studies
Communication Arts and Sciences
French and Francophone Studies
Kay wasn’t sure how to approach her LinkedIn internship experience in New York City last summer, but thanks to the funding she received through the Virginia Todd Chapel Executive Internship Program in the College of the Liberal Arts, she was able to immerse herself in opportunities to narrow down her potential career paths and goals.

Education Abroad

Excavate along the Mediterranean Sea. Research in Australia. Develop language skills in China. Every year, thousands of Penn State students engage the world through academic programs, research, service, internships, and cultural immersion. In the College of the Liberal Arts, we believe that global experiences can play an integral role in personal, academic, and career development. International experiences offer students the opportunity to set themselves apart through intercultural competency, expanded resourcefulness, and experience navigating new contexts. 

Liberal Arts students can choose any program offered by Penn State. However, the College of the Liberal Arts curates education abroad programs to fit with our majors. Interested students can explore our faculty-led embedded programs or see what Penn State has to offer 

Three Liberal Arts students embrace and smile at the camera while studying abroad in Spain.
Three Liberal Arts students embrace and smile at the camera while studying abroad in Spain.
DanielZahn (1)
Career Enrichment NetworkCommunication Arts and SciencesEducation AbroadEnglishEnrichment FundingPaterno FellowsPhilosophyResearch

Daniel Zahn

’20
English
|
Philosophy
|
Communication Arts and Sciences
English
Philosophy
Communication Arts and Sciences
As a student, Daniel, a Paterno Fellow alumnus, participated in a linguistics research project in Bassila, Benin made possible by the Career Enrichment Network, where his research focused on everyday language use.
LyndsayRathbun (1)
AnthropologyCourse SpotlightEducation AbroadEmbedded Course

Lyndsay Rathbun

’22
Anthropology
|
Italian
Anthropology
Italian
After spending time in Bologna and Florence, Italy as part of the Liberal Arts embedded course IT 175/SC 475N Anatomy in Italy, Lyndsay said one of her favorite experiences of the trip was meeting medical students from the University of Bologna.
TaylorNeedleman (1)
Course SpotlightCriminologyEducation AbroadEmbedded Course

Taylor Needleman

’24
Criminology
Criminology
Taylor spent a week in Curaçao as part of CRIM 425, and in addition to experiencing different cultures within a criminology context, she said she appreciated how the shorter trip allowed her to determine if she might enjoy a longer, future education abroad experience.
MaryMcDavid (1)
Course SpotlightEducation AbroadEmbedded CoursePsychology

Mary McDavid

’23
Psychology
|
Italian
Psychology
Italian
Mary traveled to Italy over spring break as part of a Liberal Arts embedded course called IT 175/SC 475N Anatomy in Italy. The Paterno Fellow said the class blended science, history, culture, and language to create an “opportunity to dive into science in a very human way.”
McKennaKimmel (1)
ChineseEducation AbroadEntrepreneur

McKenna Kimmel

’21
Chinese
|
Finance
Chinese
Finance
Pennsylvania native McKenna is a creative entrepreneur who uses her artistic abilities and digital savviness to make and sell custom Penn State denim jackets through her venture company, Go State Designs.
JudyBrooke (1)
Course SpotlightEconomicsEducation AbroadEmbedded Course

Brooke Judy

’23
Economics
Economics
Brooke traveled to Switzerland for a week as part of the embedded course ECON 315/333 Economics of the Swiss Economy, where she heard talks from professionals about careers in economics and grew closer to peers within her major.

Research

Students and faculty in the College of the Liberal Arts are working on timely and relevant research with impactful, real-world implications. There are many great opportunities for Liberal Arts students to become involved in research with funds available to facilitate or enhance your research project or to work on a meaningful faculty-led research project during the academic year or summer. The experience allows students to develop skills that will be attractive to future employers and can also help students decide whether to pursue a graduate degree.  

Sydney Robinson, an English and Global and International Studies major, completes climate change research in Romania during the summer of 2022.
Sydney Robinson, an English and Global and International Studies major, completes climate change research in Romania during the summer of 2022.
Sarah Paterno
Enrichment FundingInternational ResearchUndergrad Research

Sarah Paterno

’22
Anthropology
|
Psychology
Anthropology
Psychology
Sarah received enrichment funding to spend two months on an archaeological excavation in Bolivia. “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,” she said.
CadenVitti
SpanishUndergrad Research

Caden Vitti

’23
Spanish
|
Energy Engineering
Spanish
Energy Engineering
Caden spent his summer completing sociolinguistic research in Puerto Rico. He was selected by the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program, which is housed in the College of the Liberal Arts. The program provides students who have an interest in linguistics research with funding to travel to a country for six to eight weeks to conduct research.
MelodyMunitz (1)
PsychologyUndergrad Research

Melody Munitz

’22
Psychology
|
Musical Theatre
Psychology
Musical Theatre
Melody was a researcher in the Empathy and Moral Psychology Lab, which studies the affective and motivational mechanisms involved in empathy and moral decision-making. “My Liberal Arts education crafted me into a well-rounded scholar with the knowledge and skill to forge a path of unique interdisciplinary work. I will carry with me not only the specific material I learned in classes, but also the spirit of scientific skepticism, unending inquiry, and creative collaboration that was instilled in me.”
LuisinaKemanianLeites
ArabicEnrichment FundingInternational PoliticsLatin American StudiesMiddle East StudiesPaterno FellowsSpanishUndergrad Research

Luisina Kemanian-Leites

’23
International Politics
|
Arabic minor
|
Middle East Studies minor
|
Spanish minor
|
Latin American Studies minor
International Politics
Arabic minor
Middle East Studies minor
Spanish minor
Latin American Studies minor
Luisina received funding from the Career Enrichment Network and Paterno Fellows Program to complete research in the Children, Media, and Conflict Zones Lab at Penn State. She plans to study human rights law after graduation.
CarterGangl
PsychologyUndergrad Research

Carter Gangl

’23
Psychology
|
Women's Studies minor
Psychology
Women's Studies minor
Carter is a research assistant in the Underrepresented Perspectives Lab at Penn State, which focuses on underrepresented individuals who are often left out of psychological research. Carter heard about the lab through one of their professors. The experience combines Carter’s interest in psychology and their passion for social justice and change.
EmmaCohen (1)
EconomicsPaterno FellowsPolitical ScienceUndergrad Research

Emma Cohen

’22
Political Science
|
Economics
|
Statistics minor
Political Science
Economics
Statistics minor
Emma, a Paterno Fellow, was a research assistant for the Department of Political Science. “I think the College of the Liberal Arts has given me a very broad worldview, which will allow me to bring in new perspectives in my future jobs. I like that I have learned to look at problems from different perspectives than most people.”

Professional Development

It’s never too early to start assessing your strengths and taking steps to develop the skills and tools you need to prepare for your future. By taking advantage of all of the resources the Career Enrichment Network provides to students, you will be better prepared to go out into the world and succeed. 

The Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program connects current undergraduate students with an alumni mentor. Students meet regularly with their mentor who helps them navigate academic, professional, and extracurricular experiences. 

Explore the Alumni Mentor Program

Held each January, Liberal Arts Career Week is designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities that will support your future career paths. By participating in the week’s employer and alumni panels, workshops, and networking events, you can learn the skills you will need to embark on your career journey and achieve success in your professional lives. Join the Career Enrichment Network and take advantage of all the great events and networking opportunities. 

Learn more about the Liberal Arts Career Week

Liberal Arts Virtual Recruiting Week takes place each fall and spring semester. It is a week-long event designed to provide students with programming to develop professional skills and networking opportunities that will support your future career paths. By participating in this week’s employer and alumni panels, workshops, and networking events, you can learn skills needed to embark on your career journey and achieve success in your professional lives. Sign-up to meet one-on-one with a recruiter to learn more about the organization, internship and full-time opportunities, application process, and company culture.

Learn more about Virtual Recruiting Week

The Career Enrichment Network also provides resources to help you develop self-knowledge around career paths, explore occupational and educational information, and strategize your career planning through job applications, interview assistance, and negotiation.

Find more professional development opportunities

A Liberal Arts student networks with an employer at Liberal Arts Career Week 2020.
A Liberal Arts student networks with an employer at Liberal Arts Career Week 2020.
Kenzie Flanders, president of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council, leads a meeting of the organization in the fall of 2022.
Kenzie Flanders, president of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council, leads a meeting of the organization in the fall of 2022.

Student Organizations

Students in the College of the Liberal Arts can be found in leadership positions of student organizations across campus, including academic, international, multicultural, philanthropic, and political organizations, as well as student government, honor societies, and Greek life.  

Additional Opportunities

Paid and volunteer work through student organizations or part-time jobs can be valuable ways to spend time outside the classroom and develop your professional skills.

English classroom photo

Connect with the Career Enrichment Network on social media: 

Future Students
CURRENT Students
Graduate Students
Get Funding