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National Museum of American Jewish History
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Melanie Kovacs

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, Jewish Studies
Minor: Art History
Hometown: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

I loved getting to experience every part of museum functions and working with everyone in all of the departments. Everyone was so friendly and more than willing to help and educate the interns in every aspect of the museum. Every door was open, and I never felt intimidated to approach any of the staff with questions about their jobs. The Museum was such a welcoming place and an amazing place for an intern to learn and be involved.

The Museum was such a welcoming place and an amazing place for an intern to learn and be involved.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to apply my research skills to my work in the development office by doing research on prospective donors and matching them with the values of the Museum. I also was able to connect to many different people, both within the Museum and outside of the Museum, to further my thesis research.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

The experience in the Development office really opened my eyes to new possibilities for my career. I had never truly understood the Development career path and was introduced to ways that my skills from my academic work, like research and writing, can apply to a field that I had never considered. It has definitely made me interested in potentially pursuing a career in Development!

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

The Paterno Fellows Program helped in several ways. I was able to use the well-rounded academic experience I've had at PSU through the program to apply all of my skills to the internship. It also helped me use the professionalism I learned from the program. By funding the experience, Paterno Fellows made the internship feasible for me, and I would not have been able to pursue it without them.

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