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Daniel Zahn

Liberal Arts Major(s): Communication Arts and Sciences, English, Philosophy
Minor: French, History, Jewish Studies, Rhetoric, Linguistics
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was connecting with intelligent students around the nation and caring professionals in the field who all share a similar passion and drive. Over ten weeks, I got to engage in multiple transformative experiences and learning moments with both peers and supervisors. These experiences worked to both clarify my values and refine my future goals.

My internship showed me the power of intellectual curiosity and humility in academic pursuits

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience showed me the power my academic work can have on policies and practices at higher education institutes. Academic research into psychology, philosophy, political science, and other fields have a direct bearing on the way individual rights are viewed in the public eye. Further, my internship showed me the power of intellectual curiosity and humility in academic pursuits.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My career goals are refined, energized, and clarified after this internship. I had the opportunity to meet many people in the field I wish to pursue and got the chance to speak one-on-one with lawyers and professionals who were able to share valuable and personalized advice.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program enabled and encouraged me to pursue multiple disciplines, which I was able to leverage in approaching research projects and intellectual discussions at the internship. This allowed me to bring valuable insight to the workplace, and I felt I quickly became a treasured member of the team.

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