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Amanda Talbot

Liberal Arts Major(s): Italian, Spanish
Minor: Portuguese
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I worked in a team with three other interns for DDAR virtually over the course of 3 weeks. During Monday through Friday, I worked on researching and writing a white paper detailing the creation of a digital fundraiser position at Penn State. On Fridays we attended virtual professional development workshops.

How did this experience impact you academically?

It made me realize the importance of continuing my education. Many of our mentors and coaches throughout the program encouraged us to pursue graduate studies, as it can equip us with the critical thinking skills necessary to be successful in higher education advancement.

I'm really passionate about justice and equity, and fundraising supports the causes that align with my values.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship has encouraged me to consider a career in development/advancement. I'm really passionate about justice and equity, and fundraising supports the causes that align with my values. As I enter my senior year, I now have another very feasible career path to consider following.

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 heard about the internship via email, but my former English professor, Dr. Stephanie Scott, encouraged me to apply for the internship. The enrichment funds made this opportunity possible for me by helping to relieve the costs of living independently in State College over the summer.

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

I love that the Paterno Fellows Program requires us Fellows to complete an internship and/or study abroad experience. Although I've already studied abroad, I thought about the values that the program practices and thought that I should not stop by merely satisfying the requirements. I wanted to really embrace the learning opportunities presented to me.

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