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Social Enterprise Institute
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Ashley Johnson

Liberal Arts Major(s): International Politics
Minor: French, Digital Media Trends and Analytics
Hometown: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Social Enterprise Institute provides consulting for local nonprofit organizations by helping to create an earned revenue model. I conducted market research, wrote reports and data analyses, and helped to plan and implement their social media, including webinars and workshops.

This experience helped me understand what skillsets are most marketable to workplaces

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience helped me understand what skillsets are most marketable to workplaces and expanded my understanding of business, consulting, conducting market research, and writing reports that I covered briefly in classes. This opportunity also challenged my analytical and critical thinking skills, building upon what I learned my freshman year. I was able to use some of the transferrable skills that I learned within my freshman year through the College of the Liberal Arts.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Having an internship is the most important aspect of determining how my skillset is best used and what work and workplace I find most enjoyable and rewarding. Working for Social Enterprise Institute solidified that working with nonprofit organizations is rewarding for me, but I would also like to explore working in the public or governmental sector as well. Participating in an internship also builds my credibility with future employers, as I already have work experience.

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 received enrichment funds, which helped me to have peace of mind when I had costs associated with my internship, such as traveling, my living situation, and much more. I am grateful that it was not a concern for me when many internships do not offer significant compensation.

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

Though Paterno Fellows did not directly impact my chances at obtaining an internship, being a part of the program gave me an edge in the workplace, as it provided me with credentials that many other candidates did not have.

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