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Trafika Europe Radio
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Kristen Miller

Liberal Arts Major(s): Global and International Studies, Labor and Employment Relations, Latin American Studies, Spanish
Minor: Portuguese
Hometown: Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Trafika Europe is an online literary site that features contemporary European writing in modern English translations. This past May, Trafika Europe launched Trafika Europe Radio, the very first European “literary” radio station. The organization seeks to maintain a literate, creative space where writers, publishers, translators, and readers can interact beyond borders. As an Editorial and Outreach Intern, I helped foster collaborations with universities, newspapers, and cultural networks across the 47 countries in the Council of Europe in order to promote the content and mission of Trafika Europe Radio.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Although I have always appreciated the art of storytelling, my love for reading faded when I came to college. My internship with Trafika Europe refreshed my passion for literature and introduced me to authors from across the globe. One of my tasks was to edit interviews and excerpts from European writers. This experience not only gave me the practical skill of transcription, but it also allowed me to explore unique perspectives through analyzing texts. It taught me academic skills such as critical thinking, comprehension, and close-reading. I also was responsible for contacting cultural centers and media outlets about partnership or publicity opportunities. This task improved my ability to convey ideas in a clear manner both verbally and through written communication.

My internship with Trafika Europe Radio helped further my cultural competency and overall understanding of the diverse identities represented throughout Europe. This experience reaffirmed my passion for global awareness and diplomacy.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My experience with Trafika Europe Radio has solidified my career goals. In five years, I see myself working for the federal government in a position related to human rights, international development, or global workers’ advocacy. In order to achieve and excel in those fields, it is vital to have a developed knowledge of history, literature, and foreign affairs. My internship with Trafika Europe Radio helped further my cultural competency and overall understanding of the diverse identities represented throughout Europe. This experience reaffirmed my passion for global awareness and diplomacy.

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.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts has allowed me to explore a variety of interests without feeling pressured to commit to a particular discipline. I have been afforded the opportunity to hold multiple concurrent majors within the College of the Liberal Arts, all of which complement each other in unique and enriching ways. All of my advisors have been supportive of my ambition both in and out of the classroom; they have provided me with the tools and resources I need to succeed as a student at Penn State.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program has supported me in all of my ambitions whether they be related to research, study abroad, or internships. I found Trafika Europe Radio through the Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring Office, which was highlighted in a weekly newsletter that PFP sends out to admitted students. Their emails are consistently full of amazing opportunities for every interest and background.

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