Penn State Paterno Fellows Program
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Mary Heath

Liberal Arts Major(s): Anthropology, Communication Arts and Sciences
Minor: French
Hometown: Brewster, New York
Experience Time: Spring 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

For the Spring semester I am working alongside Barb Edwards, Jeremy Engels, and the rest of the Paterno Fellows Program staff as a social media coordinator. My responsibilities include designing and publishing social media promoting the program's events and opportunities on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. As the PFP social media intern, I have the opportunity to see how professional social media accounts are run and how to create impactful and engaging social media campaigns.

I am able to develop real life experience that will help me enhance my skills and forward my career.

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a Communication Arts and Sciences major, I am able to put skills I've developed in the classroom to use with this internship. It's one thing to learn what is most effective and engaging in online communication, but it's a wonderful opportunity to put that knowledge to work and support the Paterno Fellows Program in the meantime.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

After graduation, I hope to enter the nonprofit workforce in the capacity of a development associate whose responsibilities include designing and managing social media content to promote the organization's mission. As the PFP social media intern this semester, I am able to develop real life experience that will help me enhance my skills and forward my career.

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've been fortunate to have been awarded compensation from the Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds so that I am able to dedicate my time and skills to this internship.

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

As a Paterno Fellow myself, it has been very rewarding to work behind the scenes as the PFP social media intern and to understand the important behind-the-scenes logistics of running the program. During my time working with the Paterno Fellows Program, I hope I will help in bringing this community of Fellows together, highlighting the program's incredible opportunities for current and future Fellows, and celebrating my Paterno Fellow peers.

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