House of Representatives: Congressman Fitzpatrick
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Clare Dentner

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, Political Science
Minors: Global Security
Hometown: Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

As a Congressional Intern in the House of Representatives, I assisted the staff with administrative work, answered calls from constituents regarding their questions and concerns, and assisted the legislative staff with research covering various policy areas. I also worked on a co-sponsorship proposal project throughout the summer, where I researched a piece of legislation and wrote a proposal for the office to potentially co-sponsor.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this internship gave me the opportunity to apply the skills I have learned in my Liberal Arts classes at Penn State to a work environment. Specifically, the writing skills I have developed in my History and Political Science courses allowed me to write daily memos and briefs effectively as well as learn more about professional writing. The communication and leadership skills I gained in this internship will aid me in the future as I bring the insights back into the classroom.

"Through working with constituents and seeing 'how the sausage gets made' of the legislative process, I believe continuing to work in public service will grant me satisfaction in my career."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience greatly impacted my career goals. This internship in the House of Representatives strengthened my desire for a future career in public service. Through working with constituents and seeing "how the sausage gets made" of the legislative process, I believe continuing to work in public service will grant me satisfaction in 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.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts was extremely helpful in allowing me to succeed in this internship. Funding from the College of the Liberal Arts was critical in allowing me to cover the expenses of living in Washington D.C. Internships in public service are certainly not the highest paid opportunities, but the enrichment funds allowed me to focus on this experience and expand my horizons in public service, for which I am grateful.

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