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Morgan Keim

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Hometown: Dalmatia, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Over the course of 14 weeks, I interned with the Penn State Office of Investment Management along with Jacqueline Saleeby. We researched the integration of ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) practices across the investment industry and recommended potential strategies for inclusion in the investment office’s investment process. I performed competitive analysis on various investment institutions to determine Penn State's standing and potential for improvement. My daily tasks included building an excel database, utilizing PowerPoint, writing reports, and communicating with my team. Our final presentation turned observational research into actionable recommendations.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Throughout this internship, I benefitted immensely from education on investment principals and learning how industry participants govern themselves. Working within Penn State's Office of Investment Management gave me insight on office dynamics, communications, and team project management. I benefitted from balancing independent work and collaboration/feedback from my intern team to achieve optimal results. I was also offered the opportunity to perform additional work for the investment office in the Fall 2021 semester, where I will get to diversify my work experience.

"I want to share my story with the college so my peers can understand the career-developing internships Penn State offers and the impact of those experiences."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship ended up changing my future career path by giving me a new interest in the financial field. I found the information to be exciting and the projects held importance. Gaining this internship created technical work experience on my resume which will open new career paths for me in the financial field. I am so grateful that my manager, Joseph Cullen, who recognized my potential for this internship opportunity. It was truly a kickstart to 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 has provided me with a large scope of career paths through the uniquely diverse education offered. My advisor has helped me to explore different studies so that I could understand all my options and confidently pursue my top interests. I want to share my story with the college so my peers can understand the career-developing internships Penn State offers and the impact of those experiences. The investment office I work for encouraged me to share my experience so other students can learn about ESG research and the operations of the office.

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