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Kate Lovas

Liberal Arts Major(s): International Politics
Minor: French
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer, I was an intern for the U.S. Department of State in the Global Engagement Center's Network Engagement & Training Cell. I had the opportunity to sit in on meetings about countering propaganda and disinformation, assist with projects, and write/edit the Weekly Activity Report (WAR) that updates personnel on the progress of ongoing projects each week. Additionally, I worked on the Cell's Influencer Network Mapping Project to help visualize civil society influencers and foreign government communicators that advance local/regional priorities for countering propaganda and disinformation.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I have been able to experience foreign policy in action during this internship. I have been writing my honors thesis on public diplomacy effectiveness and this internship allowed me to interact with officials who actively engage and practice public diplomacy.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

After graduating in December, I plan to pursue a career working with the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. This experience has helped me learn the skills necessary to successfully pursue this career.

"I have been able to experience foreign policy in action during this internship."

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 Liberal Arts provided me with enrichment funds and the Department of Political Science awarded me with the Thane J. Fake Scholarship for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program helped me become a competitive applicant during this process. I have found this to be the same when I participated in internships with the Ohio House of Representatives, U.S. Senator Rob Portman, U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, and during both of my internships with the U.S. Department of State in the National Museum of American Diplomacy and Global Engagement Center. The program also helped me obtain enrichment funding.

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