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Kathryn Howarth

Liberal Arts Major: International Politics
Other Major: Master's in International Affairs; Security and Risk Analysis
Minor: Chinese Language
Hometown: Yardley, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

On the Government Accountability Office's Information Technology and Cybersecurity team, I had the opportunity to conduct extensive research, write analyses, and brief Directors on information related to my team's engagement.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My internship with GAO provided me with an opportunity to implement the writing and research skills that I learned during my time with the College of the Liberal Arts. By utilizing these skills in a professional setting, I better understand how to apply my abilities outside of Penn State.

"My internship with GAO provided me with an opportunity to implement the writing and research skills that I learned during my time with the College of the Liberal Arts."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience provided me with the opportunity to network and engage with many people relevant to my career. I intend to utilize these contacts to move my career forward and hopefully secure a position with GAO after graduation.

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 helped me to succeed in this experience by providing enrichment funding through the Career Enrichment Network to help support me in this role.

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