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Amanda Thoet

Amanda Thoet

Hometown: Allentown, PA
Major: English and Communication, Arts, & Sciences
Minors: German and Rhetoric

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found out about my internship opportunity through meeting with Dr. Liz Jenkins who is in charge of coordinating internships for students in the English Department. Dr. Jenkins then matched me with an internship that fit my field of study and future career aspirations.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This is my second semester as an intern for Dr. Cheryl Glenn in the English Department at the Pennsylvania State University. I am one of four interns for Dr. Glenn and we all work directly with Ph.D. student, Laura Brown. As an intern, I have performed various research and editing tasks throughout the past two semesters. I have completed tasks such as analyzing articles about emotion and effect, copy editing the new version of the Harbrace Essentials, helping to complete Dr. Glenn’s Faculty Activity Report, and researching commonwealth campus English 015 and CAS 100 courses and other University Writing Programs. I also had the opportunity to attend Camp Rhetoric this past February and interact with current Ph.D. students and rhetoricians.

"This internship has given me experience during the school year that has provided me a competitive edge in the internship search over the summer."

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship experience has dramatically influenced my academic writing and research skills. I have acquired research and editorial skills that have proven to be beneficial in my current coursework as an English and Communication Arts & Sciences undergraduate student. In addition, I have found that I have applied many of the new skills I have learned through this internship to my training as a Peer Tutor at the Writing Center.

What are your career goals or plans? How did this experience impact them?

I have applied for summer internships in the editorial field and this internship has definitely provided me with experience that potential employers deem worthy and significant. Therefore, this internship has given me experience during the school year that has provided me a competitive edge in the internship search. Furthermore, after my undergraduate career, I plan to apply for graduate school in the field of English studies. Therefore, this internship is not only helping my short-term goals but also my future career of working in the editorial field or as a professor.

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