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Student Profiles Folder

Profiles of Liberal Arts majors participating in a variety of enrichment experiences, such as internships, education abroad programs, for undergraduate research.

Robert LaBricciosa

Philadelphia Insurance Companies
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Robert LaBricciosa

Liberal Arts Major(s): Communication Arts and Sciences
Minor: Smeal Certificate
Hometown: Bala Cynwood, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I had spoken with a family friend about the internship at a parents weekend luncheon for my sister's sorority. While there, I spoke with her friend's father who happened to be the marketing VP at Philadelphia Insurance and he spoke with me about the program and what it entailed.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience thus far has been an enjoyable one. My coworkers are very helpful, always offering to answer my questions and my fellow interns are all good hardworking people who look out for each other even though we have only known each other for a short period of time. I have enjoyed the work that my manager has provided me with as well. It has been interesting because we have been given a group project that is to be presented to the office of the CEO in a bid to see what we have learned throughout our time working with the company

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has helped me to grow in more ways than I thought it would. At first, I thought it would be challenging to complete both my summer courses and the projects I was assigned at my internship. However, it ended up having the opposite effect. The time I spent managing my team and my schedule at work helped me to balance my life at home. And knowing I was coming home to more work helped me to balance my time more effectively. This experience has provided me with the ability to better manage my schedule which I find very important as I approach the end of my time at Penn State.

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

I am still currently unsure what my career goals and plans are, but I am looking forward to seeing where this path will take me. I always thought I had an innate ability to communicate with people which I thought would translate well to the marketing field. However, while I do enjoy the people and content I am working with there is something that still seems to be lacking. Maybe I have chosen the right field in marketing, but I may explore different career paths with in the field. While I am still unsure of my exact plans, I am confident that this time spent with Philadelphia Insurance will better prepare me for my future career.

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

 

 

Renee Arnold

Library of Congress-European Division
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Renee Arnold

Liberal Arts Major(s): International Politics
Minor: Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Hometown: Cranberry Township, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found out about the experience online through the Penn State Network Symplicity site (now Nittany Lion Careers). It was one of the recommended internships for me based on my major and interests.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I had a very positive experience working for the Library of Congress. I worked alongside six other interns, but I was designated as the “lead intern” for the summer. As lead intern, I oversaw scheduling for the other interns and was in charge of managing book retrieval for readers who came to the European Reading Room. I worked on multiple projects throughout the summer. One was reviewing the “France in America” website that the Library of Congress has in partnership with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and submitting suggestions on how to make that website more useful for researchers. My current project is to create a useful finding aid for the Raymond Toinet collection, which consists of almost two thousand seventeenth century French poems and pamphlets. All of these materials are housed in the library, but there is no easy way for researchers to tell that they are part of the Toinet collection. My finding aid will expedite this process for them.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically by challenging me to improve my French language skills and also my research skills. Several of my projects involved pulling books from the library stacks and using them for my work. I find that at school, I am usually using the internet for research and am rarely using written material. I enjoyed digging into this side of research. Through this internship, I also got the chance to meet with several researchers and discuss their interests with them. Many of the researchers are professors and it was very interesting to be able to talk to them about their classes and their students, being a student myself.

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

Following graduation in the spring, I would love to work for a non-profit organization, potentially doing research and policy work for them. As I mentioned above, this experience at the Library of Congress has improved my research skills and taught me so much about how to best utilize the resources that a place like the Library of Congress has. I know that my work here at the Library will aid me in my future career, whether I end up in a research heavy field or not. I also gained leadership experience being in charge of the summer interns. I have never had to lead a group of my own peers and so this was a valuable experience for me.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would strongly recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students if they are looking for an internship where they can improve their foreign language skills and also do research. My supervisor was very dedicated to finding projects that interested me and I never felt like I was simply doing "busy work."

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

Kelly Morgan

Borton-Lawson Engineering, Inc.
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Kelly Morgan

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Minor: Labor and Employment Relations
Hometown: Jackson, New Jersey
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

I enjoyed the work and numerous opportunities for personal growth and career enrichment during this internship. However, my favorite part of the experience was the people. I met a wide array of people hailing from every discipline within the firm (Executives, Highway, Oil & Gas, Finance, IT, Buildings, Land Planning & Design, etc.). Every single one of them was generous, caring, and appreciative of the work I did. Nothing given to me by the employees within HR was just busy work. My thoughts and opinions were valued, and it was clear I had a seat at the table on every issue we discussed as a team.

Now as I've returned to school for my final year, I find myself looking back on my experience with Borton-Lawson for guidance and for personal experience to help me understand new concepts I am learning in lectures.

How did this experience impact you academically?

During the internship, I got to apply every I/O Psychology principle I had learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. I also took an accelerated online course for the first five weeks of the internship to further supplement my learning. Now as I've returned to school for my final year, I find myself looking back on my experience with Borton-Lawson for guidance and for personal experience to help me understand new concepts I am learning in lectures.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience reaffirmed my previous notion that I want to start my career in the HR field. Eventually I would like to return to school to obtain my M.S. in order to become an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist. Until then, I find my passion lies within Talent Acquisition and Recruiting. I enjoy making people as excited as I am about a certain cause or organization. I find enjoyment in building relationships, and I can't wait to enter the workforce to build and maintain new relationships on behalf of companies.

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

Katie Gergel

Showtime Networks, Inc. (Smithsonian Channel)
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Katie Gergel

Liberal Arts Major(s): Political Science
Other Major: Film-Video
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was learning about all of the different options I have for my future career that I never knew were possibilities before my internship. Everyone I met with at Showtime and the Smithsonian Channel was so willing to tell me about their experiences and their roles within the company, and I gained so much in terms of career knowledge, a professional and personal network, and awareness of my potential.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship not only enriched me in terms of networking and career possibilities, but it also enriched me with general knowledge that could serve me in many aspects of life. The Smithsonian Channel is dedicated to providing information in an entertaining way through their various programs, and because part of my responsibilities included reviewing/logging content and conducting research, I was exposed to a wealth of knowledge regarding culture, history, politics, science and more that I know will benefit me academically.

I gained so much in terms of career knowledge, a professional and personal network, and awareness of my potential.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My time at Showtime and with the Smithsonian Channel in particular helped me determine that in the future I want to work in the entertainment business, specifically at a company that releases content that serves to benefit those who watch it. I was inspired by the informational content that the Smithsonian Channel works so hard to promote and release. After this summer, I know that I want to use my creative abilities and organizational skills to work in entertainment logistics/development and hopefully help others in the process.

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

Alyssa Jalowicz

Foster McKay
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Alyssa Jalowicz

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Wayne, New Jersey

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was that with a smaller firm such as Foster McKay, the projects I worked on had a lot of visibility and a large, direct impact. For example, I was tasked with sourcing a pipeline of candidates as well as interviewing individuals to match their backgrounds with appropriate job openings. At the conclusion of my 10-week internship, I was able to place a candidate in a position with a client company. This placement resulted in both a direct and positive impact for the firm.

Not only did this opportunity allow me to cultivate these critical transferable skills, but it also provided me with an outlet to apply concepts I learned in previous Liberal Arts classes to real world situations.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Many of my Industrial-Organizational Psychology courses assert the importance of skills such as teamwork, communication, and leadership. Not only did this opportunity allow me to cultivate these critical transferable skills, but it also provided me with an outlet to apply concepts I learned in previous Liberal Arts classes to real world situations.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience further solidified my interest in pursuing a career within the realm of Human Resources, where I can help organizations succeed through discovering and retaining human capital. Going into my senior year at Penn State, I now know exactly what I would like to do after I graduate.

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

Annaliese Thoet

Fidelity Investments
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Annaliese Thoet

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, International Politics
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

The most significant highlights of my internship were the opportunities and hands on experience that I received and the ability to see how much Fidelity values its internship program. Throughout the summer, I wrote assessments, presented my analysis to other business units and built out a link analysis tool to assist the Global Intelligence and Analysis team with future research. Additionally, I had the opportunity to network with employees across the entire firm and learn about other business units within Fidelity.

How did this experience impact you academically?

During the internship, I had the opportunity to research political events, activist groups and locations around the world via open source searches. Additionally, I analyzed the potential impact to Fidelity Investments and created assessments for corporate security executives. My internship influenced my undergraduate education by furthering my desire to learn about the political events of countries throughout the world and continue my studies of Eastern European politics as it is pertinent to the career path of an intelligence analyst.

My internship influenced my undergraduate education by furthering my desire to learn about the political events of countries throughout the world

How will this experience impact your career goals?

After the conclusion of my internship, I hope to work for Fidelity Investments full-time in the Fidelity Enterprise and Risk Management division. I want to continue my work as an intelligence analyst as the research and analysis of political events, protest activity and individual threats excites me. My summer with Fidelity Investments made me fall in love with the company and wholeheartedly want to pursue a full time position with the firm or in the security field in the public or private sector.

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

The Paterno Fellows program has amazed me with the opportunities available to scholars. As Paterno Fellows, we are pushed to take challenging courses and complete additional work to meet our requirements. However, these requirements prepared me to take on a role in Global Intelligence Analysis with Fidelity Investments. Because of the rigor of the Paterno Fellows program, I knew current political issues around the world and had learned how to research, analyze and write to a certain standard. The Paterno Fellows program definitely prepared me for this experience with Fidelity Investments.

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

Hannah Purnell

United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
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Hannah Purnell

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Minor: German
Hometown: Fulton County, Pennsylvania
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

Getting to live and work on the west coast while building upon my Penn State education was the best part of this internship. Previously, I had never been west of Ohio, and having the chance to do something bold and out of my comfort zone gave me a lot of confidence looking into the future.

I feel prepared to face my first job post-graduation with the knowledge that I have gained at USDA-NASS and through Penn State.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience pushed me to think about getting the most out of my class choices. I have always strived to do this, but adding on a few additional courses which have taught me new, marketable skills for the workforce has benefitted me greatly.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has shown me what it will be like to enter the job market with my degree at hand from Penn State. The opportunities that await me are exciting, and daunting, however I feel prepared to face my first job post-graduation with the knowledge that I have gained at USDA-NASS and through Penn State.

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

Jaime Chou

Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness
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Jaime Chou

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Other Major: Advertising
Hometown: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my internship experience was developing and pitching an advertising campaign for the National Alliance of Mental Illness. This organization has an extremely honorable mission of reducing the stigma of mental illness and raising support for those suffering and their families. My group and I conceptualized an entire creative campaign for the organization and pitched it to NAMI as well as senior leadership within Publicis Health. This was an invaluable learning experience that helped develop my public speaking and campaign development skills in the most rewarding way possible.

I find myself getting more out of my advertising courses now that I have real-world experience to compare the coursework to.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Since returning to Penn State for my senior year, I have already experienced how my internship has given me an academic advantage. I find myself getting more out of my advertising courses now that I have real-world experience to compare the coursework to. I look forward to the rest of the year as I plan on utilizing the skills and knowledge I have acquired through my internship and succeeding in my final advertising courses.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has been invaluable in terms of my future career goals. I have met so many people in the industry and gained amazing mentors that have all offered to write me letters of recommendation for future jobs. Additionally, working for real clients in a real agency will help me secure a full-time advertising job after graduation. I plan to talk about my skills and experiences from this internship in my future job interviews and utilize my expanded network to land job interviews. Furthermore, having an internship in Strategy in an advertising agency helped me realize that it is a position I plan to pursue in the future as I found it was a great fit.

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

Jenny Miller

EcoMotion, Inc.
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Jenny Miller

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Other Major: Energy Business and Finance
Hometown: Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

The highlight of this internship for me was the opportunity to publish my first piece of writing. I have written a White Paper on the use of blockchain technology in the renewable sector which is currently posted on the EcoMotion website. Despite being an economics major, writing has always been one of my passions, and I have learned so much from having the opportunity to practice it in a professional setting!

Seeing firsthand how many West Coast people, companies, cities and governments are actively working toward a greener tomorrow without even being asked has renewed my passion for environmental work.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This summer as the Solar and Sustainability Intern at EcoMotion I was able to gain hands on experience in the industry of renewable energy. On a daily basis, I conducted market and industry research to analyze different groups of potential clientele and organize them based on importance. This gave me valuable insight into how to find accurate information and integrate large amounts of research into a concise and understandable deliverable. The skills I learned will be incredibly useful academically when I have assignments that require research.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship helped shape my career goals by changing my perspective on green energy. I have always been passionate about environmental protection and sustainability, but I was losing my enthusiasm due to the constant resistance I received from most people asked to make a change. By moving to the West Coast, the Mecca of green energy technology, I realized how far the renewable energy movement has come. On the East Coast, there is a completely different mentality toward sustainability. Most people view it as a chore or simply just don’t care. Seeing firsthand how many West Coast people, companies, cities and governments are actively working toward a greener tomorrow without even being asked has renewed my passion for environmental work and inspired me to pursue a career in the industry.

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

Hope Bodenschatz

Mang'ula, Tanzania: Parks and People: Landscape Architecture (Summer)
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Hope Bodenschatz

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics, Political Science
Other Major: Geography
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

My study abroad in Tanzania was my first trip overseas and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to visit Africa. The best part of my experience was embracing the opportunity to be brave and step outside my comfort zone every single day. Tasting new foods, camping, close encounters with Tanzanian wildlife, conversing with local people, exploring Tanzanian towns and villages, hiking and going on safari in Tanzanian national parks, and many more escapades added up to an unforgettable and life-changing adventure. I came home with many fond memories and a new perspective on living life to the fullest.

The best part of my experience was embracing the opportunity to be brave and step outside my comfort zone every single day.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Living and learning in Tanzania for the first six weeks of the summer proved to be the quintessential study abroad experience and fit well into my academic plan. I earned nine credits, learned to interact with and acclimate to a different culture, and gained invaluable research experience. The intensive coursework gave me a solid foundation in the political, economic, and social facets of sustainability issues in developing countries. Each student conducted individual research on sustainable community design, which allowed us to work on the frontier of knowledge and leave Tanzanian government and nonprofit officials with new information to consider.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in economics with a goal of working in academia focusing on development economics. My experience in Tanzania allowed me to get a sense of where this career path could take me and to experience the challenges of a research project in a foreign country. My study abroad experience reinforced my interest in working alongside others to solve intractable social problems in the United States and the world. I gained confidence that I would enjoy working in an academic setting and realized an interest in living and working abroad.

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

I am grateful to the Paterno Fellows Program for pushing me out of my comfort zone to pursue new experiences and achieve my academic potential. My Penn State honors coursework prepared me to make the most of my study abroad experience and to tackle new assignments and expectations. The Paterno Fellows Program encourages its students to leave the comfortable and familiar and fully engage with the shared joys and struggles of the world around us; this support allowed me to take a chance on a study abroad opportunity which has made me into a stronger scholar, individual, and global citizen.

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

Nic Crockett

StartUp Health
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Nic Crockett

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Minor: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was the opportunity to live in New York City, meet new friends, and experience the city with individuals I would have never met had it not been for the scholarship. There is an abundance of things to do and see in New York City; when I was not working at my internship, I made it a priority to go out as much as I could and take advantage of the opportunity to live in such an amazing place and meet such amazing people through housing and work.

Getting hands on experience every day for the entire summer was invaluable to my preparation to enter the real world and the full-time workforce after I graduate from college this year.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience broadened my horizons and made me think differently in a consulting-type role. I was given a lot of responsibility in terms of dealing with and doing research on company financial investments and decisions that I could not have simulated through typical collegiate academics. Getting hands on experience every day for the entire summer was invaluable to my preparation to enter the real world and the full-time workforce after I graduate from college this year.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience helped me to sort out and focus on what I like and what I do not like. Instead of simply following what I am interested in, I was given the opportunity this summer to find out what I am actually good and talented at. I had always focused solely on medical school, but through a lot of time and consideration over the summer, I changed my course a little bit. I will be pursuing healthcare consulting for a few years to see where that takes me and what sparks my interest from there.

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

Sarah McKenna

Gettysburg National Military Park
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Sarah McKenna

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, Political Science
Hometown: Collegeville, PA

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being surrounded by history! Each day, I would find something new in the collections or in an exhibit, ranging anywhere from a bag of bullets to programs from anniversary ceremonies of the Battle of Gettysburg. There is such a wide range of history at Gettysburg that you will always find something that excites you.

Being able to look at pieces of history - letters, uniforms, photographs, weapons, and so on - rather than learn about history in a textbook was an added benefit.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically by satisfying requirements for the Paterno Fellows Program and my intrinsic motivation to learn history. History is something that I have always been passionate about, so I wanted to learn as much of it as possible while at Penn State. Being able to look at pieces of history - letters, uniforms, photographs, weapons, and so on - rather than learn about history in a textbook was an added benefit.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience confirmed my desire to work with collections. I learned that I love working with paper documents, and I am now looking into careers involving archives and collections management, whether that be in a museum, library, historical society, or corporation. I also want to push my career more toward the digital humanities and making history accessible to as many people as possible. Right now, I am applying to graduate school programs in Museum Studies and Library Science programs, so we'll see where I end up!

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

The Paterno Fellows Program was instrumental for my experience. I was fortunate enough to receive additional Enrichment Funding from the Paterno Fellows Program and could discuss my experience with faculty and alumni that are associated with the Program. It has also given me an outlet to share my experiences and help other students who may be interested in public history, museum studies, archives, and other similar pathways.

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

Jessica Klein

Kroll
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Jessica Klein

Liberal Arts Major(s): Global and International Studies, International Politics
Minor: Security and Risk Analysis
Hometown: New Rochelle, New York
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

Working for the past three months at Kroll has taught me more than I could have ever asked for. When I accepted my position as a Cyber Security Intern, I only knew what I had learned from my professors about cyber security. The experience that I gained working at Kroll was invaluable.

The experience that I gained working at Kroll was invaluable.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Last year I took a class for my minor called "Threat of Terrorism and Crime." This class opened my mind not only to working in the federal government but also to the good that the government does that many of us do not see daily. My professor was an ambassador for the Department of State earlier in his career, and he is the one who truly inspired me to actively pursue being a civil servant. In this class we participated in a mock G-8/G-7 summit and used skills like GEOINT, threat analysis, and research to foil a mock terrorist plot. This class has taught me a vast amount about the security sector and helped me become the analyst that I was at Kroll.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience made me excited to start work and graduate and made me confident in my choice of majors.

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

Samantha Schmitt

Deloitte
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Samantha Schmitt

Liberal Arts Major(s): Sociology
Other Major: Finance
Hometown: Ambler, Pennsylvania
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

My favorite part of my internship experience was the ability to make an impact on my project. I was excited to work with my team every day and see the difference I was able to make for the client.

This experience demonstrated how important my Liberal Arts background is in the business world

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience demonstrated how important my Liberal Arts background is in the business world. I was on a training-focused project, which allowed me to work with many different people. I used my sociology knowledge to understand how to execute training in the best way possible.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My internship confirmed that this is the field I want to enter upon graduation. I loved the fast-paced travel lifestyle of consulting, and I was also able to make a large impact on a company.

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

Robin Moussa

Besançon, France: French Language Studies (Summer)
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Robin Moussa

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology, Philosophy
Minor: French
Hometown: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was having the opportunity to form relationships with people from all over the world. I got so close with my French host family during my stay (and we're still in touch!) as well as with other language students from China, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and more. It is amazing to learn a language surrounded by others with whom you can only communicate in your target language and who have entirely different backgrounds and experiences. Despite our differences, we all had so much in common beyond learning French, and the world feels a lot smaller now.

Knowing a second language and having a more global perspective has changed me as a person and is invaluable regardless of the field I pursue

How did this experience impact you academically?

This study abroad experience allowed me to finish my French minor in the best possible way: in France, immersed in the language and culture and forced to challenge myself by living my entire life using my target language. The classes themselves were rigorous and accelerated my improvement in every aspect of understanding and communicating in French. I also had the opportunity to take the DELF exam while I was abroad to work toward a concrete goal and test my French skills against an objective standard. I am still not fluent, but I would feel so much more comfortable and competent talking to a francophone, translating a French document, or sending an email in French now than before my study abroad experience.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My French minor is not directly related to my career goals in the sense that I will use my language skills in the workplace, but knowing a second language and having a more global perspective has changed me as a person and is invaluable regardless of the field I pursue. I personally plan to continue working in politics after I graduate. I believe that living in another country and learning from and with people from all over the world helps me approach people from all walks of life with an open mind and a sense of solidarity and global community that I did not have before.

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

Anna McCafferty

IES Rome Internship Program (Summer)
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Anna McCafferty

Liberal Arts Major(s): French and Francophone Studies, International Politics
Minor: History
Hometown: Jenkintown, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

Living and working in Italy provided me with the chance to learn about another culture beyond the tourist attractions. I worked with Italians and saw what an Italian workplace was like. Additionally, I was able to travel and see the amazing cities and towns that Italy has to offer while I was abroad.

This experience...gave me a chance to put what I have learned in a classroom into real life settings

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically because it gave me a chance to put what I have learned in a classroom into real life settings. I also took a class to supplement the internship which was all about the Italian culture, so it was interesting to see the differences between Italy, the United States, and France which I have learned about in my French major classes.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience impacted my career goals because I hope to live and work abroad at some point after college.

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

Brynn Boehler

Dublin, Ireland: Representing the Irish Landscape, Literature and Visual Arts (Summer)
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Brynn Boehler

Liberal Arts Major(s): English
Other Major: Public Relations
Minor: Spanish, History
Hometown: Palmerton, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of studying abroad was being able to experience the literature of another culture with a close-knit group of students and professors that I'm still in contact with. We all were able to connect over art and literature, while experiencing the beautiful landscape and rich culture of Ireland. This allowed me to explore my own creative aspirations and enjoy time spent in the classroom and outside in nature.

This experience helped shape the way I look at creative disciplines by exposing me to the thought processes of countless artists and literary professionals

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience helped shape the way I look at creative disciplines by exposing me to the thought processes of countless artists and literary professionals. It provided me with upper-level knowledge within my English major and still helps to influence the way I approach my honors thesis.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience will impact my career goals because it began my international conscience and helped me branch out from a lifetime of experiences had in the confines of America. Studying in Ireland was my first time traveling internationally, and it gave me a wealth of knowledge I will use in the future to consider critically and experience firsthand the world outside the United States. This will help me to be more culturally and socially aware in the workplace.

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

The Paterno Fellows program affected this experience by helping to ensure not only that I could physically attend this program, but also that I had a stronger base of liberal arts knowledge with which to approach it. My previous studies of creative arts and literature both inside and outside the classroom greatly helped me to succeed on this journey.

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

Kiara Smith

IES: Berlin, Language and Culture (Summer)
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Kiara Smith

Liberal Arts Major(s): Letters, Arts and Sciences
Other Major: Nutritional Sciences
Minor: German
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

I loved being able to learn German from Germans and learning it with a touchstone of the culture; some words only make sense when you live in Germany and get a feel for how the word works in their culture.

This experience has given me a greater ability to work independently and to work with a greater diversity of people.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to get six credits, three that counted towards my German minor.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has given me a greater ability to work independently and to work with a greater diversity of people.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program and the College of the Liberal Arts helped to fund my trip, which meant that while I was in Berlin I was able to focus more on my experiences and learning than on calculating and worrying about the cost of everything. Instead of staying in my room to save money, I went out and took day trips to places just outside of Berlin and a weekend trip out of Poland; I went to museums and cafes and bars where I got to meet Germans and make German friends.

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

Alec Powers

Puebla, Mexico: Spanish Language, Art and Mexican Culture (Summer)
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Alec Powers

Liberal Arts Major(s): English, Spanish
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

This experience gave me the opportunity to be immersed in the culture, learn the language, and try new things. From living with a host family that only spoke Spanish in Puebla, to trying local cuisine in Veracruz, to zip-lining and cliff jumping in the forests of Cuetzalan, this experience was full of learning, discovery, and adventure!

This experience was full of learning, discovery, and adventure!

How did this experience impact you academically?

Prior to this experience, I knew very little Spanish. I was scared, nervous, and devoid of confidence. Living in a Spanish speaking country for six weeks changed that completely. I had to use Spanish in nearly everything I did, and my language ability was greatly improved.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Adaptability is one of the greatest skills someone could have and I feel that studying abroad in a place of different culture, language, and customs is one of the best ways to show adaptability.

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Samantha Lowry

Arcadia: London Internship Program (Summer)
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Samantha Lowry

Liberal Arts Major(s): English, Comparative Literature
Minor: Art
Hometown: Lansdale, PA

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was starting somewhere completely new all on my own. Although there was some help from Arcadia, and it was easy to make friends, this was an experience that was totally new and exciting -- especially for someone who goes to school in the same state that I've lived in for my entire life.

The best part of my experience was starting somewhere completely new all on my own.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to take a class while abroad which was taught by someone whom I would never otherwise encounter and who had a completely different worldview than I have, in a small and discussion-based learning environment.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I was so fortunate to be able to have an internship with Simon & Schuster, a very influential publishing company. This has given me valuable experiences and contacts within the publishing world to help me further my career once I have graduated.

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Jaagrit Randhawa

Thread International
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Jaagrit Randhawa

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Marketing
Minor: Sustainability Leadership
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

My favorite part of the experience was being in the middle of a critical time in the organization's story and development and contributing my marketing knowledge to the experience. The marketing team played an important role during my internship and was responsible for the upcoming Kickstarter launch of the organization. I got to learn from professionals and immerse myself in an office setting. I thoroughly enjoyed that every day I was able to make contributions that were vital to the success of the 50 person organization.

I thoroughly enjoyed that every day I was able to make contributions that were vital to the success of the 50 person organization.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Through this experience I realized that it is important for me to pursue both my majors. Thread International is based in Pittsburgh; however, it operates in Taiwan and Haiti. Majoring in marketing gives me the skill set that I desire while Spanish gives me the competency to work in variety of settings. Every business is extremely globalized today, and being well-versed in business and in international settings is crucial to achieve success in organizations (whether big, mid-size, or small).

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Working with Thread I realized that one day I would love to have my own company where I can dedicate myself to making a social impact. As for the near future, I know that I have chosen the right majors because using marketing in a real-world setting was exciting. It was interesting to see how the strategies and their implementation can have such a tangible impact on a business.

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Ashley Martins

Crayola LLC
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Ashley Martins

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Marketing
Minor: International Business, Global and International Studies
Hometown: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

As an International Marketing Intern at Crayola, I got to learn the ins and outs of product marketing in Europe, specifically with the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. My favorite part about my experience at Crayola this summer was getting to collaborate directly with our international team in Benelux to create varied and interesting content on their Crayola Facebook and Instagram accounts that launched this past May. I learned how to set up meetings, communicate, coordinate with peers internationally, and track social media data to create stellar and successful social media posts that are relevant to their specific arts and crafts market. I appreciated seeing our hard work pay off as the number of likes, follows, and comments increased over the summer!

My time at Crayola has given me deeper insights into an industry that my colleagues do not know much about

How did this experience impact you academically?

A few of my classes now are all discussion-oriented, especially my upper level marketing classes. We students and professors share insights regarding trends we see happening throughout multiple industries. By vocalizing our experiences, we are able to make connections between industries we would never have thought to be somewhat similar. These courses' grades depend heavily on students participating with quality information in the class; my time at Crayola has given me deeper insights into an industry that my colleagues do not know much about. I am constantly sharing information with my class, allowing everyone to benefit and learn from my experiences thanks to my internship.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I aspire to work for a marketing department for an international firm that sells consumer goods that either help to make the world a better place or make people happy. Crayola has taught me that this is the kind of job I am looking forward to pursuing after I graduate this upcoming May. Crayola strives to inspire children to be creatively alive and to have fun in a way that does not use technology per say. I loved seeing how Crayolians are so passionate about their work; it has inspired me to follow in their footsteps. I also enjoyed the international aspect of the internship since it allowed me to gain a better cultural understanding of how other countries conduct their businesses and how to communicate effectively with people over the phone and create the best products possible with people internationally.

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

Aaron Semach

Reggio Calabria, Italy: Language and Culture (Summer)
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Aaron Semach

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, Italian
Hometown: Pottstown, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was making new friendships and applying the lessons I learned at Penn State. After taking Italian for only two semesters, I was nervous about talking to Italians, but I overcame that fear and made some of my best friends while in Italy. I should also mention the great bonds I made with my fellow Penn State students while in Italy as we learned and had fun together. Travelling and seeing Italy is beautiful, especially with friends who you can share the experience with.

My understanding of the Italian language and culture improved in ways that are simply not possible in a classroom

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, my understanding of the Italian language and culture improved in ways that are simply not possible in a classroom. Speaking with an Italian is very different than speaking with a classmate who can only speak at a basic level. In trying to learn Italian, studying abroad was the best decision I could make.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

The progress I have made with learning Italian in a short time has made me commit to continue to learn the language. Knowing Italian could provide an opportunity for a career in education or even in business. My international and language experience will supplement any career I pursue.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program helped encourage me to go above and beyond by studying abroad and making the most out of my experience. I was motivated to challenge myself both academically and socially in this amazing opportunity. The Career Enrichment Network Enrichment Funds helped make all this possible; studying abroad, like school, can be expensive, so the financial support made studying abroad more feasible for myself and my family.

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Daniel Zahn

LING 497/AFR 497: Language in Africa
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Daniel Zahn

Liberal Arts Major(s): Communication Arts and Sciences, English, Philosophy
Minor: French, History, Linguistics
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

My exposure to other cultures, people, and experiences was the highlight of my trip. Before college, I never imagined that I would travel across the world to do a small-scale linguistic research project. One of my favorite moments was our last day in the town of Bassila. All the people we met there, from the students learning English who we were interviewing for research to the Anii language development team who we worked with to create archival films, came to a big dinner. I saw all my new friends together, and we shared a great meal. Everyone made sure that I was eating; they really cared about my experience in their country and at their table. I'll never forget the feeling I had there, and I only hope I can share it with others as much as possible.

This experience allowed me to realize the power of my studies.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience allowed me to realize the power of my studies. As I was in a francophone country, I got to use my French with the people there. I also got to see the diversity of languages beyond French, with native languages of Anii, Fon, and many others. I also got to see how linguistics plays out in real-time -- for example, what it is like to have primary interviews and conduct experience. I was able to see the other side of the research papers I've read, which made the academic experience all the more real.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My time in Benin solidified my goal to go into a career of helping others. It also made me realize the power of getting away and exploring beyond school. In part because of my experience, I now plan to return to West Africa after graduation and try to teach English there. I experienced a culture so different from my own -- so focused on community, so eager to help one another. I will not allow myself to go into a career where I don't feel that I'm giving back to someone or the community.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program empowers you to go above and beyond, as well as cultivate a focus on diverse pursuits and interests. The knowledge I've gained from honors classes and multiple Paterno Fellow programs, whether lunches or speakers, enabled me to tackle the experience with enhanced skills and heightened passion. I am grateful for all the support and knowledge the Paterno Fellows program has given me, and this experience was just one among many.

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Reilly Ebbs

Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship
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Reilly Ebbs

Liberal Arts Major(s): Anthropology, History
Minor: Jewish Studies
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania 

What was the best part of your experience?

The Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship is a unique department that offers resources and services to faculty to enhance their curriculum through the use of technology. Last year the office, alongside the History department, developed the 1968 Moments of Change course focusing on the year of 1968. The main focus of this course was for the students to pair up with alumni who graduated around the year 1968 and compose an oral history. I was able to conduct three oral histories of alumni and tell their stories when we first developed the course in order to provide the class with an example of the assignment. This meaningful experience allowed me to explore my history degree in a more hands-on manner while assisting in course development.

This meaningful experience allowed me to explore my history degree in a more hands-on manner while assisting in course development

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship has permitted me to work with dozens of faculty members, allowing me to make connections and network, while learning more about each department within the College of the Liberal Arts.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I hope to eventually attend graduate school where I can pursue higher education and the field called Learning, Design and Technology to work as an instructional designer for a college. This department has shown me the importance of technology in higher education and how it can enhance a student's learning experience. I am excited to use this passion to further my education and work in a similar career as my supervisors do in the future.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program has offered me financial support as well as connections to certain faculty who needed technology consultations which I was able to provide. I was also selected due to my Paterno Fellows standing to be the student speaker at the College of the Liberal Arts incoming student event in Fall 2017 and speak about the many opportunities I have been able to participate in as a member of this College.

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Lily Murray

The Penn State Libraries
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Lily Murray

Liberal Arts Major(s): History
Hometown: Butler, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my internship has been assisting with Pop Up Libraries. We bring a variety of books from the library to various spots on campus, like Pollock Commons or the HUB. There, students can check out any of the materials we bring. I was able to assist with one for LGBT History month which was a lot of fun. I got to search our catalog, choose books, and hunt through the library to find them. Getting to work that closely with our collections and bring pieces of them to students around campus is really exciting!

Through this internship, I've become a more focused and independent worker.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship has impacted me academically in multiple ways. The freedom I have in my internship has affected the way I work. At first, the internship felt overwhelming, and I felt that I was always scatterbrained. Through this internship, I've become a more focused and independent worker. I'm able to apply those new skills to my work in academics and study and learn more diligently.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I aspire to become a librarian, and this internship has given me insight into academic librarianship in a variety of ways. I also believe that outreach skills are vital in all fields of work. Being able to collaborate with people and organizations with whom you are not familiar or to which you do not belong - whether it be personally or professionally - is vital to being a well-rounded person and employee. Therefore, I believe this experience has benefited me across the board.

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Hoyt Hoelper

Wolfcraft
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Hoyt Hoelper

Liberal Arts Major(s): German
Other Major: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Hometown: Feasterville, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience has been all of the travel opportunities that were available both through work and the nature of my location in Germany. I have had many rich cultural experiences and met some distant cousins of mine as well as many other great people. In addition I have been able to visit some sites that have great historical importance to my family.

I have gained a great deal of focus and confidence from overcoming many of the challenges that come with moving abroad with minimal support network.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I have gained a great deal of focus and confidence from overcoming many of the challenges that come with moving abroad with minimal support network. From finding an apartment to applying for residency and opening a bank account, there have been many opportunities to grow as a person. I look forward to applying this newfound knowledge to my life at Penn State. In addition to this, I have learned a lot about business I might not have otherwise and improved my German.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Having the ability to work in several different departments has given me insight into many aspects of a business. These experiences will set the tone for what electives I choose to supplement my engineering degree with as well as what internships and career paths I will choose to pursue in the future. One of my career goals is to get paid to travel; having an international work experience will show companies I have the fortitude to relocate and excel in a position in a foreign country.

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Derek Bannister

Capital One
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Derek Bannister

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics, History
Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

Entering into the working world, even if just for a summer, gave me a great idea of what to expect after graduation. I loved getting to know the Capital One culture, and that is exactly what is bringing me back to Capital One as a full-time employee. The other great part of having this internship was getting to know the other interns very well, as a few of them have become some of my very best friends.

Not only did [this internship] help me understand what I want in a full-time job, but it also helped me think critically about my longer-term goals

How did this experience impact you academically?

In terms of academics, having an internship where I learned what I'm truly interested in helped me narrow down my classroom interests. I now have a much better sense of where my strengths and weaknesses are, allowing me to strategically choose classes that will make me a more well-rounded individual. Also, I realized how much I love banking this summer, which played a big role in how I chose the topic of my honors thesis.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship experience could not have been more helpful. Not only did it help me understand what I want in a full-time job, but it also helped me think critically about my longer-term goals. I hope to go to business school for an MBA after working for a few years, and my determination to fulfill this goal was only strengthened by my time at Capital One. I was lucky enough to have a few mentors during the summer that helped me understand how such a goal might look in practice, which helped me contemplate the pros and cons of going back to school for a few years.

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

The Paterno Fellows program has had a hand in all my academic experiences here at Penn State. The honors and upper-level classes that I have taken to fulfill Paterno Fellow requirements have been challenging enough to prepare me for life outside of school while also introducing me to professors who are more helpful than I could have ever imagined. When it comes to this particular internship, the requirements outside of the classroom have provided the impetus for me to pursue an internship. Without the guidance of the Paterno Fellows Program, I'm truly not sure that I would have explored the different opportunities that I have.

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

Lindsey Jacks

Ronda, Spain: Spanish Language and Culture (Summer)
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Lindsey Jacks

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Earth Science and Policy
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of the experience was living with a Spanish family and being immersed in the culture. They cook for you too -- the food is SO good!

[This experience] has made me more confident in my Spanish abilities and excited to learn more about the language and culture

How did this experience impact you academically?

Participating in this program allowed me to major in Spanish. On top of that, my Spanish ability has improved far more than I ever thought it would in only 6 weeks. It has made me more confident in my Spanish abilities and excited to learn more about the language and culture.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This impacted my career goals because I now have another language to augment skills that I learned in my science classes. Having a major in the sciences and in the Liberal Arts equips me with a diverse skill set and the ability to think critically about a variety of topics. In today's increasingly globalized workforce, I know that the ability to speak Spanish will benefit me for years to come and set me apart from the competition when applying for jobs.

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Nicole Trachman

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
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Nicole Trachman

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Minor: Information Sciences and Technology, Security and Risk Analysis
Hometown: Toms River, New Jersey
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience this summer was gaining such vast exposure to the many opportunities open to me upon graduation. Although I was working specifically within the research department, I was able to attend meetings with managers and executives from many other departments (supervision and regulation, community development, IT, etc.) which was a really unique way for me to see the many directions an economics degree can take me. Being surrounded by so much support from the employees at the Bank allowed me to pursue my specific interests and gain influential mentors throughout the process of choosing my next steps.

In my economics courses at Penn State I have learned many economic models and gained strong understanding of economic theory, but it was not until my internship that I was able to truly test my knowledge in an applied setting.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience allowed me to further what I have learned in class and apply it in a more practical research setting. In my economics courses at Penn State I have learned many economic models and gained strong understanding of economic theory, but it was not until my internship that I was able to truly test my knowledge in an applied setting. The projects that I worked on required me to apply what I had learned and create new solutions to existing issues in the research processes. These challenges were an exciting new layer to my education and one that I have been lucky enough to continue in my own work through my senior thesis.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have often considered pursuing a PhD in economics, so working with influential economists that do both research and policy work was the perfect way to understand what that route would look like. After seeing a more up-close view of the research process, I am further convinced that continuing in this field is the right choice for me. I am extremely grateful to have had the experience to interact with economists whose work I have learned about in my classes and ask them in person about any questions I had pertaining to their work. I am even more lucky to have had them to answer questions about the PhD process and reiterate to me that it is not only a good choice but also one that is attainable for me.

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Ryan Westlake

Vienna, Austria: Intercultural Communication (Summer)
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Ryan Westlake

Liberal Arts Major(s): International Politics
Minor: Arabic Language
Hometown: Maywood, New Jersey

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was exploring the beautiful, historic city of Vienna. Vienna is a unique city with so much to offer; every day we found new places with long, interesting histories behind them. I always felt very safe in Vienna, and it was very easy to travel around to the many different parts of the city. Other than Vienna, Salzburg was my favorite place to visit. Just like Vienna, Salzburg has a plethora of history and stories behind the beautiful landscape and infrastructure. The history and quaintness of the country of Austria made my trip both extremely exciting and extremely comfortable.

Not only did this program provide me with a new way of thinking and learning, but it also benefitted my confidence and communication skills, which are necessary to be both a productive student and a productive member of society.

How did this experience impact you academically?

One of the courses included in this program was taught by a teacher from the University of Vienna, and it was taken with other University of Vienna students from various countries and backgrounds. This experience exposed me to different teaching and learning styles that I may have not been exposed to if I did not study outside of the US. Not only did this program provide me with a new way of thinking and learning, but it also benefitted my confidence and communication skills, which are necessary to be both a productive student and a productive member of society.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My career goal is to be able to represent and stand up for the rights of marginalized groups around the world. This study abroad experience was my first time truly living and studying among people with very different cultures and experiences than me. This exposure to different cultures and ideas is necessary for me if I want to work with people from other countries in the future. There were also many opportunities to network with people from various backgrounds, including media companies, the United Nations, and even members of the Kosovo government.

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

Alyssa Salley

Florence: International Studies Institute (ISI) at Palazzo Rucellai (Summer)
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Alyssa Salley

Liberal Arts Major(s): Political Science
Minor: History, Business and the Liberal Arts
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was the ability to dive into the culture of the area and live as if I was from that area. It gave me an opportunity to experience Florence and other cities as more of a local instead of as a tourist.

The best part of my experience was the ability to dive into the culture of the area and live as if I was from that area.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to see the monuments, buildings, and architecture I was learning about in person. It helped me to remember the material more and be able to visualize history. With Florence's rich history and architecture, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I can use this experience for my future goals because I would like to be involved in international politics or affairs. This study abroad opportunity allowed me to have hands-on experience in that field and take classes from international professors relating to international governing bodies. 

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

Brandon Purnell

The Council on Foreign Relations
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Brandon Purnell

Liberal Arts Major(s): International Politics
Minor: Chinese, Security and Risk Analysis
Hometown: Wells Tannery, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was working with one of the preeminent American think tanks on matters of foreign policy. I was able to sit in on panels of foreign policy experts providing cutting-edge research and perspective to Congressional staffers.

The best part of my experience was working with one of the preeminent American think tanks on matters of foreign policy.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience allowed me to leverage the skills and knowledge gained during my study abroad and work with Congress in a way that furthers my pursuit of an engaging career that is relevant to what I have studied during my time at Penn State.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has opened doors to what line of work I will consider post-graduation. Having spent some time with a large nonprofit, I am now more interested in similar roles as a potential career path.

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Erika Pugh

IES: Paris, Business and International Affairs (Spring)
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Erika Pugh

Liberal Arts Major(s): Russian
Other Major: Finance
Hometown: Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

Living in such close proximity to other countries! After class, I would explore Paris as much as possible, and on the weekends I traveled to different cities such as Versailles, Giverny, Fontainebleau, Brussels, Milan, Venice, Rome, Rhodes, Athens, Berlin, and Geneva!

I am more interested than ever in pursuing a career on an international scale after studying abroad.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This particular program exposed me to different aspects of the world economy and emerging markets. I learned a lot more about diplomacy and trade within Europe as well. This experience was also a nice change of pace from my usual business and Russian classes here at Penn State. I got to study French, art history, and economics!

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I am more interested than ever in pursuing a career on an international scale after studying abroad. Living in a different country gave me so many opportunities to learn about different cultures and meet people with very different backgrounds and perspectives.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try something that had nothing to do with my majors (Russian and Finance). I am so grateful for this experience because not only did I learn a lot throughout my semester abroad, but I also developed new friendships that will last a lifetime!

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Darragh Caruso

Florence: Studio Arts College International (Summer)
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Darragh Caruso

Liberal Arts Major(s): Social Data Analytics
Minor: Studio Art
Hometown: Secane, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of this experience was the culture and the friends I made from all over the world. Florence, Italy is dripping in Renaissance Art and history and to have the opportunity to take art classes there is indescribable. My roommates were from California, New York, and India, and it felt like I had known them forever.

To take art classes within such an amazing culture and to walk on streets that art and political legends have walked on taught me more than I could have ever imagined.

How did this experience impact you academically?

SACI allowed me to complete my art minor while looking at incredible works of art by Michelangelo and architecture by Brunelleschi. To take art classes within such an amazing culture and to walk on streets that art and political legends have walked on taught me more than I could have ever imagined.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience shaped the way I view myself and the world. I learned so much about how people view others and about myself. The invaluable lessons that I learned will aid me in how I present myself in a new and challenging setting.

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

Arianna Hilk

UPMC Summer Associate Program
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Arianna Hilk

Liberal Arts Major(s): Labor and Employment Relations
Hometown: Irwin, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience working as a summer associate this past summer with UPMC was the real-life experience. I went to work each day and learned skills that will help me with my future career in the field of Human Resources. My internship with UPMC was nothing like the stereotypical "the intern gets coffees for the office" type of internship. I was invigorated and completely involved with my work.

Academically, my experience with UPMC showed me how important my classes are for my future career.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, my experience with UPMC showed me how important my classes are for my future career. At my internship, I found myself using terms and phrases I learned in so many of my LER courses here at Penn State. For instance, I learned a lot about the Work-Life Balance in LER 472 with Sarah Damaske, which I then translated into my internship this summer.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My internship with UPMC this past summer has drastically impacted my future career goals. I will be graduating in May 2019, and in June 2019, I will complete the summer internship with UPMC for another summer and start applying to full-time positions within the company. I found my love for Employee Relations while working at UPMC.

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

Bruce Beckman

The Morris Museum
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Bruce Beckman

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, Labor and Employment Relations
Minor: Business, Dispute and Conflict Resolution
Hometown: Randolph, New Jersey

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being able to work with letters from famous figures of history like Thomas Jefferson and Charles Darwin. My job was to transcribe the letters so the museum could potentially turn them into an exhibit. Reading and experiencing unique aspects of history firsthand was an unforgettable experience.

Being able to translate knowledge learned in classes into practice to interpret history taught me a lot and was an invaluable part of the internship experience.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Learning many of the functions of museum and archival operations was a key part of the internship. Being able to translate knowledge learned in classes into practice to interpret history taught me a lot and was an invaluable part of the internship experience. Additionally, working with historical objects to identify them, preserve them, and display them for the public was amazing because I got to tell the stories of the objects, gaining a better understanding of how people leave an imprint in the objects that they leave behind.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

As someone with an interest in becoming a lawyer, I will use the knowledge gained in this internship to expand my research skills. Working in a museum's archives was a unique opportunity to develop research skills when researching objects. I hope to translate these research skills to become a more effective lawyer.

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

As a Paterno Fellow, I brought ethical experience from additional classes taken in ethics to my internship. This meant that I, when working with other interns, maintained focus on the tasks at hand. It also meant that I brought my skills as a leader to bear. When I worked with other interns on collaborative projects to identify or research objects, I worked in a collaborative and integrative manner to make sure that we accomplished the task successfully.

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

Sarah Hodes

Donor Direct Action
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Sarah Hodes

Liberal Arts Major(s): International Politics
Minor: French, History
Hometown: New York, New York

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was gaining hands-on experience. Since the non-profit prides itself on little bureaucracy and overhead, their in-office staff consisted of four women. In my capacity, I was able to take part in meetings, attend UN Security Council and working group meetings, and conduct research. I was also able to meet inspiring activists from all over the world who fight for the rights and safety of women.

My internship impacted my academics by expanding my knowledge of the inner workings of the UN and nonprofits, women's issues, and global development.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My internship impacted my academics by expanding my knowledge of the inner workings of the UN and nonprofits, women's issues, and global development. It also helped me expand my French vocabulary as many of the organization's partners are located in francophone countries. I even attended a meeting at the Swedish Mission that was conducted entirely in French.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience impacted my career goals by helping me better understand the UN system and working at a nonprofit. I now have a better understanding of what it is like working within the UN and at organizations that have to navigate their way through its system.

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

Aimee Pizarchik

CET Kunming Program
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Aimee Pizarchik

Liberal Arts Major(s): Chinese
Other Major: Security and Risk Analysis
Minor: Asian Studies
Hometown: Apollo, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

Studying Chinese in a completely immersive environment was absolutely life-changing. There is truly so much to be learned through human interaction, and the connections formed through the commonality of language. Breaking down the language barrier opened my eyes to a world that I would have otherwise never experienced. My time abroad entirely shifted my worldview, and that is what I cherish most about my time in Kunming.

My time abroad entirely shifted my worldview, and that is what I cherish most about my time in Kunming.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Prior to my time in Kunming, I had studied Chinese extensively, but was not very confident in my skill level, particularly my speaking ability. However, spending two months under a language pledge has taken my fluency to new heights. In fact, sometimes I find myself speaking in Chinese more naturally than English!

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Taking my language skills closer to near-native fluency has opened up so many doors in my life. Reaffirming my love for language study has led me for the first time to seriously consider pursuing a postgraduate degree. That being said, should I choose not to, I am now confident my language abilities are sufficient enough to take me anywhere.

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

In a world where liberal arts degrees at times are scoffed at, it is all too easy to become discouraged and choose something more "practical." Had I never encountered Paterno Fellows, perhaps I would have done just that. Thankfully, this program has confirmed for me what I had known all along: there is something of great importance to be had from studying the liberal arts and humanities. I am grateful that the Paterno Fellows Program has given me the means and motivation to continue pursuing my passions.

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

Beverly Stokes

Reggio Calabria, Italy: Language and Culture (Summer)
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Beverly Stokes

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology
Minor: Italian, Psychology
Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being able to learn so many new things. Being in Italy challenged me in ways I hadn't believed it could. I was able to learn more about the Italian culture, the language, the social norms, politics, history and so much more!

This experience impacted my career goals because it made me realize that whether I decide to apply for a federal government job or go to graduate school, I want Italian to be a part of that.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically because it allowed me to realize that learning and continuing with the Italian language is important to me and what I may want to do with my future plans! It also made me realize that I would much rather major in Italian than just minor in it.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience impacted my career goals because it made me realize that whether I decide to apply for a federal government job or go to graduate school, I want Italian to be a part of that. I want to utilize that skill!

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

Claire Ampthor

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Dutch Criminal and Social Justice (Summer)
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Claire Ampthor

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology, Sociology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience abroad was having the opportunity to enhance my education in the field of criminal justice while being immersed in another culture. This simultaneous immersion and education allowed me to learn more about the criminal justice system of the U.S. by comparing it to that of The Netherlands.

The best part of my experience abroad was having the opportunity to enhance my education in the field of criminal justice while being immersed in another culture.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically by affirming my interest in studying criminology and inspired me to declare sociology as my second major, which I feel will diversify me in the job market after graduation.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience exposed me to careers which I had not considered before going abroad and learning about the justice system in another country. In general, this experience broadened my career goals and inspired me to apply for internships in a variety of job fields instead of limiting myself to law enforcement related work.

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

Milan Liu

CIEE: Shanghai, Accelerated Chinese Language
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Milan Liu

Liberal Arts Major(s): International Politics
Other Major: Geography
Minor: Chinese, Women's Studies
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my study abroad experience was having the chance to immerse myself in Chinese culture and learn so much language. I am half Chinese and had traveled to China a number of times before, but always with my family. Having the opportunity to experience this diverse country on my own terms for the first time, and learning so much in the process, was incredibly rewarding.

[This experience] provided me with valuable international experience and foreign language skills and cultivated a career interest I didn’t know I had.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My study abroad program in Shanghai allowed me to finish my Chinese minor after four semesters of Chinese at Penn State – and gave me the chance to learn so much more Chinese than I would have in a classroom in State College!

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Before I participated in my study abroad program, I didn't think I would want to work in China. However, the experience opened up my eyes to all of the opportunities for work in government fields involving US-China relations. It provided me with valuable international experience and foreign language skills and cultivated a career interest I didn’t know I had.

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

The Paterno Fellows language requirements encouraged me to pursue my study of Chinese, which I would likely not have done otherwise. Looking back on how fulfilling my study abroad experience was, I’m so glad I had that little extra push to study Chinese!

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

Austin Rowe

The Hershey Company
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Austin Rowe

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Other Major: Finance
Hometown: Sayre, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my internship experience was definitely the people I met. The Hershey Company has a fantastic corporate culture with amazing people who promote growth in both your professional and personal life. The class of interns we had were also great people. We all immediately became great friends and bonded all summer.

Seeing concepts that were brought up in class using real data strengthened my understanding

How did this experience impact you academically?

It was a great experience getting to use all of the information that I have accumulated in class over the past three years and apply it in the real world. I feel like I learn better hands-on, and seeing concepts that were brought up in class using real data strengthened my understanding. I was even able to grow in areas that I have not had much experience with in college like accounting, marketing and IT infrastructure. So, overall this experience definitely strengthened my learning.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Being immersed in a corporate culture was a fantastic learning experience. Working at a Fortune 500 company with a global footprint allowed me to see the many different functions of a large corporation. I was able to learn a ton and understand which aspects of corporate finance that I liked or did not like. This experience was extremely valuable in shaping my future career path.

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

Kylie Kuhns

White House Internship Program
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Kylie Kuhns

Liberal Arts Major(s): Labor and Employment Relations
Minor: Business
Hometown: Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

Everything with the internship was absolutely incredible as I was able to live history and partake in traditions every day; the best part was working with some of the most incredible people I have ever met. Everyone I worked with was so kind. Whether they were other interns or senior staff members, everyone took time to get to know me and engage in a friendly conversation. One of the highlights was meeting the First Lady and being able to witness in person how sweet and kind she really is. I interned in the Office of the First Lady so I was able to work on something new every day; whether it was policy research for her Be Best campaign, helping with events, or creating media clipbooks, I always enjoyed my time sitting in the East Wing of the White House. I will never forget this truly incredible experience.

I learned something new every day, whether it was from the wise words of a senior staff member or just by taking on a task that I had never completed before.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This was truly an experience like no other; it helped me grow professionally and overall as a person. There were a lot of things that I learned, including life lessons, that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Overall, the internship made me more interested in politics and our government system in general.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship helped me grow professionally and allowed me to network with some really amazing people. I learned something new every day, whether it was from the wise words of a senior staff member or just by taking on a task that I had never completed before. I was also able to learn a lot about our government and some of the incredible achievements happening.

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

Deja Bryant

Department of Justice
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Deja Bryant

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology, Sociology
Hometown: Aurora, Illinois

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being able to network all over the D.C. area. I met people who did everything that I want to do. I learned about opportunities that I could have in my future that I would have never thought of. I really enjoyed being able to experience what it is like working in a major city. I learned so much about myself and how strong I really am.

I learned about opportunities that I could have in my future that I would have never thought of

How did this experience impact you academically?

I figured out that I want to continue my education after I complete my undergraduate degree coursework. I have decided to begin applying for law schools. Being able to experience the things I learn about in class in my actual life was amazing. I fell even more in love with law and crime.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship helped me figure out what I want to do with my life. I always knew I wanted to do something with crime, but I did not know what exactly. This past summer, I was able to map out my plans and the goals that I want to accomplish. I know what I want to do as my career and the steps I need to take to get there. I am excited for my future.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program had a huge hand in allowing me to attend this internship. I did not find out I officially got the internship until two days before I started. Luckily, I had already applied for funds and received them. I was able to pay for my gas to get to D.C. and a place to live for the three months I was there. Without the enrichment funds I may not have been able to get to D.C. in time or pay for a place to live.

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

Ryan Wilson

Workday
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Ryan Wilson

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being engulfed in a completely new work culture and working with technology I had minimal experience with. This really helped me not only develop technical skills with ERP Software and the sprint development process, but also helped me see how the critical thinking I often use in my major can translate to other industries.

Academically, I'm now able to connect the dots between the content I learn in my economics courses and its actual impacts on major firms in our macro-economy.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I'm now able to connect the dots between the content I learn in my economics courses and its actual impacts on major firms in our macro-economy. When we discuss technological innovation shifting our production function up, there's no better place to see how this phenomenon actually develops than in Silicon Valley!

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience solidified my aspirations to work in the software industry. More tangibly, this experience has directly affected my immediate career; after my internship I was offered and accepted a full-time role as a QA Engineer with Workday in the San Francisco Bay Area!

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

Katie Solomon

Penn State Division of Development & Alumni Relations (DDAR)
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Katie Solomon

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Harleysville, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was getting to meet so many people at Penn State that I would not have met otherwise. This includes a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff. The networking opportunity that this program provided me was invaluable and made me feel much more at home in the Penn State community. I also was able to see and learn about just how much philanthropy affects our University.

This experience has shaped my career goals by affirming that I want to work in a profession that serves others

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience actually led me to pursue earning a certificate in Fundraising Leadership. This new certificate program allows me to continue to gain knowledge about development beyond my time as an intern and explore more career options throughout the academic year.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has shaped my career goals by affirming that I want to work in a profession that serves others. I am not sure what that looks like yet, but I am certain that I will find my place.

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

Erin Baumgartner

IES: Madrid (Summer)
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Erin Baumgartner

Liberal Arts Major(s): Global and International Studies, International Politics
Minor: German, Spanish
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

While in Madrid, I took advantage of my central location in Spain and most weekends traveled to nearby cities. While some trips were alongside some close friends I made during the program, the vast majority of the time I explored on my own: walking the cities, visiting museums and historic sites, getting good eats (though mainly cheap eats from bakeries and street vendors!), and simply people watching. I am unbelievably grateful for this time to have been able to explore so much, both in Madrid and other cities.

I have always loved traveling, but this summer showed me how much I value interacting with diverse people and learning about other cultures

How did this experience impact you academically?

While I would say that a large part of my study abroad involved learning outside of the classroom, all of those experiences added to my view of academics, broadening my cultural perspective, and heightened my belief in interacting with and learning from a broad range of students. I have come back to Penn State wanting to further improve my Spanish and with a unique perspective to take into my classes.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have always loved traveling, but this summer showed me how much I value interacting with diverse people and learning about other cultures (aside from aspects of traveling that involve seeing new places and trying new kinds of food!). In the future I will value potential career prospects that are internationally-focused, and I have a particular interest in how different countries interact (particularly as the world becomes more globalized) and how to bridge differences between people.

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

Being able to travel on my own and experience another culture in depth was an unbelievable experience since it was longer than a vacation might be. Although I have always loved travel, being part of the Paterno Fellows Program has motivated me to take even greater steps to want to engage in opportunities while at Penn State. My time in Madrid was a wonderful start, and I will in fact be going on yet another study abroad experience. I continually look forward to and am grateful for the community and support that Paterno Fellows offers.

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

Ryan Insley

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
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Ryan Insley

Liberal Arts Major(s): English, Political Science, Philosophy
Minor: Communication Arts & Sciences (Rhetoric)
Hometown: Doylestown, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

Through my experiences, I was exposed to a broad overview of our present civil rights struggle, including the multitude of hardships afflicting marginalized communities and the thousands of local, state, and nationwide efforts combating inequality and injustice across our country. I was able to engage with the continued movement for civil rights in the heart of our nation's capital, an experience I have always aspired to undertake. As a fair courts intern, many of my responsibilities circled around supporting the Coalition in their judicial advocacy efforts and directly participating in public activism. Furthermore, I was blessed with access to an incredible range of connections across the civil and human rights community. I hope to keep expanding my social network of amazing and dedicated activists and civic leaders through continued relationship building as a result of my experiences.

My passion for public service through civil rights advocacy was further kindled as I worked in the midst of the movement, and I have now been fully inspired to continue this line of work into the professional sphere when I graduate

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience allowed me to directly apply the knowledge gained in my coursework here at Penn State. Working successfully in civil rights requires a broad knowledge of the legislative, judicial, and executive powers that run the United States, an understanding of how the history of our nation impacts current sociological trends, and a grasp of how communications operates to project messages and influence audiences. Through my education in politics and rhetoric, I felt prepared to face the challenges surroundings those areas of knowledge in real-world scenarios.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My passion for public service through civil rights advocacy was further kindled as I worked in the midst of the movement, and I have now been fully inspired to continue this line of work into the professional sphere when I graduate. Come Spring 2019, I will be using the resources of the Career Enrichment Network and Career Services on campus, and the connections I gained in Washington D.C., to apply to jobs in civil rights advocacy.

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

I must offer my utmost gratitude to the College of the Liberal Arts for providing me much needed funding through multiple scholarship programs so I could remain financially stable as a student in our nation’s Capitol. Washington D.C. is an expensive city even to live outside of (between food, housing, and metro, the bills can add-up), and the scholarships I received were incredibly helpful in managing those costs. The fact that members of the Penn State family believed that my future and success was worth investing in means the world, and I aspire to make our University proud as I build off of the insights and tools I gained in Washington D.C.

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

Lena Becker

Yale New Haven Department of Pediatrics Hematology and Oncology
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Lena Becker

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish, Psychology
Hometown: Elysburg, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was moving out of my comfort zone to a new city, all on my own. It taught me so much about myself.

I learned a lot about...how all of the people in the hospital work together to reach the common goals of helping patients and learning more about treatments

How did this experience impact you academically?

I learned a lot about how hospitals work, and how all of the people in the hospital work together to reach the common goals of helping patients and learning more about treatments. I also gained great research experience.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

The internship at Yale will certainly look great on a resume, but more importantly, I can speak to an interviewer about my time there. I participated in two research projects, went to grand rounds, tumor boards, and spent time shadowing the doctors in their daily practice. This further influenced my decision to attend medical school. I believe this experience will help me in my future as an aspiring medical student and doctor.

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

I believe the Paterno Fellows Program helped me get the position, and the honors education I have taken part in certainly helped me to be a better intern over the summer!

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

Rachael Pudimat

Pocket Nurse
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Rachael Pudimat

Liberal Arts Major(s): Labor and Employment Relations
Minor: Psychology, Dispute Management Resolution
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my internship was the wide variety of tasks that I got to experience. I touched every facet of the Human Resources department. For instance, I got to assist with activities in recruiting, benefits, compliance, and so much more. I loved experiencing the different areas and seeing which I preferred over others. Additionally, working in a dog-friendly company created an amazing culture and environment. Seeing various employee’s pets and how they brought the company closer together was an amazing part of my experience.

This internship helped me experience different situations and various interactions with individuals that cannot be taught

How did this experience impact you academically?

There are certain things in the Human Resource industry that are impossible to teach in a classroom, specifically because of the ‘human’ variable in this field. This internship helped me experience different situations and various interactions with individuals that cannot be taught. I am able to bring these experiences back with me into the classroom and use them to benefit my studies. I also get to develop a deeper understanding by connecting my personal experience with the classroom material.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Through this experience, I have learned which area of Human Resources I would like to specialize in. I never thought I would have enjoyed becoming a HRIS Analyst before coming to Pocket Nurse. This impacts my career goals by helping me narrow the broad and complex Human Resources industry into more specialized departments that I now know I enjoy working in.

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

Rebecca Barnes

San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia
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Rebecca Barnes

Liberal Arts Major(s): Linguistics
Hometown: Bear Creek, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was the opportunity to gain experience conducting field research in linguistics. Designing my experiment and working with the inhabitants of San Basilio de Palenque to collect data both challenged and enriched my thesis research, and I learned valuable things about experiment design, troubleshooting, and data interpretation during my time there that I will use as I continue on to my graduate studies.

This experience taught me fundamental aspects of linguistics research.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I was able to work with computer programs that I had not had previous experience with. These include experimental design programs as well as data interpretation programs, both of which I will need in my doctoral studies. This experience taught me fundamental aspects of linguistics research.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Much like the academic impact, I will be using a lot of the techniques and lessons that I learned in Palenque as I move forward in my studies. More specifically, I am very encouraged and interested in pursuing research in this field at the doctoral level next year.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program made this experience possible and encouraged me to document my time in Palenque more thoroughly, which turned out to be useful when I wanted to relive my memories after my departure.

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

Emily Yocom

Minato City Hall; Temple University Japan Campus
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Emily Yocom

Liberal Arts Major(s): International Politics
Minor: Japanese, International Studies
Hometown: Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my internship at Minato City Hall was being able to gain practical working experience in a Japanese government office and speaking Japanese every day. Being able to get a feel for a Japanese office setting and polish my language skills has helped me solidify my career plans and feel more confident in my job search.

This program allowed me to apply what I've been learning about intercultural communication and the Japanese language to a real-world experience

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this program allowed me to apply what I've been learning about intercultural communication and the Japanese language to a real-world experience. I interned with the Global Community Planning Subsection, and I was doing a lot of translation and working with foreign residents of the city, so I was able to see firsthand what it's like from the government side of immigration in Japan.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience helped me put my desire to work in Japan into perspective. Through Temple University, I was able to attend a career panel that opened my eyes to the various career options for Americans in Japan, and it solidified my desire to work as a Coordinator for International Relations with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program to begin a career in intercultural consulting.

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

Walt Newby

Navigant Consulting
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Walt Newby

Liberal Arts Major(s): Philosophy
Other Major: Finance
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my intern experience at Navigant was being given a vast amount of responsibility and having the opportunity to make an impact. During my internship, I was tasked with collecting over 6,000 data points regarding mortgage servicing fees to conduct a benchmark analysis for our client. I was given a great deal of autonomy while working on my assignment. One of the most interesting aspects of the project was the data entry process. All of the data points had to be manually entered into a database, and I oversaw Navigant's offshore team in India to complete this process.

The best part of my intern experience at Navigant was being given a vast amount of responsibility and having the opportunity to make an impact

How did this experience impact you academically?

My time at Navigant certainly influenced my academic plans for my upcoming senior year. I was able to employ my communication skills and critical thinking skills that I developed as a philosophy major throughout my internship. However, there were some technical skills that I realized I must develop. I am taking six credits my senior year to help develop my ability to use different management information systems in the work place.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I felt a sense of fulfillment when my internship concluded at Navigant. Since the experience was also enjoyable, I have decided to return full-time upon graduation. Having this internship allowed me to get a preview of management consulting and assured me that it is a career path I want to pursue.

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

Zack Fernandez

Government Accountability Office
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Zack Fernandez

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics, Political Science
Hometown: Yardley, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part was getting to see the federal government in a new perspective -- learning about it from the inside out. This allowed me to see what the real problems within our national government are.

The best part was getting to see the federal government in a new perspective -- learning about it from the inside out.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience provided me with a desire to give even more to my academics because I saw how I could use the skills that I work with on a daily basis to impact our national government.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has opened up many doors for me. I realized that I want to work as either a consultant or within the federal government following college.

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

Thomas Beeby

Penn State Division of Development and Alumni Relations
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Thomas Beeby

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics, Political Science
Hometown: Cape May, New Jersey

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of the experience was gaining a greater appreciation for different components of the University by seeing the impact of philanthropy firsthand. Furthermore, it was great to get to know some of our incredibly dedicated alumni, staff, and other philanthropic students. The people of Penn State are truly what makes our institution as great as it is, and I am proud to say I was able to interact with them this summer.

The best part of the experience was gaining a greater appreciation for different components of the University by seeing the impact of philanthropy firsthand

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience opened my eyes to so many new areas of Penn State that I had not previously understood or appreciated. Because of this increased exposure to new areas of Penn State, I find myself taking classes that I would not have previously taken before, and it has been a very rewarding experience thus far this semester.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Being that there were so many personal and professional development opportunities that required moments of deep self-reflection, this experience greatly helped clarify my career goals. Prior to the internship, I was planning on going to law school and becoming an attorney; after the internship, I realized my personal values and interests were beginning to go in a different direction. I now hope to get an MBA at some point and go into a career in consulting or finance.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program played a major role in making this experience as rewarding as it was. Because of the enrichment funds from the program, I was able to focus on my internship and not have to get another job on the side to provide housing or my weekly groceries. Further, the Paterno Fellows Programs has challenged me to perform better academically and to achieve my true overall potential.

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

Samhitha Srinivas

Northern Illinois University
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Samhitha Srinivas

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Minor: French, Sociology
Hometown: Bangalore, India

What was the best part of your experience?

I worked on predicting unemployment and wage inflation using an economic model built by the professor and testing its accuracy. It involved a lot of reading, including the works of literature reviewed and not just limited to the relevant economic material. There was a lot of math and statistics involved. I opened myself to applying mathematics in economics and took tremendous effort to calculate errors and deviations and try to minimize them. Inference and its analysis were essential to the progress of this research project. On a personal note, I began to improve on critical thinking skills in research, applying the solution, inferring the result, and presenting it in a simplified manner so that the primary researchers (the professor) can understand it and apply it in their research. The best part was realizing how fun it was to play with numbers in economics even though I was not an expert in math.

I gained a greater understanding of what comprises graduate level and academic research in economics

How did this experience impact you academically?

I worked on predicting future unemployment and wage inflation based on lagged values of the variables in the dynamic labor demand curve under the guidance of Dr. Carl Campbell. Although economists now use revised models of Phillips curves for forecasting unemployment and inflation, I was able to grasp its fundamentals to better engage with other models based on this. I believe that this research experience helped me grasp research methodologies used in economics in academia. I was able to get a basic understanding of the mathematical modelling of Phillips curves, but given my relatively limited knowledge of the same (acquired through coursework), this specific opportunity helped expand my theoretical knowledge and my research skills to be able to work in academic research in economics.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has allowed me to apply my economic coursework to a real-world project. More importantly, I gained a greater understanding of what comprises graduate level and academic research in economics. I intend to pursue a graduate education in economics and subsequently build a career in economic research. Overall, I hope to use this opportunity as a launchpad into academic teaching and research, as I plan on applying for graduate education in Fall 2018 (I intend to start graduate school in Fall 2019).

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

Saul Molina

Office of Congressman Beto O'Rourke
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Saul Molina

Liberal Arts Major(s): Philosophy, Political Science
Hometown: El Paso, Texas

What was the best part of your experience?

Being able to work in congress in any capacity has always been a goal of mine, and being able to do so in an internship program for Congressman O’Rourke involved many amazing experiences. D.C. is a magical place; it is impossible to find a building or street that does not have historical significance. Being able to visit the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress on an almost daily basis was incredible. In addition, being able to meet my own personal heroes Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg was indescribable.

From a young age it has been my ambition to live a life dedicated to helping others, and I was extremely ecstatic when I was given the opportunity to do just that under the guidance of someone I admire and respect greatly

How did this experience impact you academically?

Being given the opportunity to work alongside the most motivated and talented people I have had the pleasure of meeting was an amazing experience. I believe my work ethic improved immensely simply by being in an environment in which passion and kindness were constantly present. Working alongside very dedicated people who constantly worked on improving themselves inspired me to also work hard and improve. Luckily, the determination and passion of the people I met during my internship experience has stayed with me, hence I am determined to continue pushing myself.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

From a young age it has been my ambition to live a life dedicated to helping others, and I was extremely ecstatic when I was given the opportunity to do just that under the guidance of someone I admire and respect greatly, like Congressman O’Rourke. My experience in the internship program allowed me to further develop my leadership skills and construct a foundation for a career in public service. Working under Congressman O’Rourke was a unique experience that has ignited a fire in me which continuously encourages me to pursue a career in public service.

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

Lindsay Simmins

Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project
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Lindsay Simmins

Liberal Arts Major(s): Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Hometown: Laurel Springs, New Jersey

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience that came from participating in the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project was my exposure to a country that I had never been to before. Getting to both travel to Israel and live in Israel for a month was a blessing, and one that I will always cherish. Israel is one of the most beautiful and incredible places that I have ever been, and I am grateful to have gotten to experience it. From its mixed cultures and religions to its stunning coastline and its impressive historical sites, Israel is a country that I am looking forward to returning to in the future. I believe that everyone should visit Israel if given the chance, as it truly is a place that has the ability to both mold and move you if you let it.

No matter where I traveled or when, I was constantly learning and growing academically

How did this experience impact you academically?

My Tel Akko experience impacted me academically in a number of ways. While in Tel Akko, I was able to both earn credits for my university and learn how to properly excavate/handle archaeological materials at the same time. On top of this, I was also able to travel around Israel and experience a number of different lectures from the incredible faculty at Tel Akko. No matter where I traveled or when, I was constantly learning and growing academically; the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project heavily prioritizes education -- as any archaeological excavation that takes students should! As a result, the knowledge that I have gained through my experience in Tel Akko has aided me in my academic growth, and I highly recommend the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project to anyone who is interested in archaeology!

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My Tel Akko Total Archaeology experience has heavily impacted my career goals as this program has taught me how to properly excavate and how to perform as an archaeologist. Therefore, I have the confidence that I need to move forward in my career, as I plan to work as a classical archaeologist in the future. I cannot imagine a better starting point for someone who is interested in becoming an archaeologist than Tel Akko. The attention to detail at Tel Akko is truly phenomenal, and I cannot speak highly enough of it!

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

Sarah Leipham

Arnot Health
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Sarah Leipham

Liberal Arts Major(s): Political Science, Psychology
Hometown: Horseheads, New York

What was the best part of your experience?

Having the opportunity to learn more about the non-clinical aspects of healthcare was invaluable. The healthcare setting is one that has always fascinated me, and it is clear that both medical and non-medical professionals play a role in ensuring that quality healthcare is provided to patients. I was able to work in the Patient Experience department specifically, creating marketing materials to educate staff, aiding in aligning policy with Joint Commission standards, and getting experience with a number of consulting practices. Perhaps the best part was leading the Patient Experience team in planning our booth for the Employee Wellness Fair, where staff had the opportunity to take part in an "Empathy Obstacle Course" to truly put themselves in their patients' shoes. Having the opportunity to learn so much and even make an impact along the way was incredibly rewarding.

I was able to apply the interests I have garnered in the classroom to a real world setting and gained confidence in my ability to pursue and be successful in the healthcare setting.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience showed me that my studies in Political Science and Psychology are very applicable to the realm of healthcare. Here at Penn State, I have tailored my study of Psychology to the industrial-organizational focus, and the very leadership practices and organizational dynamic I have learned about are ones that I was able to see in practice at Arnot Health. Additionally, the interest in policy that I have garnered through Political Science is one that I was able to further explore and understand through this experience. I was able to apply the interests I have garnered in the classroom to a real world setting and gained confidence in my ability to pursue and be successful in the healthcare setting.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience greatly impacted my career goals through real-world experience and networking with other individuals in the field of non-clinical healthcare. I have had the goal of obtaining a Master's degree in Health Administration, prompting my initial interest in this internship. The experience proved to me that I have the ability not only to be successful in that field, but also to enjoy it and the work it entails. Additionally, this internship also opened the door to considering other related career and further schooling possibilities. I became incredibly interested in the legalities of healthcare operations through this experience, thus bringing about the possibility of perhaps going to law school and pursuing healthcare law. The opportunities are truly endless, and I am so thankful for this internship and how excited it made me for the future.

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

Stella Murray

BuroHappold Engineering
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Stella Murray

Liberal Arts Major(s): Italian
Other Major: Architecture
Minor: International Arts, Global and International Studies, Architectural History
Hometown: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was immersing myself in all that London (UK) had to offer! I decided to spend most weekends in the city to take advantage of the restaurants, museums, and history that stretches much farther back than that of the United States of America. In addition, my internship provided me the opportunity to go on site visits throughout the city and view it with a different perspective (i.e. that of an acoustic designer). It is safe to say that I know London like the back of my hand at this point! I had begun the summer with a bucket list of places to visit. By the end of the summer I had fulfilled all of my wishes - and even showed a couple of Londoners around the city! I look forward to the prospect of returning to the city that I know well enough to call a second home.

At the end of my eight-week internship, I feel as though the experience that I had in the city has forever changed my academic approach

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a student in the College of Arts & Architecture, I had envisioned pursuing architecture as a profession upon graduation. Having been exposed to architectural engineering in the first couple of years at Penn State, I realized that I would like to pursue a career somewhere between architecture and engineering. BuroHappold Engineering has provided me the opportunity for two summers to serve as an intern and explore the career possibilities out there. This past summer, I interned in Acoustic Design and learned firsthand the computer programs and on-site testing strategies. At the end of my eight-week internship, I feel as though the experience that I had in the city has forever changed my academic approach. I now view the Bachelor of Architecture as a means by which I reached the conclusion that design is the field for me. In my final year of the B.Arch., I am taking advantage of the time that I have left as a prospective architect prior to entering the workforce as a designer.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

As previously mentioned, I had accepted the offer to attend Penn State with the idea that I would become an architect upon graduation. Since the summer of 2017 (in which I interned for BuroHappold Engineering for the first time), I have been fully exposed to the world of engineering. From 2017 on, I have felt so at home in this world that I have decided to pursue engineering, and lighting design in particular, as a career. Without the opportunities offered to me by BuroHappold Engineering to experiment with electrical engineering, lighting design, and acoustic design, I may not have ever seriously considered a career in engineering. Those opportunities have expanded my worldview and have encouraged me to used my skills of architecture (learned in the pursuit of a B.Arch. degree) in the world of engineering.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program served me in two ways. The first is financially. Due to me being in a foreign country (UK) for eight weeks, I had to pay for everything - including a ticket to get me there! With the help of the College of the Liberal Arts enrichment funding as a Paterno Fellow, I was able to pay for my plane ticket to and from England. In these terms, the Paterno Fellows Program made my internship possible. The second way is more important to me on a personal level. Through the PFP I have learned how to be a leader in multiple disciplines. As a student in the College of Liberal Arts, I was able to use my Italian-speaking skills with my Italian colleagues at work. I showed myself to be a leader and a hard worker. These are two qualities that the PFP has ingrained into my psyche - and I am eternally grateful for it!

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

Samantha Landmesser

Todi, Italy: Italian Language, Art History, and Culture (Summer)
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Samantha Landmesser

Liberal Arts Major(s): Comparative Literature, Philosophy
Minor: Italian, French, Arabic
Hometown: Warrington, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part was sharing the experience with a group of really dedicated students. There were only thirteen other students; they all came from different backgrounds, and it was really amazing to get to know them. I thought it was amazing seeing all the ancient sites of different Italian cities, and the walk through places, while exhausting and sweaty, was the most enriching because it gave time for introspection and conversation with the other students. Furthermore, the home-stay was amazing because by the end I cared so much for my host family and miss them so much. We formed such a close bond, and the home-cooked food was so comforting and brought me closer to the true spirit of the country.

The walk through places, while exhausting and sweaty, was the most enriching because it gave time for introspection and conversation with the other students

How did this experience impact you academically?

Brunella Brizzi was an amazing professor and made sure that we were academically challenged in Italian, expecting perfection and never letting us slide with any grammar errors. Since she is from Italy, she knows the grammar better than anyone, and she knows small aspects of the culture as well. She would give us extra readings so that we could understand cultural context better, and she was the one who helped set us up with all of our internships. Professor Brizzi was strict, but she also believed in us even when we were discouraged by how difficult and new everything seemed.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience opened my eyes to the challenges of living abroad. If I am to start my career in a foreign country like I had always hoped, there will be a lot more challenges and adaptations required than I initially expected. This experience has made me much more sympathetic to those who immigrate from their home countries and must adapt to different cultures. It is not just general differences, but small changes that effect everyday life in ways that one did not even realize particularly mattered. After this experience, I feel I can communicate better and make deeper and more lasting bonds with people who are much different than me. I also feel more confident speaking in foreign languages because, although my accent may not be perfect, it is only through opening myself up to constructive criticism that I will improve with the language and show that I care about the people I am speaking with.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program along with the Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds helped to fund my trip. I would not have been able to go on this trip if it were not for the financial aid that the program offered me. Paterno Fellows also inspires me to increase my academic rigor by increasing the number of degrees I pursue. After spending such a long time in Italy, my professors have been encouraging me to pursue Italian as a third major, and being a Paterno Fellow has given me the confidence to consider myself capable.

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

Jasmine Terrell

Marriott Vacation Club
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Jasmine Terrell

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Hospitality Management
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being surrounded by other students studying in my field every day. They made the internship great because we all were friends and could relate to each other's experiences. I enjoyed the project that all the interns worked on together. We had to come up with an idea to add to the property. It was supposed to be something that we felt our guests could benefit from and was lacking in terms of what we already offered. Ultimately, we came up with the idea of a mobile bar. We did all the research, chose the alcohol, built a demo, gave a presentation and did a happy hour test run which was a great experience.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I think the internship was a great supplement to what I am currently learning at Penn State in the hospitality management program. For example, when working on our intern project proposal we were tasked with finding out how profitable our project would be. I had to look over the profit and loss statements and understand how to read them and the costs of goods sold spreadsheets that were used at the property. Doing this type of work helped me sharpen the skills that I had been learning in class for years. Besides those technical skills, I was able to put soft skills into practice with employees, customers, and management.

Doing this type of work helped me sharpen the skills that I had been learning in class for years.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This was a huge learning experience for me. I have worked in different areas of my industry throughout my years in college. However, this internship was a bit of a challenge for me because I knew very little about working in that department and had never done it before. Since everything was new to me, I learned A LOT. I was able to put into practice some things I had been learning in class like guest communication, guest standards, and more. It was great to be able to get this hands on experience because it makes me a more well-rounded candidate when I am applying for jobs after graduation.

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

Melanie Kovacs

National Museum of American Jewish History
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Melanie Kovacs

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, Jewish Studies
Minor: Art History
Hometown: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

I loved getting to experience every part of museum functions and working with everyone in all of the departments. Everyone was so friendly and more than willing to help and educate the interns in every aspect of the museum. Every door was open, and I never felt intimidated to approach any of the staff with questions about their jobs. The Museum was such a welcoming place and an amazing place for an intern to learn and be involved.

The Museum was such a welcoming place and an amazing place for an intern to learn and be involved.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to apply my research skills to my work in the development office by doing research on prospective donors and matching them with the values of the Museum. I also was able to connect to many different people, both within the Museum and outside of the Museum, to further my thesis research.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

The experience in the Development office really opened my eyes to new possibilities for my career. I had never truly understood the Development career path and was introduced to ways that my skills from my academic work, like research and writing, can apply to a field that I had never considered. It has definitely made me interested in potentially pursuing a career in Development!

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

The Paterno Fellows Program helped in several ways. I was able to use the well-rounded academic experience I've had at PSU through the program to apply all of my skills to the internship. It also helped me use the professionalism I learned from the program. By funding the experience, Paterno Fellows made the internship feasible for me, and I would not have been able to pursue it without them.

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

Megha Tuladhar

Penn State University Libraries
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Megha Tuladhar

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

I was able to get hands-on experience searching for data and information at the Special Collections Library. Through this experience, I was able to learn about the history of philanthropy at the Pattee and Paterno Library. This experience will provide me with skills for any future research work I may do after graduation.

Learning more about how to manage professional work has helped me become more organized

How did this experience impact you academically?

By sharing my experiences and doing weekly discussion posts I was able to share my struggles with professional work. It was very hard to balance an internship as a college student, but learning more about how to manage professional work has helped me become more organized.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I realized how much I enjoy research work by doing this internship. I made it my career goal to further this interest by applying to places that allow me to take part in economic research. I was able to learn how to handle and sort a large amount of data and that has helped me enjoy data refining (which previously I did not enjoy).

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

Carolyn Stoughton

Cuencca and Loja, Ecuador: Teaching English in Ecuador
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Carolyn Stoughton

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Jamison, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

It was great to have the opportunity to make friends from another country. Through a conversation partners program, I met new Ecuadorian friends and learned more about their culture. It was fun to practice my Spanish and talk about important topics like sustainability and cultural values. I even went over my partner's house to make llapingachos, a common Ecuadorian food. This was one of the best experiences of the program.

This program advanced my realization of the value and necessity of learning languages

How did this experience impact you academically?

This program helped me gain new insight into classroom pedagogy. Teaching English in a university classroom helped me reflect on my teaching and connect ideas to what I learned before and after the program. Using my experience to support my current learning enhances my learning and aids in my ability to see how my classwork is interconnected.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience helped me find my passion for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). I knew I always loved language learning, but I didn't realize that I would want to be an ESL teacher until after this program. This program advanced my realization of the value and necessity of learning languages. Also, living with a host family and hearing the adults talk about how they wanted to learn English furthered my desire to open a night school to teach adults ESL.

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

I already studied abroad once and thought that was all I was going to do, but being a part of the Paterno Fellows Program helped me follow my passion to travel and teach, leading me to study abroad a second time.

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

David Cruz

CRIM 451: Race, Crime and Justice
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David Cruz

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology
Hometown: Lowell, Massachusetts

What was the best part of your experience?

I got to translate from Spanish to English for the Venex Curaçao Foundation, explaining the application of correctional policy towards illegal Venezuelan immigrants migrating to Curaçao for asylum.

I got to learn things not only from a criminological standpoint but also from a cultural point of view

How did this experience impact you academically?

I got to learn a lot about the different policing/correctional policies in the country. We compared a lot of the strategies we use in the United States with those used in Curaçao and saw how they applied those distinct tactics to their criminal justice system.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I got to learn things not only from a criminological standpoint but also from a cultural point of view. As a future Air Force Officer who will be traveling the world and experiencing new cultures everywhere I go, this experience helped me further diversify myself and be more open minded about different policies and different cultures.

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

Kelsey Bell

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
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Kelsey Bell

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, International Politics
Other Major: Advertising/Public Relations
Minor: Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
Hometown: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of this internship was being able to cover the agency's lectures and special events. For example, I was given the responsibility to photograph the National Archives' Naturalization Ceremony that takes place on Constitution Day right in front of the Constitution of the United States. This experience provided me with incredible hands-on experience and allowed me to listen to speakers like Former Ambassador Caroline Kennedy address the audience. My work was then used on the National Archives News blog and for public relations efforts.

This experience allowed me to pursue my academic interests in communications and history at the same exact time.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience allowed me to pursue my academic interests in communications and history at the same exact time.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship opened my eyes to how I can combine both my communications degree and liberal arts degrees together in a potential career. It also gave me the opportunity to gain experience working for the federal government.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program helped support my experience by providing me with financial assistance. This award helped me to afford to spend the fall semester living in Washington, DC as I participated in the Stanley E. Degler Washington Program.

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

Angelica Jones

Arcadia: London, University of Westminster
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Angelica Jones

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology
Minor: African American Studies
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being in London. I say this because of the diversity, amazing people, culture, food, accessibility, and many aspects it had to offer. There was always something exciting happening and to go out and explore was a great experience. The city was very easy to navigate -- I relished that fact wholeheartedly. Being from NYC, a very huge city, it's easy to get lost and feel overwhelmed. In London, it was the complete opposite; I felt like I lived there my entire life.

It was challenging to learn about three new subjects of which I had no previous knowledge...these courses prompted me to work harder and push myself to the best of my ability.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically because the three classes I chose (Media Insight & Intelligence for PR and Advertising, The Art of Cinema, and Photographing the City: London) took me out of my comfort zone. It was challenging to learn about three new subjects of which I had no previous knowledge. Without previous knowledge, these courses prompted me to work harder and push myself to the best of my ability. It was a different experience, but I wouldn't change it for the world.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience will impact my career goals because it will let future employers know that I have global experience and that I don't mind traveling around the world. I enjoy learning and experiencing new cultures because it allows me to always have an open mind.

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

Matthew Overmoyer

Center for European Studies: Maastricht, Maastricht University
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Matthew Overmoyer

Liberal Arts Major(s): Labor and Employment Relations
Hometown: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The program had arranged several trips as part of the experience. I went to Berlin, The Hague, and Paris with the CES group and made several great memories. Each of these trips included planned activities (like going to the Louvre and seeing the Reichstag), a guided tour of the city, and time set aside to do some sightseeing of our own. Overall, I enjoyed these trips because of the friends I made and the unique places I saw.

Experiencing a new culture, a different perspective, and new ideas made this trip worthwhile for me

How did this experience impact you academically?

While I did take a Labor Economics class directly related to my major, I enjoyed classes related to culture and the humanities (Dutch Art History) and law and politics (Current Topics in the EU and International Relations). I learned a lot about international relations and why states act the way they do. I also learned a lot about the European Union, including how it is organized. Experiencing a new culture, a different perspective, and new ideas made this trip worthwhile for me.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have always wanted a well-rounded education. It is why I chose to take LER in the College of the Liberal Arts instead of HRM in the College of Business. Before I went on this trip I wanted to work in Human Resources for a company and work toward becoming a Human Resources Manager. That has not changed. What has changed is where I would like to work. I would still largely like to work in the States, but I am not very open to the idea of working abroad.

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

Raymond Hoy

CIEE: Cape Town, Arts and Sciences
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Raymond Hoy

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Other Major: Community, Environment, and Development
Hometown: Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

With near autonomy, an automobile, and amazing weather my friends and I were able to hike, fish, and camp across the country. Our beat-up and blue VW carried us throughout the Western Cape to see the splendor and natural beauty of the country. My favorite trip was our weekend in Infanta. We camped where the Breed river meets the sea; its rich estuarine waters kept us occupied and fed. We fished all day and feasted all night on steenbras, black tail, and mussels, just to fall asleep in the dunes and do it all over again.

I gained immeasurable perspective on my personal and professional goals, and I have a renewed passion for sustainability

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was enrolled full time at the University of Cape Town. I took two economics courses within my major where I learned development economics and public sector theory from some of the most prominent academics in the field. These courses, along with my out-of-major courses on urban geography and performance arts, specifically highlighted the importance of decolonizing the classroom. Each course reframed many Western, Euro-centric theories into local applications within the Global South.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I gained immeasurable perspective on my personal and professional goals, and I have a renewed passion for sustainability, especially in urban housing and food systems because of my experience in my Urban Geography course.

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

Thanks to Paterno Fellows, I was awarded funding so I could experience all of this. I am grateful for this capital as well as the social capital the Paterno Fellows network provides. Emails, newsletters, and friends I met through Paterno Fellows kept me connected to the happenings within the Penn State community.

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

Hannah Welty

CRIM 451: Race, Crime and Justice
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Hannah Welty

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Butler, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

Besides the indescribable views, the people that I spent the week with were absolutely awesome. Every opportunity to expand your interactions with people is worth it. It was really interesting to talk with new people outside of a school setting, especially in a situation where our minds were so stimulated.

I am so grateful to have the chance to immerse myself in other cultures so that I can become a more competent and empathetic person and professional

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience was a great way to get hands on experience in the topics we discuss in class. Going into the prosecutor's office and actually speaking with people from their local government is just one example of taking things that you read about in a book and making them more tangible.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have always known that I wanted to work in the criminal justice system, but this opportunity really expanded my understanding of people and how different people interact. I am so grateful to have the chance to immerse myself in other cultures so that I can become a more competent and empathetic person and professional.

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

Jaagrit Randhawa

IES: Santiago, Chile, Politics, Social Justice & Language
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Jaagrit Randhawa

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Marketing
Minor: Sustainability Leadership
Hometown: Cheswick, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of the experience was learning about the lifestyle and values of Chileans and being allowed into their homes and family gatherings. I had a host mom who took care of me like I was her own daughter. She took me to her family lunches where I learned about family dynamics, values and stories. My host mom was a very active 76 year old woman, and we spent time making jewelry, visiting orchestra concerts, baking, and discussing many political topics. She gave me insight into the Chilean viewpoint on topics such as American politics, Latin American society, and Chilean society.

The best part of the experience was learning about the lifestyle and values of Chileans and being allowed into their homes and family gatherings

How did this experience impact you academically?

Before walking into this experience, I had the goal of becoming fluent in the Spanish language; within the first few days of arriving, I realized that it was an ambitious goal and I would have to work hard to achieve it. However, around halfway through the semester, I began to understand conversations and participate in them without having to rely on mental translation. I was really excited as I neared the end of the semester and realized that I was able to understand a Chilean speaker as they spoke Spanish and an English speaker as they spoke English with equal comprehension. I overcame my fear of speaking and also found myself telling stories conversationally which was what I had hoped for out of this experience. I also learned to read dense news stories, books and articles in Spanish without having to constantly rely on a translator app or a dictionary.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience taught me that I am interested in pursuing a career outside of the United States or possibly working within a multinational organization that supports Latin American consumers. As a marketer, I know that this is an exciting time to be in this field because of the plethora of tools available to today's marketers that allow them to reach and communicate directly with new segments of consumers, including Hispanics, through digital tools. With my new cultural knowledge of Chile and understanding of Latin values, I believe I can create content and reach these populations within the United States with messaging specific to them.

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

Noah Oesterling

CRIM 451: Race, Class and Justice
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Noah Oesterling

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology
Minor: Photography
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The people. I got to meet many new people including classmates and locals. Everyone was so unique and had a lot to share and contribute to the learning experience.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Learning abroad is a good character builder and really helps strengthen your communication skills. Interacting with and meeting the locals on the island helped contribute to my understanding of the course material and race relationships.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience will be nice to include on a resume, and it also helped improve my understanding of different race-related relationships and understandings which is extremely important in the field of criminology. I am looking into joining a law enforcement agency after I complete college, so this experience and knowledge will be very helpful when communicating and interacting with other people.

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

Jieyan Chen

IES: Freiburg, Language & Area Studies
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Jieyan Chen

Liberal Arts Major(s): German
Other Major: Finance
Minor: International Business
Hometown: Liuzhou, China

What was the best part of your experience?

For me, the best part of my experience was being able to immerse myself completely in the foreign culture of a foreign country, and most importantly, enjoying this experience with 30 other students.

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a student who double majors in German, I can tell my German abilities increased very much during my study abroad experience. Being able to speak the language is very important, but being able to understand and love the culture behind it is crucial, especially for a language student like me.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have always expected to have a career related to international business. Being able to live in another country definitely give me new perspectives regarding academy, interpersonal relationships, and cultural and social diversity. This study abroad experience definitely helped me develop my global mindset to a new level.

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

Alyson Ellison

IES: Buenos Aires, Advanced Spanish Immersion
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Alyson Ellison

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology, Spanish
Minor: Portuguese
Hometown: Easton, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The personal growth I noticed at the end of the program was the best part of my experience; immersing myself in a different culture allowed me to grow and become more independent. For instance, when I first arrived in Buenos Aires, I became lost frequently in the large city and often struggled to communicate, despite my several years studying Spanish. However, by the the end of the program, I noticed a change in the way I handled frustration, and I was proud of how much I had adapted to the new setting, despite all of the challenges it inspired.

Immersing myself in a different culture allowed me to grow and become more independent

How did this experience impact you academically?

One of my majors is Spanish, so this was a valuable opportunity to improve my communication skills in the language. Most of my courses were conducted in Spanish, and I had to use the language constantly, even when I wasn’t in class; I ordered food, navigated the city, and communicated with my host family entirely in Spanish, so I was able to improve my understanding in several non-academic settings.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I participated in a service learning project that gave me experience working with people of different backgrounds and communicating with them in a different language. After graduation, I would like to be more competent working in Spanish if the need arises, so this interaction was valuable in improving my ability to do so.

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Sophie Haiman

IES: Buenos Aires, Latin American Societies and Cultures
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Sophie Haiman

Liberal Arts Major(s): Political Science, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Global and International Studies (concentration in Human Rights)
Hometown: Wayne, New Jersey

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was the cultural and language immersion process along with the amazing people I met on my study abroad trip. Immersing myself within an entirely new culture and language allowed me to develop a better understanding of different ways of life and a new appreciation for Latin American culture and the Spanish language.

I have been able to broaden my America-centric understanding of political systems, pursuing studies in courses such as Populism or Argentine political systems to better understand Latin American politics

How did this experience impact you academically?

From an academic perspective, studying abroad in Argentina has allowed me to expand upon my Penn State education. I have been able to broaden my America-centric understanding of political systems, pursuing studies in courses such as Populism or Argentine political systems to better understand Latin American politics. My Spanish language skills have improved due to my home-stay experience, Spanish courses, and conversations with locals. In addition to my language advancement and enhancement of my political science studies, studying abroad allowed me to work in a non-profit, developing a firsthand look at major social issues within Argentina and giving me the ability to immerse myself in an entirely new cultural setting.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

For my desired career in politics, exposure to other cultures and languages will enable me to better understand different viewpoints in terms of political stances, communicate with various constituencies due to my enhanced Spanish language skills, and understand social issues impacting certain sectors of the population. Additionally, my education in Latin American political systems will allow me to reflect on those of the United States.

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Finn Nixdorf

CIEE: Summer, Accelerated Chinese Language
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Finn Nixdorf

Liberal Arts Major(s): History, International Politics
Hometown: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my study abroad experience was the time I spent practicing my Chinese with local Shanghai residents. Although I could not always understand everyone I talked with, this was a great way to enhance my language skills and get some very helpful practice. It felt great to be able to take what I learned in the classroom and use it in an authentic setting. There were several occasions when I would go to the mall across the street from my campus and attempt to speak with my waiter or some of the Chinese students who were at the arcade after class. I had a lot of fun with this because they all knew that I was just learning, and we would have a lot of laughs when I would mispronounce, get my tones wrong, or just say something that made no sense. In any case, it was a great way to improve my language skills and really feel like I was making progress. Now I plan on using my Chinese more around campus

It felt great to be able to take what I learned in the classroom and use it in an authentic setting

How did this experience impact you academically?

In one summer, I was able to complete 8 credits of Chinese language. This made a huge impact and set me ahead by two whole semesters. I covered over 8 chapters in 8 weeks which greatly accelerated my Chinese degree progress as well as my personal language skills. Covering all of this material in such a short time was challenging but rewarding. Working at such a fast pace taught me a great deal about the important and helpful study techniques. Although I had to make adjustments in order to keep up with the pace of the program, I will be better off in the future because of this program.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

A little while after beginning my Chinese degree, I decided that after college I would relocate to China to perfect my language skills and gain some valuable experience living abroad. This program provided me with a taste of what living in Shanghai will be like. For the most part, this study abroad experience confirmed that desire in me to move to China, and I am eager to return to Shanghai. Additionally, with a second major in International Politics, having the experience of living and studying in China will be a valuable tool to use in my future career goals. I aim to someday work in the U.S. consulate in Shanghai or the embassy in Beijing. Now, I have experience living in China and know that I am capable of adjusting to life outside of the United States.

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

The College of the Liberal Arts and the Paterno Fellows Program both played an important role in helping me determine which study abroad experience would be right for me. Speaking with my advisor while keeping the requirements for graduation as a Fellow in mind allowed me to select a program that would give me a great boost in degree progress while still being an enjoyable and memorable summer.

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Alice Lin

Arusha, Tanzania: Biology of Eco-Health (Summer)
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Alice Lin

Liberal Arts Major(s): French and Francophone Studies
Other Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being able to observe animals I have only seen in books, TV shows, and zoos wandering freely across the beautiful African landscape. It was incredible to watch lion cubs play against a setting sun and wait as elephant herds crossed in front of our land cruiser. I loved trekking behind baboon troops and spotting colorful sunbirds through my binoculars. The critical level of endangerment that many species in this part of the world are facing is devastating, and I feel so fortunate to have been able to see them in their natural habitats.

Stepping outside the classroom and into the field introduced me to a whole new way of learning and engaging with my education.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This program taught me the importance of learning by observation. Most of my past courses readily handed me information through lectures and textbooks; however, in Tanzania, my learning was entirely based on what I saw and reflected upon. On game drives, I would notice how zebras often accompany migrating wildebeests. Why? Because wildebeests provide protection from predators. During walks in the bush, I would wonder, why are mongoose feces so shiny? Because they contain mashed up insect parts. Stepping outside the classroom and into the field introduced me to a whole new way of learning and engaging with my education.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

In Tanzania I was able to interact with people of the Maasai and Hadza ethnic groups. These groups have cultures unlike any other I have encountered before, and it was humbling to live with them for few days. I had the chance to carve arrows, participate on a hunt, harvest honey from a tree, and forage for tubers, among so many other activities! As an aspiring doctor who will one day care for patients from many different backgrounds, I believe this experience helped me reinforce the importance of respecting and striving to understand others no matter how different they may seem.

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

Paterno Fellows has given me encouragement and support to seek opportunities beyond the classroom. By taking what I have learned into the field and immersing myself in an environment teaming with life, biological significance, and culture, I have been able to connect more deeply to both my studies and the world around me.

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Mikayla Casey

Temple Summer in Sicily, Biology 3380: Biotechnology Applied to Historical Conservation
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Mikayla Casey

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Security and Risk Analysis
Minor: Arabic
Hometown: Jenkintown, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

Exploring an area of study not directly related to my major - biotechnology - in a global setting showed me the interconnectivity of the many different fields of study. I was able to learn about both culture and science in a completely new and refreshing setting!

I was able to learn about both culture and science in a completely new and refreshing setting!

How did this experience impact you academically?

I knew little to nothing about biotechnology and the processes used for restoring cultural artifacts - furthermore, I knew little about what constituted a cultural artifact and how it might affect foreign cultures today. Interacting with historical media revealed not only scientific techniques but also cultural significance to Italian history and society.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Traveling to Italy showed me the wonders and importance of cultural heritage. Going forward, I hope to pursue a career in a field that will allow me to continue to travel and expand my horizons, perhaps occasionally dabbling in fields not directly tied to my primary fields of study. This would broaden my connections among fields and supplement my knowledge and understanding of my own field with information from other areas of study.

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

I found out about this experience due to a desire to study abroad that was greatly cultivated and encouraged by the Paterno Fellows Program. While I did not find this program directly through the PFP, their encouragement inspired me to branch out and do my own research, an experience I will never forget!

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Erin Doolin

Penn State Justice and Safety Institute
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Erin Doolin

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology, Political Science
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Orange County, California

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being part of the team; I felt like my work was actually helping the institution. I liked being able to sit in on meetings and brainstorm ways to make our operations more effective. I felt like my work was valuable and that I contributed to the team.

I feel as though I have a greater understanding of the American Police system that I can utilize in my future Criminology courses

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience gave me the ability to learn about law enforcement and the training processes of corrections officers and police officers. I was able to apply many of the concepts that I have learned in my Criminology courses to the work I was doing at JASI. Learning how to communicate with law enforcement and learning the terminology used when discussing training and policing has been helpful. I feel as though I have a greater understanding of the American Police system that I can utilize in my future Criminology courses.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience gave me insight into how an office is run, how financial decisions are made, and how working with law enforcement can be unique. This internship has exposed me to a career in a law-enforcement aligned field. I had never considered working in an office like JASI, but now I believe I could have a career in a field like this one.

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

I was given funding that allowed me to participate in this internship, which was extremely helpful. I did not have to worry about out-of-pocket costs, such as purchasing business professional clothing and finding transportation to and from the workplace and the courthouse. Receiving funding gave me a chance to have a great opportunity without having to worry about financing it.

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William Okrafo-Smart

CIEE Internship Abroad: iKhaya Le Langa
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William Okrafo-Smart

Liberal Arts Major(s): Global and International Studies, Psychology
Minor: Economics, Sociology
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The entire international internship experience had profound impacts on me both inside and outside the internship. For the actual internship, the Youth Enterprise Program was the biggest project I worked on. For this project, I had to design, implement, and facilitate a five-week series of workshops aimed at introducing youth of Langa to the foundational aspects of entrepreneurship. The goal was to have the students set up informal business to make their community cleaner, greener, and safer in attempt to begin to reverse the lasting effects of apartheid in their township. Outside of my internship, I met a lot of amazing individuals who became great friends of mine. They challenged my ways of thinking and contributed to my personal development. My words will never be able to aptly describe my experience.

My liberal arts framework guided me in designing the workshops to focus on humanistic as well as entrepreneurial development in my students

How did this experience impact you academically?

In this society, a liberal arts education is not valued as it should be—it is often downplayed and sometimes seen as irrelevant. However, this experience pushed me to extend my classroom education into the real world. My employer was excited to see that I majored in Psychology and Global and International Studies with a Wealth and Inequality concentration. He told me that my areas of study were perfect for understanding and unpacking the intergenerational trauma that haunted the community as well as being able to understand the economic aspects of poverty. My liberal arts framework guided me in designing the workshops to focus on humanistic as well as entrepreneurial development in my students. The critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills I developed allowed me to teach my workshop despite the cultural and language barriers, in addition to the challenges that come with teaching teenage boys! In short, this experience pushed me to work on a meaningful project.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

To be frank, I’m not exactly sure what I would want to do after I complete my undergraduate studies at Penn State. I went into this internship curious about the field of social entrepreneurship and community development. This internship has taught me what it takes to be a social entrepreneur and what it means to work with a community in need firsthand. This experience has empowered me and fueled my passion to work in a position of social change for my long-term goals. I have considered becoming a social entrepreneur, a professor, or getting involved with policy work. After graduation, I hope to continue my education by attempting to tackle real-world problems by working with a non-profit organization.

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

One of the requirements of the Paterno Fellows program is to get an internship or to study abroad in order to enhance our learning experience. Given that this was one of the requirements, I was determined to complete it because I was enchanted by any challenge to enhance my education. Thus, the Paterno Fellows Program helped fuel my desire to obtain this internship experience. In addition to helping fuel my motivation, the program, along with the College of the Liberal Arts, provided me with much-needed funding to make this internship experience possible!

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Jahnobi Das

The Bicycle Shop
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Jahnobi Das

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Minor: Information Sciences and Technology for Labor and Employment Relations
Hometown: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

One of the best parts of my experience so far was managing the company website and having the opportunity to create the shop's staff page. This gave me the chance to interview each and every member of the company and learn about what got them interested in the biking industry, how they began their careers, and the years of experience that they had. Having the opportunity to talk to each person taught me more about the company's culture and how it has been kept successfully running throughout the years.

I learned a lot about how members of a company make up that organization's culture and how much of a contribution each and every individual makes to keep a business successfully running

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically because I learned some effective interpersonal skills by communicating better with others in the workplace. I also developed better writing skills because I had to pay close attention to detail with what I was writing for the website page and ensure that there were no errors. Along with that, I also learned some skills on how to edit a website and manage pages.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience will certainly impact my career goals in a positive way. I learned a lot about how members of a company make up that organization's culture and how much of a contribution each and every individual makes to keep a business successfully running. In the future, in my career, these are key things that I will remember and take into account in my own workplace.

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Daniel Bubb

Lehigh Valley IronPigs
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Daniel Bubb

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Minor: Business
Hometown: Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was getting to learn from one of the best minor league baseball organizations in the country. I'm learning how to become a great salesman while learning the ins and outs of what goes on behind the scenes for a baseball club. I'm gaining great experience interacting with people on the phone and in person and have been adjusting on the fly to all different kinds of tasks and goals. Even when I wake up on a Monday morning and want to go back to bed, I think to myself that I get to go to work at a baseball stadium instead of just a 9-5 office job, so that is a something that makes going into work a little easier.

The best part of my experience was getting to learn from one of the best minor league baseball organizations in the country

How did this experience impact you academically?

This impacts me academically because it allows me to finish my undergraduate studies next fall and allows me to gain credit for all of the hours and time I'm putting into this internship this spring and summer. The experience I'm gaining and things I am learning from my time with the IronPigs are going to pay huge dividends in my post graduation life. I am enjoying writing these discussion posts and essays for my LA 495 internship class because it allows me to write out all of my experiences, and it will give me something to look back on 5 or 10 years from now and see where I started and how much progress I have made.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I started to discuss this in the prior question, but this internship helps my career immensely. All of the full timers in the industry say their careers were kickstarted by completing a ticket sales internship. Basically it is an unwritten requirement that people need to go through this internship to break into the industry. Last summer I completed one with the State College Spikes, so getting to add a second internship -- this time with a much larger organization -- should really help me out with getting a job after graduation. The IronPigs name looks great on a resume, so this season should really put me in good shape for getting a job after college!

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Hoyt Hoelper

wolfcraft GmbH
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Hoyt Hoelper

Liberal Arts Major(s): German
Other Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Feasterville, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience so far has been getting to know my extended German family. They have been very inclusive and made me feel right at home. It is a really special experience to spend some time with people that you are connected to through a shared family history and to see your roots firsthand.

Through these experiences I have been able to figure out what I enjoy working on and what direction I want to take my career.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My German has improved a great deal through constant daily practice; practice like that you cannot get in a classroom. Taking a break from my studies to experience of a full year of work and life in the real world has been a breath of fresh air. I feel refocused and enthusiastic about returning to class in the fall.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Over the past 9 months at wolfcraft I have been exposed to a lot different aspects of what it takes to run a business. Through these experiences I have been able to figure out what I enjoy working on and what direction I want to take my career. Manufacturing really interests me, and I feel at home in an industrial environment.

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Solaia Moccetti

Double Decker
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Solaia Moccetti

Liberal Arts Major(s): German
Other Major: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Rueschlikon, Switzerland

What was the best part of your experience?

Being able to work with young children of all cultures and from all over the world has broadened my perspective. I went to an international high school, so it is nice to experience a multi-cultural environment again. Seeing the children interact and learn every day is impressive, especially because all of them already know two or more different languages at such a young age. Being able to be a part of the learning process for many of these children has been an experience never to be forgotten, as a child's mind is most capable of learning at this age.

People always say that you can learn by doing, and I have definitely experienced this to be true.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This position will allow me to practice my German to the fullest extent, and as this experience is meant to replace my German credits, it is the perfect way for me to learn as much as possible. People always say that you can learn by doing, and I have definitely experienced this to be true. Since I already speak the language fluently, my past German classes have not been as challenging as I had hoped. What I am missing within my German is certain vocabulary and consistent practice. By teaching German to other students, I will also be able to learn more of the language myself as we go. Speaking it on a daily basis around people that also speak the language perfectly will allow me to become more fluent and correct my grammar. I will also use this experience to network within Zurich for future work opportunities.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have also never used German in a professional setting and as there is a high chance I will decide to move back to Switzerland or Germany at some stage throughout my life, I think this position would prepare me very well to work in a German speaking office in the future. Swiss and American work cultures differ drastically from one another, and this has helped me become confident and comfortable in a Swiss work setting. The position will allow me to work in a low pressure but professional environment, which many German speaking offices prefer.

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Stephanie Perez Ginard

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
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Stephanie Perez Ginard

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology, Psychology
Hometown: Middletown, Delaware

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was meeting the inmates and hearing about their stories and perspectives on their current situations. Learning about these inmates has made me realize more and more that these individuals are just people. Something so obvious can be forgotten because the media portrays them as evil and intimidating. In actuality, there are varying personalities and core beliefs found within this population, just like any other population. It is necessary to remember that these individuals have committed a crime, but their humanity should not be taken away because of the choice they made.

I have taken CRIM 100 and read about what kind of things occur within a prison, but nothing compares to actually experiencing what you read

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I am far more knowledgeable about how a prison actually operates compared to what I thought I knew from media portrayal. I have taken CRIM 100 and read about what kind of things occur within a prison, but nothing compares to actually experiencing what you read. It provides a whole new perspective on the same topic - this time not through the eyes of the author, but through your own eyes. I have gained tremendous knowledge about the prison, and I appreciate everyone's involvement in my journey.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has impacted my career goals by giving me a better sense of direction for what I want to do with my future. My goal of becoming a Forensic Psychologist has not changed, but I have become more confident that this is my desired pathway.

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Anelia Slavoff

Athens, Greece: History, Culture, and Archaeology of Greece
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Anelia Slavoff

Liberal Arts Major(s): Communication Arts and Sciences, History
Minor: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Hometown: Poolesville, Maryland

What was the best part of your experience?

I really loved being able to visit the sites that I have been reading about throughout my various history classes. It is really amazing to be able to stand right where the history actually took place, and this program has provided me with the opportunity to do just that. This program has truly made history come alive in a way that I have never experienced before.

This program has truly made history come alive in a way that I have never experienced before.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has been incredibly beneficial academically because I was able to add a minor in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, a field I have always been interested in, through the completion of this program and one additional course.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I am not entirely sure what I want to do with my career, but an education in Classics can be beneficial regardless of what path I go down. This period of history provides context for everything that transpires after it, and it is always important to consider context when working in any field that deals with history and historical interpretation.

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

The Paterno Fellows Program affected my decision to do this experience because I ended up double majoring in History and CAS to meet the program's double major requirements, which actually led me to this specific program. For my Schreyer thesis I decided to combine my interest in rhetoric with my interest in history, and I've decided to focus on ancient female rhetoricians and their impact on later scholarship. I thought it would be incredible to study Ancient Greece to get further context for this area of interest, and this program provided the perfect opportunity to do so. If it had not been for Paterno Fellows, I may not have gone down this path with my areas of study and ended up where I am today.

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Samantha Bruno

Victimization in the Netherlands: CRIM 197/CRIM 422
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Samantha Bruno

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology
Minor: Homeland Security
Hometown: Broomall, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of the experience was getting to walk around the city with the new friends I was able to meet and learn about the country firsthand. We had a tour of the city which I think was the most impactful part of the experience because this man had seen Amsterdam at its worst and was able to give us insight on how it was transformed into the amazing city it is today.

This experience impacted me academically because I was able to ask questions to our speakers that our professors may not have had the answers to

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically because I was able to ask questions to our speakers that our professors may not have had the answers to. I was able to compare legal systems and understand ours a little better.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience will impact my career goals because I was planning on going into law at some point in my life, and seeing how different the two legal systems are has opened my eyes to how people are treated and processed through the legal system. We were able to sit down with a popular lawyer in Amsterdam, and he answered all of the questions I was going back and forth in my mind about considering my future.

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Charissa Skoutelas

Athens, Greece: History, Culture, and Archaeology of Greece
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Charissa Skoutelas

Liberal Arts Major(s): Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Global and International Studies
Minor: Greek, Religious Studies, Geography
Hometown: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The most rewarding part of my experience abroad was being able to take part in the local culture and environment of Athens. While in the past I have had the opportunity to visit Greece, it wasn't until this trip that I had the experience of being one of the locals. Through developing my language skills and learning about local habits, I had the amazing opportunity to be able to call a new city my own and for it to claim me also as one of its own.

My time in a new culture and political system has helped expand my worldview beyond the United States-centered mindset that I think is so pervasive back home

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this experience was invaluable. It offered so many courses in the Classics beyond the basic curriculum offered back at Penn State, allowing me to develop a better sense of what direction in the Classics I would like to take. I have learned, for instance, that I have a deep interest in Greek and Latin translation and literature, and that this is something I would like to pursue beyond my undergraduate career. In addition, as it was a PSU faculty-led program, I was able to transfer all credits seamlessly to continue with my majors and minors with no issue. All in all, this experience teaches you so much about the country of Greece and its ancient roots, which I have to come to develop a love for.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has helped me realize that I would like to go to graduate school in the Classics after I graduate and also that I would love to live in a city and possibly abroad! I don't believe that I would have had these realizations had I not left my comfort zone and studied abroad this semester. In addition, this program has allowed me to develop meaningful connections with the incredible faculty leading and teaching here in Athens. Finally, my time in a new culture and political system has helped expand my worldview beyond the United States-centered mindset that I think is so pervasive back home.

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Jalani Cook

PSYCH 212: Understanding Educational & Vocational Opportunities for Children & Youth in Cambodia
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Jalani Cook

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Hometown: Washington, D.C.

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of this experience was interacting and doing hands-on activities with the Khmer children. Because this experience was a part of a development class, we were able to experience how these children adapt to obstacles, challenges, and new tasks. Being able to interact with the children was heart-warming because they were so happy and energetic.

This experience helped me determine what I want to pursue as a career

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience provided me with new information and experiences. This experience provided me with a historical background of Cambodia, alongside the U.S. In this experience, I've learned that many of the reasons that Cambodia is a "poor" country is because of the many bombs and missiles that the U.S. sent to Cambodia during the Vietnam War. I also learned about Buddhism and the significance of the many temples throughout Cambodia. This experience also broadened my perspective on other countries, their resources, and way of life.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience helped me determine what I want to pursue as a career. Being in Cambodia and learning about their developing educational system helped me realize that education is not valued across the world. For my career, I want to work with youth who have not had the opportunity to be educated due to socioeconomic or family reasons. This experience provided me with the opportunity to experience why education is important and why I should be grateful in all aspects of the system because not all parts of the world are fortunate. As a career, I want to help those in need. This experience allowed me to see children with a desire to learn even though education is an option in this country. I want to help give everyone an opportunity to experience options and things that they are not pushed to do.

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Meghan Lovett

Valencia: University of Virginia, Language and Culture
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Meghan Lovett

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Supply Chain & Information Systems
Hometown: Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being able to live in a home-stay. Being forced to speak Spanish every day improved my Spanish speaking skills; I am grateful to have had this opportunity outside of the classroom. Immersing myself in a different culture allowed me to grow personally. I have become a lot more confident in myself and in my abilities. Aside from learning and speaking Spanish, I learned a lot about their culture and was able to adapt to it. I am so beyond lucky to have had this experience.

Immersing myself in a different culture allowed me to grow personally

How did this experience impact you academically?

One of my majors is Spanish; therefore, I had the opportunity to improve my Spanish speaking skills. I spoke Spanish in restaurants, to my host family, and to people on the streets. By the end of the program, I was able to see how much I improved. All of my five courses were conducted in Spanish, and our study center was a Spanish-only zone. I communicated in Spanish constantly even when I was not in class. Also, these classes transferred over to PSU and were able to fulfill my major requirements.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My two majors are Spanish and Supply Chain. Supply chain is so global now that I hope to be able to use my knowledge of Spanish and the culture to further my career in the business world. I would love to work abroad, and this experience will hopefully help me do that! I also taught children English twice a week and was able to better their skills.

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Courtney Kay

RUS 199: Russian Cultural Immersion
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Courtney Kay

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Minor: Hebrew, Middle Eastern Studies, Global Security
Hometown: Mount Kisco, New York

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part was getting to learn about a specific country and then going out to physically see what you learned. Not only did I learn before the program in class, but every experience while traveling was active learning. I loved being able to talk to Russian students. My favorite excursion was either the Armory, where we got to see all the artifacts of the old Tzars, or the Bolshoi Theatre, where we saw the ballet dancers and orchestras practicing. I also loved being a part of the holiday Maslenitsa, where we were able to partake in a cultural and traditional holiday in Russia. Seeing how any country celebrates holidays is a great way to learn about their culture, and being in the middle of it was awesome.

The best part was getting to learn about a specific country and then going out to physically see what you learned

How did this experience impact you academically?

I learned in-depth about a new country that I had never studied before. Comparing the culture and history of Russia to other countries and cultures that I study will help me examine the phenomena that I want to understand in multi-cultural psychology. I also got to advance my communication skills with international students and by breaking barriers such as language and cultural differences.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Because I want to work in an international organization and with a diverse group of people, it is important that I learn about all the different people I will be interacting with. It is important that I build up skills in order to have effective communication in an international setting. I also want to learn as much as I can about other countries and cultures in order to help with foreign affairs between other countries and the United States. Learning about Russia is imperative to national security and foreign relations in the United States, and I hope this course and travel will make me more marketable and also more desirable in the workforce because of the unique skills and experiences I gained.

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Julia Arsenis

ANTH 140/ANTH 197: Anthropology of Alcohol
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Julia Arsenis

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Minor: Anthropology
Hometown: Northfield, New Jersey

What was the best part of your experience?

As it is impossible to list just one thing that I consider to be the best, I'll name everything that made the experience more than worthwhile. Not only did I get to bond and establish closer relationships with all of the other students and professors on the trip while learning amazing things about the people and culture of Denmark, but I also got to participate hands-on with the learning. We were constantly touring and learning in big groups through museums and historical sites, rather than just in a classroom.

I feel more educated than I ever have before about the culture of alcohol and overall history, structure, and culture in Denmark.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me academically in that I feel more educated than I ever have before about the culture of alcohol and overall history, structure, and culture in Denmark.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has prompted me to continue to take all the measures I can to study abroad again and to continue to study/work outside of the country for the rest of my life. I now am even more intrigued about conducting psychological research in other countries.

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Casey Sennett

FR/JST 197: France and the Holocaust in Film and Literature
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Casey Sennett

Liberal Arts Major(s): Anthropology, Jewish Studies
Hometown: Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience aboard was being able to meet with Holocaust survivors. While we had learned about the events of the Holocaust in class, it paled in comparison to the accounts of the survivors we met. It is one thing to learn about the events of the Holocaust, and it is another to hear accounts from survivors and have the opportunity to ask them questions. With so few survivors remaining, it is extremely important to hear their stories and transmit them to future generations. It was humbling to have the opportunity to meet and speak with them.

While I love learning in class, this trip showed me how important it is to learn inside and outside of the classroom

How did this experience impact you academically?

While I love learning in class, this trip showed me how important it is to learn inside and outside of the classroom. It was amazing to have the opportunity to visit sites we learned about in class. This trip showed me that I should not stop learning about a subject in class or through homework, I need to expand my knowledge and continue learning about subject matter outside of a classroom setting.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience allowed me to learn more about the conservation and preservation of history. We visited many different memorials and museums in Paris, and it was interesting to see how France preserved the history of the Holocaust and the Resistance. It is important to remember history, but it is also important to have an accurate historical record at these sites. Many Holocaust and Resistance plaques and monuments in France, however, were not historically accurate. This trip made me realize how much I value an accurate historical record and how I want to advocate for these errors to be corrected.

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

The weekly Paterno Fellows’ newsletter informed me about this amazing embedded course. Prior to this particular newsletter I did not know what embedded courses were, let alone where they went or what they did. Thanks to Paterno Fellows I was able to take FR/JST 197 and pursue the embedded portion in Paris.

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Tiara Dowling

ART 299: Social and Cultural Explorations in the Visual Arts
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Tiara Dowling

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was the trip we took to Royal National Park. The walk along the cliffs and being near the beautiful coast line was refreshing after being in Sydney. Learning about the history of the park was interesting as well; our guides told us about the individuals who lived on the land years before. The carvings of spirits important to understanding the group of individuals who had lived there were still intact which was amazing. Our guides also introduced our group to creating art with ease and without the need to control how our art turns out. We did a drawing exercise consisting of drawing what was around us such as the trees, the water, and the insects. Additionally, we used what was around us to add color and detail to our drawing such as tracing leaves onto our drawings. Learning about the history of Royal National Park and being able to draw with ease was relaxing as well as informative.

Sharing information with the tour guides about the United States was the best part; it is amazing how much I learned from the tour guides about instances of injustices occurring in Sydney and in the United States.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically this experience was extremely beneficial to my majors in Women's Studies and Criminology. During the trip we learned about the displacement of first nation people and gentrification occurring in Sydney, Australia. The displacement of first nation people and gentrification occurring were particularly interesting to me because I learned about the same injustices being experienced by African Americans in my classes at Penn State. I feel as though being able to apply my knowledge to the experiences first nation people encounter in Sydney, Australia to the experiences of African Americans in the United States was eye-opening. Sharing information with the tour guides about the United States was the best part; it is amazing how much I learned from the tour guides about instances of injustices occurring in Sydney and in the United States.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Throughout the tours and workshops we learned how art can be used to communicate different types of feelings to the observer. I want to work with youth within the juvenile legal system, and, after being on this trip, I feel art can be utilized as a tool of communication. Art crosses so many language barriers, and I learned so much about the cultural practices of first nation people through their artwork. In addition to learning about cultural practices, I also learned about the injustices being experienced by first nation people. Therefore, by using art as an communication tool in my career I believe I can effectively begin a trusting dialogue with the youth I aim to work with, and the youth can use the art to tell me about injustices they may have encountered.

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Shara Chopra

FR 197/FR 199: France and the Holocaust in Film and Literature
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Shara Chopra

Liberal Arts Major(s): French and Francophone Studies
Other Major: Science (Biological Sciences and Health Professions Option)
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of this embedded course for me was the privilege of meeting Holocaust survivors. Without this trip, I would have never had the opportunity to directly talk with and ask questions to survivors. I was honored that they felt that myself and other students could be “passeurs” or transmitters of their stories. Although, I was heartbroken to hear one survivor explain that she felt the rise of anti-Semitism in France to remind her greatly of 1939 - something I will never forget that fuels me to pass on her story and the story of others.

As I move onto medical school, I hope I can be a part of travel experiences to help aid communities as well as supplement my own education in a hands-on experience

How did this experience impact you academically?

While my academic plans have not changed, this embedded course experience has made me more receptive to further educational travel experiences. As I move onto medical school, I hope I can be a part of travel experiences to help aid communities as well as supplement my own education in a hands-on experience.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My career goals are still the same - to become a physician - but in general I feel this trip has helped me become a better citizen of this world, and in turn I will be a better doctor. I hope to become a psychiatrist, and after this experience I think it would be interesting to work with victims of trauma, a thought that came to me after hearing about the mental illnesses the survivor Ester Senot, a survivor of Auschwitz, suffered with.

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Sydney Mingle

PSYCH 299: Understanding Educational and Vocational Opportunities for Children and Youth in Cambodia
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Sydney Mingle

Liberal Arts Major(s): Psychology
Hometown: Statesville, North Carolina

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of the experience was meeting elementary school students from the area and watching them laugh and play games despite the language barrier. Not only did we get to learn about the education systems, but we also got to participate in them.

Being surrounded by children and families that spend years trying to achieve even the smallest level of education motivates me to make the most of the opportunity that I have at Penn State.

How did this experience impact you academically?

We got to see firsthand that many people across the world are not as fortunate when it comes to access to a good education. Being surrounded by children and families that spend years trying to achieve even the smallest level of education motivates me to make the most of the opportunity that I have at Penn State.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I've known for a long time that in my future I wanted to work with younger generations and populations, and this trip has only cemented that fact. Watching the unbridledness of children regardless of their social or financial situation makes me excited to work with children in the future and attempt to make an impact on their lives.

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Sarah Pellegrino

HDFS 239 / PSYCH 212: Understanding Educational & Vocational Opportunities for Children & Youth in Cambodia
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Sarah Pellegrino

Liberal Arts Major(s): Political Science (Pre-Major)
Hometown: Wenonah, New Jersey

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being with the Cambodian students. They had the biggest impact on me because meeting the people from there gave me a greater connection to Cambodia as a whole. It was so eye-opening to see their different way of living.

This experience greatly impacted my career goals

How did this experience impact you academically?

I think this experience has pushed me to take school more seriously. Sometimes it seems okay to miss an 8am or hang out with friends instead of studying. But after seeing how hard it is for students there to get an education and how truly valuable an education is, I plan to work much harder in school.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience greatly impacted my career goals. For a while I wanted to be a Humanitarian Aid worker, but didn't know much about it. However, after meeting with the people who ran this trip and talking to them about their positions, I'm pretty positive it is exactly what I would like to do as well.

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Austin Catania

LER 497: Human Resources in Technology
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Austin Catania

Liberal Arts Major(s): Labor and Employment Relations, Economics
Hometown: South Abington Township, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

This experience allowed me to contextualize Human Resource practices beyond the constructs of a classroom. Every company we had the opportunity to meet reinforced the texts that we had studied the weeks leading up to our excursion, and in doing so, this showed that there are many nuances in the Human Resource practices of companies within Silicon Valley.

This experience has undoubtedly piqued my interest in the Human Resource practices of tech companies.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This course/experience stands tribute to the high level of academics that Penn State provides to its students. After studying various companies and constructs within the Silicon Valley for an entire 7 weeks prior to our trip, I felt confident when conversing with HR executives. This course has sparked in me a great interest in Human Resource practices in the tech industry, and I hope to take more courses aimed at this interest.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has undoubtedly piqued my interest in the Human Resource practices of tech companies. In doing so I hope to one day find job placement at a tech company in either Silicon Valley or Austin, Texas.

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