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Student Spotlights

With more than 40 majors available within our 10 schools and departments, there is virtually no limit to what you can accomplish with a degree from Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts. Meet some of our current students and alumni and learn about their journey with Purdue Liberal Arts.

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Elizabeth Devoe

Elizabeth DeVoe

Film & Video Studies

The Four, 9 & 10 News

How has your internship helped build skills and clarify your career goals?

It has helped me polish my skills in reporting and producing and get real life experiences working for news stations.                

How do you apply your Liberal Arts skills in your internship?

I have applied my skills I have learned in classes into my reporting and producing. My classes have helped me prepare for this.

Describe your typical day as an intern. 

My typical day as an intern is I come in, I start working on editing the show, and I come up with ideas for the next days or weeks in the show.

What was the most challenging aspect of your internship? 

The most difficult experience has been me knowing that what I do is being aired live, so I do not have room for error.

What surprised you most about your internship?

 It surprised me how experienced I actually was in my field and how quickly I could catch up to speed with everyone else.

Describe the most meaningful experience you had as an intern.

My most meaningful experience has been being able to create bonds with these people who truly care about me moving forward.

Henry Marcel

Henry Marcel

Political Science

Congressman Greg Stanton's Office

How has your internship helped build skills and clarify your career goals?

I have learned so much on my internship. Before coming to the Hill I was unsure whether I wanted to work in politics, and if I did, what capacity that would be in. After being a part of the inner mechanisms of the US government, I have realized that I want to continue to be a part of this terrific democracy. Not only have I learned more about the government as a whole, but I have also gotten to know a lot about how legislation in drafted and eventually passed in the House.

How do you apply your Liberal Arts skills in your internship?

During my work I have to apply many different aspects of my education including research, writing and organizational skills.

Describe your typical day as an intern.  

One of the great things about this internship is that most days are completely different. My standard duties in the job include answering phone calls, leading tours of the Capitol Building, and assisting the legislative team with research and memos. I am also to attend briefings and lectures on a number of different topics.

What was the most challenging aspect of your internship?  

While working 9-6 five days a week has been challenging, the pace and buzz around the office is contagious and means I am always looking forward to coming to work.

Describe the most meaningful experience you had as an intern.

Perhaps the best experience I have had so far is simply meeting different members and staff, as well as learning about many different issue areas.