2019 Arnold Grant Internship Awards

The Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program for Experiential Education were established in 2011 to award up to $50,000 per year to support student-faculty research, independent student summer research, and independent student internships. Here is a synopsis of how the grantees benefited from the Arnold’s generosity this past year. 


Mary Beard ’20

Global Studies major

World Affairs Council, Harrisburg, Pa. – Spring Internship

With the goal of pursuing a career in foreign service, Beard is pursuing this internship to learn about ways to communicate on a global level. She will be writing blogs, meeting with prominent political figures, and planning events that have a global perspective. 


Nicole Flohr '21

Global Studies and Politics double major

Protocol Office at the United States Mission to the United Nations – Summer Internship

Flohr will spend 10 weeks discovering the world of diplomacy and government affairs. The Protocol Office has the important job of displaying the United States positively to all visitors and event guests. As an intern, she will help facilitate events at various locations in New York City and be part of the event management process.

“Overall, I want to positively impact the world. This internship will give me valuable experience in government and event management. I hope to develop my intercultural competence, communication skills, and problem-solving. The focus on international and cultural diplomacy also aligns with my career ambitions.” 


Leah Franklin ’20

Business Administration major

Teachers in the Parks, Wyomissing, Pa. – Spring Internship

Franklin will work alongside the executive director and assist in running daily operations and preparation for events and board meetings. She will receive a comprehensive look at how an executive director runs a non-profit organization along with gaining skills in corporate fundraising and professional leadership.


Ally Hepp ’19

Music Business and Audio and Music Production major

Association Matters – Spring Internship

Hepp will intern with Association Matters with a focus on event management. She will plan and coordinate events in collaboration with the firm’s events planner, sponsorship specialist, and director of communications. She will also gain experience with the other areas of association management, including board and committee management, financial management, member management, sponsor management, and communications management.


Christopher Miller '21

Biology major

Atlantis Clinical Fellowship – Summer Internship

In Thessaloniki, Greece, Miller will spend three weeks shadowing doctors of varying disciplines and exploring global healthcare as he pursues an orthopedic physician career path. He will also immerse himself in the history, art, and culture of Greece.

“I hope to gain invaluable traits, and this will give me clinical experience in the medical field on an unprecedented level. The international restrictions on shadowing medical practitioners are much more relaxed than those in the U.S., so I will get a close-up look. I will compare medical practices elsewhere to our domestic system and possibly implement international advantages.”



Mai Phan '20

Global Studies and Politics double major

The Fund for American Studies – Summer Domestic Internship

Phan will spend eight weeks in Washington D.C. to work and study. The program includes academic courses in economics and government with six credits from George Mason University. Phan will be pursuing the international affairs track as she hopes to pursue graduate school in that field. As part of her internship, she will work with one of the international policy groups, think tanks, embassies, or global non-governmental organizations in the area.

“I want to become a political scientist that specializes in Southeast Asia. Before that, I want to go to graduate school to obtain a doctoral degree. My first choice is to work at an international organization that opens opportunities for anyone regardless of their nationality, origins, or race. For example, I have thought of working for the United Nations or the World Bank. I also want to keep doing research, and my focus is on the relationship between Southeast Asian countries and the world.”


D’Anna Sydow ’20

Psychology and Neuroscience major

Ihata Shelter for Abused Women and Children, Cape Town, South Africa – Summer Internship

Through work with a nonprofit, Sydow plans to complete research into domestic violence and achieve her goal of gaining experience in working with individuals who have psychological bruises and learning how to best help those individuals. This internship would help Sydow along her career path that includes a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Arnold Grant Internship Awards

2018 Awards

Jason Allison ’19

Audio and Music Production Major

Anderson Audio – Summer Domestic Internship

Anderson Audio, based out of Harrisburg, Pa., is a live sound company that goes all over the country setting up live sound for events such as music festivals, orchestra concerts, corporate events, and even events at Lebanon Valley College. They are a very well-known and respected group of live sound engineers, and Allison already had the privilege of getting to know them through a class at LVC. Allison’s goals for this internship are to learn about live sound, how it works, and what it takes to run a successful event.


Stefanie Davis ’19

Audio and Music Production Major

ARU-Audio Recording Unlimited – Summer Domestic Internship

This internship will be focused in the field of sound design. The internship with ARU will provide hands-on experience with clients and sound designers. Davis will be able to see the professional process while working with clients. ARU also provides their interns with an individual sound design project which can be used in a professional portfolio. Her goals for the internship include learning recording techniques from professionals, observing the professional process with clients, and adding work to her portfolio.


Katherine Goldsmith ’19

Business Administration Major

Ronny Kobo and Sir Kensington – Summer Domestic Internships

Goldsmith will intern with Ronny Kobo as a marketing intern with tasks including on-site engagements with clients, gathering important data and the updating of spreadsheets, clientele, and inventory. This 10-week internship will consist of supporting the marketing director and department through organization of activities/photoshoots. Goldsmith will also complete a second internship with Sir Kensington where she will support the marketing director and department through the organization of research, changes in social platforms, organizing promotional events, and attending events as well to facilitate their success. She will also employ marketing analytic techniques to gather important data to complete research on trends and the market. 


Erin Kingham ’18 D’21

Psychology, Health Science, and Physical Therapy Major

To Write Love On Her Arms – Summer Domestic Internships

As part of the internship program at To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), Kingham will spend half of each day responding to questions and stories from supporters. She will spend the other half of each day working in one of a few different areas, including the supporter engagement team, the office administration & finance team, and the merchandise team. Her goals for this internship are to learn more about how to run a non-profit organization and gain experience helping those suffering from mental illness, addiction, self-harm, and/or suicide.

2017 Awards

Michael Butcher ’18

Global Studies Major; Spanish & Politics Minor

The Osgood Center for International Studies, Washington, D.C. —Summer Domestic Internship

Michael Butcher, a senior global studies major, had the opportunity to be a part of the Program Associate Internship at the Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington, D.C., for the summer. As part of this nine-week program, Butcher completed a six-week independent research study, along with participating in the institute program, “The Osgood Institute on the Global Economic and Security Order: Concepts, Conflict, and Cooperation.” Through the program, he worked first-hand on current international issues, visited multiple U.S.-based embassies, and attended several “Think Tank” events.



Nicole Files ’18

Accounting, Business Administration, & Spanish Triple Major

KPMG LLP —Summer Domestic Internship

Senior accounting major Nicole Files landed an internship at KPMG, a Big Four accounting firm, after making a connection during LVC’s Accounting Night networking event. She spent the summer working for their Harrisburg office, where she built practical skills through hands-on experience in auditing. Files also worked with different offices of the Big Four company and was offered a full-time position as an audit associate starting after graduation this spring.



Kaitlyn Kennedy ’18

Accounting Major; Business Minor

Pennsylvania Office of the Budget, Bureau of Accounting & Financial Management —Summer Domestic Internship

This summer senior accounting major Kaitlyn Kennedy interned at the Office of the Budget for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. There, she applied knowledge she gained at LVC to governmental accounting. Kennedy completed multiple accounting projects for the state and attended numerous networking events. Upon completion of her internship, Kennedy will receive a full-time position as an executive financial associate.



Devon Malloy ’19

Digital Communications & Global Studies Double Major

University of Maastricht Center for European Studies —Summer International Internship

Digital communications and global studies double major Devon Malloy completed an international internship this past summer at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She interned at the university’s Center for European Studies, leading field trips throughout the city and across Europe for students from colleges and universities around the world. Malloy also created social media campaigns and worked on other digital projects for the university.



Audrey Reiley ’18

Art & Art History Major; World Classics & Philosophy Minor

The State Museum of Pennsylvania —Summer Domestic Internship

Audrey Reiley, a senior studio art & art history major, interned with the State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) in Harrisburg. She conducted research for the PHMC and completed other projects for their Collections Management Department, including preparing the commission’s General Collection and Quilt Collection for online publication. Reiley also researched the genealogy and ownership of museum pieces.



Rebecca Whalen ’18

Politics Major; Law & Society & Business Minor

The Fund for American Studies - The Eben Tisdale Fellowship —Summer Domestic Internship

Senior politics major Rebecca Whalen utilized her Arnold Grant toward participation in the prestigious Eben Tisdale Fellowship in Washington, D.C., during the summer. As a fellow, she interned for the lobbying branch of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, gaining a better understanding of the relationship between government and industry. While in D.C., Whalen attended House and Senate hearings on Capitol Hill and developed her knowledge of national and international issues.


2016 Awards

Hannah Dieringer ’17

Business Administration and Art & Art History Double Major

Delaware Art Museum—Summer Domestic Internship

Dieringer interned with the Education Department at the Delaware Art Museum in summer 2016. She worked on educational programs in the museum and participated in outreach programs at libraries, schools, and parks with the goal of making art accessible to everyone. Dieringer is interested in a career in art administration. 



Timothy Markovits ’17

Digital Communications Major

House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania—Summer Domestic Internship

Markovits received partial funding for an internship with the House of Representatives in the Pennsylvania State Capitol. This opportunity exposed him to the legislative branch of state government, as well as lobbyists, lawyers, and activists. 



Rebecca Sheedy ’17

Biology Major

The Atlantis Project—Summer International Internship

Sheedy spent three weeks in the summer of 2016 in Cuenca, Spain, shadowing specialists in the medical profession to gain an insider’s view into the Spanish healthcare system. In addition to following physicians throughout their daily activities, Sheedy taught English to the doctors and nurses during evening hours. This experience increased her knowledge of healthcare in another country, expanded her cultural horizons, and increased her intercultural competence.



Adam Evanko ’16

English Major

Disney College Program

Evanko has always dreamed of working for Disney. As an English major, movies such as Tangled inspired his passion for writing, and Disney became one of his most prominent inspirations. However, he also recognized that part of what made Disney World great was the dedication of its staff. Through his participation in the prestigious Disney College Program, Evanko established professional connections that will aid him later in life. During his internship, Evanko spread happiness to others in the same way that Disney touched him during his childhood. He enrolled in classes during his time at Disney that educated him about the complicated working of a large, international company. Additionally, he his work in the park provided him with “a dreamland of inspiration.”



Ryan Shesman ’16

Business Major

Internship at the Washington Center

Ryan Shesman wanted to learn about international business and the College’s long-standing program at the Washington Center provided a great opportunity. Shesman secured an internship in Washington, D.C., and gained experience in this area of business, acknowledging that, though he had learned theory related to international business, he would need real-world experience to put it into practice. 

2015 Awards

Corby Myers ’17

World Trade Center Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pa.

Myers continued the tradition of previous LVC students who have interned with the World Trade Center Harrisburg when she worked in marketing, communications, and event planning over the summer of 2015. Her role involved the global resources that are provided by the organization to the local and regional business community. The primary objective of Myers’ internship was to market, communicate, and plan events for surrounding businesses. These events provide resources that will solve and resolve key issues and concerns that Pennsylvania companies experience in the global market. 



Giovanna Ortiz ’16

CWS-Lancaster’s Immigration Legal Services Program, Lancaster, Pa.

Ortiz spent her summer working full-time in an unpaid position to conduct research on case law, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services policies, and court procedures. She also prepared briefs and country condition reports on immigration cases, creating client files, and assisting clients in Spanish and English. The cultural component of the work environment, along with the exposure to immigration law, provided Ortiz with an invaluable experience and help her pursue legal studies in the field of politics, Spanish, international relations, and law. 



Cory Paternoster ’16

Noisy Little Critter Studios, Downingtown, Pa.

Paternoster had the opportunity to work closely in the studio with Mike Bardzik, owner and chief engineer of Noisy Little Critter Studios, on professional recording sessions using equipment common to LVC students as well as new equipment. He also worked with Bardzik on finishing the final pieces of this fully functioning studio, which is a unique internship experience that helped Paternoster learn about studio design and acoustic treatment of sound rooms. The studio, though only two years old, has recorded an impressive list of albums and EPs in their converted historic barn in Downingtown, Pa. It is widely considered one of the most successful independent studios in Pennsylvania. Paternoster helped set up and run recording sessions, as well as physical work in the mainly acoustic treating rooms and gained a complete, hands-on perspective of how a professional studio is established.