Our TeamGet to know the Student Engagement Network interns.
Brian Davis, Senior, Class of 2018
Brian Davis is a senior majoring in African American Studies with minors in International Studies, Civic and Community Engagement, and Sociology. Over his four years at Penn State, Brian has completed five study abroad programs in Haiti, Cuba, Amsterdam, Australia, and Curaçao. He has received over 37 awards for his ethical leadership, domestically and internationally. Brian has held over 20 leadership positions on campus, which includes being a Resident Assistant and the Evening Celebration Director for the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. In August 2016, Brian created a yearly publication for Penn State titled, “Penn State Treasure,” which is a resource guide for first-year and change-of-campus students to navigate campus. His TED Talk has won him national recognition for his thoughtfulness and sophistication on issues of inequality, racism, and the criminal justice system. Brian plans to teach elementary school in the San Francisco Bay Area through Teach For America.
Jessica Malerman, Senior, Class of 2018
Jessica Malerman is a senior majoring in Communication Arts and Sciences with a minor in Women’s Studies. Jessica joined the Student Engagement Network as a member of the first internship program cohort, and has worked on the development of the grant program, Student Engagement Expo, and Engagement Space during her time as an intern. In addition to her work with the Student Engagement Network, Jessica has served as the Executive Director of the State of State conference, a deliberative conference aimed to start a dialogue about the Penn State community. An avid supporter of local and national civic engagement, she has worked as a campus organizer and volunteer for a number of political campaigns. Jessica attributes much of her success to her own experiences with engaged scholarship, and is grateful to have the opportunity to promote these opportunities to other Penn State students.
Jorge Zurita-Coronado, Senior, Class of 2018
Jorge Zurita-Coronado is a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. Throughout his time at Penn State, Jorge has served Penn State students with his role as an At-Large Representative, Vice-Chair, and Director within the University Park Undergraduate Association, Penn State’s undergraduate student government. He has also been a THON volunteer and stood for 46 hours “For The Kids” at THON 2018 during his senior year. Jorge has served as President of the Latino Caucus, the representative voice for all Latino students at University Park. Academically, Jorge has conducted research under the supervision of Professor Amir Fairdosi within the department of Political Science. The research looked into the effects that democratic schools have on student civic engagement and participation in the future. Jorge plans to attend law school to defend the civil rights of all Americans.
Mandy Lin, Junior, Class of 2019
Mandy Lin is a junior majoring in Marketing. She founded a student organization at Penn State Behrend, The Chinese Cultural Advancement Club. The club has successfully managed several events and hosted 500+ students and faculty members. Mandy has won the Most Outstanding Student Organization Officer Award for 2016-2017 at the Excellence in Leadership and Service Award Ceremony. She was also a teaching assistant for CAS 100A and taught students public speaking techniques. At the 2017 Penn State Behrend Leadership Conference, Mandy was a speaker and presenter, and led a session about how to become a founder and leader. Mandy has held three internships in the past, and has two upcoming internship opportunities with Samsung Electronics and The Hershey Company, both in the marketing field. Mandy plans to continue to work with her passion in business and marketing after graduation and toward her goal to make an impact as a business leader in the future.
Molly Borowski, Sophomore, Class of 2020
Molly Borowski is a sophomore majoring in Supply Chain Management with a minor in International Business. Molly has been involved in a number of student clubs and organizations, such as the University Park Undergraduate Association, Penn State College Democrats, and Penn State Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Most recently, she has become a Lion Ambassador where she communicates the University’s personality and history while instilling Penn State pride in current and future students, alumni, and friends. Molly believes in the power of engagement opportunities as they can help students grow socially, personally, and academically. The next step in Molly’s journey is to travel to London to complete a study abroad internship.
Jaclyn Rothenberg, Sophomore, Class of 2020
Jaclyn Rothenberg is a sophomore majoring in Political Science with a minor in Business. Jaclyn has been a Captain for Penn State’s Homecoming Committee for two years. She currently serves as an Alumni and Community Liaison where she communicates with and organizes alumni and community groups for the annual homecoming parade every fall. She joined THON’s Dancer Relations Committee in 2017 where she served as a Fundraising Specialist “For The Kids.” Previously, she has completed two internships—one with her local Senator and one through her Governor’s internship program. Jaclyn values the power of speech in advocacy work, and she plans to continue her education in law school after graduation.