Katelyn Smink, of Hatfield, is interning at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN). She is assisting the current Organizational Advancement Director, Amy Shields, from July through August 2015. Her responsibilities will include EASTERN’s recruitment campaign, student mailings, news releases, social media and website updates, and facility tours.
Ms. Smink graduated from North Penn High School in 2012. She is currently a senior at Pennsylvania State University pursuing a Marketing degree. Ms. Smink transitioned from Penn State Abington to Penn State Main.
When she first arrived at Penn State Main, she was overwhelmed. It was difficult making new friends. Ms. Smink, along with some other Penn State transfer students, decided to conduct a focus group to see if other students were facing similar issues. She found out that many change of campus students were struggling, not academically, but socially. So, she decided to create a new student organization for change of campus students called Campus Connect. She has been the President since October 2014 and will continue to run through spring 2015. Their mission is “to facilitate a successful transition to University Park for students arriving in the fall semester of their first year by offering one of a kind experiences, creating a “family” network, and engaging students in campus and community activities. Through formal participation within the organization, members will not only grow academically, but emotionally and socially as well. We hope to create leaders who will further this big brother/ big sister mentality, and support other units within the University.”
Making a difference is a huge part of who Katelyn is. That is why she created three pillars in her organization; community, outreach, and volunteer. Her organization has been approved for Thon, so, they can now start raising money for cancer research this year.
Ms. Smink has received a few awards for her outstanding 3.99 GPA including the Evan Pugh Scholar Award (2015) and President’s Freshman Award (Fall 2012). This year, she was initiated into three honor societies including Beta Gamma Sigma (2014), Golden Key International Honor Society (2014), and Phi Kappa Phi (2014). She has been on the Dean’s list since fall 2012.She hopes to pursue a career in retail marketing or the pharmaceutical industry. After that, she plans on making philanthropy a big part of her life.
Ms. Smink said, “I am very thankful for this opportunity. Ms. Shields is a great mentor and she will further my knowledge in the marketing field.”
Ms. Smink can be reached at 215-784-4806 or via email at SummerAide@eastech.org.