Three years ago, Danna O'Rourke was unsure of the career path she wanted to pursue with her English degree. An internship with the International Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICST) at Penn State provided new opportunities that firmly set O'Rourke on a future career in terrorism studies and analysis. Since 2006, the center has provided life-changing educational and career enrichment experiences for over 350 Penn State undergraduates like O'Rourke, who served as interns or assistants for numerous research projects. After graduating in May 2012, O'Rourke began advanced studies at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy.
"Interning for ICST was challenging, rigorous and, at times, draining," said O'Rourke. "I was fortunate enough to learn from the Fellows and post-docs who were always kind enough to offer networking assistance and a lot of encouragement."