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Carl Boswell '14

Global Data Analyst, Bloomberg L.P.
Carl Boswell - I am a Paterno Fellow

Carl Boswell '14 Global Data Analyst, Bloomberg L.P.

Carl Boswell - I am a Paterno Fellow

Carl Boswell: Finding His Niche

What prepares someone who completes bachelor's and master's degrees (international politics, international affairs) within five years for a job with the world's leading provider of business and financial information? According to Carl Boswell ('14, '14g), being a Paterno Fellow certainly helped.

"The Paterno Fellows Program was actually something I learned about before I ever set foot on campus," he shares. "I knew immediately it was something I wanted to do. I wanted to come to a big school, be a fish in a big pond, and have the opportunity to reach out and take advantage of the programs that could really benefit me."

The Paterno Fellows Program helped to fund Carl's says two separate internships in Washington, D.C., where he started to figure out what he might like and not like in terms of career opportunities. The first internship, with a lobbying firm whose primary focus was with the defense industry, gave him the chance to spend a lot of time on Capitol Hill seeing the legislative process at work. The second internship was also with a lobbying firm, but one he describes as "private industry meets government."

"The firm was working with private industry clients like UPS and FedEx to see how they could forge relationships on Capitol Hill that could help improve logistical systems in Africa," he recalls. It's really what got him interested "head over feet" in working in private industry; today, he is working in Princeton, New Jersey as a data analyst specializing in Separate Managed Accounts at Bloomberg LP.

"During your internships, you have a chance not only to figure out what you might want to do, but also what you don't what to do," Carl says. "It's not that the internships were bad by any means; it was more about the little niches, and figuring out what you like and don't like. "Do I like a big company or a little company, for example, or how do I perform under pressure—those are intangibles you can uncover when you're interning."

Carl also studied Spanish at Penn State and occasionally gets to put his knowledge of the language to the test at Bloomberg—skills he says were made even stronger thanks to a study abroad experience in Buenos Aires that he completed with travel funding from the Paterno Fellows Program. "Spending time in Buenos Aires really sharpened my communication skills – not just in terms of the language itself, but in terms of being able to communicate with people from other backgrounds and cultures," he says. Carl thought it was especially fascinating to interact with people from another country about their views of the United States. "You can be culturally aware here, but getting a different perspective from outside the country is awesome." "Studying abroad also taught me how to look at challenges and see them as opportunities," Carl shares. "What I learned there has definitely helped me here."

Carl is extremely grateful for the opportunities provided to him as a Paterno Fellow as well as one of the College of the Liberal Arts' other programs, the Chapel Executive Internship Program. "Penn State gave me a lot," he says, "and so I felt the best way to give back was through my effort." And give back he did—Carl graduated as the College Student Marshal, representing all of his classmates at the summer 2014 commencement ceremonies. And today, beyond just being a successful young professional, Carl serves as a Liberal Arts Alumni mentor, helping students define their career goals, reviewing their job applications, and helping them make connections that can lead to internships and full time employment.

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