Liberal arts student merges technology and product design during summer internship at Adobe

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — Creativity and its technological applications have been Sureaya Inusah’s academic passion during her years as a double major in economics and art history at Penn State, and through the funding she received in the part of the Virginia Todd Chapel Executive Internship Program in the College of Liberal Arts, she was able to continue in the field as a solutions consultant intern at Adobe in New York this summer.

Chapel’s Executive Internship Program supports internship experiences for successful liberal arts students seeking high-level career development opportunities in the private sector. The program was created by Virginia “Jinnie” Todd Chapel and her husband, John, with leadership donations creating an endowment now valued at $2.5 million. Virginia Todd Chapel graduated from Penn State in 1965 with a major in English.

This year, the program offered 22 high-achieving students a $5,000 stipend for their internship experience.

Inusah finds empowerment in people-oriented businesses, especially those that reach out to their customers in creative ways. From her freshman year at Penn State, she knew she wanted to embark on a professional career that combined data-driven technology with imaginative design.

“I started as an economics student with the goal of getting into business and really trying to understand how businesses can solve problems and how using user data can help with that,” Inusah said. “I then added art history to tap into my creative side.”

Merging the two has allowed Inusah to “bring out my scientific math side by learning a qualitative understanding while maintaining an appreciation for different cultures and their applications to products.”

Inusah appreciated that his internship at Adobe allowed him to put his specializations into practice.

“It was so cool because I was able to work on the business side — focusing on sales and market research — to understand and create diverse, personalized solutions to business problems,” she said.

As a Solution Consultant Intern, Inusah often brainstormed and presented designs focused on customer interactions and user experience to Adobe. Often, this involved using the various Adobe software hosted by the company, an experience that Inusah says has helped her build her marketing capabilities, including through product presentations.

“On a daily basis, I create these beautiful counterfeit countertops that a company might imagine using for their customers,” Inusah said. “I’m working on it with Adobe XD [an Adobe Creative Cloud product], and it is such an impressive and beautiful product. It will definitely help me in school.

Inusah’s most memorable moment at Adobe was when she traveled to the top of the company’s summer internships in San Jose, California. At the summit, she was able to learn more about building a people-centric company and how Adobe employees can “grow in and through their roles” through the people-driven company culture. advancement and support. This experience at the top combined with her internship experience confirmed Inusah’s desire to continue with technology and consulting.

“I now have a deep understanding of Adobe XD and so many other Adobe products that I will use every day. But other than that, I’ve learned that I like to create ideas, go back and get that idea executed and people can interact with it,” Inusah said. “What I will leave to Adobe is the ability to have purpose in how I present, and not just with the content that I present, but how it is given to people and what is the most effective way for people to interpret it.”

After graduation, Inusah will begin a full-time consulting role at McKinsey & Company, and she plans to take this understanding of how customers interact with businesses with her.

“Using small, tiny data to drive the personalization a customer gets will be extremely helpful,” she said.

Inusah thanks both the College of the Liberal Arts and the Chapel Executive Internship Program for her ability to intern at Adobe this summer.

“The College of the Liberal Arts has always ensured that I stay on track to graduate, and the chapel funding has allowed me to pay for housing and transportation for the summer in New York, which which is notoriously expensive,” Inusah said.

She also thanks the Penn State alumni network for helping her land the internship.

“When I was looking for an internship, I had the opportunity to talk to Penn State alumni who worked at Adobe. They were able to connect me with people within Adobe in the career field I was looking for. “They were so eager to help me and connect me with the right people who made sure I knew what I was getting into and helped me successfully land this internship.”

Outside of business, consulting, and creative design, Inusah is involved with ServeState, a Penn State community service organization that partners with local organizations to coordinate Penn State students as volunteers for various community service events. service. Inusah served as president of the organization in her third year and remains an active member today.

This is the sixth in a series of stories about liberal arts students participating in Chapel Executive Internships this summer. Students interested in applying for a chapel leadership internship for the spring should apply before the December 1 deadline through the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network.

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