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Eric Yang, Business Reference Services Volunteer Intern, Spring 2023. Photo courtesy of Eric Yang.

Reflections of a Business Reference Intern: Eric Yang, Spring 2023

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This guest post was written by Eric Yang, an intern with the Science, Technology, and Business Division.

This spring I had the fantastic opportunity to work as an intern for the Science, Technology & Business Division under my mentor Lynn Weinstein.

Although I was a bit nervous at first, I was able to fully explore my interest in business and in personal finance. I contributed to a research guide on topics in personal finance, such as budgeting and personal investment. As an economics major, I am extremely passionate about promoting financial literacy in my community – for example, I mentor local high school students in financial topics like investing! This internship really allowed me to explore how exactly financial literacy works. Money is important, and financial literacy empowers us to be mindful with money.

A check from republic national bank and trust company. The check is made out to cash for one dollar and fifty cents.
A check made out to cash. (John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax Papers/Library of Congress).

Throughout the internship project, I also researched different trade associations and provided a short guide to different professional fields related to personal finance, such as financial planning. I also compiled a list of websites on financial literacy topics, like retirement and investment, into a neat resource list. I think the amount of information on the internet is immense to the point of overwhelming the user, so our goal is to help make this information more navigable and accessible.

The most meaningful part of this internship is the fact that I can say “look, I did that!” Seeing my work on the website is such a wonderful feeling, knowing that it is available to those around the world. Learning is a process of discovery, and I hope my work can make this process of exploration fun and useful for those interested in financial topics.

Editor’s note: The research guide to personal finance will be published later this year.

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