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Economics and business major Megan Monahan ’03 (Lansdale, Pa.) is sharpening her “people skills” and learning how to handle even the most difficult of business situations through an internship with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development at its Lehigh Valley office in Allentown, Pa.

“The USDA provides subsidized loans for non-profit organizations,” the student explains. “I interact with a lot of people because I have to go to different sites and meet with those who are requesting government financing.”

Marcella Duld, rural development specialist, is supervising the internship.

“I learn a lot more when I actually do things hands-on, so instead of reading about business and economics in a textbook, I now get the chance to see how many of the policies and issues that we discuss in class actually work in the real world,” says Monahan. “I really like the idea that now I have a better understanding of what I may want to do in the future in terms of the career I will choose.”

“Lafayette provides a lot of opportunities to its students,” she adds.

A graduate of Lansdale Catholic High School, Monahan is a member of the varsity field hockey team and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She is a Sports Council representative, Meals for the Homeless volunteer, Boys and Girls Club coach, and library assistant.

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