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  • AU Career Center 8:58 pm on December 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: conclusion, , , wrap-up   

    Another Great Semester 

    A big thank you to all of our phenomenal bloggers this semester. Its been another rousing collection of interesting and engaging internship experiences.

    Just a quick program note; this will be our last semester blogging at This January, The AU Intern blog will move to and take up its new home as one of the inaugural blogs at You can go ahead and take a peek a the new site and some advice from our staff at

    If you or someone you know is interested in sharing and reflecting upon your internship next semester, let us know now. Just email Francine Blume, AU Career Center Director of Experiential Education, or shoot a tweet @aucareercenter.

  • Ellen Miller 12:57 am on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Thoughts 

    I know, I know. School finished already, right? And so did my internship, but I wanted to take a few extra days to gather my thoughts and make this final post worthwhile. My semester was a whirlwind of activity, and not everything always went the way it was supposed to. I think the biggest thing I learned this semester was to be open to change. The content of my internship changed several times throughout the semester, and being flexible enabled me to still enjoy and learn from the experience. (More …)

  • mrbrefast 9:21 pm on December 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cellular phones, direct democracy, End of internship, , ,   

    Ending my ICMA experience; publication from my internship 

    At the end of a 6 month experience, I am wrapping things up here at ICMA.  There are software bugs to either deal with, or pass to the Technology Project Manager.  There are aspects of other projects which all need to be passed off to the respective proper employees who will continue and build upon what I did.  Due to recent changes in personnel, a lot of my time recently has been (and will continue to be, until this Friday) spent showing folks how to properly use the Knowledge Network as staff who have administrative privileges, rather than as a regular user.


    During the course of my time here, I have gained a much deeper appreciation for the very specific problems and pitfalls faced by local governments everywhere, at a level of specificity I never imagined possible.  I have previously blogged here about very, VERY particular problems faced by governments that I got to learn about the nature of while also learning how one might go about fixing or solving them, and that made for a very interesting experience indeed.  The biggest benefit to being involved with the new Knowledge Network here was being at the nexus of so many different initiatives, from public safety improvement initiatives to international development work, to everything in between.  It was all routed through the website, and our users asked questions about all manner of concerns, both within the work that ICMA has already gotten involved in, and to other areas which we hadn’t even considered before; it all made for a dynamic work environment.  Having the office building itself be located near Union Station was also a great aspect to an internship for an AU student (it is on the Red Line of the Metro, and not very far from Tenleytown, making working half a day on Tuesdays this fall, followed by class in the evening, a viable possibility).  In many ways, I learned quite a lot at ICMA, and am grateful for the opportunity to have been there.  Tellingly, amongst the most important lessons learned were those of “yes I do want to work in a non-profit of some sort” and the same time “no, I do not want to work in government at any level,” just based on closely learning what is involved (I like traveling too much to stay in one place!).


    Finally, though I will have to edit this in upon publication in the coming weeks, the following is the link to my final publication from ICMA, regarding Cell Phones and Direct Democracy, is as follows:

    (link forthcoming in early 2011)


    Thanks to the AU Career Center for allowing me to blog here, and good luck to all those in-progress and prospective interns out there!

  • Rosemarie Treanor 9:02 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Reflections 

    This morning was supposed to be my final day at Cardozo, however there was a field trip that reduced our class size to about two people. So our teacher postponed our final lesson until January. When I go back for the lesson we will have pizza and the students will present their final projects. I’m excited! (More …)

    • Sara 9:08 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great job, Rosie! The students of Cardozo HIgh School are better off because of your discussions!

      • Rosemarie Treanor 8:22 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your kind words, Sara.

    • Fran 11:06 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Rosie, you will have something to look forward to in January!

  • Rosemarie Treanor 8:54 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Sensitive Topics 

    Last Friday December 3rd my co-facilitator and I discussed LGBTQ rights within the context of human rights. At our support meeting, we were told to ease into the topic to not stir up unnecessary rowdiness.  We didn’t want to give the students an opportunity to act up when we were discussing such a sensitive topic. Initially we talked about definitions, and then we discussed hate crimes and the recent suicides of homosexual adolescents. At times the class got out of hand, and there were some pretty severe homophobic comments. Their teacher sat with the students and kept an eye on things, thankfully. There was a great Wikipedia site that showed each country and their LGBTQ laws. The chart spurred an interesting conversation when we compared the different laws. Overall, it was a very emotional day. I was taken aback by the homophobic comments, but my hope is that the students were able to get something out of the lesson.


    • Fran 11:10 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This must have been very difficult. I’m sure the students got the message that every human being is special!

      • Rosemarie Treanor 8:23 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It was difficult. Let’s hope the message came across to the students!

  • Rosemarie Treanor 8:45 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    An Amnesty International Plug 

    Hello all!

    Just a quick post on my final Amnesty International HRESC training session which occurred on Saturday, December 4. I couldn’t believe another month had gone by! It was really good to meet up with the other facilitators and discuss our different experiences. Although all of us work at Cardozo and Anacostia, we all have had very special and unique movements with our classrooms. Everyone in the DC area should come to the celebration of Human Rights Day at Busboys and Poets Saturday the 11th at 6:30! Should be a great time for a worthy cause!

    Disclaimer: As always, the opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Amnesty International or the HRESC program. This blog is purely the opinions of Rosemarie Treanor.


  • Ellen Miller 3:33 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , new year's eve   

    A Last Assignment 

    Several communications from my supervisor later and my last assignment was set: some research about new year’s in D.C. Specific dates have actually been my LEAST favorite events to research during my time at Citysearch. Typically because restaurants are notoriously slow-going in planning events like Thanksgiving dinner. But. Moving on. Turns out that there is a myriad of information out there on New Year’s Eve in D.C. Just google it– you’ll see.

    I’m going to write a final post tomorrow, wrapping up all my work and my experience at Citysearch, but I wanted to drop in some “internship tips” before I headed out. These tips are the benefit of three internships: my knowledge (or the little that I claim to have– I’m not the Intern Queen!) comes from all three.

    1. Be honest with yourself. Don’t take an internship for the prestige. You’ll just end up resenting it.

    2. Push yourself. Use your internship as a learning opportunity, not just an opportunity to network or to gain “real world experience.”

    3. Understand that an internship often involves a lot of useless time. Take a book or some homework, and use it.

    4. Know that even when you make mistakes, even when you make the wrong decision you can learn from it.

    And finally…

    5. Pursue what you love. What you want is the only thing that matters. Yes, it sounds cheesy, but it’s so true. We’ll chat more about this in my last post.
    Best of luck to all applying to internships for the spring!

  • Danielle 7:55 pm on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , final exams, , , last week, what i have learned   

    It’s the final countdown. 

    …no not that famous 1980’s song, but the actual final countdown. Today is Tuesday and I will be done with all my exams/papers/internship THIS Thursday! I know it is so cliche, but where has the time gone?? Wasn’t it only last week I was uploading my intro post and getting lost on the metro going to work? How did all of these papers sneak up on me all at once?

    (More …)

  • JMac 12:43 am on December 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Over and Out 

    Hey blog readers, this is my last post since finals are upon us.  I may return next semester, as my internship/job is to continue through the spring.  I don’t have anything poetic to say about all that I’ve learned or any sage advice.  We’ve already talked of acronyms, tips for the workplace, business attire, things to take advantage of downtown, and some of the insights I’ve gained from working at a place I really believe in.

    I could go on a rant about riding the constantly broken and slow DC metro (where does all my money GO????), or about how much I love the musically inclined homeless people who serenade all the K St. nine-to-fivers at Farragut North during rush hour, but I think I’ll just say farewell and wish you the best in your future jobs and internships.

    Remember to never put your bag on the metro seat next to you because no one should have to ask you to move it, always smile and greet the doorman at your office– someone you see every day should be a friend, and for heaven’s sake take the stairs if you work in an office building– you are in the best shape you’ll ever be in!!  Good luck out there, kick *** on your exams, and have a wonderful holiday.

    • lara 8:08 pm on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      sounds like poetic sage advice to me!! hope your finals go smoothly and you have a wonderful (well-earned) holiday break : )

      • Jess 2:09 pm on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        thank you so much!

  • Ellen Miller 6:08 pm on December 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Being at a media organization is, unsurprisingly, completely different than being at a governmental organization. Suffice it to say that my experience at MPD, the Attorney’s Office, and Citysearch have all been unique. I thought I’d use my experience and make you a lil’ list.

    1. At Citysearch, I work at home. So, so different. I’m definitely not used to just pulling myself out of bed in time to long online. Benefits: working from anywhere, avoiding the morning commute, not having to get dressed. Bummers: Not having anyone to talk to all day long.

    2. Workload. Everywhere I have worked has had a different workload. At Citysearch my work depended on whatever I was assigned for the week, and this changed after my supervisor changed.

    3. Communication. Again, working online means communicating virtually, for the most part at least. This leads to a wide variety of situations, particularly those where you are left wondering: is my boss satisfied? Because I can’t tell from that email.

    4. Motivation. Most importantly, it takes a lot of self-effort to work at home all day and to actually get something done. TV, the kitchen, books, the paper I should’ve written last week… it’s all very distracting.

    All in all, I learned something from each and every one of my internships. There are things I am proud of and things I wish I could go back in time and change, but I am grateful for all the opportunities D.C. has afforded me. Just two posts to go, so I’m wrapping it up for you!

    • John Charles 6:33 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ellen: Good points about working from home. This will become more and more common in the future, so many of us will need to get used to the different working experience it is.

  • Andrea 7:22 pm on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Discovery Internship Wrap-up 

    The internship experience from the summer-fall of 2010 has been very rewarding from both an academic and practical perspective.

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  • Andrea 7:14 pm on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A Marketing Managers Perspective 

    Ever wonder what a Discovery Communications Marketing Manager’s perspective is on program content?

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  • Ellen Miller 3:26 pm on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Being my normal, creative self I naturally tried to title this something like “Interning for the D.C. branch of a Los Angeles based company while spending some time home in Texas.” However, as you can see, that got unnecessarily wordy. (More …)

    • lara 8:10 pm on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      such a great list! co co sala is one of my favorite spots in dc : )

  • Rosemarie Treanor 2:21 am on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Women’s Rights- An Off Day 

    Hi all-

    Last week we did women’s rights at Cardozo. When we started it was apparent that everyone was having an off day, it was a Friday afternoon, who could blame them! Honestly it was a typical day in the classroom. We did some activities, read some examples, and discussed our feelings. But what was most interesting was the game we played. Midway through the lesson everything was really slowing down, so my co-facilitator suggested “Big Bootie.” No joke. The “Big Bootie” sings a little tune and everyone has a number. You have to say your number than someone else’s number and keep with the beat. It really got everyone pumped up and happy, and it worked great! We were singin’ and dancin’ the afternoon away!

    This week is LGBTQ rights, looking forward to it!


  • Wyatt 3:07 pm on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abroad, boren, cls, , , fellowship, , fulbright, , , , , nsep, , overseas, , ,   

    Opportunity Leads to Opportunity 

    An internship with the State Department does not have to end once your 10 weeks are up.  There are so many ways to stay involved with State from internships to jobs to scholarship programs.  After you get your foot in the door, throw it wide open.

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    • John Charles 6:34 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the good info, Wyatt!

    • mirandan78 5:01 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This post is a great resource for all students interested in interning at the State Department because sometimes it can get very confusing since there are so many programs and opportunities. I really enjoyed reading it!

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