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  • 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?

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  • Danielle 5:20 pm on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , December, , exit memo, , ,   

    ‘Tis the season! 

    Soo, it’s pretty much December… where did the time go?? It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I started my position as a Conflict Assessment Intern. Slowly, the temperature has dropped (and so has the humidity, thank goodness!), but the research and learning have continued. I do have to say, it was a great first internship to have in DC and will be a wonderful jumping-off point for future endeavors…

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    • lara 8:13 pm on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      very cool about launching ffp’s employer profile on linkedin! it will definitely help recruit future interns : )

  • Danielle 6:44 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Changing Times 

    A few weeks ago, we received a new President at my internship. Now, usually everyone dislikes change in some way (mainly because it brings in the element of ‘the unknown’), but in this case I really think we had a very smooth transition. A former US Dept of State and UN Ambassador, our new president not only is a great leader, but also allows me to look a few decades into the future to see what possible career paths I can follow.

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  • Danielle 9:18 pm on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , confirmation, , ,   

    Total Career Confirmation 

    So, today I had the opportunity to interview of one my colleagues who has recently returned from a trip to Liberia where she helped to implement a two-day workshop to train local leaders on how to best report data to our organization. See, our organization (Fund for Peace), aims to prevent conflict, so it is vital that we have an ongoing and accurate stream of info to do so. What I found out is that, for lack of a better phrase, you don’t know what you don’t know.

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  • Danielle 12:52 am on November 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Coursework or Realwork? 

    So, I’ve mentioned earlier that my coursework and my internship are pretty closely related… this week, I am planning on merging the two even more! See, I am in a small group in my Development Management class that has to turn in a 50-70 page Request for Proposal by the end of the semester. Essentially, we need to come up with a detailed plan on how to best go about the implementation of an education system in three areas located between North and South Sudan. It sounds easy at first, but there are faaar more things to think about than I ever could imagine…

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  • Danielle 5:53 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , half-way point, , , life skills, listening, real world   

    2 Months Down, 2 To Go! 

    So, it’s November 1st. The semester is half-way over and so is my internship. Even though there are no mid-term examinations for work (thank goodness!), you can still look back over the past few weeks and reflect upon what I’ve learned. More life skills than anything, certain aspects of being a successful young professional simply cannot be taught. Communication, teamwork, listening and flexibility are just a few of the many important characteristics that real-world experience adds to the breadth of knowledge acquired in the classroom.

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  • Danielle 3:34 pm on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brussels, capitol, , , European Union, lecture, panel, speakers, , Zimbabwe   

    Where Worlds Collide 

    Having learned, lived and loved working in Brussels, Belgium, I have to admit that I am completely bias towards the moules-frites, cobblestones and chocolate of the EU capital city. It is full of languages, opportunities and a vast network of international relations. However, now a DC resident, I have finally found a city to rival the political science paradise that is Brussels.

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  • Danielle 6:45 pm on October 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , elections, free and fair elections, polling practices, Sudan, , voter intimidation, voting   

    Where Theory Meets Reality 

    Currently, I am enrolled in Development Management, a graduate course in the MPA program where our final project is to design a detailed proposal for an education system in Southern Sudan. Although we have been doing a lot of research, reading and listening to guest speakers, the entire concept of implementation still seemed so foreign to me. I was having great difficulty understanding the fact that even today, many millions of people still face civil war, violence and uncertainty on a daily basis.

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  • Danielle 4:33 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , change, , phone calls,   

    Water, Water Everywhere… 

    My first few weeks of my internship started off like any other would: timing the commute, office introductions, familiarizing myself with the technology and stocking up on office supplies… but this week was drastically different. In a great way. .

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  • Danielle 10:37 pm on September 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , conflict assessment,   

    Why, hello there! 

    Hey y’all: my name is Danielle … I am a New York native but a recent transplant to the DC area. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at American with a concentration on International Management. For my undergraduate studies, I attended Drew University in New Jersey where I majored in both Political Science and French.

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    • brod24 7:38 pm on September 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Danielle. I’m a Political Science major living in Florida. Fund for Peace sounds interesting.

      I figured I’d drop in and keep an eye on your blog. I figure with the common background in politics you’ll probably post something that I’ll feel obligated to converse with you about.

      • Danielle Wilsey 1:43 am on September 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely! I’d love to hear more about your views on Political Science and politics… I’ll be sure to update the blog on a regular basis to keep you informed!

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