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  • ericalawton 9:36 pm on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Getting Into the Swing of Things 

    It’s hard to believe that I have spent more than a month interning at Xenophon – time has flown!  Between working, attending classes twice a week (and keeping up with the assignments that go with it), and my assistantship with Prof. Graf, my schedule has been completely packed since the end of the spring semester.  Not surprisingly, though, I absolutely love it.  While the graduate program certainly kept me busy throughout the year (as accelerated programs tend to do), juggling many different tasks and putting everything I’ve learned to use has been a thrill.

    Because much of the work that Xenophon does for its clients is confidential, I won’t go into the particulars of the projects I’ve worked on.  However, I can say that I’ve had the opportunity to complete a variety of tasks, including client research, media monitoring, writing a press release, and creating a social media map.  I’ve also been able to participate in conference calls with clients like The Salvation Army, which has been great in gaining a better understanding of the immense planning and communication that is necessary for any given project.

    I also moved locations in the office, assuming the front desk role after an opening was made available.  It has been interesting to balance my typical projects and tasks with the front desk duties, particularly answering the phones and handling some of the president’s scheduling; I might be an organized person, but I was nervous to take on new responsibilities in a very visible spot.  However, I like that it has given me new challenges and the opportunity to work with more people throughout the office, and I now have an even better perspective of how the office is run.

    • Eric Saltzman 9:30 am on June 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My desk is also in front desk land. The problem is I don’t have “front desk” duties, but, of course visitors coming into the office assume I do. Yet, I probably know less than anyone else here.

      Also, you really should update, it’s been quite a while! :p

  • ericalawton 11:21 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: public affairs, xenophon   

    Hello from Another New Blogger! 

    Hi everyone!  My name is Erica Lawton, and I am one of the new student bloggers for the AU Career Center.  To give you a bit of background about myself, I’m a master’s candidate in the Public Communication program at AU.  Last month, I completed my master’s capstone, which analyzed Barack Obama’s new media strategies in campaigning versus governance and evaluated its effects on a potential “permanent campaign.”  Prior to coming to AU, I graduated from Bryant University in May 2009 with a BA in communication, and I interned at an integrated marketing communications firm in Providence, RI.

    This summer, I’m interning at Xenophon Strategies, a strategic communications firm in downtown DC specializing in PR, public affairs, crisis communication, and government affairs.  I actually found the internship through Twitter; back in February, a Twitter event called “Help a PR Pro Out” (HAPPO for short) allowed participants to network with each other about potential communication opportunities across the country.  After the event, I kept following the #HAPPO hashtag for updates, and one day I came across Xenophon’s tweet about a potential summer internship in DC.  I responded to the tweet, submitted a resume, went in for an interview, and the rest is history.

    I started interning at Xenophon two weeks ago, and I already enjoy it.  I’ve had the opportunity to jump into different projects, do work for clients, and explore social media outlets for new strategies – but you’ll have to stay tuned to learn more!  I look forward to sharing my experiences!

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