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  • Jenny Leland 6:02 pm on April 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    One of the most important parts of any internship is the end. I think this can be easily overlooked but this is the time to solidify your connection to the university. Whether you are a junior/senior and will be applying for jobs soon or if you area freshman in your first internship, it is important to foster a relationship that you will maintain these relationships. Everyone always says that getting a job frequently is about connections and being in the right place at the right time. So as you end your internship keep this in mind and focus on the future and how these important skills can be applied as you build your network. Utilize email and linked in too!! Also take a look at the career opportunities, for example, some larger organizations have their own career development components and this can be really helpful in the future. I’m really enjoying building my network and feel that as I leave my internship this semester, I am prepared to even come back for more internships or apply for jobs in ther future.

     
  • Jenny Leland 6:47 pm on April 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    As other interns leave, it puts those that are left in an interesting position. You have mroe work and yuo have the opportunity to really show off what you can do rather than with fellow interns. I think this is really interesting because when you are the only intern as opposed to one of a few, it is a very differerent dynamic organizationally. The tought part though is it always seems that as you come to the close of your internship, you really are getting to be part of the staff and the beat of the office. I think I have had a great opportunity this semester to learn a lot and develop new skills of looking at policy crafting in relation to what other organizations are saying about the issue so that you have real substantive context for the work your organization or Member of Congress is doing.

     
  • Jenny Leland 3:48 pm on April 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Intern Top Things to Consider:
    1) Be patient
    2) Be conciseness
    3) Be respectful
    $)Always ask for work and see if others need help–don’t wait to be asked to do something
    5) Be punctual
    5) Dress appropriately
    7) Take time to meet the people you work with and get to know them a bit. IT may seem intimidating but this will be valuable for both you and the people you speak with.
    8) Get to know the organization
    9) Get to know the department you work in
    10) Be energetic
    11) Complete your work to the best of your ability
    12) Never be afraid to ask question or ask for help–it’s better to ask then to hand in something that you are unsure of or that may be incomplete
    13) Substantiate everything

     
  • Jenny Leland 4:15 pm on March 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Through meetings I have attended recently I ahve learned more and more how importatn the Weber idea of bureacracy is in solidifying and clarifying project goals. Have a clear project mangement and organizational structure allows for growth and clear productivity. It really is interesting becasue the “bureacracy” is criticised so much but there really is so much validity to the ideas and as an intern one of the most valuable tihngs I have learned to do is jsut sit and watch and learn and that is something I am doing. IT is always really valuable when course work overlaps with observations!!

     
  • Jenny Leland 2:43 pm on March 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s been incredible working on health care while interning for AARP. They have been really influencial. I watched some of the tlaking head shows on sunday before th passage and many congressional leaders mentioned key items like closing the odgnut hole for seniors which has been something AARP has worked hard to ensure. IT is amazing being parto f this and knowing that the information I look up goes in to policy changes that can havea huge impact. It is knowing that there is a larger context than jsut the organization and that the organization is a very significant part of the context. I also worked for Senator Kennedy for years before this internship and I cna’t help thinking this on’es for him! He ofught so hard for this and would be so proud. So much of the current work could only have been done by things he laid thegroundwork for. He really laid the founation for health care reform and he is so much a part of the health care reform.

     
  • Jenny Leland 6:34 pm on March 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    This has been a busy day! Its funny though becasue I was working on a really seemingly insignificant project compiling packets for folders but it has such a broad and significant impact becasue they are a huge part of contacting and inofrming Hill Staff. It also gave me an opportunity to get to know the staff member I was working with and get to know the organization a bit better too. It is all part of seeing how the policy process works and how small things can make such a big difference in the long run in their implementation. When takss seem insignificant it can really help to look at the context and see how important it really is.

     
  • Jenny Leland 10:57 pm on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Sorry I haven’t written in so long! I have been so busy at work.Huge deadline this week that staff has needed help for, so as an intern, I have had so much todo. I Was happy because they seemed pleased with my work and level of precision. It has been wonderful working through the health care process because we at AARP are external enough that we are not in the thick of it, but a huge player largely considered for direction in the policies. The dichotomy is that as a membership organization, we must always think about policy and political decisions as well as popularity of decisions with our membership. We have a weekly meeting where strategy is discussed and that has been fascinating to watch and be part of.

     
    • fblume 4:29 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What’s the feeling there? Optimistic or pessemistic or somewhere in between?

  • Jenny Leland 2:23 pm on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Haven’t been in the office in a week becasue of the snow!! no one else is here which is a bt nervewracking but I did some work and emailed my boss so we’ll see! It is nice to know that I am able to just get to work without my boss.I think it is a definite sign of learning and progreess in my internship!

     
    • FB 3:28 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just stay safe! Was there anyone else who made it in? Great that you’re feeling like you’re learning!

  • Jenny Leland 4:50 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    great internship day covering health care! There are some interesting new updates to this including the possible elimination of anti trust exemption laws that exempt insurance companies from anti trust laws that are designed to be more customer oriented. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Having a lot of fun tracking this in blogs, news and writing analysis about it!

     
    • FB 7:54 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So, do you think the process of making laws like making sausage? Something you just don’t really want to see?

  • Jenny Leland 8:22 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Jenny Leland Introduction 

    Hello!

    I am junior interning in the Government Relations and Advocacy Campaigns Office of the American Association of Retired Persons. Previously I have interned for the Director of Public Policy in the American Association for the Blind, Senator Kennedy’s Office, Fidelity Investments, Senator Kerry’s Office, Congressman Fank’s Office, the Massachusetts State House and Mass Victory 06.  I am very interested in disability policy, specifically employment policy.  I am a Politcal Science Major with a policy concentration, Music  minor with a vocal performance concentration and in the Leadership Program.

     
    • lara 10:10 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      that’s great, jenny! there are currently more than a dozen AU students interning at aarp this semester. i look forward to reading about your experience.

    • FB 7:30 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You have had a ton of internships! How did you get them? Did you kind of have a plan, or did you network and just see more opportunities open up? Were you always interested in disability issues? Or was that a result of one of the internships?

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