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  • Pinkie 6:24 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Countdown 

    Here I am, wrapping the final week of my internship.
    To sum up, my stint as an intern has been an exciting and a worthy experience.
    Apart from gaining technical knowledge, I have developed and fine tuned my
    inter personal skills, leadership qualities and improved my personality.
    Some of the lessons well learnt include
    -Maintaing good rapport with peers
    -Establishing relationship with the top management
    -Understanding work ethics
    -Maintaining team spirit

    Here is another piece of advice, always end your internship with a positive note.
    Make sure you thank the people who were instrumental in getting you on board.
    Don’t forget to get letters of recommendation or references from your manager and higher ups.
    Take time out and thank each of your co worker personally for having supported and encouraged you through thick and thin.

    I wish good luck for all the students who are going to get into my shoes!!
    Its an exciting world out there, so go ahead and chase your dreams..

    • fletcher 2:49 am on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great advise for all interns to know!

    • David Fletcher 2:50 am on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent way to wrap up your internship experience!

  • Pinkie 3:35 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    As the last few weeks of my internship are nearing, I am racing to finish my tasks. I have been playing around the facebook widget which is primarily used to sign up for newsletters about cancer research and health recipes. I am also working on adding mechanisms for donation, following us on twitter and to sign up for timely updates. The response has been highly positive and has been a good way to engage audience and create awareness about various health issues.

    On a different note, I am working on the Wiki on the intranet to make sure the required information is readily available and easily accessible. Fun times as I have been working closely with the staff to update their bios! Stay tuned as I have more tidbits coming up!

  • Pinkie 8:40 pm on April 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Outreach is an essential part of any organization. Every organization should convey the following key aspects to its audiences
    a) Who we are
    b) What we do
    c) responsibility towards betterment of the society

    Social Media seems to be the buzzword that has revolutionized the perspective of outreach activities. At the click of mouse, information can be shared effectively throughout the globe by leveraging social media sites like twitter, facebook. So, we decided to optimize our dissemination by marking our presence on facebook. Turns out that it is a perfect platform to publicize our content that includes cool videos too. With some great apps and a few days of creativity we ended up with a page that showcases our goals and objectives. I am sure this marks a new direction to our social media strategy.

  • Pinkie 11:30 pm on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Intern survial kit 

    Well, you read it right. Getting an internship is just the tip of the iceberg. You need to plan well ahead as to how you would sail throughout the semester to come out with flying colors. Some of the key factors that have helped me throughout my stint and might be worth pondering are to

    * Understand the goals of the Organization
    * Respect Team members and never show signs of ego or arrogance
    * Always display the attitude – “If my team wins, I win”
    * Display high levels of enthusiasm and motivation
    * Be unique and think out of the box
    * Never assume, always ask and clarify
    * Last but not the least, know well ahead what is expected during your stint and try to exceed
    the expectations, if possible.

    At the end of your stint, make sure to ask your Manager for feedback on how you handled tasks and the ways in which you could have done better. Constructive feedback is the foundation for a rock solid career and make sure you build it perfect!

  • Pinkie 1:09 pm on April 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Attitude at Work 

    As an intern, apart from working on fun and challenging projects,I realized that one of the most important aspects in a work environment is building cordial relationships with your colleagues.

    It’s a good practice to establish commendable rapport with your peers.
    It would enhances team spirit and enrich you as a person and a better human being.

    Well, the more you get to know a person, the better and you would be able to appreciate their worth.You might not know, you may have a friend waiting to be unleashed within your colleague.

    Are you still contemplating??
    A small smile or just a “hello”,when your colleague passes by, would be a great start.It might sound ridiculous to some, but it does help in the long way. Well, people would appreciate your act, though you might not realize it.

    Try it out and feel the difference. You will be happy that you started your day on a positive note.

  • Pinkie 3:51 pm on March 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Hey Folks, My internship still continues to excite me. I have been working on creating a internal Wikipedia for my work place which would be a one stop solution to find all documents. A very good learning curve for me as I try to master the formats and tags to turn this project into reality.

    It’s a huge leap forward and my colleagues appreciate my determination to make this happen. I am sure this will avoid bottlenecks in terms of retrieving documents at the quintessential minute. Hopefully, people would be self sufficient to browse and find what they want at the click of a mouse. This makes one appreciate the fact that technology has become an indispensable part of life and plays a crucial role in the betterment of the quality of our lives.

    Looking forward to more such exciting and challenging projects which will make a difference!

  • Pinkie 12:32 pm on March 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Its’ been a fantabulous week. I have been working on another interesting project which involves digitizing our documents on the intranet. The objective of this project is to help the staff easily search and navigate the documents online, in electronic format. Voila, we succeeded after a long tirade.

    It’s always amazing to see how technology can transform lives and improve the quality of work. I am glad that I played an active part in this initiative and I am sure it is a milestone to reckon. Stay tuned as I share more interesting stuff!

  • Pinkie 11:50 am on March 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Valuable Work ethic 

    Like every other student out there, I was enthralled at the very thought of Spring break. Soon, I realized that I would have to be away from the internship during the break but my Management was flexible to accommodate my schedule. Such an understanding team! Hey, wait but since I am the only web intern around, I paused for a moment and wondered what if there are time sensitive requests that need my attention during that period. So, I touched base with my Manager to let him know that he can reach out to me, if needed. It’s always a good thought to make sure your Management knows where and how to find you and it sets a good precedent that you are dedicated and committed to the organization. Also, it shows that you give more respect to work and shoulder responsibility. No wonder, it creates an indelible impression of the quality and work ethics of the future eagles who might end up working at the same place.

  • Pinkie 12:57 am on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Fun at work 

    Hi Folks

    I am back in action. Hope everyone had a wonderful spring break.  I just completed working on a fun but challenging project at my work place and I would like to share it with you.

    My colleagues were looking to organize a live health professionals’ online chat session on the AICR website and needed help in figuring out an appropriate solution. Being a web intern, I jumped on the opportunity as I thought this would be a great way to help them achieve their goals as well explore my hidden potential. I sat down with my Manager and chalked out the three most important aspects needed for any project

    a)Goal- What are we trying to accomplish?

    b)How are we trying to accomplish?

    c)budget involved

    d)What is the expected outcome?

    Having obtained a solid clarity on these, I started the exploring a list of options, out in the market.

    I started with a simple matrix with the above parameters in mind. Soon, I came up with a list of possible solutions.

    Then, I went back to my Manager and provided a synopsis of my research. We figured out the most optimal solution and tried a sample mockup. Voila,  it worked and we were happy as it turned out to be great.  We then conducted our first online live chat session with the public and the response has been tremendous. I am glad and proud that I had made a difference in the way we conduct our outreach activities with the public and this gave me a lot of satisfaction.

    I am looking forward for more such challenging opportunities as this is just one feather in my cap..More to come, stay tuned!

    • fblume 4:17 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That is really cool! What platform did you use for your chat?

      • Pinkie 11:52 am on March 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It is a flash based software and has worked great!

  • Pinkie 1:05 am on March 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Internship- A stepping stone to success 

    Hello everyone. My name is Pinkie and I am a Sophomore pursuing my honors in Computer Science.

    As Donald Trump once remarked- “Without passion you don’t have energy; without energy you have nothing.”

    I always had the passion to learn and explore new things while at school. Soon, the AU Career Center made me realize that an Internship would be a perfect opportunity to do so. With loads of AU Career Center resources to backup, I had a clear idea of the kind of internship that I need to look for. I finally landed with a Web Internship at the American Institute for Cancer Research in DC.

    So far, my web internship has been an amazing experience and I am very optimistic that it is a stepping stone to bridge the gap between the academic and corporate world.My office atmosphere is very vibrant filled with loads of positive energy and encouragement. The best thing about my work place is that My Manager hands over the tasks and sets goals but never stresses on how the task need to be handled.In this way, I am given the complete freedom to try and explore new ways and open the doors of creativity.

    I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity and look forward to keep you updated on the nuances of my internship experience. Stay tuned as there is more to come!!!

    • FB 1:17 pm on March 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Pinkie! Welcome to the blog! That is great, the way you’re given assignments and you have the freedom (and responsibility) to complete them. What kind of assignments are you getting?

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