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  • Tonei Glavinic 10:41 pm on September 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American University, civil rights, , lgbt,   

    Tonei Glavinic, National Center for Lesbian Rights 

    My name is Tonei Glavinic, and I’m a junior from Anchorage, Alaska. I’m double majoring in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as working on a Certificate in Women, Policy & Political Leadership.

    This year, I’m a Nicholas J. Begich Policy Fellow at the National Center for

    Lesbian Rights, or NCLR. Based in San Francisco, NCLR is a primarily legal organization focused on impact litigation like In Re: Marriage Cases (which led to California’s Prop. 8). The DC office works on federal legislation and public policy. Over the next six months or so, I’ll be working on a number of issues, including employment and housing discrimination. Check here throughout the semester to learn more about the work I’m doing and the progress that NCLR is making on lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) civil rights.

    • FB 1:31 am on September 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations on the fellowship! Looking forward to hearing more about your work!

  • ashleywolos 3:11 am on June 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American University, Animal Planet, , , PRSSA,   

    Meet me … Animal Planet’s new intern 

    Hey everyone,

    I’m Ashley Wolos. I can’t believe this is my last summer before I’m officially in the real world. Until then I’m a senior majoring in Public Communication and minoring in Marketing. I am originally from Massachusetts, but I consider DC my new home. I even took the big leap of moving off-campus into my own apartment. Just a half a mile from AU’s campus though. I’m looking forward to not visiting campus very much this summer though.

    Instead I’ll be filling my days as an intern for Animal Planet at Discovery Communications. You probably watch some of Discovery’s plethora of shows on TLC or the Discovery,  Military Channel, Discovery Health Channels. I’ll be working on the PR for Animal Planet’s popular shows like River Monsters, It’s Me of the Dog, Whale Wars, Pit Bulls and Parolees, Animal Cops, Pet Star and many others that will get your tail-wagging. (sorry I had to) My first day is next Monday!

    This past semester I was on campus so much between classes, events and meetings I wondered why I ever left. (No not just during Snowpocalypse – see pic)  But I love every minute of it!  I am President of AU’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter (PRSSA). I help prospective students and incoming freshman discover all SOC & AU has to offer as a member of the School of Communication ambassadors. Any other clubs and organization when their events and meetings fit in.

    If any PComm (aka Public Communication) or any other majors we don’t discriminate want more info on PRSSA feel free to ask. I highly recommend joining to any future strategic communication strategists. It’s a great opportunity to network with PR professionals in any related comm field in your local area and nationally. Also I serve as Communications Director for the PRSSA 2010 National Conference. The PRSSA chapters of AU, Howard University & the University of Maryland are co-hosting this five day conference packed with crucial lessons for young professionals and life long memories through sessions, speakers, and socials all in the heart of our nation’s capital.

    Internships are a vital part of your education. AU and SOC have so many amazing connections through the Career Center. I interned with  Congressman Neal of Massachusetts last summer on Capitol Hill. For the past year I interned at August, Lang & Husak in Bethesda, MD.

    Stay tuned for my adventures at Animal Planet!

    • Lara 3:53 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You are going to LOVE Discovery! Cannot wait to read all of your cool internship experiences. Hope you’ve had a nice break since finals : )

  • mary714 4:02 pm on May 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American University, ,   

    First week…. 


    My name is Mary Cameron.  I am currently a grad student at American University, earning a Master’s in Art History.  This summer I am interning at the National Building Museum, in the education department.

    My first week at the National Building Museum (NMB) was all about getting acquainted with my new work environment.  My supervisor Jamee Telford met me on my first day.  She took me around the education department, introducing me to my co-workers.  I got a docent led tour of the museum.  I learned that the building originally served as the Pension office for the federal government.  It was designed by General Montgomery C. Meigs and completed in 1887.  The design is modeled on the Farnese Palace in Rome, with a large atrium surrounded by an arcade.  Wrapping around the exterior of the building is a frieze, sculpted by Caspar Buberl,  depicting scenes from the Civil War.   Meigs designed the building with its visitors’ in mind.  He made the steps very shallow so injured veterans, visiting the Pension bureau to claim their payments, could easily navigate the stairs.  Meigs also carefully designed the building to allow for a strong air flow, integral to keeping the building cool in pre-air conditioning days.  Meigs chose to use brick as his construction material, as it was the cheapest option available.  The columns of the interior arcades are made of cast iron.  Meigs utilized them as time capsules, placing newspaper clippings inside.  Recently the NBM drilled a hole in one of the columns and used a camera to see the contents.

    One of my main tasks this week was to begin researching the neighborhoods that Investigating Where We Live will be examining.  These are Petworth, Trinidad, and the South West Waterfront.  Whenever I had down time throughout the week I worked on my research.  I mainly focused on Petworth.  Petworth is located in North East Washington.  This is an exciting time for Petworth, as it is undergoing a period of revitalization.  Much investment is coming into the neighborhood, allowing new shops and restaurants to open.  Many residents are drawn to the neighborhood due to reasonably priced real houses with yards that can be renovated.

    On Wednesday I observed the City by Design education program.  In this program, school groups are introduced to ideas of urban planning, and work to design their own cities.  The students learned that cities typically consist of residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and entertainment buildings.  In addition, parks further add to quality of life.  They were then assigned to these different categories, and made a building that fit into these descriptions using recycled materials.  For example,  I helped a student who was assigned industrial make an airport out of a box and paper towel rolls.  After the students made their buildings they placed them on a large floor map in a way they thought would be pleasant for residents.

    On Thursday and Friday I helped with the City Vision education program, which was wrapping up this week.   City Vision is a semester long program where D.C. public school students design plans for undeveloped areas of Washington, DC.  The students come to the NBM once a week to develop their ideas.  I helped with a group that designed a plan for the Navy Yard area.  On Thursday I helped them build a model.  They used Styrofoam covered with construction paper to represent buildings and placed them on a posterboard that served as a base.  I enjoyed working with the students and hearing their ideas.  It made me excited for when the Investigating Where We Live students get here.  I was greatly impressed with their design.  The students decided that the waterfront should be turned into an entertainment area for people to enjoy.  Currently the waterfront mainly consists of office buildings, so the students decided they should design a space that could be enjoyed by people after work or on the weekends.  The students placed a boardwalk next to the water.  Restaurants lined the area boardwalk.  Their plan also included parks, a movie theatre, and a recreation center.  On Friday I helped the students work on their final presentations.  At the end of the semester students present their designs to a panel of judges.  This is a great opportunity for the students, as it gives them public speaking experience.  I helped the kids organize their presentation and come up with what they wanted to say.  I also helped set up for the event.  I helped the education department set up a stage and chairs in the atrium, and I helped put out food.  It was a great first week, and I’m so glad I will be here for the summer!

  • Anna Casey 6:10 pm on May 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , American University, civic action, , , gbarnga, gender, , , , , , war, West Africa   

    Getting ready to embark… 

    Hey all,

    As I’m preparing to leave on Tuesday to begin my epic adventure in Liberia, I thought that I would take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Anna Casey and I just finished my first year within American University’s MAID program (Master of Arts in International Development), which is part of AU’s School of International Service. Specifically, my concentration within the program focuses on Conflict, Peacebuilding & Development. I am interested in working on issues facing post-conflict settings in Sub-Saharan Africa including: refugees, youth in conflict, peacebuilding and reconciliation, community health and development, and gender relations.  (More …)

    • Megan Yaner 5:33 pm on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So exciting! WIll def enjoy reading about your experiences.

    • Lainie 2:13 am on May 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So wonderful! Can’t wait — safe travels love!

    • Scott Wood 9:34 pm on May 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I wish you all the best, Anna. Your work-to-be is very admirable. Stay positive over there!

    • David Casey 12:22 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am enormously proud of you, Anna. Get after it!

      Love, Dad

    • Ally K 2:58 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      work on that website if you get a chance 🙂 and post pictures!

      wish i could fit in your suitcase!

    • anne maher 4:49 pm on May 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      am waiting eagerly for Anna to surface!

    • Sally 2:44 pm on May 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      miss you! xoxo

    • Cara 8:44 pm on June 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Hun!!!

  • Stephanie Quinton 2:46 am on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American University, clerical work, cubical, ,   

    Nothing new AU! 

    I learned this week the real term of intern…. “clerical, clerical, clerical work!”

    Although the American University requirements force my internships to make me do legitimate work for 85% of my time… this week was that 15%.

    I have never seen so many people out of the office in my life. Although I tried to do much of my work, how can I do it when I need man the front desk while answering the phones, letting people in the front door, accepting deliveries, and delivering mail?

    (More …)

    • meganackerman 6:31 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Steph, this is hilarious. I am glad you aren’t with a dead plant anymore and have an official cubicle now.

    • Marie Spaulding 7:51 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      Have you met with your supervisor to discuss your duties and remind him/her of your desire and capabilities to tackle more substantive work? The employer is missing out if he/she is not using your skills.

    • Stephanie 11:06 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My supervisor is a great guy. I’ve met with him plenty of times. I do a lot of work for my internship that is non clerical, just last week the office was a little short staffed. I write newsletters and am very involved in my office. My work is very important to the program I am working in. Without my work of consistently contacting important field offices and collecting and analyzing data, the JEA program would be very hard to manage.

    • FB 7:50 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      At least you’re away from the tumbleweeds!

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