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  • Ellen Miller 3:33 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: assignment, , , new year's eve   

    A Last Assignment 

    Several communications from my supervisor later and my last assignment was set: some research about new year’s in D.C. Specific dates have actually been my LEAST favorite events to research during my time at Citysearch. Typically because restaurants are notoriously slow-going in planning events like Thanksgiving dinner. But. Moving on. Turns out that there is a myriad of information out there on New Year’s Eve in D.C. Just google it– you’ll see.

    I’m going to write a final post tomorrow, wrapping up all my work and my experience at Citysearch, but I wanted to drop in some “internship tips” before I headed out. These tips are the benefit of three internships: my knowledge (or the little that I claim to have– I’m not the Intern Queen!) comes from all three.

    1. Be honest with yourself. Don’t take an internship for the prestige. You’ll just end up resenting it.

    2. Push yourself. Use your internship as a learning opportunity, not just an opportunity to network or to gain “real world experience.”

    3. Understand that an internship often involves a lot of useless time. Take a book or some homework, and use it.

    4. Know that even when you make mistakes, even when you make the wrong decision you can learn from it.

    And finally…

    5. Pursue what you love. What you want is the only thing that matters. Yes, it sounds cheesy, but it’s so true. We’ll chat more about this in my last post.
    Best of luck to all applying to internships for the spring!

  • Ellen Miller 6:02 pm on November 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: assignment, , , long distance, organizational change, supervisor   

    Working from Afar 

    As usual, I’m pulling behind on posts, but last week I didn’t have a lot to share as I didn’t end up doing a lot in my internship. Just a recap in case you missed the last post: the company that I am interning for released all of the city editors. What does this mean for me? My boss is now in Los Angeles. While I wasn’t working (in person) with my supervisor in D.C. on a regular basis, I did see her fairly regularly for lunch, and we had constant communication throughout the day via IM and email. (More …)

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