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  • JMac 3:09 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: communication, , hip-hop, , Islam, , , perspective, , young people   

    The Lens we Look Through 

     So last week was fairly busy at school, which left me little time to blog.  The job is going well, in the sense that I remain both busy and interested.  I have taken up the job of summarizing the Indonesian news when I get in to the office, first thing in the morning. 

    My favorite comment beneath a story about Obama in the Jakarta Globe last week expressed support for our President’s assertiveness in acting for the benefit of the poor by proclaiming him, “a leopard not a water buffalo.”  I’ve come to enjoy even the slightest uniqueness in perspective.

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  • Danielle 5:53 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: communication, , half-way point, , , life skills, listening, real world   

    2 Months Down, 2 To Go! 

    So, it’s November 1st. The semester is half-way over and so is my internship. Even though there are no mid-term examinations for work (thank goodness!), you can still look back over the past few weeks and reflect upon what I’ve learned. More life skills than anything, certain aspects of being a successful young professional simply cannot be taught. Communication, teamwork, listening and flexibility are just a few of the many important characteristics that real-world experience adds to the breadth of knowledge acquired in the classroom.

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  • mrbrefast 4:47 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: buzz words, clarity of meaning, communication, , , linguistics   

    6 Month Mark Today! 

    To start with a bit of justified awe, I started working at ICMA all the way back in May; it is genuinely difficult for me to believe that today marks the beginning of November.  I have been enrolled in anywhere from 1 to 3 graduate courses while working at ICMA during this time, so it has certainly been a busy period of time for me.  During that time, I have been able to pick out many of the nuances of the 40 hour/week+ working world in general, and of linguistics in specific: that is why for this post, I would like to discuss how sometimes, people say:

    but do not necessarily make a clear point.  Given all of my prior internship experience, and the aspects of my current job that rely upon electronic communications with internal and external parties, I specifically refer to this problem when it happens in emails and perhaps through publications, and have a few suggestions on how to deal with this problem (philosophy education, to the rescue!). (More …)

  • mrbrefast 7:35 pm on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: collaboration, communication, , , meetings, ,   

    Social media: fun for personal use, but important for professional use too 

    By even writing this blog post, I am participating in one kind of social media in a semi-professional way (given that it is for the Career Center), but that serves as an introduction to the topic at hand.  About a month ago, I was published for the second time here at work, as one of the authors of a report entitled Local Government Use of Social Media to Prepare for Emergencies.  As the title implies, the report looks into the innovations of several local governments in making use of social media as part of their comprehensive emergency management plans.  Examples of this include things like using Twitter for updates about inclement weather and power outages; using Facebook pages to update the community on the progress of snowplows; and then having short blog posts reminding citizens to have enough water and food on hand during an emergency situation.  As a side note, but one worth mentioning, this entire process of using social media has some serious ethical implications of equal provision of emergency management services for citizens of lesser economic means; bearing this in mind, the report is written very clearly as a suggestion to include social media as a valuable addition to the emergency management services of a municipality, meaning those other services (such as having a toll-free hotline for contact) need to be continued as well.


    This is a very professional (as opposed to personal) use of social media, by local government, but it also serves as some good indications of why it is worth getting involved in social media in a presentable way, for the purposes of networking and improving one’s chances of making the right impression to get a job.  As such, I have a short list, based on in-house discussions, of how social media figures into a job interview or working at an internship.


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  • Danielle 10:37 pm on September 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: communication, conflict assessment,   

    Why, hello there! 

    Hey y’all: my name is Danielle … I am a New York native but a recent transplant to the DC area. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at American with a concentration on International Management. For my undergraduate studies, I attended Drew University in New Jersey where I majored in both Political Science and French.

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    • brod24 7:38 pm on September 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Danielle. I’m a Political Science major living in Florida. Fund for Peace sounds interesting.

      I figured I’d drop in and keep an eye on your blog. I figure with the common background in politics you’ll probably post something that I’ll feel obligated to converse with you about.

      • Danielle Wilsey 1:43 am on September 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely! I’d love to hear more about your views on Political Science and politics… I’ll be sure to update the blog on a regular basis to keep you informed!

  • Trace 5:12 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , communication, , , , , , preparation, ,   

    The Last Time 

    Walking around the building at One Discovery Place was pretty say last Friday. It was my last time. I liked the building from the first time I walked in, but knowing this might be the last time I was able to wander around made me sad so I went up to the roof and enjoyed the view before I turned in my badge and caught the Metro home.

    Its inevitable, the last day of an internship. I did everything right, made my supervisors proud, worked on lots of projects, met lots of people in the organization and did my best to make myself as indispensable as possible, but I just didn’t work out. There’s nothing wrong with that, I made the best of it!

    What do you do when you don’t get the job you’ve been working an internship to get? Simple, get references!

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    • Jane Ackerly 5:12 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Fear not, comrade! I was in the same boat as you but just found an awesome internship through Vault.com. It provides rankings, information and detailed reviews of various internships across the country. It’s generally free and reports a lot of different fields. I used it to find a humanities-related internship, but there are also options for everything from finance to architecture. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for another good experience!

  • Trace 9:27 pm on August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: communication, , , , ,   

    If you choose to accept it… 

    Working at Discovery has been a treat. I’ve learned non-linear editing, news gathering and a lot about how one of the most well-known brands in the world runs parts of its digital media department. It has been pretty fantastic all around, but now there’s only a week left and I have to cram anything else I’ve not done into this last week. Thankfully, social media audit went well (I’ll write about that soon) and the videos and blogs I’ve made for Discovery News have been well received. Next stop, a full-time job? Not in my department. Maybe another one.

    Advice you didn’t ask for: Make yourself indispensible if you can. If you can’t meet as many people as possible. Meet friends, go to the meetings, even if you don’t have to and learn how the company runs so you can walk out with a useful network of connections and some working knowledge.

    It’s like a spy movie, the more you can learn about the inner workings of your target, the better.

    Good luck.

    • lara 5:18 pm on August 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i love that advice, trace! you’re such a great peer mentor. keep us posted with what happens at discovery!

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