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  • Wyatt 7:20 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DC Interns, , , foreign affairs, , , , , , ,   

    First Day 

    Stoked for my first day of work at the State Department, I went a little overboard getting ready.  It felt like the first day of kindergarten or something–I even laid out what I was going to wear the night before.  Maybe it was more like Christmas; I had a hard time getting to sleep I was in such a state of excitement and nervousness.  Then I woke up the next morning at 8:18.  I was supposed to be there at 8:30. (More …)

    • ro5enrot 12:03 pm on October 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Same problem here. The State Department really needs to amp up how they take in interns. My sponser was WONDERFUL but he had hardly any help. And the place that I work in really i is a labyrinth. But if anything, getting lost is the best thing because then you really know how to find your way.

      But yeah, totally feeling you about the lack of organization. You figure out things pretty quickly though when you’re the one showing yourself around.

    • xinthehouse 6:27 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds a little like my first day. LOL!
      What color is your badge?

  • Trace 12:14 am on July 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , DC Interns, , , , ,   

    You’re working for free! 

    I have to ask cyberspace: Do you think they don’t know you’re working for free?

    I’ve had lots of conversations with other interns lately. It’s at the point where everyone has approached their supervisors and asked about potential positions, but many of the interns I’ve talked to fear talking to their bosses to get time off for interviews. One intern I know even told her boss she had, “a friend in town,” who she was going to, “have lunch with.” Two hours later she returned, apologized and went back to her desk.

    Ideal situation? Not particularly. This short post has really just the one point. Don’t be afraid to tell your boss where you’re going, the girl mentioned above got the job shortly after, came clean and her boss was ecstatic for her. Chances are, your supervisor wants you to succeed and would be proud to have you work somewhere. Unless they wanted to hire you, of course.

    I remind myself with a sticky note on the dashboard of my computer. Remember, it’s not like they don’t know you don’t get paid.

  • ashleywolos 4:51 am on July 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blackberry, DC Interns, , multi-tasking,   

    Constantly Connected to your Crackberry… 

    My name is Ashley and I’m a Blackberry addict.
    The first step to recovery is admitting the a problem yet I have no ambition to put down my phone for any length of time. This statement comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me or for that matter anyone who enjoys their PR career.

    In today’s world breaking news is dispersed instantaneously those who of us who work in the communication world, we’re basically required to be connected to their audience so no one gets left behind the news cycle because let’s face it, you snooze you loose.
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  • ashleywolos 3:11 am on June 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Animal Planet, DC Interns, , 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 : )

  • Ladan 6:46 pm on May 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DC Interns, international broadcasting, Radio Free Europe   

    The Heat is On: DC Summer Interning 

    Every year, thousands of interns flock the city for some real world experience, exploration of a thriving town and a chance to make their mark in their field. Two years ago, I was that kid–the one from a small town in Indiana who came to DC to mingle with the best of the best in the journalism world. I started my intern career working at USA Weekend out in McLean, Virginia, and that inspired me to come back and go to graduate school here. I’ve known since I stepped foot on AU’s campus that this city is what I want to call home for the next few years. People here love to work hard, play hard, learn new things and make a difference.

    I’ve had about seven internships since my first experience at USA Weekend. With each place comes successes, failures, contacts and lessons that I can pass on to up and coming interns. Right now, I am interning at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, an international broadcasting news service in Washington, D.C. RFE has a strong online/multimedia presence and reporters in DC covering foreign policy. What’s awesome about this place is that it has a strong humanitarian message along with providing news from hard-to-reach, barely reported areas: it aims to bring press freedom to countries (some you’ve probably never heard or cared about) who don’t have independent media. I decided this year that I’d like to focus on international news, and so looking at a place like RFE was only natural.

    But what do you, as a starting intern, want out of your experience? More often than not, you are working for free and it is in fact costing you to be here. What’s the tradeoff for you? Even if they don’t make you feel like it, you are a commodity to these places and can produce positive output for them at no cost. If you’re sitting around playing on Facebook or sending faxes all day, probably not so much. Through the years, I’ve gotten better at gauging which internships are valuable and which are a waste of time. Obviously, if you work at a big-name place, you won’t get as much responsibility–but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for degrading slave work. I’ve worked at both big-name and small businesses and have found ways to excel given the limitations of both. I’d have to say that my current internship has been one of the most rewarding because 1) I believe in the mission of the company 2) I am deeply interested in the topics we cover and 3) they give me freedom to conquer new territory and make an impact on their output. I truly feel like part of the team and not just an “intern.”

    So what’s to come of this summer? I’ll be doing news stories, blogs, researching, managing social media, and trying new web programs that would increase our readership. I’ve been there for almost six months and can’t wait for more.

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