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  • Trace 5:12 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Discovery, , , , , 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!

    (More …)

    • 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 3:09 pm on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Achieve, Discovery, Goals, , Story,   

    Set Up Goals and Knock ‘Em Down 

    When starting an internship, it’s good to create some goals for yourself. Often, as is the case with my internship at Discovery, you’ll meet with your supervisor on your first day and you’ll come up with some goals, but if you don’t come up with your own personal goals.

    My goals at Discovery News are:

    • Audit Discovery News’ social media platforms and make recommendations
    • Produce my news story from inception to post
    • Repurpose video for use on the new Discovery News website – i.e. learn a lot more about video editing
    • Learn news-gathering, writing and reporting for Discovery News works

    This combines my own goals and the goals the News Director and I set out back in June, but I’d like to say, I accomplished them all. It feels good to post your own news story, and now something I’ll get to do much longer. My video editing has very much improved, and my Discovery News Social Media Audit was a great success resulting in a one hour conference call/Q&A with me about tactics and strategy for social media.

    Goals are important. I can hear my Mom saying it in my head, “Set goals for yourself so you can push yourself to achieve them!” She wasn’t kidding. It really works.

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

    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!

  • Trace 1:14 am on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Discovery, , , progress, , ,   

    Things are still moving at Discovery, there’s a job opening and I have to figure out a way to maneuver myself in to the vacant chair. Learning on the job is one of my favorite ways to learn a new skills. Unfortunately, learning on the job can also be very stressful! It’s strange to admit you don’t know how to do something which you were hired (though not paid) to do, but really thats what employment is! You take on new tasks, you learn new skills and you expand your scope of knowledge pushing your job further than you were hired to do because you want to move forward rather than stagnate.

    My point? If there’s an opening at your internship, move forward, learn, ask and don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know how to do something. Once you’ve learned, you will know how to do it for the future.

    • lara 3:40 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      go trace! let us know if we can help : )

    • Trace 3:53 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I made an appt for the Career Center for 3pm today, I’ll be in to see Felicia!

  • Trace 11:31 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Discovery, , , Slidehow, Success,   

    My First “Viral” Success 

    Working with Discovery for four weeks now, I’m really starting to settle in. I feel really good about the job and the people. I’m learning the layout of the building, the people who talk to each other and the people who prefer being left alone. But most importantly, I’m getting pretty good at my job. I look at this as a test for both me and for Discovery. What if I loved Discovery all throughout my childhood only to meet her and find out she was a raging alcoholic?! I would be crushed! What if Discovery looked at my resumé and thought, “Damn this kid know’s what he’s doing!” and then I arrived in flip-flops and a shirt with a bud light slogan on it without the faintest knowledge of how to use computer?

    My point is last Friday, I passed the first test. I work with Discovery News. They are a science-focused news outlet run by Discovery and they have bloggers and videographers and traditional journalists all working together to create news product, and now they have me too.

    Last week, I created a slideshow posted it on DiscoveryNews.com. It was a big moment to see my name on the finished product. For a while, it was on the homepage! As an intern, I felt I have arrived. Now, they trust me. They know my work and they know they can count on me to get stuff done. Next week they want me to work with them on their podcast too! I can’t wait!

    To read my “story” … er… slideshow, about an artist who created sculptures of deadly viruses and bacteria, visit: http://news.discovery.com/human/infectious-disease-swine-flu-jerram.html

    • lara 1:45 pm on June 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      wow, trace! so cool. congrats 🙂

    • FB 5:42 pm on June 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That was really incredible! Congratulations!!

    • ashleywolos 3:16 am on July 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats Trace! I can’t believe it’s the end of our 4th week. Discovery feels so homey already.

  • Trace 2:44 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Discover(y) Trace 

    Good morning bloggers and bloggees! My name is Trace Dominguez. I am finishing up my master’s in Public Communication here at American and I’m a new blogger for the university’s Career Center (@AUCareerCenter). I wrote my capstone on YouTube’s interview with President Obama after the State of the Union. Originally from Michigan, I’ve not yet lived in DC a year, but I am excited to start working and living outside the AU library.

    For the next few months I am interning at Discovery News (@Discovery_News) working with their Digital Media. Here on the AUIntern’s blog I’ll be writing about my experiences so you should probably just bookmark us now. Go ahead I’ll wait… Discovery News is a separate entity from the Discovery Channel you are familiar with. They’re both owned by Discovery Communications, however, so they’ve got similar goals. I’m not sure what my job duties will be yet, but I know I’ll be helping create, write and publish the stories you’ll see on their  iPhone app, Twitter account, Facebook page, RSS feed, and website! I’m sure I’ll be busy.  See you around!



    Have a question? Follow me on twitter @trace501

    • Jessica Beasley 1:24 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So excited to hear about your experiences! Welcome to the blog!

      • lara 2:24 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        yay trace! what a great internship you’ve landed 🙂 did you get it from the information session? can’t wait to read about your summer at discovery!

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