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  • JMac 3:09 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , experience, 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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  • ellen 11:53 pm on November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: creativity, experience, ,   

    Creative Solutions 

    One of the most frustrating parts of my internship was getting pulled onto an ongoing project. I was in charge of soliciting and collecting letters from constituents. However, as I even though I went through all the traditional steps of advertising and marketing the campaign to collect letters, I wasn’t receiving any letters. It’s frustrating to work for a long time on a project and see it go no where.

    In stead of just pushing the project aside, I met with my supervisor and we brainstormed ideas to make the campaign more accessible to constituents. We changed our angle and decided to reach out to individuals, to bring a story into the campaign. As soon as we changed our angle, I started to see involvement in the campaign grow. Moreover, I’ve seen the interest level of the individuals I’ve started working with on this campaign grow.

    I think the experience of being able to have the room to imagine and execute creative solutions for challenges is going highly helpful as I transition from a student intern to a real person. AKA a professional something. Plus, the satisfaction of finally getting the campaign moving is great.

     
  • Danielle 5:53 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , experience, 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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  • ellen 8:06 pm on October 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Getting Ready for Congress 

    Since the start of the semester, my priority to coordinate invitations for the Congressional Luncheon. Every year PHA hosts a lunch on Capitol Hill to bring patients, caregivers, and medical professionals to Congress to teach Representatives about PH and the PH Research Act.

    Out of all the projects I’ve worked on this one feels the most real and it is definitely the most intense. And the most frightening. That’s probably because I have more responsibility for this project then for other projects. (More …)

     
  • ellen 12:32 am on October 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American studies, experience, ,   

    Classroom Application 

    Doing an internship for credit means writing paper where theories and concepts from the classroom are applied to the real world experience. For me, however, I have to get creative. American studies is not about non-profits or rare disease communities. Its about approaching American culture with a frame work that critically examines relationships between institutions and individuals, and between individuals and  of different social groups. Most American studies classes look at socially constructed groups like race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality. Not disease.

    So how is this even an American Studies internship? (More …)

     
  • ellen 11:48 pm on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Teamwork 

    I’ve always hated group projects in classes. I’ve always hated when professors justify group work by saying something like, “In the real world, you have to work in teams. So get used to it.” I hate group work for classes because the work rarely gets done as a group. It’s done individually and it’s thrown together the night before the presentation.

    At PHA, I’ve gotten a glance at the inevitable “real world team work” professors have prepared me for. And there’s a huge difference (thank goodness!).

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  • Wyatt 7:20 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , experience, , 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?

  • ellen 5:45 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Feeling the Crunch 

    I started my internship in May, and worked at the PHA office four days a week over the summer. When I started I thought four days was way too much and that I would not have enough work. I was wrong, happily. My supervisor, Katie, always has projects for me to work on, and I’m lucky enough that Katie listens to my ideas and lets me initiate my own projects.

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  • ellen 5:07 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Actually Making a Difference 

    I’m doing what I honestly thought was impossible… helping to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals. For me, the grand idea of “making a difference” was so overwhelming, that up until my involvement with PHA, I really didn’t know how it was even possible to make a difference. My work on grassroots projects has shown me that small things can make lead to positive change in an individual’s life… and that is incredibly satisfying.

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  • Trace 12:14 am on July 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

     
  • Alex Priest 3:49 pm on July 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: age, , experience, , labels, student, titles, young   

    Is “Student” a Dirty Word? 

    I started thinking about this just this morning when one of my professional friends, who I greatly admire, respect, and trust, was explaining to me how I don’t necessarily need to emphasize my inexperience when talking about my skills. In other words, my bio doesn’t need start out with “Alex Priest is a senior at American University…” and all my “first time” experiences don’t necessarily need to be labeled as such.

    I agree, for the most part, but it got me wondering… is “student” a dirty word in today’s world of professionalism and networking?

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    • Minna Scherlinder Morse 3:37 pm on July 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Based on my experience with students, I think that rather than a label that “defines” experience, age, maturity, etc., in reality the term student actually DEFIES those expectations. It’s all about your audience and their expectations. There is much to be gained by identifying yourself as a student while you can. People are willing to take you under their wing in a way they may be more reluctant to when your implicit title is simply “job hunter.” Use all your identifying titles/labels judiciously. If you want to impress someone with your readiness to work for pay, then shy away from “student” a smidge. But if you’re loving soaking in all the insights and knowledge the world has to offer a “student,” soak away…

    • Robert SanGeorge 8:45 pm on July 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      No, student is not a dirty word. But I would frame the issue differently. Rather than worry about being treated as a second-class citizen in some workplaces because you are an intern, think of the glass as being half-full, and how you can encourage people to treat you as a budding young professional. There are numerous ways to make this happen. Perhaps you already do all the things I’m about to mention. If not, consider it.

      For example: you tell people you are a young professional by the way you dress, the way you carry yourself, the way you greet people — and by displaying a constant seriousness of purpose, while of course maintaining a sense of humor. You tell people you aspire to move up in the professional world by showing up for work a little bit early and leaving a little bit late. You jump in and roll up your sleeves no matter what the job, and even if you were not asked to do it. Arrange the chairs for a workshop — yes. Greet conference attendees as they get off the elevator — yes. Take notes as a meeting for the entire group — yes.

      You raise the issue of social media. When it comes to Twitter, facebook, et al, young people for sure tend to be more experienced than others and have a good intuitive sense of what works and what doesn’t. But understand that much of the best analysis and strategic thinking about social media outreach is being done by people over 30 who have a broad, comprehensive grasp of all communications media and their use for political campaigns, advocacy causes and for-profit product marketing. That is the difference between being a social media content producer or being a vice president of communications.

      Yes, there is no question you might not be treated as a full professional in many workplaces until you receive your undergraduate degree and lose the title of intern. And that is no excuse for anyone treating you disrespectfully or disdainfully. But as a one-time student of Latin, I can tell you that the English word is derived from the Latin “studere”, which loosely translated refers to someone who pursues the learning of a subject with zeal. Certainly that is something of which to be proud and not ashamed.

      • Alex Priest 3:04 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I couldn’t agree more! I think my post came off a little more negatively than I’d intended–it’s not necessarily that that happens to me often (it doesn’t), I was looking at it more from a philosophical standpoint, i.e. wouldn’t it be nice if students were *always* looked at as “someone who pursues the learning of a subject with zeal”?

        You give fantastic advice and as an intern I strive to do all those things each and every day. And I couldn’t agree more in terms of social media. I’ve consistently found that, while I often know the tools, terminology, and execution better than those that are more senior to myself, I’m constantly learning new tricks of the trade in terms of broad, comprehensive strategy and traditional marketing techniques from them.

        I’m very proud to call myself a student–and I don’t think I’ll ever shed that title (we’re all students, right?). But it is interesting seeing how just those words “student,” “intern,” etc. can result in very different interpretations depending on the viewer.

        Thanks for the comment!

  • Amanda 8:46 pm on June 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: angles, , experience, , , ,   

    Make Sure Your Internship is an Ace 

    The most valuable thing that you can get out of an internship is hands on experience. If you are not able to jump in and really get a chance to do more than just grab coffee and sit behind a desk, you need to find another place to spend your time. While being at iHigh, I paid my dues behind a desk but I also got to go out and actually do something! This past weekend, for the second year in a row, I was a photographer at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Tennis Tournament held at the tennis complex on the University of Kentucky’s campus.

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    • juliaandromios 1:52 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Bonjour, Polite to unify you, I am Julia

  • Pinkie 3:35 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: experience,   

    As the last few weeks of my internship are nearing, I am racing to finish my tasks. I have been playing around the facebook widget which is primarily used to sign up for newsletters about cancer research and health recipes. I am also working on adding mechanisms for donation, following us on twitter and to sign up for timely updates. The response has been highly positive and has been a good way to engage audience and create awareness about various health issues.

    On a different note, I am working on the Wiki on the intranet to make sure the required information is readily available and easily accessible. Fun times as I have been working closely with the staff to update their bios! Stay tuned as I have more tidbits coming up!

     
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