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  • Wyatt 2:48 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bureau, , , , Government, , , , ,   

    Training Time 

    Many offices, especially the non-Congressional Federal government ones like State, offer free training classes in a bunch of different office related topics.  Some of them are helpful, some of them are boring, but all of them look good on your resumé.

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  • Amber 5:57 pm on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Government, , ,   

    Potluck Thursday 

    Today is Potluck day at my internship! Everyone brought in something delicious for lunch and my two supervisors are just swarming around the kitchen area waiting to eat.  I contributed homemade mac and cheese, so hopefully everyone likes it!

    Last Thursday I was able to sit in on an interesting meeting.  A representative from a company that creates publications for the military and its surrounding audiences came in to discuss working with us on advertising for one of our clients.  The representative showed many options for ways to advertise  including posters, hologram stickers, pressure-sensitive stickers, belly-bands and inserts.  They are also offering a new product called webcasts, which are more interactive for the consumer.  Overall, it was an interesting meeting, because I was able to learn and see how advertising combines with Public Relations.

    One of my more regular tasks has been helping to research and start drafting social media posts for one of our clients that provides extended warranties for electronics, lawn and gym equipment and jewelry.  I research new gadgets and devices on websites like engagdetcnet and dvice to post on its facebook page.  It can be pretty interesting, because I’m not very tech savvy and would probably not know about things like the robot window washer or the dawn stimulating alarm clock if I didn’t read these sites.

    Today I also helped being a draft of a press release for client in the aviation industry.   I will say that my Public Relations writing class has prepared me well in writing press releases.  Thanks Professor Melillo!

  • JMac 2:11 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , genocide, Government, , inequality, , , police, , ,   

    Believing in the Work 

    I think that every intern hopes that they will be provided the opportunity to contribute their work to something worthwhile, something that they really believe in and hope to one day pursue as a career.

    I know that in my case I have wanted to work toward a more peaceful global community for a long time.  Ever since the first time I learned that there was worldwide inequality, and that people suffered at the hands of their global neighbors and community members I have been interested in finding a solution.  Upon my entry into the study of foreign affairs, I didn’t know that governments do not always act in the best interest of their people, I didn’t know the depths of cruelty some people are capable of, or how the suffering of repeated injustice can inspire such violence in response.  I didn’t know that terror was a weapon, that some people have no government, no police, and no army to protect them, or that there were even so many conflicting viewpoints in existence in the world.

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  • Wyatt 3:20 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Applying for Failure 

    Hey all,

    I applied to the State Department my very first semester at AU, made it through the first round but eventually got rejected.  I had expected that, but the process of just applying proved worthwhile.  It forced me to sit down and think about what sort of skills I had to offer to potential employers (and as a Freshman I didn’t have many), and then it focused me to take steps to try to get some valuable skills. (More …)

  • Anna Casey 10:10 am on June 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Civil action, collective action, DEN-L, , , Government, , , , Paulo Freire, , , Poverty   

    A First Taste of Liberia 

    Greetings from Liberia! 

     I arrived safely in Liberia Wednesday night after over a full day of exhausting travel. After less than a week, I have found myself falling in love with this beautiful culture and its people. My DEN-L coworkers have been extremely welcoming and eager to make me as comfortable and at-home as possible. I am quickly becoming accustomed to the hot and muggy climate, the few hours of the day when electricity is available (my flashlight and headlamp are probably the two most useful things that I packed), the spotty running water situation (bathing with just a bucket of water to splash on yourself is so much more fun), and of course the killer mosquitoes. (More …)

    • David Casey 5:12 pm on June 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      Why not have Den-L help the village leaders send a follow up letter to the political leaders in attendance, reiterating their questions and specific requests in writing and asking for measurable responses within a certain reasonable time frame, together with a follow on meeting to be scheduled now?


      • Anna Casey 10:58 am on June 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s definitely part of what DEN-L does, Dad, but it’s difficult in a place where virtually no one in the town is literate. The idea is to guide the people to take action themselves. If they cannot understand the letter they may feel that the process is out of their control. Of course, it doesn’t mean that a letter is totally out of the realm of possibility, but you have to be careful to make people feel included in the process.

        • Ann Tobey 12:13 am on June 5, 2010 Permalink

          how to say…. essential that the people are the process…. good luck with those mosquitoes and may your headlamp work properly for the duration

          Aunt Ann

    • Matt Pierson 3:36 pm on June 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Good to see you are jumping right in to the madness that is DEN-L. You are going to have such an amazing time there. I am very jealous.

      You were talking about the singing, what I found interesting was not only that it was used for entertainment but it was a way to pass on history and stories from generation to generation. I used to love falling asleep out in the villages listening to the girls do their call and answer standing in a circle clapping and singing about their every day lives, their work, their schooling, boys, etc.

  • Stephanie Quinton 4:52 pm on January 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Environmental Studies, Government, , NOAA   

    Stephanie Quinton. Welcome, Welcome! 

    Hey All-

    So this is my first blog post to everyone. Just a quick introduction… my name is Stephanie Quinton. I am a sophomore student in the College of Arts and Sciences here at American University. I am originally from Westfield, NJ. I transferred to AU in the fall of 2009 from Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch, NJ. I am currently majoring in Environmental Studies and next semester I hope to also double major in C.L.E.G, as well. For all the non-C.L.E.G. majors, it means Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government through the School of Public Affairs (SPA).

    I am interning this semester for the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Law Enforcement. My main job entails collecting information from the coastal states and territories and imputing all their information, such as how many hours they worked and such and what they purchased into the NOAA system.

    I am signing off for now but I cannot wait to post more!

    • Jessica Beasley 9:35 pm on January 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow Stephanie, sounds like you’ll be busy working toward a double major and doing an internship! Can’t wait to hear more about how things go!

    • kim 6:13 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hey! I’m from branchburg and a AU class of 2009 graduate. welcome to AU. goodluck with everything.

    • Megan Ackerman 7:56 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Steph,

      Sounds like you are going to have a very busy semester but I am excited that you have such an amazing internship. I’m looking forward to reading about the internship this semester!

    • FB 7:13 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How did you get your internship? What’s it like working at NOAA?

      • Stephanie Quinton 10:02 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I actually used the very handy and convenient AU CareerWeb! All I did was put in my major, and this was the most interesting internship that I received in my search results.

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