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  • Wyatt 3:07 pm on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abroad, boren, cls, , , fellowship, , fulbright, intern, , , , nsep, , overseas, , ,   

    Opportunity Leads to Opportunity 

    An internship with the State Department does not have to end once your 10 weeks are up.  There are so many ways to stay involved with State from internships to jobs to scholarship programs.  After you get your foot in the door, throw it wide open.

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    • John Charles 6:34 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the good info, Wyatt!

    • mirandan78 5:01 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This post is a great resource for all students interested in interning at the State Department because sometimes it can get very confusing since there are so many programs and opportunities. I really enjoyed reading it!

  • Wyatt 2:30 pm on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apply, , intern, , , , ,   

    Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead 

    What I mean with the title of this entry is not that you should keep working at your internship till you’re miserable or everyone there wants you gone (in that case there are obviously some other problems afoot).  My point is that if you like your internship and want to keep working there, ask them if you can. (More …)

  • Wyatt 3:22 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , intern, , , new job, paid, , transfer   

    Never Say No 

    My boss strolled over to my desk one afternoon and congratulated me on a big project that I had just completed.  He then mentioned that there was an opening at a different building to do something new.  “Would you be interested?” he asked.  After 10 weeks of working downtown in the Harry S. Truman building of the State Department, I was moving.

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

    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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  • ellen 11:53 pm on November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: creativity, , intern,   

    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: , , half-way point, intern, , 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 …)

  • Wyatt 7:59 pm on October 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: center for america progress, chamber of commerce, commerce, , , downtown, intern, , , state, , think-tank, washington   

    There is such thing as a free lunch… 

    My grandpa always used to tell me that there is no such thing is a free lunch.  Throughout my life, I’ve found his words to ring true–that is until I started working downtown and realized the power of a State Department badge. (More …)

    • lara 2:08 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      yummy! food and networking are an excellent combo : ) lucky you!

  • Wyatt 4:09 pm on October 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , intern, , , , memorial, pentagon, , tour   

    Perusing the Pentagon 

    Although the State Department doesn’t wow you with their orientation, they do an amazing job of planning events for interns to help integrate interns into the wider DC, federal government, and State Department community.  To make the most of my time I have been going on as many events as possible.  First stop: the Pentagon. (More …)

  • ellen 11:32 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Sign, Sealed, Delivered 

    A large part of my job at PHA is making sure large mailings advertising for events get out on time. Luckily, my job is not limited to simply stuffing and sealing envelopes. I have the opportunity to update and create advertising materials, which allows me to be creative. I love giving flyers, invitations and guidebooks fresh new looks.

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

    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 Miller 2:43 pm on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , intern,   

    Lists, and more lists 

    Hello again! Time for that weekly does of Citysearch internship info. The past week has been busy as Citysearch morphes into a new platform– more information on that coming soon. In the meantime, I started working on two new lists for the site. One of the lists is similar to the two lists I have done before because it is a holiday-related list. Let’s take the example of my Halloween list to explain how creating a list works in the Citysearch world. (More …)

  • nd2892a 7:57 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: intern, nahb, nicolas day   

    Internship Blog: First Posting 

    As the semester begins, yet again, I have decided to seek out an internship to supplement my academic experience. This fall I, Nic Day, have begun interning as a production assistant at NAHB Production Group. In order to gain some real world experience before graduation rolls around, whats better than working in your career field of choice and getting academic credit for it? While it can be difficult to juggle school, work, and an internship, like me, it is nonetheless a worth wile endeavor. After only three days, I have already begun transcribing footage for shows on the DIY  & HGTV networks, helped write scripts for webisodes, and ran a teleprompter on a shoot using green-screen. While I do not expect to be on a shoot everyday, I learned a lot from simply being present and helping out. With that being said, in this particular internship, and most others, unpaid, or paid, one often finds themselves doing “basic tasks,” but should not let that affect your perspective of the workplace. But, your performance while completing these tasks is often how the employer will decide if they want to give you more responsibility, or better opportunities. I have heard it many times before, from teachers, advisors and more, but it is simply the fact of the matter. A rule of thumb to all future interns; you will always have to prove yourself, no matter how good your resume looks.

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

  • Alex Priest 9:11 am on July 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , company, , games, , intern, kickball, , outdoors, park, picnic   

    What A Day For a (Company) Picnic 

    I’ll come right out and say it: I’m not a company picnic kind of guy.

    In fact, I’m rarely a fan of any event, meeting, party, picnic or otherwise that is designed to “get me to meet people,” unless I’m attending of my own accord. I’m a self-starter, a go-getter, a networker–I don’t need these events to meet people, right? Much less people in my own company. Well, not entirely true.

    Let me preface this, too, by saying, it’s been a rough week. I’ve had back pain since the end of last week (pulled a strange muscle), I came down with a nasty cough over the weekend, and the heat hasn’t been kind to us in our non-air conditioned apartment in the past couple weeks (although it’s definitely not as bad as it sounds!).

    With all of this, I approached the company picnic with already low expectations, and once I realized my back wasn’t quite back in shape enough to join the kickball tournament, I knew it was going to largely be a hot day of sitting around, eating too much food, and in general watching other people have a good time.

    Alright, you’re probably thinking, what’s the point, here?

    It wasn’t as bad as I’d feared. I suspect I’ll never be a company-picnic-kind-of-guy, but there’s a lesson to be learned in every experience and this was no exception.

    The afternoon out at the park gave me an opportunity to meet a few people I hadn’t had the chance to, and put some faces with some names. It gave me a chance to chat with the other interns, get to know some other co-workers, and help out at a company-wide event. And if nothing else, it made me remember that it’s always important to make the best of less-than-awesome situations.

    Was it hot? Sure. Was I feeling great? Not particularly. Was it an afternoon of billable time spent outside with new friends? Yes it was.

    I may not be a company-picnic-kind-of-guy, but I’d gladly do it again.

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