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  • JMac 2:00 pm on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acronyms, , correspondence, email, international, , ,   


    If you have worked or are currently working for the U.S. government or are being supervised by a U.S. government employee (as I am), you may be familiar with the acronym obsession.  Occasionally I receive emails that are almost entirely in acronyms.

    For example, just a few weeks ago I received this in my inbox:  “FYSA – wonder if POTUS will discuss this with Pres. SBY?”  The translation:  For your situational awareness, I wonder if the president of the U.S. will discuss this with the president of Indonesia (Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono).  The most entertaining part about the acronym POTUS is that it consists of the same amount of letters as “Obama,” and therefore has almost no use outside of a habit of using acronyms wherever possible!

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  • Samantha Hacker 6:20 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: international, , ,   

    Inspiring People to Care About the Planet… 

    Hi to all my fellow students (and Mom and Dad)! My name is Samantha Hacker and I’m a proud marketing intern at the National Geographic Society in the International Licensing and Alliances Department. I know that’s a mouthful, but basically I help out with all the marketing and advertising functions related to the National Geographic Magazines abroad. I got this internship by sending my resume and cover letter through Kogod’s CareerSource for about a million different positions (you could say I really wanted to work at NG), and this opportunity sounded the coolest

    Besides brushing up on my Finnish, I spend most of my days helping get ready for our big International Seminar coming up in March. So far, I’ve had an amazing time learning about NG, and marketing in general, and I can’t wait to share my journey with all of you!

    • FB 1:31 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to the blog! WHAT are you doing at NatGeo that involves brushing up on your Finnish?! And WHY did you pick it? You said it sounded the coolest. Was that because it’s THE National Geographic? The internship sounded really interesting? You have a thing for licensing? What was it?

    • Kristen 12:28 am on February 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh Hi Samantha, it sounds like you have such an interesting internship, can’t wait to hear more about it!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Samantha Hacker 6:45 pm on February 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t actually know Finnish, I just work with so many of the International magazine editions that I find myself encountering languages I’ve never actually seen before (I should’ve known that it’ll take some time for my humor to translate online!) 🙂

      Anyways, I loved that this internship combines marketing and advertising with event planning, and I really wanted to get involved with the Magazine side of the Society.

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