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  • Ellen Miller 3:33 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Internship, , new year's eve   

    A Last Assignment 

    Several communications from my supervisor later and my last assignment was set: some research about new year’s in D.C. Specific dates have actually been my LEAST favorite events to research during my time at Citysearch. Typically because restaurants are notoriously slow-going in planning events like Thanksgiving dinner. But. Moving on. Turns out that there is a myriad of information out there on New Year’s Eve in D.C. Just google it– you’ll see.

    I’m going to write a final post tomorrow, wrapping up all my work and my experience at Citysearch, but I wanted to drop in some “internship tips” before I headed out. These tips are the benefit of three internships: my knowledge (or the little that I claim to have– I’m not the Intern Queen!) comes from all three.

    1. Be honest with yourself. Don’t take an internship for the prestige. You’ll just end up resenting it.

    2. Push yourself. Use your internship as a learning opportunity, not just an opportunity to network or to gain “real world experience.”

    3. Understand that an internship often involves a lot of useless time. Take a book or some homework, and use it.

    4. Know that even when you make mistakes, even when you make the wrong decision you can learn from it.

    And finally…

    5. Pursue what you love. What you want is the only thing that matters. Yes, it sounds cheesy, but it’s so true. We’ll chat more about this in my last post.
    Best of luck to all applying to internships for the spring!

  • Danielle 7:55 pm on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , final exams, , Internship, last week, what i have learned   

    It’s the final countdown. 

    …no not that famous 1980’s song, but the actual final countdown. Today is Tuesday and I will be done with all my exams/papers/internship THIS Thursday! I know it is so cliche, but where has the time gone?? Wasn’t it only last week I was uploading my intro post and getting lost on the metro going to work? How did all of these papers sneak up on me all at once?

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

    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 …)

  • Danielle 5:20 pm on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , December, , exit memo, , , Internship   

    ‘Tis the season! 

    Soo, it’s pretty much December… where did the time go?? It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I started my position as a Conflict Assessment Intern. Slowly, the temperature has dropped (and so has the humidity, thank goodness!), but the research and learning have continued. I do have to say, it was a great first internship to have in DC and will be a wonderful jumping-off point for future endeavors…

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    • lara 8:13 pm on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      very cool about launching ffp’s employer profile on linkedin! it will definitely help recruit future interns : )

  • Ellen Miller 6:02 pm on November 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Internship, long distance, organizational change, supervisor   

    Working from Afar 

    As usual, I’m pulling behind on posts, but last week I didn’t have a lot to share as I didn’t end up doing a lot in my internship. Just a recap in case you missed the last post: the company that I am interning for released all of the city editors. What does this mean for me? My boss is now in Los Angeles. While I wasn’t working (in person) with my supervisor in D.C. on a regular basis, I did see her fairly regularly for lunch, and we had constant communication throughout the day via IM and email. (More …)

  • ellen 2:52 am on November 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Internship, ,   

    Saying Goodbye 

    Today was the last day of my internship. It was a bittersweet day for me. I am legitimately sad to end my internship since I have been at PHA since May and have come to feel almost like a staff member. I’ve worked on almost every project in the Advocacy and Awareness department and I’m proud of my work. I’ve learned so much and done so much. I’m worried I won’t  find a job that is as meaningful as my work at PHA.

    On the other hand, my ego loved all the goodbye praise. Perhaps the best praise I could  get was hearing my supervisor say in the staff meeting that she felt like she was losing a staff member, not an intern. Thank you to PHA for a fantastic internship.

    • lara 9:35 pm on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      you know it was a great internship when you have a hard time saying goodbye! sounds like you were quite a valued member of the PHA team. onward to the next experience!

  • Wyatt 3:22 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Internship, 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, , , , , , , Internship, ,   

    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 1:12 am on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Internship, , service   

    Looking Forward 

    This week is my last week, and it will be very eventful–literally. We are hosting a big event on Capitol Hill to advocate for legislation that supports research on Pulmonary Hypertension. For the past two and a half months or so, I’ve been working on organizing this event, and I’m excited (and nervous) to finally experience it!

    At the same time, I’m sad that this event will be the end of my internship at PHA. I’ve done a lot of reflecting on how my experience at PHA has shaped my plans post graduation.

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  • Danielle 9:18 pm on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , confirmation, , Internship,   

    Total Career Confirmation 

    So, today I had the opportunity to interview of one my colleagues who has recently returned from a trip to Liberia where she helped to implement a two-day workshop to train local leaders on how to best report data to our organization. See, our organization (Fund for Peace), aims to prevent conflict, so it is vital that we have an ongoing and accurate stream of info to do so. What I found out is that, for lack of a better phrase, you don’t know what you don’t know.

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  • ro5enrot 5:42 pm on November 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Internship, ,   

    Eighth Week – Green Week: Taking Advantage of Where You Work 

    This is a picture of a random Tavern in Marburg at 3:00 in the morning on my way to Berlin. It happens to be unrelated to this post but next week I’ll talk about my trip there.

    But during Green Week, I had the great opportunity to look through some amazing files! Honestly I couldn’t be happier with the fact that I actually had access to look through some of the cases that the State Department handles on a day to day basis. So I guess what I want to report for this week is to really take advantage of where you work, and ask about what you can access because you’ll be surprised at what you can get your hands on!

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  • Danielle 5:53 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , half-way point, , Internship, 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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  • Wyatt 7:59 pm on October 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: center for america progress, chamber of commerce, commerce, , , downtown, , Internship, , 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!

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

    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 …)

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