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  • Wyatt 7:20 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    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 4:41 pm on October 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Pulmonary Hypertension–Whaaat? 

    My name is Ellen and I intern at Pulmonary Hypertension Association. I am a senior majoring in American studies and psychology… so most people want to know why I am interning a niche non-profit serving the pulmonary hypertension community. In all good time, I will explain why PHA is the perfect place for me to intern.

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    • Diane Ramirez 7:32 pm on October 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ellen, Thank you for working with PHA.I am a long term survivor(PH for 23 years).I am also very involved with advocacy and awareness.Why have we not spoken to each other ? Welcome to our PHamily (((hugs)))

    • ellen 6:52 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Diane! I believe we’ve worked together on the District Visit calls way back in June and July. Thanks for the welcome! I love the PHamily!

  • Danielle 10:37 pm on September 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , conflict assessment, Introduction   

    Why, hello there! 

    Hey y’all: my name is Danielle … I am a New York native but a recent transplant to the DC area. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at American with a concentration on International Management. For my undergraduate studies, I attended Drew University in New Jersey where I majored in both Political Science and French.

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    • brod24 7:38 pm on September 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Danielle. I’m a Political Science major living in Florida. Fund for Peace sounds interesting.

      I figured I’d drop in and keep an eye on your blog. I figure with the common background in politics you’ll probably post something that I’ll feel obligated to converse with you about.

      • Danielle Wilsey 1:43 am on September 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely! I’d love to hear more about your views on Political Science and politics… I’ll be sure to update the blog on a regular basis to keep you informed!

  • mrbrefast 6:42 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The same place; a new face 

    Greetings, salutations, willkomen, bienvenue, hello, howdy, &c.

    In agreeing to write for this blog, I look forward to the chance because it will offer the possibility of introspection about this internship, and also about this internship in comparison with others I have worked over the years at AU.  My name is Michael A. Repas, I am a BA/MA student, and I commenced from AU undergraduate coursework this past May.  My undergraduate education was a double major in International Relations and Philosophy, with an attached minor in Computer Science.  I simultaneously worked on, and am continuing to pursue, a degree from the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs (EPGA) graduate program.  It is interdisciplinary, like the rest of my education, and this theme will be mirrored in my choice of internship, as well as my duties therein.  The specific concentration I am pursuing within the EPGA program is also worth noting: it is entitled “The Ethics of Development,” and this will also have bearing on my choice of workplace.  It is especially important for me, as this is my MA Internship, which in the Philosophy department functions as an alternative to doing a traditional MA Thesis (it still involves a substantive bit of writing, just with the practical experiences of an internship guiding the paper).

    And so, having explained all sorts of academic reasoning for the current internship position I hold, allow me to actually introduce it.  (More …)

    • David Fletcher 4:17 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Interning and blogging seem so interconnected that I am surprised when employers do not encourage it. Okay maybe Homeland Security, the CIA, and law firms don’t want confidential or secret information to be broadcast on the worldwide web, but for most organizations it is useful/beneficial to seek marketing outreach and free publicity through social media.

      Very happy to see ICMA embrace technology and provide transparency at the same time. Great work Michael and best of luck!

      • fblume 5:43 pm on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m really looking forward to reading more. This is a really interesting topic. You can’t be a peacenik (or a warnik, I suppose) without appreciating the need for finances. It took a lot of money to keep Gandhi poor. The ethics of development, of fundraising, is really complicated. Do you take money from liquor companies? Tobacco companies? How to you create avenues for people to feel involved in the work or an organization through their financial support? How much do you spend to raise money? Tell us more!

  • Eric Saltzman 11:39 am on June 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Greetings from the Subcontinent 

    Greetings, AU students and people of the interweb. My name is Eric Saltzman and you will be accompanying me this summer to India, where I will be based in Chennai,  the country’s 5th largest city and the capital of Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India.  I’m happy to say that this internship actually represents the last 3 credits I need before I am officially done with my Masters degree in Public Communication.  I like to think I’m going out in style.

    I am currently writing to you from Chennai, where I am at my second day at the office and my fourth day in-country. My internship will last about 10 weeks and it seems that I will be keeping pretty busy judging from the many interesting projects going on. I am working for a non-profit action research think tank called The Centre for Development Finance, which operates under the umbrella of The Institute for Financial Management & Research. IFMR consists of seven different research centers; together, these centers design and test appropriate financial products for the poor and for small businesses, evaluate public and private sector anti-poverty strategies, promote government transparency through better measurement of public goods outcomes and public expenditure processes, and partner with a wide array of public, private and non-governmental organizations to produce clear recommendations for policymakers and social entrepreneurs.

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  • Kristine Untalan 6:42 pm on June 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Hi, internet! 

    Hey everyone! I’m the newest AU intern blogger and for the most part, I have no idea what I’m doing. However, I’ll just pretend…for now.

    Some information about myself: I’m Kristine and in SOC majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Cinema Studies (which is funny, because I haven’t seen that many films. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to shoot some my way). I’m coming back from a year-long school hiatus so my writing skills might be a little rusty, but I’m still really excited to start blogging about my summer internship.

    I’m currently an intern at the W-USA 9/CBS television station less than a mile away, working under morning anchor/traffic announcer Angie Goff. My list of duties includes writing short blurbs on entertainment news to have Angie report on air, editing clips for the segment, editing Angie’s segment after she’s on air, and then doing a bit of checking her Facebook and email for any events sent in by viewers. Angie’s very involved within the DC area and reaches out to people through social media outlets, so it’s kind of amazing to see all of this happen…

    …at 3:30 in the morning. For the next fourteen weeks. (My current mantra: The news never sleeps.)  Either way, I’m really loving the experience and I can’t wait to find out what these early mornings have in store for me. See you soon!

  • shebna 9:23 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chemistry, Forensics, Introduction   

    Hello Hello! 

    Hello readers! My name is Shebna Garcon and I will be graduating this December with a Masters in Chemistry. This summer, I am interning at the Montgomery Country Police Department’s Forensic Services Section (MCPD FSS) or in other words Montgomery County’s Crime Lab.

    Before I start yapping all about the internship, let me give you a little background information about myself. I double-majored in Biochemistry and Psychology at American University and graduated in 2008. In order to keep both of my degree fields open, I work in the psychology field as a clinical research coordinator while working on my Masters in Chemistry at AU. I originally wanted to focus on Forensic Chemistry, but the advisor for that was on sabbatical from last summer to this one. So instead I concentrated on Environmental Chemistry. It’s very interesting and I actually enjoyed my thesis research (however not really enjoying having to write my thesis).

    So since I was not able to focus my research on Forensic Chemistry, I settled for an internship at the MCPD FSS. I started a couple weeks ago and I already love it there. Unfortunately I’m only there one day a week, but I’ve already learned so much in that time.

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  • Amanda 5:57 pm on May 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American University Athletics, , inauguration, Introduction, journalism, , , , , ,   

    Greetings from the Bluegrass State! 

    Hello there! I’m new to the blogging sphere for AU Interns so let me take this opportunity to introduce myself.

    My name is Amanda Zimmer and I am an upcoming junior at American University majoring in Broadcast Journalism with minors in Marketing and Studio Art Multimedia. In my two years at American, I’ve really immersed myself in all the opportunities that the university and city of Washington, D.C. offers. I am extremely active within the School of Communication, serving my second term as president of the Undergraduate Council as well as an ambassador to perspective and first-year students. I am also involved with the Kogod School of Business as the vice president of communication for the Kogod Marketing Association and a new brother of the business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. As you can see, I keep pretty busy! But I love it and wouldn’t want it any other way.

    Living in the DC area, I have had some amazing opportunities and internships thus far that have really allowed me to get out into the city and meet a variety of people. Check out more below the cut on my internship experience both in Washington and my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.

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  • Trace 2:44 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Discover(y) Trace 

    Good morning bloggers and bloggees! My name is Trace Dominguez. I am finishing up my master’s in Public Communication here at American and I’m a new blogger for the university’s Career Center (@AUCareerCenter). I wrote my capstone on YouTube’s interview with President Obama after the State of the Union. Originally from Michigan, I’ve not yet lived in DC a year, but I am excited to start working and living outside the AU library.

    For the next few months I am interning at Discovery News (@Discovery_News) working with their Digital Media. Here on the AUIntern’s blog I’ll be writing about my experiences so you should probably just bookmark us now. Go ahead I’ll wait… Discovery News is a separate entity from the Discovery Channel you are familiar with. They’re both owned by Discovery Communications, however, so they’ve got similar goals. I’m not sure what my job duties will be yet, but I know I’ll be helping create, write and publish the stories you’ll see on their  iPhone app, Twitter account, Facebook page, RSS feed, and website! I’m sure I’ll be busy.  See you around!



    Have a question? Follow me on twitter @trace501

    • Jessica Beasley 1:24 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So excited to hear about your experiences! Welcome to the blog!

      • lara 2:24 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        yay trace! what a great internship you’ve landed 🙂 did you get it from the information session? can’t wait to read about your summer at discovery!

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

  • Kristen 7:53 pm on February 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Introduction   

    Hi everyone! My name is Kristen Casapull… 

    Hi everyone! My name is Kristen Casapulla, I am a senior in SIS, with a minor in International Business. I am interning at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies for the spring semester.  I got the internship by just looking at the career center’s website, and applying the old-fashioned way!  I really think I lucked out with this internship considering how much I like it.  A brief overview of what FDD does: it’s a think/action tank that takes the ideals that make up a democracy and try to implement them in places where there is trouble and turmoil, like in the Middle East.  The board of directors is made up of Congress people  from both sides of the spectrum, both an ex-CIA and FBI director, and even an Ambassador.  The staff is also made up of very talented and smart people who have interesting backgrounds and have one goal in mind: peace throughout the world.  The Foundation is fueled by donations and grants by average people who see what we are doing as a means to an end.

    When I work at FDD, I really feel like I am part of something bigger, and that the organization really does excellent work and puts ideas into action.  THe staff at FDD gets published in magazines, newspapers and online and appear on numerous tv shoes, even the Daily Show! So I really know they are doing a great job of getting the word out there, and that by me working there, I am somehow helping this happen.  I think that working at an organization like this, where everyone works towards a common goal, that I realize what I may want to do after graduation.  If anything, I know I will take that away from my internship, which to me is probably the best thing I can get from it! A clear path in mind for after graduation…finally!!  Well, until next time I hope you enjoy reading about my experience at FDD as much as I enjoy writing about it!

    • fblume 12:12 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I very much enjoyed reading about your experience! (Where’s your photo?!) Can’t wait to hear more!

      • Kristen 11:34 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you!! I really love working there and I am so excited to share my experience working there and especially what this organization is about. Ps, sorry I was late, but the photo is up 🙂

  • Emily Thompson 5:14 pm on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Introduction, , United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,   

    Emily’s First Post!! Woo Hoo! 

    Hi Everyone!! My name is Emily, I am a graduate student in the Department of Performing Arts. I am currently working on getting my master’s in Arts Management! I recently graduated from Syracuse University in May 2009 with a dual degree in Art History and Public Policy, and a minor in Public Communications. I LOVED Syracuse and had a wonderful experience there, but now I am VERY excited to be in DC now and studying at AU.

    This January I started interning at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Planned Giving, an area of Development.  So far, things are going really well. I’m really enjoying the people I work with, and learning about development, planned giving and the museum. This is now my “4th” week at the museum, or it would have been, had it not be for the snow week, yuck! So, I will make sure to update you all on everything that has already happened, and will keep you posted on what is to come! Hope you enjoy the ride with me!

    • fblume 12:09 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to the blog! (Where’s your photo?!) Planned giving is really interesting. Are you seeing it as a way for people to feel involved?

      • Emily Thompson 2:34 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you!! It is great to be a part of such a great project! My only hope is that other’s will enjoy reading about my experience and it the USHMM as a great place to work! Planned Giving is definitely interesting and there is a lot more to it than I had originally anticipated. The PG Director, associates, and stewards work really hard to keep the donors involved through different “groups” such as Legacy of Light or Wings of Memory Societies. I will have to blog about these groups in another entry at some point!

  • Nicole 3:49 pm on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Getting Acquainted with Yours Truly 

    AU is known for its SIS program, its school of Public Affairs, and uber political students. And yet I’m none of the above. I ended up at AU by fluke (a post for a different time). But let me say, this has not stopped me from absolutely loving it and finding my own niche separate from anything even remotely political. I am a junior here at AU from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. I’m majoring in Health Promotion with a minor in business administration. What I love most about Health Promotion is that you can take it in so many different directions. I have lots of ideas for what my future career. My major requires two internships so between that and summer jobs I’m hoping to try out a number of these potential career paths.  So where to start?

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    • fblume 12:05 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to the blog! You are in a great program and you’re right, there are so many possibilities! I can’t wait to hear more about the program you develop!

  • Alex Priest 6:25 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alexpriest, , climate, , copenhagen, Introduction, , , , , , studyabroad   

    Just Getting Started–A Quick Introduction 

    Hi there, and thanks for taking a minute to read my first post! First, allow me to introduce myself.

    My name is Alex Priest and I’m a junior studying marketing, public communications, and statistics here at American University. The past three years have been filled with amazing experiences–from the 2008 election and President Obama’s inauguration to my personal experience studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark just this past fall. I’ve learned a lot both on-campus in classes and extracurricular activities, as well as off-campus through internships, networking events, and just day-to-day life in one of the world’s busiest and most influential cities.

    Speaking of internships, I’ve had some of the best internships around. Check below the cut for the rest of my quick introduction and my experiences in start-ups, politics, nonprofits and now, public relations agency work.

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    • FB 8:05 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      WOW! How did you get all those internships and how did you pick Copenhagen? (That’s one of my favorite places.)

      So I’ll be you aren’t lucky! I’ll be you did some good networking at the very least. Share your stories!

      • Alex Priest 7:16 am on February 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Haha, well I have gotten to be pretty active in networking circles 😉 However, my first several internships really were based mostly off of my résumé and interview skills. Only MS&L can I say I really built my way into via networking

        Copenhagen was sort of a random pick, it was one of the few programs where I could take classes for BOTH of my degrees (and get credit for them). In the end though, it really couldn’t have been more perfect!

  • Zack Adams 6:09 pm on January 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Zack Adams’ Introduction 

    I’m a first year graduate student in the School of International Service’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution program.  I am primarily focusing on genocide and post-genocide transformative issues, but I am also interested in  refugees, internal displacement, natural disasters, and human rights.

    I’ve just begun an internship at the Search for Common Ground, an NGO that focuses on conflict transformation and peacebuilding.  I will be working in the Institutional Learning Department and look forward to filling you in on what that is…

    • Mohsin 10:09 pm on January 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t wait to see updates of your work at SFCG.

      • David Fletcher 6:20 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply


        Many AU students have interned here and many more would like to. Can you mention how you found this opportunity, how you landed it and what like best about what you are doing?


    • FB 7:23 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How did you get interested in these issues in the first place?

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