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  • Trace 9:27 pm on August 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , networking,   

    If you choose to accept it… 

    Working at Discovery has been a treat. I’ve learned non-linear editing, news gathering and a lot about how one of the most well-known brands in the world runs parts of its digital media department. It has been pretty fantastic all around, but now there’s only a week left and I have to cram anything else I’ve not done into this last week. Thankfully, social media audit went well (I’ll write about that soon) and the videos and blogs I’ve made for Discovery News have been well received. Next stop, a full-time job? Not in my department. Maybe another one.

    Advice you didn’t ask for: Make yourself indispensible if you can. If you can’t meet as many people as possible. Meet friends, go to the meetings, even if you don’t have to and learn how the company runs so you can walk out with a useful network of connections and some working knowledge.

    It’s like a spy movie, the more you can learn about the inner workings of your target, the better.

    Good luck.

    • lara 5:18 pm on August 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i love that advice, trace! you’re such a great peer mentor. keep us posted with what happens at discovery!

  • Alex Priest 9:11 am on July 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , company, , games, , , kickball, networking, 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.

  • Amanda 12:02 am on June 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , healthy, ihigh, , Jared Fogle, , , NBC, networking, , radio DJ, scheduling, Shay Sorrells, spokesperson, , Subway,   

    Scheduling for the Biggest Loser ! 

    So this week, I regret to say, there were no photos for me to take. But that didn’t mean there wasn’t work to be done. Therefore, I switched to the marketing side of things. iHigh has a direct partnership with the annual Bluegrass State Games held throughout the state of Kentucky (though mainly in Louisville and Lexington) during the month of July.

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

    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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  • Stephanie Quinton 10:04 pm on April 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: credits, , , job world, networking, papers, , work environment, world experience   

    Making the grade 

    So as we all so dearly know, we can earn credit for the interning opportunities we get. I for instance and getting 6 credits this semester for my internship. With that, comes requirements, papers, and just little updates on how the internship is going.

    I am so happy that my job has been very cooperative with the assignments due.Working a a government agency is very hard, especially because may times you are working with sensitive information. So when I was told that I needed to write a 5-7 page (single spaced) research paper on sometime I am doing in my internship, it’s hard.

    My supervisor and other co-workers all pitched in to find ideas for me, pull together data I could use and in the end helped me piece together enough information that I could use to write my paper.

    I never knew how much a work environment is a social life. You get to know people in your office, and talk with them and work with them. It’s a way to network. It’s a way to make friends and know if you’re in a bind, they are more than welcome to help you accomplish what you need to.

    Interning is not only a job. It’s a life experience that you will never regret. You get the best of both worlds where you are still schooling and slowly being introduced into the real world. You do not need to worry about paying bills, (most of you), because your parents still have you covered and once you enter the working world, you will not just be thrown to the lions.

    With research papers and requirements the school gives, it makes you work harder at your job and learn more about your job than originally intended. You will be able to step out into the world with more certainty in what kind of job you would like, since the one’s you worked at in the past taught you many things.

    These credit requirements are probably going to force me to learn about my internship than I ever want to know, but if I decided to continue on with this internship, then I know I really like it and see myself here in the future, and if I do not, I cannot tell myself that I did not give it my best and full effort, because I had so much information about the company, that I wholeheartedly made the right decision.

    • xinthehouse 6:30 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey do you still intern? I think they need people over here (WH) lol.

  • Alex Priest 2:00 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , conference, networking, , outsidetheinternship, , rc10, rootscamp, unconference   

    Life Outside the Internship — RootsCamp 

    Now even though this blog is technically just about interning, I’ve got a feeling they won’t mind me giving you a few tips for outside the internship as well. In this case, I just wanted to mention my participation in the New Organizing Institute’s RootsCamp here in Washington, D.C. this past weekend.

    The “camp” was actually an “unconference.” An unconference is sort of a new style of conference, one in which the participants completely control the agenda of the weekend. Basically, the hosting organization sets up a space, basic time schedule and arranges food, ticketing, etc. Then, when participants arrive, they are given a blank card to create their own seminar-style session, which then fits in on the giant “grid” of sessions for the conference.

    Surprisingly, it usually goes far more smoothly than real conferences. Anyway, RootsCamp was a conference for organizers of advocacy campaigns, social justice campaigns, and progressive political campaigns to get together and learn from each other. Sessions were wide-ranging: some focused on communications tools and strategies, like social media, while others focused on specific policy areas, specific organizations, or even just a current event or person in the news.

    But my point is… take opportunities like this! Get involved in your community, whether it’s here in Washington, D.C. or a small town in Kentucky. There are always people to learn from, and events like RootsCamp make for an incredible chance to do so, as well as network! For more information check out my post on my personal blog about the camp, and check out my entire gallery of photos from RootsCamp by clicking on the photo below!

    • FB 1:28 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great photo and great point! Get involved as you can and take advantage of opportunities. Do you have any tips for folks on how to balance and prioritize? Sounds like you’re doing well in that area and lots of folks could use some insights to help them out.

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