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  • JMac 8:10 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: agenda, , friendly, , organizing, outline, , , , task list, ,   

    A Few Months In, Helpful Tips 

    So now that I’ve been a research assistant at the USIP for a few months I feel like I can finally offer a few tips to the current or future fellow RA.  For a short time I was learning the ropes and getting acquainted with the organization, the position, and the people.  Then for a few weeks I was diving into the work, reading everything I could find on the topic I’d be studying until at the end of every day I was saturated with knowledge on Indonesia.  I read everything from security strategy and policy to current events and geography.  Then once I felt more comfortable with the region and the topic I began to delve deeper, trying to identify patterns, opinions, and policy strategies.

    I have hit comfortable days where I’ve spent the day reading and absorbing information, frustrating days where every research trail leads to a dead-end, and high energy days where I’ve found everything I set out to find and finish the day still trying to print or organize all the information I gathered.

    At this point I’d like to present a few helpful suggestions that I would write to myself or anyone in a similar position, which I have gathered over the past two months.

    Here they are:

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  • shebna 2:59 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crime scene investigators, filing, organizing, storm   

    More Days of Paperwork 

    Last week,  my supervisor was out-of-town and he was supposed to leave me some things for me to do. When I came in on Monday morning, I reported to the Sargent, who told me that my supervisor forgot to leave me work to do.  I ending up  spending the morning helping sort, organize, and file papers. I spent the rest of the day sitting with the Crime Scene Investigators. They didn’t really have anything that I could help them with, so another intern and I just sat around waiting for a possible call that there was a crime scene that needed to be investigated. While sitting with the investigators, I learned that MoCo has already had 12 homicides this year (5 of which occurred in the span of 10 days!) This is surprising because last year MoCo only had 13 homicides for the entire year. Bring only July, there’s a good chance that we will surpass that number this year.

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  • Alex Priest 2:00 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , conference, , organizing, 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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