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  • Amanda 6:33 pm on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , flag football, getting along, interns, Photography, , , volleyball, working together   

    Sometimes You Have to Let Others Have a Turn 

    So the Bluegrass State Games are finally over and done for another year. I know you all are probably as glad as I am

    to see them go. As much as I love getting out there any taking pictures, the heat and amount of driving around I have had to do for them in the past 4 weeks is by far the best reliever in seeing them be done with.

    But I can gladly say that I took over 3,000 photos myself over the course of it (if even more than that) and I didn’t even cover all the events! But what I wanted to talk about in this post is that I didn’t do everything myself. I think something to always keep in mind is that even though you may want everything to be your way, don’t forget to let other people have a chance too. (More …)

  • Amanda 7:31 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , lacrosse, Lexington Legends, National Guard, Photography, raquetball, soccer, softball, , tee ball, , youth   

    So Many Sports – Only ONE Photographer! 

    So the Bluegrass State Games finally arrived. And only two weekends in, I’m exhausted! It has been hot temperatures here in Kentucky (hello 90s!) so that makes the running around town a little harder to handle. But the amount of people (athletes, parents and siblings alike) that have turned out to participate has been incredible! I talked to some families that drive to and from home each day – some of those being hours away – just so their child can participate. They don’t seem to mind sitting out in the blazing sun for hours on end just to cheer on everyone, even during games from other counties they never have even met!

    For more…check out below! (More …)

  • mary714 1:45 pm on July 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , IWWL, kids, Photography,   

    First week of IWWL! 

    This was the first official week of Investigating Where We Live. For the next four weeks students will attend the program Tuesday through Thursday. The program went really well this week, and I’m really looking forward to continuing with the students. Monday was the last day we had for preparation. I spent all day getting ready for the program. We had a team meeting all Monday morning. Then in the afternoon I met individually with my team leader Lauren to plan out our first site visit. I printed out 11 historical photographs to give the students, so they could compare them with what Southwest Waterfront looks like today. I also met with Andrew Costanza, another team leader with whom I’ll be teaching an architecture lesson next week. We split up the lesson, so I will be presenting the content and he will be leading the activities. I put together a presentation about architectural history and historic preservation. I had to keep my audience in mind, since it will be composed of 11 to 16 year olds, and this can be a dry subject. I decided to only discuss classical, gothic, federal, arts and crafts, and modern architecture. These are they styles that they will most often see around DC and in their neighborhoods. All of the examples are from DC. I also am going to have them draw different features of these styles in their sketchbooks as I present, to keep them interested.

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    • ag6154a 1:39 pm on July 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for writing about your experience with a program run through the National Building Museum. I had no idea this Museum existed or that they offered such great internship programs. I have been looking all over the place for solid internships to apply for and I feel like I just struck gold!

      Thank you so much for bringing this Museum to my attention! They run some really great programs for DC kids.

      • mary714 3:07 pm on July 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I definitely recommend interning at the National Building Museum, especially if you are interested in education! Education is a primary focus of the museum and they offer lots of great ways to work with younger students. I have really enjoyed my time at NMB so far, and will be quite sad when my internship is over!

  • Amanda 2:49 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , broadcasts, camera, championships, , , , Lexington, , , newspaper, photographs, Photography, press, , tournament, weather   

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game… 

    As I asked in the title of this post, for someone to please “take me out to the ball game”. Well I went to the ball game. I went to eleven ball games in 5 days as the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) hosted the 2010 State Baseball Tournament at Applebee’s Park in downtown Lexington, June 14th – 19th. As one of the tournament sponsors, iHigh was one of the official photographers of the games. So I got to spend almost 30 hours watching high school baseball…

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  • mary714 2:22 am on June 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: MLK Library, petworth, Photography   

    June 1st-4th 

    This week was a short one at the NBM, as I had Monday off for Memorial Day and then I went home on Friday for my little brother’s graduation. However, I still got a good deal of research done. This week I tackled Trinidad. I had been putting off this neighborhood, as I could tell from a cursory overview that it had the least amount of information and would provide the greatest challenge. However, I began carefully searching through the online archives of the Washington Post, to see what information I could find. I was able to put together a solid history of the neighborhood, even if it is not as extensive as Petworth and the Southwest Waterfront.

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  • Amanda 8:46 pm on June 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: angles, , , , Photography, ,   

    Make Sure Your Internship is an Ace 

    The most valuable thing that you can get out of an internship is hands on experience. If you are not able to jump in and really get a chance to do more than just grab coffee and sit behind a desk, you need to find another place to spend your time. While being at iHigh, I paid my dues behind a desk but I also got to go out and actually do something! This past weekend, for the second year in a row, I was a photographer at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Tennis Tournament held at the tennis complex on the University of Kentucky’s campus.

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    • juliaandromios 1:52 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Bonjour, Polite to unify you, I am Julia

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

    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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  • Samantha Hacker 3:04 am on March 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Discounts, , Photography   

    Top 5 Reasons to Work at NatGeo 

    1. The Cafeteria: I had heard we had a cafeteria but the 5th grader in me was too scared to venture to the big, bad lunch room all alone. When I finally mustered up enough courage, I discovered what all the rage was about. Basically, imagine a cleanier, yummier, CHEAP version of TDR. Apparently the food is somehow subsidized, so you can get a full meal for under $6.

    2.The discounts: Whether 25% or five-finger, there are so many discounts being thrown at National Geographic employees. You can get 25% off any purchases at the Museum store and in other departments of the company. Also, a lot of us reap the benefits of too many magazines/DVDs/books/etc. and a major lack of storage. Sometimes in ILA (my department), I’ll make a comment about how some magazine was really cool and five minutes later I have my own copy.

    3. Brushing shoulders with the world’s most famous photographers: My first day of work was coincidentally the Society’s 2010 Photography Seminar. Really, they should call this the “Sitting Next to Amazing Photographers and Hearing/Seeing What They’ve Been Working On Before Anyone Else Sees These Photos” Seminar (I’m sure that was the working title). There was so much talent in one room, and any NG employee could go.

    4. You can be the next world-famous photographer: At that same Photography Seminar, interns just like you and me were given the same amount of time as the Joel Sartore’s of the world to show things they’ve been working on. Unfortunately, I have zero photography skills so I probably won’t be the next NG photographer.

    5. It just feels good at the end of the day: As I mentioned in the title of my first post, NG’s mission is “Inspiring People to Care About the Planet.” Being an “advertising person,” we don’t usually get the rep of being kindhearted people who care about the well-being of the world. National Geographic has taught me that you can be in marketing and still have a soul!

    • fblume 4:21 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is great! Can I put this on our HIGH QUALITY INTERNSHIPS map!!??

      • Samantha Hacker 4:37 pm on March 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Go for it!

    • Chenxing 8:08 pm on March 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Samantha~ I’m interested so much in interning in NatGeo this summer, and I applied from the official website, but…What’s the next step? Hope to hear your recommendation and more information..!! Thanks so much!

    • Samantha Hacker 12:56 pm on April 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I would say the next step is to really just keep applying. I sent my resume to a few places on Kogod CareerSource as well as online because I really wanted to work there and I could see myself in a few different positions that were open. Some applications are sent directly to the staff looking for interns and others are sent to Human Resources where they may resend out your resume to someone who needs an intern. Give about a week or two to hear back and then, if there’s any contact information available, e-mail that person saying you’ve applied, are very interested in the position, etc.

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