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  • AU Career Center 8:58 pm on December 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: conclusion, , Thank You, wrap-up   

    Another Great Semester 

    A big thank you to all of our phenomenal bloggers this semester. Its been another rousing collection of interesting and engaging internship experiences.

    Just a quick program note; this will be our last semester blogging at WordPress.com. This January, The AU Intern blog will move to american.edu and take up its new home as one of the inaugural blogs at blogs.american.edu. You can go ahead and take a peek a the new site and some advice from our staff at intern.blogs.american.edu.

    If you or someone you know is interested in sharing and reflecting upon your internship next semester, let us know now. Just email Francine Blume, AU Career Center Director of Experiential Education, or shoot a tweet @aucareercenter.

  • Kristine Untalan 7:05 pm on August 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , how to, , question, Thank You, thanks, wusa,   

    How exactly can one say “Thank You”…? 

    I was going to e-mail this question to Felicia as my Very Last Day at WUSA9 is rapidly approaching, but I figured this could possibly turn into a good AU Intern Blog discussion. So readers, here’s the million dollar question:

    How should I go about thanking my employers for a wonderful summer internship?

    Sounds easy enough, right? No. I’ve been over thinking it. I’ve googled this idea to death, and still can’t pick out a decent way to say, “Hey, thanks morning news team!” While I appreciate the nice sentiment that employers felt at times, saying they should have been the ones giving their interns gifts, I don’t find that completely necessary. I would like to fully extend my thanks to not only my supervisor(s), but the people I’ve been chatting with in the wee hours of the morning for the past three months.

    Things I’ve ruled out:

    • Sending a mass e-mail to the entire newsroom.

    Things I’m not against:

    • Baked goods.
    • Thank you notes.

    Don’t think that I’ve forgotten the power of an old-fashioned hand-written thank you note — I’m definitely on top of that.

    So if you have any tips, suggestions, or examples of previous attempts that were either successful or a complete failure…I just want to hear them all! I give you my thanks. 😛

    • FB 2:32 pm on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Notes are always appreciated. So are baked goods. A mass email in addition to all that with your contact information might not be a bad idea, too. Then the handwritten notes make people feel even more special.

    • Tanya 3:47 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Handwritten notes are awesome — it’s what I always did. By the end of my last internship, I got a simple gift for each of my supervisors (2), something typical from my home country. It was quite perfect :o)

      I agree with the poster above re: Mass email for heads-up on your contact info. It’s customary. Special more detailed emails can be sent to others in addition. Our interns here bought doughnuts on their last day, it was nice. We had a BBQ for them a few days earlier. It was also nice!

      Good luck!

  • Samantha Hacker 4:35 pm on March 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Free Food, International Conference, , Thank You   

    How I Spent My Senior Year Spring Break 

    …no, it didn’t involve beaches, fruity drinks or Mexican food. While everyone was off enjoying beautiful weather or being home with their families, I stayed here in DC and interned. At first, I have to admit that I was sad I wouldn’t have a typical Spring Break trip during my last year of college. However, I think it was a blessing in disguise.

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve really bonded with the people I work with at National Geographic and I think myself and the other intern really showed them how crucial interns are. We’re now in the midst of the International Conference and it’s been so crazy, yet very rewarding. One thing I’ve realized through the running around, late nights and early mornings is the importance of saying “thank you” – and it goes both ways. Supervisors and colleagues should appreciate the help interns give, but we should also recognize others when they help us with our own projects and goals. I have some great role models and friends here and I’m going to make sure I say “thank you” to them as much as I can.

    • felice mirsky 12:56 am on March 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Samantha,
      As your mother, I am very proud of your decision and, yes, you did make a very wise choice. There are always sacrifices to be made in this world. To sacrifice a “spring break” for an opportunity, such as this one, will help mold your future. An employer would much rather review your resume with a week spent at an International Conference rather than an International Beach Party. LOL
      I love you,

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