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  • Trace 5:12 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Last Time 

    Walking around the building at One Discovery Place was pretty say last Friday. It was my last time. I liked the building from the first time I walked in, but knowing this might be the last time I was able to wander around made me sad so I went up to the roof and enjoyed the view before I turned in my badge and caught the Metro home.

    Its inevitable, the last day of an internship. I did everything right, made my supervisors proud, worked on lots of projects, met lots of people in the organization and did my best to make myself as indispensable as possible, but I just didn’t work out. There’s nothing wrong with that, I made the best of it!

    What do you do when you don’t get the job you’ve been working an internship to get? Simple, get references!

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    • Jane Ackerly 5:12 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Fear not, comrade! I was in the same boat as you but just found an awesome internship through Vault.com. It provides rankings, information and detailed reviews of various internships across the country. It’s generally free and reports a lot of different fields. I used it to find a humanities-related internship, but there are also options for everything from finance to architecture. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for another good experience!

  • Trace 3:09 pm on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Set Up Goals and Knock ‘Em Down 

    When starting an internship, it’s good to create some goals for yourself. Often, as is the case with my internship at Discovery, you’ll meet with your supervisor on your first day and you’ll come up with some goals, but if you don’t come up with your own personal goals.

    My goals at Discovery News are:

    • Audit Discovery News’ social media platforms and make recommendations
    • Produce my news story from inception to post
    • Repurpose video for use on the new Discovery News website – i.e. learn a lot more about video editing
    • Learn news-gathering, writing and reporting for Discovery News works

    This combines┬ámy own goals and the goals the News Director and I set out back in June, but I’d like to say, I accomplished them all. It feels good to post your own news story, and now something I’ll get to do much longer. My video editing has very much improved, and my Discovery News Social Media Audit was a great success resulting in a one hour conference call/Q&A with me about tactics and strategy for social media.

    Goals are important. I can hear my Mom saying it in my head, “Set goals for yourself so you can push yourself to achieve them!” She wasn’t kidding. It really works.

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

  • Trace 1:14 am on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Things are still moving at Discovery, there’s a job opening and I have to figure out a way to maneuver myself in to the vacant chair. Learning on the job is one of my favorite ways to learn a new skills. Unfortunately, learning on the job can also be very stressful! It’s strange to admit you don’t know how to do something which you were hired (though not paid) to do, but really thats what employment is! You take on new tasks, you learn new skills and you expand your scope of knowledge pushing your job further than you were hired to do because you want to move forward rather than stagnate.

    My point? If there’s an opening at your internship, move forward, learn, ask and don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know how to do something. Once you’ve learned, you will know how to do it for the future.

    • lara 3:40 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      go trace! let us know if we can help : )

    • Trace 3:53 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I made an appt for the Career Center for 3pm today, I’ll be in to see Felicia!

  • Trace 12:14 am on July 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    You’re working for free! 

    I have to ask cyberspace: Do you think they don’t know you’re working for free?

    I’ve had lots of conversations with other interns lately. It’s at the point where everyone has approached their supervisors and asked about potential positions, but many of the interns I’ve talked to fear talking to their bosses to get time off for interviews. One intern I know even told her boss she had, “a friend in town,” who she was going to, “have lunch with.” Two hours later she returned, apologized and went back to her desk.

    Ideal situation? Not particularly. This short post has really just the one point. Don’t be afraid to tell your boss where you’re going, the girl mentioned above got┬áthe job shortly after, came clean and her boss was ecstatic for her. Chances are, your supervisor wants you to succeed and would be proud to have you work somewhere. Unless they wanted to hire you, of course.

    I remind myself with a sticky note on the dashboard of my computer. Remember, it’s not like they don’t know you don’t get paid.

  • Trace 7:30 pm on July 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Having the “Employ Me” talk 

    Interns of the world hold many positions and have a variety of skills to learn, but inevitably there comes the day when you want to have “the talk” with your employer. I’ve been at Discovery for a couple of months now and I feel that it is about time to start considering ways to bring up the employment question. Is there a chance I could be working for them after August?

    According there are a few tips for turning internships into jobs.

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    • John Charles 8:14 pm on July 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Good point about the meaning of professional, Trace. Being appropriately attired means being dressed right, not necessarily suited up.

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