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  • Wyatt 2:48 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bureau, , , , , , , , , Training   

    Training Time 

    Many offices, especially the non-Congressional Federal government ones like State, offer free training classes in a bunch of different office related topics.  Some of them are helpful, some of them are boring, but all of them look good on your resumé.

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  • Wyatt 7:20 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , foreign affairs, , , , , , Training,   

    First Day 

    Stoked for my first day of work at the State Department, I went a little overboard getting ready.  It felt like the first day of kindergarten or something–I even laid out what I was going to wear the night before.  Maybe it was more like Christmas; I had a hard time getting to sleep I was in such a state of excitement and nervousness.  Then I woke up the next morning at 8:18.  I was supposed to be there at 8:30. (More …)

    • ro5enrot 12:03 pm on October 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Same problem here. The State Department really needs to amp up how they take in interns. My sponser was WONDERFUL but he had hardly any help. And the place that I work in really i is a labyrinth. But if anything, getting lost is the best thing because then you really know how to find your way.

      But yeah, totally feeling you about the lack of organization. You figure out things pretty quickly though when you’re the one showing yourself around.

    • xinthehouse 6:27 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds a little like my first day. LOL!
      What color is your badge?

  • shebna 12:24 am on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: defensive tactics, Training   

    Defensive Tactics Training! 

    Last night, I went to a Defensive Tactics training (since we have to go to at least one training a month). It was really interesting. The officer who taught the training session is the one who trains the police recruits how to properly use defensive tactics as a people office.
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  • Trace 1:14 am on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , progress, , , Training   

    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!

  • shebna 3:29 am on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Explorers, State Attorney, Training   

    A Week of Trainings 

    As a MCPD intern, you are required to go to at least one training a month. Each training has a different topic. Examples are Defense Tactics or Miranda Rights, etc. This week I went to a training about the States Attorney Office. It was really interesting. The speaker was a prosecutor for the Office. He discussed how the Police Department and the State’s Attorney Office work together when solving cases. He also mentioned that the State Attorney’s Office works with schools, neighborhoods, and communities. For example, working to set up neighborhood watches or having dangerous parking lots patrolled. He said that the parking lot at Lake Forest mall in the Gaithersburg, MD is one of the worst so be careful if you’re around there. He also said that almost every type of crime has decreased in the last year except for car thief,  which has increased. So also be careful about what you leave in your car.

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  • Zack Adams 6:04 pm on May 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Mixed Methods, , Training   

    I am rather close to completing the Mixe… 

    I am rather close to completing the Mixed Methods Research Module that seems to represent the primary product of my internship. The previous version (the second draft) of the module was reviewed by my supervisors and returned to me with some mixed reviews. While they felt that the structure and important touchstones of the module were present, the primary concerns seemed to be with my language choice, with the absence of examples, and with explicating some of the strategies for approaching mixed methods projects. In the ensuing weeks, I spoke with some people at SFCG who had been in the field about their experience with mixed methods design. My co-intern, a former participant in SFCG’s International Internship Program in Sierra Leone, pointed me to some documents on monitoring and evaluation for SFCG’s radio programs in that country. These documents revealed a strategy that combined qualitative research in the form of interviews and focus groups with target audiences with quantitative research that was based on the subsequent data. Perfect! So I integrated this example, along with a number of non-SFCG examples to address the second issue.

    The language concern dealt with my use of “academic” language and the probable audience. This issue vexed me. First, the academic language was partially a result of the way in which I’ve been taught to communicate formally over the last seven years and partially a reflection of the manuals and books from which I got much of my own guidance on mixed methods research. Nevertheless, I should have been conscious of my audience. Rather, it should have been made clear who the audience is. Once this was made clear, I remained in a difficult position. The audience has a range of educational backgrounds from very, very little formal education (usually for some local “Searchers” who have not been afforded many educational opportunities) to graduate-level professionals. So the question is, “how to be understood by those with less formal education, yet respected by those with more?” The question remains unanswered. I took out some more technical terminology and reworked some sentence structures, but the decisions on language use need to be discussed among the ILT team, potential users, and even the funders of the project (primarily USIP, I believe).

    Finally, the particular strategies were not difficult to elucidate. I should have gone more in-depth with triangulation, etc. in the first place. I also added some visual aids in the form of circles and arrows. Those types of visual representations of processes and designs are of little help to me personally, but may help others (and seem to be favored by my boss) with different learning styles. I have yet to receive formal commentary on the reworked module, but the preliminary response of my direct adviser was quite positive. In the time between submitting that module and receiving commentary, I began a new project working with some indicators for monitoring and evaluation. The project is so very unclear to me that I feel I’m fumbling along in the dark. I have been asked to compile indicators from various organizations into a single excel document. I am left with more questions than answers. What is the point of this document? Who will use it?

    I feel that this has been a common theme during this internship. I feel improperly oriented to what I’m doing and a bit alienated from any sort of end product. It is understandable that this would be the case in nearly any internship, especially in an NGO headquarters. But if I understand the origins, context, and implications of the work I am doing, I imagine the work I produce would be significantly higher quality.

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