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  • Wyatt 2:30 pm on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apply, , , , , , , work   

    Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead 

    What I mean with the title of this entry is not that you should keep working at your internship till you’re miserable or everyone there wants you gone (in that case there are obviously some other problems afoot).  My point is that if you like your internship and want to keep working there, ask them if you can. (More …)

  • Danielle 3:34 pm on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brussels, capitol, , , European Union, lecture, panel, speakers, work, Zimbabwe   

    Where Worlds Collide 

    Having learned, lived and loved working in Brussels, Belgium, I have to admit that I am completely bias towards the moules-frites, cobblestones and chocolate of the EU capital city. It is full of languages, opportunities and a vast network of international relations. However, now a DC resident, I have finally found a city to rival the political science paradise that is Brussels.

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

    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?

  • ro5enrot 6:47 pm on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Third Week – Lime Week: All Work and No Play? 

    This is not where I work as a matter of fact, this is called the “Boerse” or Frankfurt’s Stock Exchange building. They offer tours in German and English, and I went on the German one and my friend translated the words I didn’t know. That’s the benefit of making friends off the get-go, they really help with the transition culturally and language wise.

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  • Alex Priest 1:14 pm on August 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , fall, independence, nms, parttime, responsibility, work   

    Fewer Hours… More Responsibility? 

    Certainly looks that way!

    It’s been a tumultuous couple weeks here at CEA. All in a good way, but just a little crazy. My supervisor–and now good friend–moved on to a new job last Friday with New Media Strategies and now I’m finding myself increasingly independent, and with more and more projects on my plate!

    I’m thrilled! Never before have I had an internship that really provides me with this level of independence and responsibility, and individual control over the projects I’m working on. Of course I’m still asking plenty of questions and getting permission for the big things, but this is the first time I’ve really felt like the work I’m putting in is coming out with some real results.

    That’s one reason I’m almost a little sad that I’ll be switching to part time in less than a week, going from about 40 hours a week to almost half that. But at the same time I already get the feeling that, while my hours will be less, my responsibilities and independence will remain largely the same. It might mean work is going to be a little more frantic to get things done, but I’ll just have to kick my butt into gear and work hard to be productive each and every single minute I’m in the office (not that I don’t try to do that all the time!).

    The next few weeks will be interesting as our office hires someone to take my former supervisor’s place, and as we get closer and closer to the biggest events of the year for the CEA. Add in school, other jobs, and on-campus responsibilities, and I’ve got the making for a hectic semester but I’m excited about it nonetheless. In my experience, the busier I get the more rewarding I find my experiences–I’m sure this semester will be no different!

  • shebna 5:22 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: business casual, , work   

    Lesson learned… 

    When I first started my internship in May, I was told via email to dress business casual  (no jeans) and wear closed toed shoes. I guess my mistake was never asking what exactly what that meant. I work in Clinical Research and have to wear business casual there, so I assumed that I could wear the same types of outfits that I wear to work to my internship. But I was wrong.

    At work, business casual is defined as wearing nice tops, pants, capris, dresses, etc.  I figured that wearing dresses probably wouldn’t be appropriate at my internship, so I’ve been wearing pants and a nice top. This week though since it was a hotter week, I decided to wear a nice top and a pair of black dressy capris. When I came in my supervisor had a chat with me and basically told me that their business casual requires that I always wear pants and a nice top and closed toed shoes. I of course apologized and explained that I assumed that the business casual at my work was the same as the one at the police dept. I also volunteered to go back home and change into pants.  My supervisor apologized as well for not making it clear in the beginning.

    I’ve never had this problem before this, but I’ve learned my lesson. I will definitely make sure to clear this up ahead a time at future employers/internships.

    • Lara 3:49 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Business casual can mean different things at different offices which is very tricky! Sounds like you handled your boss’ suggestion really well and now you know : )

  • Pinkie 11:50 am on March 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ethic, work   

    Valuable Work ethic 

    Like every other student out there, I was enthralled at the very thought of Spring break. Soon, I realized that I would have to be away from the internship during the break but my Management was flexible to accommodate my schedule. Such an understanding team! Hey, wait but since I am the only web intern around, I paused for a moment and wondered what if there are time sensitive requests that need my attention during that period. So, I touched base with my Manager to let him know that he can reach out to me, if needed. It’s always a good thought to make sure your Management knows where and how to find you and it sets a good precedent that you are dedicated and committed to the organization. Also, it shows that you give more respect to work and shoulder responsibility. No wonder, it creates an indelible impression of the quality and work ethics of the future eagles who might end up working at the same place.

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