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  • Lauryn 3:20 am on April 14, 2014 Permalink  

    The Things I’ve Done 

    Hello everyone,

    Sorry for the late post. The weather this weekend has been so perfect that I have barely been on my computer. It was so refreshing to be outside in the sun. I ventured out into the city with some friends to see the cherry blossoms. Even though its our senior year none of us had gone to see the blossoms before. I will say one tip for those who have yet to go to see cherry blossoms at the tidal basin:

    1. Go in the morning.

    2. If you can’t wake up to go in the morning go during the week when there is probably less traffic of people.

    3. Go early when the blossoms are pink and not white.

    Cherry Blossom pic

    Back to the point of my blog that was supposed to be for yesterday, I wanted to start by giving the answers to the challenge questions I posed last week.

    Q: A mix of 1/2 onions, 1/4 carrots and 1/4 celery is what?

    A: A mirepoix

    Q: Name 3 components of a whole grain.

    A: The bran, germ, and endosperm

    Q: In a GARDEN WASTE ONLY compost bin, these three items should not be added, because they are harmful to worms

    A: Onions and onion peels, potatoes and potato peels, and citrus fruits

    I know in my last post I talked about some of my accomplishments. Today I want to talk about some of the work I have most recently completed and some blog posts I have written. I am usually asked to write a blog post every few months. They usually are about my experiences. I think if I could wrote another one it would be about the guest chef that came to our class last week and taught them how to make pasta from scratch.

    Other work that I do is to create the posters that we use for the lesson portions of class. My most recent poster was focusing on food access. I really enjoy my internship but I like it more when I get to incorporate things that  I enjoy learning about such as this.

    food access


    I don’t want to poor you with repetition so I will attach the link to our Bite of Brainfood Blog where you can read about what I and the other employees, interns, and students have been up to!

    Oh and enjoy the facts from my Food Access Poster

    Until next week!

  • ec3782a 6:37 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink  

    Biggest Takeaway: Saving the World the Right Way 

    This information will be particularly relevant to anyone interested in the NGO or development fields. I was sort of thrown into this area myself and have been extremely immersed in it over the last few months. I’ve learned a great deal about a career field that I wasn’t previously aware of or interested in. This is my greatest takeaway that has been solidified by my experiences here at Grameen:

    Having passion and a good heart are important, but you need to have education, skills, and experience to really make an impact. (More …)

  • ec3782a 6:19 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink  

    A Few of My Favorite Things…. 

    As you all know, I’ve been raving about how great Grameen is and how much I love this internship—but what’s so great about it? Here’s two of my favorite things about Grameen:

    1. Flexibility

    I’d have to say my absolute favorite thing about my internship is the flexibility. I like to describe my internship as “flubber-like” because my tasks and roles are constantly changing and morphing. Sometimes I’m doing one project in one area and the next day I’m helping support a different team with a whole different set of skills. I love this because it keeps things interesting and allows me to develop myself in a multitude of ways (as I talked about in my last post).  (More …)

  • Tala Odeh 4:47 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink
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    How To Juggle Interning, Academics and A Social Life All At Once. 

    The expectation at American University is that we as students must study, work, intern, go out and get some sleep all at once. But with a hectic schedule at times it can be hard to create that work life balance. As a senior with some perspective, and as a student that at one point in time didn’t have it all together, I am here to tell you how to spend 24 hours a day, 8 for work, 8 for sleep and 8 for play.

  • Tala Odeh 4:03 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink
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    A Day In The Life of a DBC PR+New Media Intern 

    Working at DBC PR means a lot of hard work, everyday of the week. Interns usually begin by creating daily news clips that we send out to the teams. The news clips cover the PR industry and the main headlines of competitor news and updates. It helps keep everyone in the loop with what the rival brands are doing and ensure the client is aware of it too. Mornings are usually slower in that we are glued to our screens researching or creating media lists.

  • Lauryn 4:16 am on April 8, 2014 Permalink  


    When I think of my accomplishments they generally consist of making a healthy breakfast in less than 10 minutes, arriving to my office job on time, getting a good grade on an exam and my personal favorite, finding snacks or money in my pocket. Sometimes I find it difficult to speak of accomplishments that I can really be proud of because I tend to be very modest. When it comes to my internship I have no problem speaking about my accomplishments. If I haven’t said it already let me say that interning at Brainfood has been the highlight of my senior year. I have had so much fun with my students over the past six months. When I first started interning I made a list of some things I wanted to accomplish during my time with the students. I wanted to Listen, Learn, and Inspire. Something I didn’t think about in my original list of goals was to make connections.

    For anyone who has worked with youth programs or students knows that making connections with your students is so important if you want to be successful. It really takes time and dedication to get this one thing right and can be difficult. I believe that I have done a great job in making those connections with my students. I have the privilege of working with two groups of students.

    My first group is an older group and they are loud and rambunctious. I have been working with them since we all started in October and I have a deeper connection with them. I laugh so much in this class and always have a great time. And to see their progress has been incredible. I find I have less work to do as they become more independent in their cooking.

    My second class is smaller, and younger in age. I think they have an advantage working with fewer people because they are very efficient. I also have an advantage of getting to know them better since there are so few of them. And you didn’t hear this from me but sometimes they make the food better…Shhhh!

    Besides making some great connections in my classes I have more tangible accomplishments that I can show off. As the Kitchen All Stars Intern one of my main tasks is to put together a cookbook of all the recipes we have made. This will be finished at the end of the year and I am working on it now so I don’t want to spoil my surprises so more of that will come later.

    Working with such a small organization I am truly lucky because I see exactly where my work is going. I made a poster that will now be used during class when we talk about where our food comes from. Another project I worked on along with our Garden Intern was a poster board featuring a jeopardy game. This will be displayed at at the City Paper’s Best of DC Event!

    brainfood best of dc poster


    As you can see the game features questions in the categories for cooking/baking, nutrition, and garden. On the sides of the poster we put information about the organization and ways to get involved. Fun Fact: this poster was totally handmade and it looks like a professional made it.

    So here are some questions for you from the board. See if you can answer and check my Saturday post for answers

    1. Cooking and Baking for 100: A mix of 1/2 onions, 1/4 carrots and 1/4 celery is what?

    2. Nutrition for 400: Name the three components of a whole grain

    3. Garden for 300: In a GARDEN WASTE ONLY compost bin, these three items should not be added, because they are harmful to worms

    Take your best guess, you may receive a prize!

    Until Next Time,


  • Sara Cecilia 3:06 am on April 8, 2014 Permalink
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    Awkward. How to Get a Reference 

    It’s an essential end to every internship or job to ask your boss for a letter of recommendation. This task seems simple in concept, but in actuality it can turn into something that makes you question yourself.

    It’s been a tough road for me to travel on the quest for references. I’ve transferred schools, which disrupts ties with professors, and I’ve jumped around a lot through short internships. These things hinder getting a good reference letter. Why? Because your boss or supervisor needs to get to know you in order to write something good about you!

    I’ve had bosses and professors tell me quite often that they are too busy to write me a reference or that they frankly don’t know me well enough to write anything about me. These problems can be solved in a few easy steps:


    1. Be Outgoing- even if you’re not a peppy soul, do your best and make an effort to get to know those around you. Those short conversations during your lunch break matter 10 times more than the work you produce. This goes for professors too. Try to participate in class or, it you’re not comfortable with that, speak to them during their office hours and share a little bit of yourself with them. It means a lot to them and you’ll reap the benefits once they can give you a good reference!

    2. Appearances- despite that we would like to believe, appearance is all that matters. If you look like you are succeeding, then your boss/professor probably thinks you are. Dress for success and leave that cell phone in your backpack! If you look and act professional, your superiors will have a better attitude towards you and respect you more.dress-for-success

    Thinking ahead will get you ahead. This way, when it comes time to ask for a reference, your supervisor will be glad to give one.simpsons boss bff

  • Anna Sutton 8:12 pm on April 7, 2014 Permalink
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    Ready for Hillary Workplace Culture 

    Ready for Hillary started with two Hillary super supporters and it has grown to an office full of people who are passionate about her becoming our next president. You can really feel that excitement for her, and I think it bleeds into everyone’s personal lives in really great ways. I personally wear a RFH t-shirt at least once a week and my laptop is plastered with her bumper stickers.

    As far as communication and teamwork go, everyone in the office is ultimately working towards one same goal: to build a huge list of supporters who are fired up for the possibility of a Hillary 2016 presidency. That means when one outreach office needs support, they can count on it from anyone in the office. There is a lot of work for everyone to help with. For instance, when the Women Ready for Hillary Office held their launch event, members from all of the other offices volunteered to make sure that the event ran smoothly.

    As an intern, I’ve never felt intimidated to ask questions and I really feel like I’m making valuable contributions with my work. It’s really icing on the cake to be able to be passionate about the work I’m doing while I’m interning to pick up real-world skills.

  • Anna Sutton 8:06 pm on April 7, 2014 Permalink
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    Her Voice, Her Values, Our Movement – A Conversation in Our Nation’s Capital 

    I mentioned in an earlier post that Women Ready for Hillary was having our office launch event, and I’m sorry for not writing about how amazing it was sooner so y’all could be blown away by how cool my internship is.


    The event brought together women and Hillary supporters from all sorts of communities. We started with a panel of women who worked under Hillary in various times of her career. They offered first hand insight as to how with her amazing work ethic and impressive resume Hillary Clinton isn’t just the best woman for the job, she’s the best candidate period. The second panel was full of women who specialize in grassroots movements and talked to everyone about how we can make the movement to encourage Hillary Clinton to run for the presidency our own by using our own stories to raise support.

    I didn’t think it was possible, but after the launch event I’m even more excited for Hillary 2016.

  • Anna Sutton 8:46 pm on April 1, 2014 Permalink
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    The Real Life Intern Skills I’ve Learned from Watching House of Cards

    Everyone starts out as an intern, even Frank Underwood. When the second season was released earlier this year, I binge watched the entire thing. While it’s hard to imagine holding as much power as Frank Underwood, I think we can pick up a few life lessons from the fictional king of DC.

    gif of Frank Underwood from House of Cards

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