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  • Lauryn 1:49 am on May 6, 2014 Permalink  

    #1 Takeaway 

    The most important thing I have learned is to have fun. Working with high school students has been a crazy experience and I have really enjoyed it. I have had a lot of fun. I think in life you can prepare but not everything will be perfect so you have to enjoy as much of it as possible. I think I have also learned to be open minded. When I began, I expected that I would be teaching my students but I think I have actually learned more than they have. I have also learned from the staff and volunteers and have had the most unforgettable experience.

    I will probably post this and by tomorrow think of 10 other things I could have written about. I guess more than anything I have learned to follow my passion. I came into AU with a passion for working with development in Africa. That let me to study abroad in Africa. While studying abroad I realized I had a new passion for food and nutrition. This led me to look up jobs in this category where I found Brainfood. And now I am hoping to find a job where I am working with food, nutrition, urban gardening, and youth. But no matter what I will continue to follow my passions.

    As my last post I would like to thank all of you out there who have been reading my posts. I apologize for the inconsistency, the life of a working and interning college student is crazy. Also I would like to give a shout out to the AU Career Center and AU Interns for this opportunity to blog and gain new skills.

    And if you would like to continue to follow my life you can check out my personal blog

    Thanks again everyone

    until next time


  • Lauryn 1:32 am on May 6, 2014 Permalink  

    Favorite Things 

    I love my internship so much and I would even work for them if I could so picking my favorite things is a little difficult.

    I will start with my favorite class of the year. We had guest Chef Teddy Folkman, head chef at Granville Moore’s, come to teach the class how to make pasta from scratch. The funny thing was that he came on the wrong day but class ended up being incredible. I just stood back and watched as the magic happened. My students learned how to make homemade pasta, two types of sauce, chicken and shrimp without looking at a recipe or using proper measurements. The students had so much fun and were incredibly engaged which was surprising and exciting. The food at the end of class was so good I didn’t even get a photo.

    As for my other favorite things, I will name some of my favorite dishes we have made over the year

    1. Earl Grey Tea Cupcakes

    2. CoCo Bread

    3. Butternut Squash Soup

    4. Black Bean Burgers

    5. Fake Flake Fried Chicken

    6. Curry Shrimp

  • Lauryn 1:15 am on May 6, 2014 Permalink  


    The most useful skills I have gained from interning at Brainfood are paying more attention to detail, thinking out of the box/ being more creative, and having a better ability to work with youth in a leadership role.

    I have to pay a lot of attention to detain in my role in preparation and facilitation of a large class of students. We cook almost each class and have a small budget for food, therefore dividing supplies and making correct measurements are extremely important.

    Thinking out of the box and being creative is another skills I have gained. At times I am tasked with creating posters for class lessons. They must have correct facts and look appealing to the students. Even in class I have to be creative when a recipe does not turn out correctly. Although I like to follow recipes  I have loosened up and a lot of the recipes we make end up being better because we don’t follow the instructions perfectly

    Lastly, I am more comfortable working with you in comparison to when I started.  High school students can be intimidating, and being so close in age with them it can be tricky when establishing boundaries between being their friend and being a role model. With only two weeks left in the program, I am more confident in playing my role as a figure of authority and setting a good example for them.

  • Lauryn 12:38 am on May 6, 2014 Permalink  

    Advice, from me to you! 

    I was watching Mad Men today on Netflix; the episode where the British man, Lane Pryce asks Don Draper for advice to which Draper replied that he didn’t like to give advice about the predicament that Pryce was in. I on the other hand do not mind giving advice; especially when I feel I can potentially be helping someone.

    I am not stereotypical AU student who has had an internship every semester since freshman year so I have a different perspective. I also hope that this advice will help someone out. In order to keep this short, sweet, and to the point, I will provide a list below with my advice relating to internships.


    1. It is okay if you don’t have a lot of internships but, make sure your time is used wisely by volunteering, getting a job, or being active in on campus organizations
    2. If you don’t like the internship you have, make the most of it and try to work on gaining useful job skills
    3. Ask your boss to give you feedback on your work and performance so you can continue to improve
    4. When looking for internships try to find something you are passionate/ love to do
    5. Do what is best for you, if you need to work or focus on school and an internship would get in the way and take away your focus do not take the internship
    6. If you can get class credit for an internship…GO FOR IT!
  • Tala Odeh 3:38 pm on May 1, 2014 Permalink
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    What Accomplishment Are You Most Proud Of? 

    In my personal opinion, being an intern is harder than being an actual employee. Be it for credit, for pay or simply for a letter of recommendation, impressing your supervisor is essential to feeling you have your job 100%. While at DBC, one particular accomplishment stands out.

  • Tala Odeh 8:55 pm on April 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Intern Today, Publicist Tomorrow 

    My internship at DBC PR has thus far shed light on some essential aspects of working PR and without this experience, I would have been at a huge disadvantage when entering the ‘real world’. As an intern, you see, listen and do things that any entry level public relations co-ordinator would you. All the research and writing is crucial to ensuring a communications campaign is realistic and successful. It is important to take in what is going on around you and make note of the little things you think will help you later on.

    As a publicist, juggling multiple clients is key and learning how to do this and allocate enough time and every to everyone you represent is so important. As an intern, I would ask for tips on how they do this and my supervisor suggested taking 10 minutes every morning to sift through e-ails and make a to-do list for every client for that day. Crossing everything off the list meant a successful and productive day at work. I think it is lessons like this that make my internship today, a helpful tool for being in PR in the future.

    However, there were times when my internship led me to believe I did not want to work in the industry I am in. At times, going after the media can be tedious and hard to secure placements as there is always something more newsworthy that what your client has to say. However, in today’s world, the industry needs people with drive and persistence to achieve this. Rather than dwell on the possibility of a career path change, I chose to focus on harnessing the skills I need to succeed in the world  of public relations. I spoke to others in the office about strengthening media relations and how to use platforms where journalists were looking for stories to write. This meant that publicists and journalists met half way to pitch and secure placements for the media. These helpful tactics are what I believe adds value to the internship.

    Finally, it takes a lot to determine a career from some textbooks and theories. While the appeal of a certain job may help someone envision themselves in that work, nothing but an internship can truly prepare one for this. It takes understanding the work ethic, environment and arena in which clients compete in to truly comprehend and foresee what someone is getting themselves into. I believe that DBC showed me just this and facilitated the transition from intern to a future publicist.

  • Lauryn 3:39 pm on April 23, 2014 Permalink  

    How my internship will impact my future career 

    Seeing that I am graduating in a couple of weeks, it is no secret that my career has been at the forefront of my mind. I always like interning  because it helps you know what you like and what you don’t like. I find that separating those thoughts is difficult because you think what you learn in class is how it is but in reality it may be totally different. For example when I was a freshmen I thought I wanted to do human rights work. I had a friend interning for a human rights office so I asked her what it was like. After that conversation, I was sure I was more interested in learning about human rights rather than working in that field.

    Interning at Brainfood has been a large step in the direction I want to go in for my future. I plan on becoming a dietitian, and working with youth and young adults to help them develop healthy life habits and teach them how to cook. Brainfood has given me the most useful skills because they do almost everything I want to do.

    What I did not know I would gain is a network of people who share my interests. I enjoy talking to the volunteers and staff I work with; learning about what they do and any advice they have for me. They are all so helpful especially since they know I am graduating and looking for a job they give me advice and tell me about opportunities.

    I hope that as I move from this point in my life to the next I will be able to sustain the relationships I have formed and take the skills I learned and build upon their foundation as I make my way through my career.


  • Anna Sutton 3:07 pm on April 23, 2014 Permalink
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    Good news! 

    I’ve got some very exciting news!

    My internship, Ready for Hillary, has asked me to stay on next semester, which means that I will be interning with Ready for Hillary for a full year. I’m so excited to continue  learning from the organization, and to (hopefully) have a part in the election of the first female president.

    Hillary happy

  • Anna Sutton 3:00 pm on April 23, 2014 Permalink  

    Eagle Internship Fund 

    This semester I wouldn’t have financially been able to have an internship if it wasn’t for the Eagle Internship Fund given out by the Career Center. The fund gives $2,500 to financially eligible students to support AU’s students moving “ideas into action and action into service”.

    To be eligible you must also be eligible for the Pell grant, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and have an unpaid internship secured with the government, a non-profit, or an international non-profit NGO. It’s up to you if you want to take the internship for academic credit or not. If you’re continuing an internship you can apply for future work, but your internship can’t be retroactively funded.

    All that you must do in return is attend a presentation on professional skills, answer two surveys on your progress, and complete your internship. I’ve put the link for eligibility requirements and application below, but if you have any questions let me know!





  • Anna Sutton 2:50 pm on April 23, 2014 Permalink
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    American University Global Scholars 

    Hey kiddos!

    Being a student at American means finding your place in the community, and for me a very important part of that has been a Global Scholar. Global Scholars is a three year program under the School of International Service that lets us graduate in three years instead of four. In our three years we are placed in a living/learning community together fist year, take World Politics and International Research together, and our senior year we can take a capstone class all together.

    Because we only have three years, I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to have the same intern experience that other students have. However, looking at both my experience and my fellow GloSchos, I know that isn’t true. I’m in my second internship now and other student’s internships range from non-profits that bring textbooks to Africa to USAID.

    What I’m getting at is don’t be worried that you won’t have time for your dream internship. Just go for it!

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