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  • Jett Choquette 1:07 am on April 22, 2011 Permalink
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    The End 

    Today was my last day at holaciudad.com. As always, I can’t believe how fast the semester passed! I was particularly sad to say goodbye; I really enjoyed interning at holaciudad.com and think it was a great opportunity.

    I was busy up to the last couple of minutes. I revised the articles I wrote about the National Zoo and the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress will be published sometime in the next several weeks, which makes it the last article I contributed to holaciudad.com. I also ensured that the site calendar is set for the month of April and wrapped up several other projects I had going.

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    • miranda78 1:22 pm on April 22, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great job at your internship. It was very interesting reading all about it!

  • Jett Choquette 6:25 pm on April 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Last Couple of Weeks 

    The last couple of weeks have flown by so quickly! I can’t believe it is already the last week of my internship.

    As always I continue to be busy, during the course of the semester I have written over 20 articles for holaciudad.com. I have drafted the five articles that are part of my ‘”free activities” series for the website. The articles are on: the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Art Museum of the Organization of American States/ the Smithsonian Latino center, the National Zoo, and the Library of Congress.  The articles on the zoo and the library have yet to be published.

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    • miranda78 1:05 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Overall, great job at your internship! I really enjoyed your reflections and insight, and your internship seemed very unique but perfect for your major!

  • Jett Choquette 2:31 am on April 14, 2011 Permalink
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    Six Tips 

    I would like to take this moment to offer some of the things I’ve learned in my experience with internships that might be helpful to those beginning their internship search or choosing between internships.

    1. Interviews are not just a chance to prove you’re worth hiring.

    • While interviews are a time that you want to prove to you future boss that you are right for the job, they are also a chance to see if the internship is right for you. Makes sure you ask questions about the work you will be doing, the expectations you will be held to, and the environment in which you will work (What responsibilities will you have? Will there be other interns? How many? Will you be in a cubical by yourself or in an office with a staff member? Etc.)

    2. Even if it’s easy or you don’t have enough work push yourself to do you best.

    • A lot of times working hard and asking questions can make you stand out. Don’t waste time just because you know your boss is out of projects for you to do. Complete all your projects in timely way and to the best of your ability. Find ways to ask you boss (or bosses) for more work and if they have nothing for you ask what you can do or things you can read that will expand your understanding of what the organization is and the work it does.

    3. Get to know the people for whom you work.

    • Everyone says interning is a great networking opportunity; it’s true! Expect when it’s inappropriate always say hi when you come into the office and bye when you  leave. Ask the people you intern for how they are doing, how they got to their positions, or any other small talk you can to start building a relationship.

    4. Internships can give you great connections, not just a resume line.

    • Once you build relationships with the people you are working for they will know you better. This will help them find projects for you and give them a reason to recommend you to someone else.

    5. Some internships just aren’t worth it.

    • Often organizations that have interns do so for a reason. Do your best to tackle the project you are given; find ways to gain the trust required to take on projects that really help out the organization. If you realize that you are not valued and therefore can’t really contribute; it might we wise to consider quitting. I know that sounds harsh, but there’s about a hundred more valuable things you can do than  sit at an internship staring into space. The only exception might be if the organization is a big name and even if you don’t gain any experience you will win by having the name on your resume.

    6. Go into an internship with the mission to help.

    • Internships are a chance for you to help out an organization. It’s not just about you gaining a resume line; you can also really make a difference. Do your best to tackle challenges and move the organization forward. Remember, just because  your there a short time doesn’t mean you can make a lasting difference.


    *Stay tuned for a blog this weekend on what I’ve been up to at holaciudad.com.


    • miranda78 5:46 pm on April 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great advice and tips on what to look out for from internships.

  • Jett Choquette 3:44 pm on April 2, 2011 Permalink
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    Busy In the City 

    What I’ve Been Up To:

    As I gear up for the last stretch of the semester I find myself busy inside and outside of the classroom.  I have been at holaciudad.com long enough to understand my role well enough to create work for myself in addition to the work Laura gives me. (More …)

    • miranda78 1:29 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Like you state, you definitely have a good grasp now of the major national and community-level issues facing Latinos which I think will be valuable insight as you move forward in both your academic and career paths!

  • Jett Choquette 2:44 am on March 22, 2011 Permalink
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    Spring Is In The Air 

    As the second half of this semester marches forward I’m caught between wanting it to be over and to never end. During Spring break I was able to rest from both school and my internship though both were on my mind as I worked and attended a wedding. Never has what I’m doing in class and my internship duties been so closely related.

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    • miranda78 2:02 pm on March 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I did not know the Library of Congress held events. Cool!

  • Jett Choquette 4:27 pm on March 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Looking Forward: Outcomes of the Mid-Semester Review 

    My mid-semester meeting was low-key and went well.  I will also continue to write educational articles and other articles Laure needs written, to pitch article ideas, to perform site upkeep, and to add events to the events calendar. However, I will also begin to write a series of articles (at least one a week) on free things to do in D.C.  Laura and I discussed the new project during the review, however when we outlined the internship we agreed that I would create a new element for holaciudad.com community page during March and April.

    During the meeting I proposed several ideas for my project: a series describing legal processes such filing taxes, enrolling in school, buying a house, ect; a series profiling main organizations in the D.C. area that work with the Latino community; and finally a series telling about free activities to do in the D.C. area. (More …)

  • Jett Choquette 2:52 am on March 1, 2011 Permalink
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    About Halfway 

    The Past Week:

    As midterms and Spring break loom, my internship with holaciudad.com is about halfway done. It is amazing how fast time flies; it helps that I am always busy at my internship.

    This past week I worked on two articles. I wrote one article about an internship program the Smithsonian Latino Center offers Latino students between their senior years in high school and their first year of college. I also drafted an article about a program AT&T’s HACEMOS (a Latino association) and Junior Achievement offered high school students. The program is called “National High Technology Day” and provides students the opportunity to shadow engineers and other workers who use math and science at AT&T. The program seeks to increase the number of minority students who study math and science.

    I continue to collect and update events to put on the website calendar. An interesting development on this front is that after spending so much time trying to find out what’s going on in D.C., I now have a good list of venues and event sites to reference not only for using during my internship but also when planning my own weekends.

    Last Friday I was greeted with a pleasant sursprice when I arrived at holaciudad.com just after lunch. All the women in the office were gathered in the conference rooming watching a new telenovela that premiered this Monday on Telemundo called “La reina del Sur.” We spent about an hour watching the first episode and eating pizza. The telenovela is about a women in Mexico who married a man involved in the drug trade and how she must fight for her life after he is killed by other men in the gang.

    Stay Tuned:

    This week I have a “midterm” review with my boss, Laura. She and I will go over how things are going and also discuss a project that will be central to my work for the rest of the semester.

    • miranda78 2:59 pm on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think it is great you are getting to do really impactful work you enjoy and you will be getting feedback mid-way through; I am sure this information will be very valuable as you finish up your internship.

  • Jett Choquette 4:01 pm on February 16, 2011 Permalink
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    Onward and Upward 


    Last week my time at holaciudad.com was mainly spent on two articles for the education page of the website. The goal of the educational page is to provide resources for Latinos to continue their education as well as to highlight success stories.
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    • miranda78 8:09 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like your reflection section; it is important to set aside time to do that, and that you realized you would like to continue to use your Spanish skills in a future position.

  • Jett Choquette 3:55 pm on February 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Lots to Do at holaciudad.com 

    It’s been about a month since I started interning at holaciudad.com and my excitement for the work still hasn’t worn off. Every day I use skills or knowledge I learned in my Spanish and PR classes to complete my tasks. Speaking and writing in Spanish at professional level forces me to slow down and think carefully how to express my thoughts.

    My time as an intern is split between three main tasks: researching, writing, and updating the website.

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    • miranda78 3:05 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Your internship sounds really cool! It is great that it incorporates your two areas of study.

    • Francine Blume 7:49 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What a great example of an internship in Spanish! Thanks!

  • Jett Choquette 5:59 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink
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    Interning at holaciudad.com 

    About Me:

    Internships are one of the main reasons I chose to come to American University (AU). Between studying in Washington, D.C. and the many resources at AU, internship opportunities seem endless. As a second semester junior, holaciudad.com is my fifth internship.

    I am a double major in Public Communication and Spanish Studies. I have always been told that if you can write well you can do anything. And to me that’s what studying communication is: a way to learn skills I can apply to any career I do. As for Spanish, since high school I have loved the language and been intrigued by the many cultures of Latin America and Spain.

    In high school I studied abroad in Spain. The experience convinced me that Spanish is something I want to make part of my professional life. Holaciudad.com is my first internship where all my work is in Spanish, however all of my internships have been within the field of communication. Before interning at holaciudad.com I interned for a start-up website, a small communication firm, an interest group and a government agency. (More …)

    • Jennifer Carignan 6:47 pm on February 3, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You make a great point about taking advantage of the opportunities that DC has to offer, particularly related to internships. I look forward to reading more!

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