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  • Rachel Frank 12:31 am on August 10, 2011 Permalink
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    Thats all Folks. 

    As the title of this post suggests my time as a summer intern at Women for Women is over. I packed up my Fiji picture, all the goodies my boss gave me and headed on my way, and might I say I headed into a pretty intense 10 minute rain storm. Holding my bag of now wet swag I headed out into the post-internship world. I have one day of work left this entire summer and then in 2 short weeks I head off on my newest adventure, Prague! This summer has been an adventure of it’s own kind for me and I definitely learned a whole lot. I ended my last post with an exclamation of what I know I don’t want so let’s pick up there.

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  • Rachel Frank 6:34 pm on August 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Summer of Adulthood 

    Big news to start this post. I passed statistics! Towards the end of the class I realized that it was going to be a fight to the finish and I doubted my ability to pull it off. I was meeting my tutor twice a week and trying my absolute hardest and didn’t think it would be enough. But in the end I managed to get the grade I needed and now I never have to take a math class again! (at least this is what I hope). Anyways! To get to the title of this post I think that this summer was a little taste of adulthood for me. How might you ask? Let’s talk about it.

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  • Rachel Frank 6:10 pm on July 27, 2011 Permalink
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    Two posts! One day! 

    Hello again! I realize that I just posted this morning but as the summer comes to a close I’m finding myself with less and less free time. And yes I am at work right now but summer life in the library tends to move pretty slowly. However the rest of my life seems to be speeding up rapidly. I  leave for abroad in 4 weeks and suddenly realized I have done nothing to prepare. The dreaded statistics class seems to be taking up the majority of my free time between tutoring and trying desperately to understand everything without my tutor present. I finally seem to be getting more responsibility interning which is appreciated but also exhausting. All in all exhausting would be the way I would describe this summer. So here it goes some hopefully helpful tips for staying sane during a less than chill, relaxing, and lazy summer.

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  • Rachel Frank 2:41 pm on July 27, 2011 Permalink
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    Missing Out 

    Company bonding! Free food! A day off! If all this sounds like a good time to you then you are in luck because this Thursday is the Women for Women International company picnic/barbecue. Almost everyone in the office is going to relax, enjoy the sun and celebrate everything Wfwi has accomplished this past year. Well, everyone is going except me. Why might you ask? I work on Thursday’s at the library and because of that I can’t attend. At first I wasn’t too upset but then as it got closer and I saw how excited everyone in the office was I became majorly bummed. I never felt like I was missing much by only interning 3 days a week but now I’m beginning to feel like there is a whole other world on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s that I’m just not a part of.

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  • Rachel Frank 1:59 pm on July 21, 2011 Permalink
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    Finding your Fiji 

    Anyone who knows me well knows that my ultimate dream is to vacation (or possibly live) on a deserted beach hut on the shores of Fiji far away from other people and all responsibilities. Don’t ask me where this Fiji obsession came from but for as long as I can remember feeling stressed Fiji has been the light at the end of my tunnel. Right now you are probably wondering what the heck Fiji has to do with interning. Well in my mind, I am always working towards Fiji and what it represents. I’ve even drawn myself a little picture to brighten up my desk and remind me what I’m doing there.

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  • Rachel Frank 4:23 pm on July 13, 2011 Permalink
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    Indebted 

    One thing I’ve struggled with since beginning my internship has been feelings of indebtedness to my employer. I feel as if I owe them my life in exchange for the internship. Obviously this is not true, I clearly do not owe Women for Women my life but what do I owe them? The respect to show up to work everyday? This past Monday I took my first sick day and first day off since beginning in mid May, mind you this decision was not easy and it took me about an hour to decide whether or not to go in. Now since we last spoke I’ve been working, interning and taking classes and my schedule plus a weekend camping trip really knocked the wind out of me. Even though I knew I would be no good in the office I felt a horrible gut wrenching guilt when calling my boss asking for the day off.

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    • Marie Spaulding 7:34 pm on July 13, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rachel,

      Your efforts to be a diligent student and employee are admirable. And I am sure all professors and employers would like their students/staff to have your standards. On the other hand, if you are sick or exhausted, you are not doing anyone a favor by dragging yourself in to work. You will probably not be performing at your peak and you may pass on your ‘germs’ to others, definitely not a way to ‘make friends and influence people’! Try not to feel guilty and use your best judgement.

    • josephlogan 5:31 pm on July 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rachel, I agree with Marie on all points. Your efforts are indeed admirable, and they will serve you well in the future. I’m going to do a little light self-promotion here and note that my book, Seven Simple Steps to Landing Your First Job, talks about how your first job sets an expectation for the rest of your career. Feeling this way now becomes a part of who you are as an employee. It also discusses myths about jobs, one of them being that employers are doing you a favor. Accepting a job–especially as an intern–creates a mutual relationship. You get something out of it, but so do the people you work with and for! You are a “real person”, and you create value through your work. You are going to hear a lot about “work-life balance” over the course of your career, and it’s something you’ll want to manage for yourself. The best way you can build a reputation with your employer is to be clear about expectations and to keep your commitments. Any employer should appreciate that kind of clarity and integrity.

  • Rachel Frank 9:15 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink
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    Part time intern/employee/student 

    My life this week got a lot more exhausting, in addition to a part time internship and job I became a part time student.  I’m interning at Women for Women International Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9-5 and working on campus at the library on Wednesday and Thursday from 9-6. But now I have a statistics class from 5:30 – 9:10 on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I can’t say that I’m excited about 13 hour days at all and  I showed up to my first class on Tuesday night hungry and exhausted. If I had a choice in the matter statistics + summer night class would not even exist in my vocabulary.
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    • Marie Spaulding 10:11 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have every confidence you will succeed. Good luck!

  • Rachel Frank 3:21 pm on June 23, 2011 Permalink
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    Is this work appropriate? 

    The above question is one I seem to be asking myself a lot lately. More than I ever thought possible. It seems that my life as an intern now solely revolves around wearing work appropriate clothes and saying work appropriate things and being all around more appropriate. But how do I know what is really acceptable and not? I have a basic idea of what to say, what to wear and how to act but it feels like most of the time I’m just guessing and hoping I won’t say, wear or do the wrong thing.

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    • John Charles 6:55 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rachel: You are right to be concerned about the nature of the conversations taking place on the intern desks. Would you be comfortable being more direct with your fellow interns? Not when the inappropriate words are flying, but away from the office, in a more private setting? Sure, you might make them angry at you, but your instinct to put a lid on the language is the right one. Good luck!

    • Julia Beyer 7:05 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You bring up some very valid concerns. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your fellow interns, have you tried to talk to your direct supervisor about your concerns? Every organization has a different culture, but it is the responsiblity of the employer to provide a comfortable work environment for all employees– whether interns or permanent.
      If nothing comes of this, perhaps you can learn from this experience and when you are interviewing for your next internship, you can ask specifically about the work culture and the level of professionalism of the staff.

  • Rachel Frank 3:32 pm on June 15, 2011 Permalink
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    The Devil Mail Machine 

    Ever have a really bad day? Ever have a really bad day at work? I have. Monday was a  pretty horrible day and you guessed it I was at work and in no mood to be there. It was one of those days when everything just seemed to be wrong and nothing was going right. Once I got to work I tried to put on a happy face and get rid of my grumpiness  however once I realized what I would be doing all day (letter logging, sending mail, printing labels and shredding) it seemed liked my mood would never improve.

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  • Rachel Frank 2:03 pm on June 9, 2011 Permalink
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    Intern Intro 

    Hi all! I’m Rachel, a soon to be senior and a first time blogger and intern. This summer I’m interning with Women for Women International (click me!) in the Sponsorship Department. Women for Women Int’l is a nonprofit that works with women in post-conflict societies. They operate by matching  a sponsor woman in the United States, Canada or even internationally with a “sister” in Bosnia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and various other countries around the world. The sponsors pay a fee every month that pays for their sisters schooling and participation in the Women for Women program. The program teaches them how to be economically responsible, about equal rights for men and women, and really provides a place where women can gather, support each other and begin to grow and thrive in their communities. The sponsor and sister exchange letters and form a relationship throughout the length of the program. (More …)

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    • Eliza Brashares 4:15 pm on June 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I hope you have a good summer saving women all over the world!

    • Francine Blume 3:39 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sounds great! What are some of the long-term projects that the different interns will be working on?

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