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  • 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… 

    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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  • Anna Sutton 8:31 pm on April 1, 2014 Permalink
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    Every high school senior is going to be… 

    Every high school senior is going to be nervous about college, but college is a great chance to learn about yourself and what you want to do with your life. Below are five tips for AU’s incoming class about mentors, internships, part time jobs, and more!

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  • ec3782a 5:28 pm on March 28, 2014 Permalink
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    Skills Gained at Grameen 

    First off: my advice to every intern is to make sure you write down all of the skills/tools you gain, learn, or develop during your internship. This way you can discuss them specifically in an interview and won’t forget to add them to your resume. I keep mine written in the front cover of my internship notebook so I can refer to them at times like this 🙂

    Fortunately, this internship has given me a variety of projects that have allowed me to tap into and develop a wide range of skills. I’ve been exposed to the Salesforce system which Grameen uses to keep track of employees, volunteers, projects—(aka just about EVERYTHING). This cloud based system allows us to keep all of our data and information in one location that’s accessible to whoever needs it. Additionally, I’ve become savvy on Google + and all the tools that Google offers. In addition to webinars, video conferencing, and other basic functions, I’ve become good at using Smartsheet which is a fantastic fusion of Google docs, forms, and excel. I use it to keep track of my own tasks as well as the incoming fellowship applications, our marketing campaign, and many other things. It’s an adaptable and highly useful tool.

    More broadly I’ve worked on projects that exercised my abilities in the following areas: (More …)

  • ec3782a 7:21 pm on March 25, 2014 Permalink  

    Turning Your Internship Into a Job 

    How do you plan to use your internship to launch your future career?

    To be totally honest, I hope that I will eventually be hired full-time by the Grameen Foundation. I plan on continuing to intern with them up until I graduate. I joined the Grameen team to learn more about the role of business and technology in development. I had always liked business, microfinance, social justice, and solving large global issues to help “change the world.” I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this field so I tested it out by taking this internship. Grameen has confirmed my desire to go into this field—I’m learning a great deal, getting the inside scoop on how a large NGO functions, and using the opportunity to explore different tasks and teams within the company. Additionally, I’ve been exposed to similar companies and associated organizations which is fascinating and eye-opening all at once.

    I’m using my time at Grameen to learn, learn, learn and develop myself to enter this field as a full time professional. I’m taking advantage of my unique placement as an intern to gain insight into the skills required to be successful in a place like GF and talk with current professionals to learn about their career paths, education, and advice. Check out this Forbes article for advice on how to turn your internship into a full-time (salaried) job!


  • ec3782a 7:06 pm on March 25, 2014 Permalink
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    4 Tips on Managing Your Time Commitments 

    To give you some background, in addition to my 17 hour internship with the Grameen Foundation I also work at a sports bar and help coordinate a swim school that practices in the AU pool. I am involved as a Brother of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and a player on the AU Club Volleyball Team and oh yeah, I also go to class!

    How do I manage my time commitments? I have a time turner like Hermione in Harry Potter. Just kidding, but sometimes I wish I did! I’ve had a great deal of practice at time management—so I never feel too overwhelmed. Let me share some of my favorite time management tips:

    1.    Always have a planner/schedule.

    At the beginning of the semester I organize my basic schedule (class, work) accordingly so that I can get hours at each job and avoid conflicts. This semester I have so much going on that I made a schedule on the computer and printed out several copies to fill in each week. Have a hard copy to back you up help—that way you don’t have to rely on your own memory. Use whatever works for you: Google, iCal, or good ole fashion pen and paper.

    2.    Pencil in some fun

    Make sure your schedule includes time to do something you WANT to do. Whether it be catching up on Netflix, going to the gym, cooking, hanging out with friends, playing soccer, whatever you love—make time to enjoy it. Taking a few minutes to release endorphins will make you more productive and happier! Each week I look forward to taking time out to play volleyball, go to the gym, and watch Modern Family or Law & Order!

    3.    Work at work

    As young, energetic college students most of us are very good at multi-tasking. However, sometimes it gets hard to juggle everything at once without letting something fall through the cracks. In order to ensure my internship work is high-quality I’ve had to separate it from my other jobs and school work. This semester, I only work on my internship during the 17 hours I am in the office.  This is the time I check my email and work on my deliverables. Compartmentalizing like this helps prevents stress and feeling of being overwhelmed.

    4.    Enjoy what you do

    Don’t get stuck in an internship where you feel useless, bored, or stressed. Select a job in a field you are interested in or want to learn more about. Take every opportunity to network, meet people, and absorb as much as you can. Take on additional projects that may interest you—you’ll be hard pressed to find an employer that will say “no” when you ask for more work. This will give you experience and keep you busy/entertained. Take advantage of your internship to learn as much as you can—you may decide you love the field or maybe it isn’t for you.

    Hope some of these tips help you manage your lives and increase your productivity and happiness levels J Feel free to contact me with any questions.


  • Lauryn 2:44 pm on March 25, 2014 Permalink  

    At Brainfood I am always moving 

    At Brainfood I am always moving. The kitchen I work out of is a fairly large space and my students often like to find spots to hide in and talk with each other so I am always on the move, but I love it.

    The majority of my internship is spent in the kitchen with my students and a couple hours of the week are dedicated to time I spend in the office helping my manager.

    When I come on a kitchen day I have to set up before class and close down after class. It’s kind of like opening up a store if you are the first one in and closing if you are the last one out. You have to make sure everything is in its place and ready to go. To do this I make a list, usually in my head, but it’s so I don’t forget anything.  It goes something like this: water and cups out …check, sinks filled…check, pantry open….check, find ingredients and place them on the cart…check, wipe down counters if dirty…check, take out knives…check, put up today’s poster…check. When I am closing down for the night I drain the sinks, put away posters, knives and dish rags. Pretty easy.

    When my students start trailing in the fun begins. (More …)

  • Anna Sutton 11:10 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink
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    Succeeding in the District 

    When people found out that I was moving from the small Missouri town I had lived my entire life to our nation’s capital, they warned me that I wouldn’t be able to succeed unless I sold my soul to the devil.

    I am here to tell you that those people don’t know what they’re talking about and they are taking House of Cards way to seriously. While it is unfortunate we don’t all dress as well as Claire and Frank Underwood, you don’t need to be a functioning sociopath to get things done here in DC. Below are five tips that I’ve picked up while at American- (More …)

  • ml2723a 9:26 pm on March 20, 2014 Permalink  

    Current Projects This semester I get to work… 

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    Current Projects

    This semester I get to work on Domestic Radio Nuclear Material Smuggling Networks.  This project is important because experts fear that as terrorist organizations become better funded they might be able to pay international crime organizations (ICOs) to deliver nuclear materials.  Since ICOs are profit driven the prospect of masses dying as a result of their transaction might not be a deterrent.  Additionally, since radio nuclear material is small it is easier to transport than much of the other goods trafficked by ICOs.  My first project was making brief profiles for ICOs identified by a separate project within START.  Now I have moved on to making similar profiles for terrorist organizations.  The end goal is to know what groups work together, in what states and to have a full map of ever smuggling root in the US within the next five years.  There is a project doing the same type of work for Europe and Africa this semester, South America is already completely finished and Asia and Australia are also in the ten year plan.  This type of project is great experience because I get to work on a full world smuggling networks map that will be essential for many intelligence and law enforcement worldwide organizations.

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