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  • 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.

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

    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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  • 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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  • Anna Sutton 8:31 pm on April 1, 2014 Permalink
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    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 …)

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  • 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.

     

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  • 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 …)

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  • Anna Sutton 1:54 am on March 6, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: American University, , Ready for Hillary. event planning, , , ,   

    Hi Everyone –

     

    Tomorrow the grassroots organization I intern with, Ready for Hillary, will be launching its Women’s Outreach office with a landmark event called Her Voice, Her Values, Our Movement – A Conversation in our Nation’s Capitol. We will be having two panels: the first on how Hillary has been an agent of change over the course of her career and the second on how women are coming together to form a grassroots network. I have been working on projects for this event since my first day at Ready for Hillary, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to see it all come together.

    I wanted to share some of the work I’ve been doing since starting at Ready for Hillary. This can give all of you prospective interns out there a better idea of what goes into list event planning. Here’s  what I’ve been working on:

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  • ec3782a 8:18 pm on February 28, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: American University, , , HQ, , Microfinance   

    At GF: A Day in the Life 

     My day starts when I enter the third floor office and drop my stuff off at the “intern bar” that I share with a couple other interns working with Bankers without Borders and the financial departments. I make my way to the open-space kitchen to grab some tea or coffee and pass by the open cubicles where members of the various teams are situated. The culture at Grameen is very friendly and flexible—because there are offices all over the world, people are in and out on business and sometimes plugged into their computer skyping with clients or remote teams.  Working remotely is easy (which is great for snow days or other conflicts that come up); my boss actually works remotely from London.

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  • Audrey Tsaima 8:17 pm on February 22, 2014 Permalink
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    Navigating a U.S. Department of (Fill-in-the-Blank) 

    “Just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world…She took the midnight train going anywhere…”

    Okay.

    Maybe not so much.

    But moving from a relatively small unknown state like Oregon (pronounced Ore-uh-gun for the East Coasters) is a big change. From the quaint, hipster, semi-bustling city of Portland to a “not-so-lonely-place” called Washington, DC, there are plenty of changes to deal with, especially at the workplace.

    Now this is the second time around for me. I’ve interned before at a public charter school in DC, however a government job is different, and let’s face it, kind of A BIG DEAL (not to brag).

    The great news though is that this “midnight train” can take you anywhere. There are so many opportunities for growth and development once you get your foot inside the U.S. Government (hopefully for good reasons). o.O

    Don’t expect these government internships to be all about paperwork, running copiers, buying coffee, etc. etc.

    The more interesting the department you are appointed to, the more you will actually get to learn and gain hands on experience (such as the Office of the Chief Information Officer). Not to mention, a lot of these government institutions actually offer training, networking, and volunteering opportunities for their employees (which congratulations! you sort of count! :D)

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