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  • Sara Cecilia 7:44 pm on March 15, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: AU, , , , emotional intelligence, group project, , , , ,   

    How do you know you have a good boss? 

    Adjusting to the workplace can be a struggle after being able to sit in the back of the classroom for 4 years, having minimal interactions with classmates or professors. Professional communication and learning to work with others is something that can’t be taught in school and is something that you develop throughout your career. Communication between coworkers and bosses can be uncomfortable or difficult, but I was lucky enough to attend a seminar that taught me how to develop good communication skills in the workplace.

    The Smithsonian provided a short one-day seminar on Emotional Intelligence. I’m not sure most people (or college student at least) are familiar with the term. Wikipedia defines it as “the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.” This sounds easy enough, right? (More …)

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  • ec3782a 9:23 pm on March 7, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: 2014 Fellowship, AU, Bankers without Borders, , , , , International Women's Day, , Social Business   

    GF Showcased Work 

    As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve worked to redesign several documents (toolkits) with the new GF marketing pack and also have had to translate some documents into Spanish to market our 2014 Fellowship to Spanish-speaking candidates. I’ve attached a few snapshots of this work—you can see them below.

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    AFTERScreen shot 2014-03-07 at 4.17.23 PM

    Also, I help the interns in their professional development by sending out weekly updates chock full of TEDxTalks, Forbes articles, and Brookings events. Here is one of my all time favorite TEDxTalks for you to check out!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfR5xW4w-ww

    Also this week, in honor of International Women’s Day I am participating in a company wide challenge to feed myself on only $2.50 a day. I created a fundraising page and encouraged friends and family to sponsor my challenge. In the end, I was able to raise over $200!! All of this money goes to support Grameen Foundation and in turn, empowers women to lift themselves out of poverty. Check out the links below to see a short video about our work with women and see my fundraising page. It’s an interesting challenge and I’m especially proud because I really wasn’t expecting to raise much money.

    2 min video: https://vimeo.com/87914513

    My profile: http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise?fcid=302265

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  • Tala Odeh 1:20 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: AU, , , Communication Studies, , , , , , , ,   

    Tala Odeh – DBC PR+New Media 

    My name is Tala Odeh, I am a student at American University and a senior in the School of Communication. I am a Public Communication major with a minor in Marketing. This semester I am interning at DBC PR+New Media – a boutique public relations agency located in the heart of DC’s shopping District”: Georgetown.

    The PR industry is dynamic, fast paced and ever changing. It involves a heavy reliance on technology, social media and interpersonal relations. As practitioners in the industry, it is our job to act as a liaison between the clients we represent and their target audience. The nature of the work itself involves pitching to the media to publicize our product or service, we do this using various forms of above and below the line promotion. This means that we cover traditional and new media such as radio, television, print, direct mail and outdoor advertising to create exposure and publicity for the client.

    Working in PR is always something I knew I wanted to do as I needed a job that would entail a lot of people work. I am naturally very sociable and enjoy fostering relationships withs anyone I work with, this means that when dealing with the media, particularly to secure placements for a client, nurturing a relationship with the journalist or media gatekeeper is essential. Int he future, I hope to land a job that involves health promotion and communication, I would like to target the Middle East as that is where I am from and the concept of healthy living is an untapped market.

    For now, I need the experience at a public relations firm and luckily, I landed an internship via the American University Career Center Job Board. DBC PR was looking for a spring intern that was willing to dedicate at least two days a week to the position and my schedule allowed for three. After submitting my resume, writing a cover letter and going through two rounds of interviews, I successfully had a placement and the seamless recruiting process reflects my current job.

    This blog will document my daily work and learning experiences. I look forward to sharing them and reflecting upon this exciting internship!

    Tala Odeh

    AU School of Communication Class of 2014

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  • Eleanor 10:48 pm on February 9, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , AU, , , , , , , , , , ,   

    First Day on the Job! 

    Oh hey world! Didn’t see you there! So, as this is my first post, I thought I’d do some introductions. First off, I’m Eleanor. Nice to meet you. I’m a sophomore print journalism major (Creative writing minor? Maybe.) at the School of Communication at American University. And, starting this morning, I’m the new intern (maybe the only intern, don’t know) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It’s a small government agency that gives grants to museums and libraries. That’s the one sentence summary I’ve given to my family and friends who’ve asked me to explain. I have a feeling I’ll be able to say a lot more about it by the end of the semester.

    I guess I should probably tell you about how I got this internship. Well, every semester on campus, there’s a job and internship fair that’s very well publicized and usually everyone goes. Except me, because I’ve always had either class or work on Wednesdays, the day they’re usually held. Last semester, it was October 4th, I believe, and I was looking for an internship for the spring. In the weeks before the fair, the career center sends out a lot of emails with lists of the companies and organizations attending, so you can do your homework on the businesses, if you’re really interested in them. From this list, I found IMLS, and looked at their internship requirements for their intern in the Office of Communications and Government Affairs. I pretty much fit the bill for a position, and thought it might be a good match because my campus job was at the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. I also saw that IMLS had an October 1st deadline for fall interns, and since the career fair wasn’t until after that date, I thought I might have a good chance because I wouldn’t be competing with many other AU students, at least. So I sent them my application, and went in for an interview. The women I interviewed with were very welcoming, and seemed really grateful to have someone interested in the internship. They offered me the position at the end of the interview, telling me they’d love to have me in the spring, because their current intern was leaving in November, and their office was under construction, so they had a lower capacity than normal. It has been a little weird, but such a relief to have the internship waiting for me in the spring. So here I am, just after my first day on the job.

    I can’t wait to really get this blog going, check back for some of my adventures at IMLS! Thanks for reading.

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  • Brittany Horowitz 2:37 am on April 26, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: AU, , , ,   

    Farewell! 

    It has been a great year of blogging for the Career Center. I have enjoyed it so much. Writing all of these posts made me reflect on the internship experiences I have had this year and even further in my past. I have learned a lot, and I was happy to share my experiences with the public. I hope my posts helped those out there interested in interning or currently interning. As a graduating senior, my biggest advice is to intern, intern, intern! You get to try new jobs over and over again – it’s seriously such a lucky thing. Take advantage of it! Thank you for reading!

    B.

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  • Brittany Horowitz 12:02 am on April 17, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: AU, , , ,   

    Trying New Things 

    When in college, students like to explore their options by interning, which is especially true at American University. However, many students tend to think that they need to intern with companies or organizations that completely compliment their majors and/or minors. Of course, it is smart to intern with places that interest you and that will teach you important skills and information about your future workplace industry, but I don’t think students should be scared to branch out and experiment in areas that are outside of their areas of study.

    How will you ever know if you like something if you don’t try it? In the beginning of the year, I had been contemplating going to law school after graduating, but I had never interned in an area revolving around law. So, I took on an internship that allowed me explore the law field. Most importantly, I made sure this position did not seem completely out of place on my resume by having the position involve my minor as well. In the end, I have been able to learn about law while also combining it with another one of my interests and areas of study.

    When exploring options that are outside of your comfort zone or area of knowledge, it can be useful to use resources that AU has available to students. I suggest going to the Career Center and seeing if an advisor can point you in the right direction. Also, the Career Center has a library full of information on how to get a job and other important industry basics. I also suggest asking professors for help. If you’re looking for a position outside of the school you study within, then there is no harm in exploring the other AU school web sites and professor information pages. There might be a professor or staff member who is perfect for helping you. You just need to do your research! Lastly, as a School of Communication student, I am a strong supporter of using Twitter to connect with people. Tweet about a position you’re interested in, and you might be surprised by how many people are willing to help.

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  • Brittany Horowitz 6:05 pm on November 17, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: AU, , Image, , reputation,   

    Choosing an Internship: It’s Good to be Picky (Sometimes) 

    Nowadays, people are just happy if they can find a paying position, so being picky is not a luxury they can afford, which is completely understandable. However, I believe it is important to be picky when it comes to a certain aspect of a potential employer: image.

    How a company or organization represents themselves is important because once you become their employee your image suddenly shifts, and part of you becomes identified with the company, which is huge! You don’t want to be connected with an organization that conducts business that you disagree with or takes on clients you are not comfortable with. Also, it is important to choose an employer that focuses on professionalism and equality. It’s vital for a person on a job hunt to really know who they are applying to work for. Focusing on the small details is really important because when those little details are pieced together they translate the big picture of the company. How is their website? Is it professional, or does it look neglected? What is the office like? Is it clean and organized, or is it repulsive? How are the email exchanges? Are they professional, or are there spelling errors and typos? These might seem like meaningless factors, but they are actually important. They all reveal whether or not the employer is organized, a good time manager, concerned with their employee’s work environment and professional. I once interviewed with a really prestigious company that represents huge clients across the country, but their office in DC was messy, dirty, and extremely uninviting. I was actually offered the position, and the interviewer emailed this offer via email, “Brittany, you got the internship if you want it. Let me know.” I was shocked. I thought, “Is this what they believe is a professional offer?” I turned it down.

    It isn’t necessary to be picky about every last detail of an internship or job position, but it is important to take the image of the company you are contemplating to work for into consideration. Once you are hired, their image becomes your image. You want to be proud of who you work for, so choose wisely. Check out C.Fox’s website, and you will quickly see a great representation of what this company has to offer.

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  • Brittany Horowitz 10:58 pm on November 15, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: alumni, AU, , , ,   

    American University is Everywhere: Make the Most of It 

    Ever since I began interning years ago, I started to realize how widespread American University’s imprint on DC was (and even further). At a previous internship, my coworker graduated from AU, and my boss previously taught at AU. While I was studying abroad in Beijing, China, I met AU alumni at a random restaurant one night, and they are currently teaching English to students. Currently, my office is extremely connected to AU, and I didn’t even know it when I accepted the position. One of my coworkers has known a previous AU professor of mine for forty years; one of my coworkers is married to an AU alumni; one of my coworkers is currently in the School of Communication’s graduate program; one of my coworkers is an AU alumni; my boss knows various AU professors very well.

    This made me realize how big AU’s connection to the DC community is. We are well represented throughout the professional arena, and we should be proud. This realization boosted my school spirit, and it made me realize how important it is to network and make use of the connections that this great school has to offer to its’ students and alumni.

    There are so many amazing and talented people who have graduated from AU who have gone on to have successful careers, and students should really utilize this by connecting with them and learning from their success. Also, during networking opportunities, students should ask people where they went to school and what they studied. In DC especially, there will most likely be times when you’ll randomly meet an AU alumni. Through this connection, students should stay in touch and keep that connection going because you never know where it will take you. It could mean a potential job interview or even just a friendly new acquaintance to keep in mind for future opportunities. AU’s presence in prominent businesses and organizations throughout the country and world is something to be proud of, and students should make the most of it – it’s something to be excited about!

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