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

  • Candice Allouch 4:01 pm on February 22, 2011 Permalink
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    Working for… the Government? 

    I had always seen myself as someone working in the field, with hands-on projects that I could directly see making a difference. So last semester, when I decided to stroll on into Bender Arena and take part in the semi-annual career fair, dressed all spiffy and ready to hand out my resume, I made sure to visit tables that had this element. I made sure to stop at places where the “getting your hands dirty” aspect was pretty evident, where employers didn’t sugarcoat the expectations, and where I didn’t get assigned a desk with my name on it, rather, I’d be assigned a pair of running shoes. But of course, nothing ever goes as planned (not for me at least). (More …)

    • miranda78 2:49 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The story of how your got your internship is really great! It is also good that you are able to see the value in your work, and it sounds like this opportunity will only lead to many other great ones!

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