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  • Tala Odeh 8:55 pm on April 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Intern Today, Publicist Tomorrow 

    My internship at DBC PR has thus far shed light on some essential aspects of working PR and without this experience, I would have been at a huge disadvantage when entering the ‘real world’. As an intern, you see, listen and do things that any entry level public relations co-ordinator would you. All the research and writing is crucial to ensuring a communications campaign is realistic and successful. It is important to take in what is going on around you and make note of the little things you think will help you later on.

    As a publicist, juggling multiple clients is key and learning how to do this and allocate enough time and every to everyone you represent is so important. As an intern, I would ask for tips on how they do this and my supervisor suggested taking 10 minutes every morning to sift through e-ails and make a to-do list for every client for that day. Crossing everything off the list meant a successful and productive day at work. I think it is lessons like this that make my internship today, a helpful tool for being in PR in the future.

    However, there were times when my internship led me to believe I did not want to work in the industry I am in. At times, going after the media can be tedious and hard to secure placements as there is always something more newsworthy that what your client has to say. However, in today’s world, the industry needs people with drive and persistence to achieve this. Rather than dwell on the possibility of a career path change, I chose to focus on harnessing the skills I need to succeed in the world  of public relations. I spoke to others in the office about strengthening media relations and how to use platforms where journalists were looking for stories to write. This meant that publicists and journalists met half way to pitch and secure placements for the media. These helpful tactics are what I believe adds value to the internship.

    Finally, it takes a lot to determine a career from some textbooks and theories. While the appeal of a certain job may help someone envision themselves in that work, nothing but an internship can truly prepare one for this. It takes understanding the work ethic, environment and arena in which clients compete in to truly comprehend and foresee what someone is getting themselves into. I believe that DBC showed me just this and facilitated the transition from intern to a future publicist.

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  • Anna Sutton 8:12 pm on April 7, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: communication, , office culture,   

    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.

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  • Tala Odeh 1:20 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink
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    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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  • Zach C. Cohen 4:18 am on June 27, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: communication, , telecommuting,   

    8 tips for telecommuting 

    My past two internships have been in an office, where I’ve had a morning and afternoon commute, had a limited lunch break, had to wear a suit, etc.

    Doesn’t sound that appealing.

    But working from home has its own difficulties and opportunities.

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  • jv9968a 3:19 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink
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    Introduction: Jordan Van Clief 

    Hi! I’m Jordan Van Clief. I’m a senior double majoring at American University and I’m currently the Marketing Intern at Riot Act Comedy Theater.

    I found this internship on AU’s career web over the summer. Riot Act was being built this summer and opened up this August 11th. To me, the idea of starting an internship with a brand new company was exciting. I would get to see what it takes to launch a successful business in a recession.

    This major also was a great combination of my majors. It was primarily a Public Communication internship, but the theater element was a big reason I applied, and probably a big reason for why I was hired.

    As a new company, there are always a million things to do and not enough hours in the day to do it. As an intern my job ranges from stuffing envelopes to events to writing our monthly press release, but more on that later.

    As for my future in PR, I have no idea. Perhaps as a senior I shouldn’t be admitting that, but I have six or so months to decide. I love my internship with Riot Act and the things I’m learning here will definitely be a marketable skill for the future.

    Stay tuned to find out more, this is only the introduction.

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    • Francine Blume 6:40 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We don’t like internships where people are just stuffing envelopes! Has that gotten better yet?

  • Emily Roseman 4:52 pm on October 14, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , BBC, communication, , , MSNBC, , , ,   

    Making Every Job Count… 

    First off I assume it is best to introduce myself to distinguish myself amongst the other fascinating and incredibly talented bloggers/interns featured here. My name is Emily Roseman and I am a Senior in the School of Communication at American University. My four years at AU have challenged me academically, but also professionally and that is something I always credit to the program I am enrolled in, but also my sense of determination to never give up. Since my first day as a Freshman, I have interned  or worked at  some of the most incredible offices around the world. Freshman year I was an intern at BBC World News in DC , Sophomore year brought the great honor of being selected as a White House Intern, my summer leading into Junior year I worked in the editing department at MSNBC in New York City, my spring semester of Junior  year I traveled abroad to London where I was able to intern as a production assistant at Purple Flame Media a documentary film company, and now my last year at AU, I have had the great honor of being selected as one of the students for the Dean’s Internships in SOC and intern at USA TODAY’s video editing department. SO enough about where I used to work…and onto what I can impart onto my fellow classmates as a seasoned veteran of the intern world.

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    • Francine Blume 7:09 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Emily, what’s it like working with the daily pressure of deadlines?

      • Emily Roseman 1:28 am on November 2, 2011 Permalink

        I tend to live by deadlines actually! I enjoy the thrill of a newsroom and a constant push for my work, guess that’s also good for being a college student!

    • Julia Beyer 7:46 pm on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Emily,
      I enjoyed reading your post. I am going to feature your post in SOC Spot newsletter. Please let me know if this is not okay with you.

  • ay5895a 4:03 pm on April 7, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: communication, corporate, , ,   

    More RFIs and a Resume Workshop! 

    Last week my supervisor and I worked closely together to finalize our most recent RFI (Request for Information).  Wednesday was a busy day as we were constantly receiving new edits from everyone involved, and it was my role to assist my supervisor in implementing the edits correctly and consistently so that we met our deadline.  This RFI was a bit more challenging than the last one since it included 5 separate responses for each digital product.  This week we will most likely be finalizing another RFI that focuses more on professional development and leadership.

    I also had a few informational meetings.  I spoke to the Director of Corporate Relations and the VP of Corporate Communications who both provided me different insights into their roles in Corporate Communications.   I also met with two employees from Discovery Creative, an in-house creative agency that supports all other departments in producing ads, banners and other creative products.

    One of the most informative parts of my week was attending the resume workshop held by the Campus Connect team, where we met with several human resources recruiters who spoke to us about the do’s and don’ts of interviews and resumes and then met with each of us individually to perfect our resumes.

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    • miranda78 5:31 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would love to hear what new advice on resumes they imparted to you. That’s great you have access to such skill-building workshops and events. Your internship has a lot of perks and it also seems to provide you with a lot of practical experience in the field as well.

      • ay5895a 3:16 pm on April 14, 2011 Permalink

        Hi Miranda,

        Yes, it certainly does offer a lot of great advice! I would recommend that any student looking for a job attend a resume workshop. Even if you have already prepared a great resume, they can offer lots of extra tidbits and advice for interviews!

  • Danielle Wilsey 7:18 pm on February 27, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , communication, final paper, , , , , real work,   

    Where Coursework and Real Work Intersect 

    So this semester, I am enrolled in a Non-Profit Management class at American. So far, it has covered the basics of creating the articles of incorporation, the bylaws, fundraising, the board and many, many other things! Although the topics change from week to week, there is one long-term project that our professor has us working on which will turn into a final paper: an organizational analysis of a successful non-profit organization. Lucky for me, I just so happen to work at one!!

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    • miranda78 6:12 pm on February 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is great you are able to find connections between your career and class work. I find it really motivates you then to see the value of both educational experiences.

  • Danielle Wilsey 12:23 am on February 21, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , communication, , , , , , , Race to the Top, state   

    Race to the Top 

    So earlier this week, I had my first opportunity to see my employer in action outsideof the actual office. It was not only a great change of pace from the [awesomely] bright orange walls of the building but it was also a reminder of how our work affects policy, policy makers and other think tanks. Even though Third Way is just over 5 years old, it has already made its mark within a variety of key domestic policy issues and helped to push a general move towards civility.

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    • miranda78 4:46 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sounds like you had fun and learned a lot! I think opportunities to step outside the office are always great.

      • Danielle Wilsey 6:38 pm on February 27, 2011 Permalink

        Yah! It was a really great change of pace – keeps things interesting!

  • Jett Choquette 4:01 pm on February 16, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: communication, , , latino community, , , , ,   

    Onward and Upward 

    Projects:

    Last week my time at holaciudad.com was mainly spent on two articles for the education page of the website. The goal of the educational page is to provide resources for Latinos to continue their education as well as to highlight success stories.
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    • miranda78 8:09 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like your reflection section; it is important to set aside time to do that, and that you realized you would like to continue to use your Spanish skills in a future position.

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