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  • Christine Edmond 4:01 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: broadcast, , communication, first, ,   

    But, Why? 

    My first day on the job and I honestly had no idea what I was doing or what I had gotten myself into. All I knew was that I needed some type of experience in the newsroom to understand real journalism and to be taken serious if I decide to go into the field of journalism. I had one of the most  potent conversations about my future that I have ever had with anyone. Dialogue between me and a veteran broadcaster and current employee that I shadowed goes as followed:
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    • Jennifer Carignan 8:48 pm on February 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for a great post, Christine. Sometimes it takes tough questions from others to clarify what you really want and why. This kind of critical thinking and reflection will be very important in your career and your life.

    • miranda78 2:52 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think your blog is a great place to reflect on these issues, and it looks like you are well on your way to figuring things out step-by-step. I am sure your current internship will provide you with even more concrete evidence of why you are attracted to this field.

  • Allison Godfrey 3:41 pm on February 10, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , communication, , , proverbs, school work,   

    Masons and their Quips 

    I can not tell you how many different sayings/proverbs/life lessons that have been thrown at me since I’ve started working at The House of the Temple. I always expect a witty or wise remark in response to anything I say. You can also hear these gems over the walkie talkies- and yes, every employee carries a walkie talkie and that’s how we communicate with each other (don’t even get me started on how confusing that gets). Most of the time they make sense, like “busy hands are happy hands” or “punctuality is the soul of business.” BUT sometimes they can be real head scratchers… the intern’s favorite one this week was, “You can’t expect something, if you can’t inspect something.” Hmmm… sometimes these masons are just too clever for me. (More …)

    • Florita Gunasekara 5:14 pm on February 10, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I really like this post! Like a short story in one of those Chicken Soup for the Souls books.

    • Francine Blume 5:15 pm on February 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like the Jimmy Buffet quote that goes, “Life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.” Keep up the great job!

    • miranda78 6:57 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So far it seems like the people you are interacting with at work are really great, from the visitor to a co-worker. It must make interning very enjoyable and surprising. I agree February is crazy, and my roommate is actually interning this semester and she relayed some words of wisdom to me when I was stressing out this weekend! I think your internship shows that who are you surrounded by really impacts the entire experience.

  • Danielle Wilsey 5:25 pm on February 8, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: citation, class, communication, e-verify, , , , , ,   

    “Yeeeah, did you get the memo?” 

    My undergraduate experience (probably like everyone else’s), was FULL of research papers, response writing and never ending library hours. With MLA, APA, Turabian and more, my head was swimming with citation styles, footnotes, end-notes and every other note I can think of! Not until I had reached grad school did I actually write my first memo. A one-page, concise, critical analysis of a major topic – just the facts, and as briefly as possible – and not quite like the lame Office Space reference in my title…

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    • miranda78 3:08 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One time I had to write a memo, too, and it was very difficult since I had no past experience writing one as an undergraduate student. Being concise in your writing, though, is def. a good useful skill for the future, so it is great that your internship is allowing you to practice this skill and learn about a new policy.

    • Francine Blume 6:29 pm on February 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is so important to take what could be a thesis and condense it into a one pager for your audience. Everyone’s time is short and their attention spans are even shorter. Congratulations on your success!

      • Danielle Wilsey 4:09 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink

        Absolutely – time is money and everyone wants to do things as quickly as possible!

  • Jett Choquette 5:59 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: communication, , , , , ,   

    Interning at holaciudad.com 

    About Me:

    Internships are one of the main reasons I chose to come to American University (AU). Between studying in Washington, D.C. and the many resources at AU, internship opportunities seem endless. As a second semester junior, holaciudad.com is my fifth internship.

    I am a double major in Public Communication and Spanish Studies. I have always been told that if you can write well you can do anything. And to me that’s what studying communication is: a way to learn skills I can apply to any career I do. As for Spanish, since high school I have loved the language and been intrigued by the many cultures of Latin America and Spain.

    In high school I studied abroad in Spain. The experience convinced me that Spanish is something I want to make part of my professional life. Holaciudad.com is my first internship where all my work is in Spanish, however all of my internships have been within the field of communication. Before interning at holaciudad.com I interned for a start-up website, a small communication firm, an interest group and a government agency. (More …)

    • Jennifer Carignan 6:47 pm on February 3, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You make a great point about taking advantage of the opportunities that DC has to offer, particularly related to internships. I look forward to reading more!

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