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  • Lizzie 10:41 pm on June 10, 2012 Permalink
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    Tips for Success 

    The Washington Post published an article with advice for summer interns this summer. Read it here. As I read it, I realized they left out a few tips. So here are some things I’ve learned from my past and current internships.

    1. Take Lunch: In the fast paced world of Washington, DC many people in offices don’t take lunch. They might run out to the Corner Bakery to grab a sandwich they eat at their desk while continuing to work.  I’ve done the “eat at my desk so I look more productive” intern dance and I’m here to tell you it’s not that great. First of all, when you don’t take lunch you don’t get a needed break. The days when I escape the office and spend 30 minutes in the park enjoying sunshine and a magazine, I am far more productive when I return! So do your best to take a break – even if its only 30 minutes.  (More …)
    • Jennifer Carignan 2:51 pm on June 26, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lizzie, this is wonderful advice! I especially like your second point. The office is a great place to network, both with fellow interns as well as permanent staff. I always encourage students to take colleagues up on offers to meet informally (and maybe even during lunch!), whether to provide career advice or simply to learn more about each others interests and passions. Networking is so important in DC, and starting with your coworkers can be less intimidating than other methods.

      Good work!

  • Emily 12:41 am on April 1, 2012 Permalink
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    Middle Intern Syndrome 

    One of my goals for making my first impression as an intern was simple…don’t mess up.  Little mistakes that we learn from are always fine, but I really didn’t want to step on any toes or offend anyone.  So, for the first couple of days, I kept my eyes open and my mouth shut.

    The State Department is one of the largest bureaucracies in the world.  There are levels and sub levels, Training Technicians and Training Assistants, and to every Director, there is a Deputy Director.  I knew that the best way to avoid awkward incidents would be to quickly figure out where I was in the hierarchy.  Once that was clear, I had a much better idea of how I should act and react around the different people in my office.  After that, office etiquette came naturally.  I know which jokes to laugh at, when my personal stories are appropriate, and who to go to with which questions.

    I’ve been getting along so well with everyone in my office that I forgot about the new intern that was starting half way through the term.  At first, my new coworker came crashing into the little world I had grown to love.  Everyone was telling her how excited they were that she was there and how they were looking forward to getting to know her and how she was going to do great.  I felt forgotten, left out, and a bit jealous.  Have you heard of Middle Child Syndrome?  I began to develop what I have started calling Middle Intern Syndrome.

    Image from Time.com

     However, a little self reflection gave me a reality check.  The new intern was supposed to start when I started, but was held up with travel complications.  Now she’s here and anxious to get caught up.  And best of all, I’m not doing everything by myself anymore!  In the last few days I have realized that I now have a teammate.  While stuffing folders for an hour this week, we found many things we have in common (which was not difficult at all since we are both living our dream internship). We’re becoming an efficient and friendly pair that the office adores.  They are even throwing an Intern Lunch in our honor to thank us for all of our work!
    Moral of the story: Keep an open mind and never turn down a potential friend.
  • Amanda Osborn 3:18 pm on October 31, 2011 Permalink
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    Befriend Your Fellow Interns 

    I intern on Tuesdays and Fridays this semester. On Tuesdays, it is just me in the office but on Fridays, I work alongside another intern. There is a world of difference between the two days; it really does make all the difference to be working next to a friend in the office.

    It’s the little things, really. It’s taking turns to complete everyday tasks and collaborating or coordinating on a big project. It’s exploring new areas near the office during our lunch break and trying out new restaurants and foods. It’s having someone to bounce ideas off of as tasks and projects are being completed. It might sound silly, but when I am the lone intern in office on Tuesdays, I miss the company I am lucky to have on Fridays.

    It might not always be possible to become friends with your coworkers, for whatever reason. But befriending them definitely makes a world of difference for the office environment, as well as for your own well-being. If nothing else, it’s one more thing to look forward to when I head into my internship on Fridays!

  • Allison Godfrey 1:13 am on July 14, 2011 Permalink
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    Great Co-Workers Make Everything Easier 

    I am going to be honest, this summer has been hard. I have been working as an administrative assistant at the House of the Temple (which usually has me in the accounting department) and at the National Building Museum I cater to small children and their parents (who can sometimes be needier than the kids). I’m a history major- accounting is pretty challenging for me. And being on the front line of visitor services at the NBM is not always easy or fun. Luckily, at each job there are a handful of people I work with who make everything a million times better.

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  • Danielle Wilsey 5:30 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink
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    Taking a Step Back 

    While many students, myself included, sometimes complain about working as an intern (as opposed to starting a full-time job) I can see how they are justified. Recently, however, I have also begun to realize that being an intern instead of an employee does have its own unique benefits. With hindsight as twenty-twenty, I have recently taken the opportunity to reflect back upon my current experience at Third Way as well as my previous internship, at the Fund for Peace (not to mention the whole bunches of positions I’ve held as an undergrad), and decided to compile a list of pro-internship advantages for any of you who are currently weighing your options. (More …)

    • miranda78 6:18 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Your advice is great. Any person thinking about interning should definitely read it! Keep up the reflexivity.

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