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  • Anna Sutton 8:31 pm on April 1, 2014 Permalink
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    Every high school senior is going to be nervous about college, but college is a great chance to learn about yourself and what you want to do with your life. Below are five tips for AU’s incoming class about mentors, internships, part time jobs, and more!

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  • ky1217a 12:54 am on March 7, 2012 Permalink
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    Getting Places 

    Hi AU Community!

    This is my first post for the Intern Blog. I’m currently a Junior in SOC and I’m majoring in Film and Media with a minor in Marketing. I am currently interning at Allied-THA in the Farragut North area. It has been an amazing experience so far. Every one in the office has been supportive, energetic and really nice.

    Although I have spent my last three years in the DC area at AU, I have only ever taken the metro. However, this year I learned about taking the Metro Bus to get to where I need to go. Since there have been so many track delays on the red line, I decided to give the metro bus a go. After a couple of times it was comforting to know that DC has great public transportation in comparison to other cities. It’s great to have these options as a college student.

    I had to flyer in Georgetown one day for my internship and I was not sure about the best way to get there. Tip: If you take the Circulator from the Dupont metro to Georgetown it is only $1!

    Anyway, if you’re ever in a rut don’t be afraid to take the bus from AU to Dupont or from the Tenley Metro to Columbia Heights (which a lot of people surprisingly do not know about).

    Until next time,

    -Kelsey-

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    • Francine Blume 2:04 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great transportation tip! The buses are our unsung heroes and a lot of times they’re a lot easier to take in the train.

  • Divya 2:50 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink
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    Finding the right internship 

    Prior to starting at Legacy , I worked at a recruiting firm in McPherson Square called HireStrategy. My internship was more HR/Admin focused, but I believe that the skills I learned at HireStrategy really helped me to market myself for other internships. I worked full-time during the summer of 2011 and got a feel for what working life is really like. Definitely not glamorous, but it was nice to have extra money and I honestly felt very accomplished when I could talk about all my progress to co-workers and potential internship supervisors.

    I loved doing HR and I’m glad I held the position because it gave me a transferable skill set, but I felt like I needed something more related to my major if I wanted to pursue a Communications job in the future.  I would definitely encourage people to try a position in a field that they don’t study in school because it could set you apart in the future. I learned some amazing skills for the future such as interviewing etiquette, database management, and how to deal with clients and candidates on a daily basis. Never be afraid to learn something new! During my free time I searched for internships for fall 2011 on the AU Career Center and Job Corps websites. I remember sending in 15 applications in one day and hoped for the best. Suddenly (more like after a week of few replies), I remembered my sorority advisor telling me last summer that her company has a wonderful internship program. I looked up the company’s website and I found myself really interested in the work of the organization. I wanted to know more so I e-mailed my advisor my resume and told her that I was interested in the position. I went through a formal interview process and met with multiple people on the Communications Team. It was really nice to have her as a connection because she knows what type of a worker I am and she could vouch for me as the best candidate for the job. Though it is nice to know someone at the company, it’s important to not fall back on them too much. You have to prove to their co-workers that you can handle yourself and the position at hand.  

    Everyone may not be in a club/organization on campus, but you never know where an opportunity may pop up. Pay attention to professors who mention current or former workplaces. As terrible as it may sound.. USE PEOPLE- don’t be afraid to seek out opportunities  if you think there is a potential for job or internship placement. People WANT to help you, but they can’t do anything if you don’t ask them!

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  • Zach C. Cohen 1:20 am on August 22, 2011 Permalink
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    Living a Real Life 

    Let’s face it: school is “some of the best years of our life” because we have so much going for us. But this summer, my full-time internship put me in a position I was not quite used to. I had to fend for myself in regards to food, and I had to budget my time, get to sleep at a reasonable hour, and somehow find time to hang out with friends.

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  • Quinn Smeaton 3:13 am on August 15, 2011 Permalink
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    FPA U’s Expansion to New Cities 

    As I mentioned in my first blog post, before I interned with the Foreign Policy Association University (FPA U) this summer, I served as an FPA U Student Ambassador (SA) on campus. As an SA, I helped promote FPA U’s seminars to the AU community. This past spring, the SA program was helpful since it was the first time that FPA U offered its career development seminars in Washington, D.C. As exciting as expanding to a new city can be, it is a lot of work to establish new connections and promote a new program in an unfamiliar area. Despite this challenge, the FPA U seminars were a great success in D.C.

    Due to the positive response in D.C., the FPA U program is expanding this fall. In addition to NYC and D.C., FPA U seminars will be offered in Boston for the first time. (More …)

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  • Rachel Frank 6:34 pm on August 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Summer of Adulthood 

    Big news to start this post. I passed statistics! Towards the end of the class I realized that it was going to be a fight to the finish and I doubted my ability to pull it off. I was meeting my tutor twice a week and trying my absolute hardest and didn’t think it would be enough. But in the end I managed to get the grade I needed and now I never have to take a math class again! (at least this is what I hope). Anyways! To get to the title of this post I think that this summer was a little taste of adulthood for me. How might you ask? Let’s talk about it.

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  • Zach C. Cohen 8:37 pm on July 26, 2011 Permalink
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    Don’t Take it Personally 

    I had a bit of an issue with HR  at Time, Inc, which is the overarching company that runs TIME Magazine. It kind of bugged me for a while, but I think I’ve come out of it with a better outlook on my situation here.

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  • Allison Godfrey 12:03 am on June 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Kids (and kids at heart) Love LEGOS 

    Wednesday was my first day at the National Building Museum and working in the LEGO exhibit. Working at the National Building Museum is great. It was so busy and all the employees seemed to love what they were doing. The LEGO exhibit, where I’ll be working, is wonderful. The room is beautiful, the famous buildings built of LEGOS are great, and the LEGO “play area” is SO FUN! And let me tell you… people go CRAZY over LEGOS.

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    • Francine Blume 6:32 pm on June 24, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This has to be so much fun! Who doesn’t love Legos? Did you seen the video about the employees who replaced their bosses car with a complete Lego replica? That was at Legoland.

  • Zach C. Cohen 2:29 am on June 15, 2011 Permalink
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    First Day at TIME 

    I was a healthy mix of nervous and excited today as I traveled up the elevator nine flights to the office of the TIME Magazine Washington Bureau. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to act when I got there. But I definitely was able to navigate my way through the day, and I’m so excited to get back tomorrow.

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  • Zach C. Cohen 8:05 pm on June 9, 2011 Permalink
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    How to Get an Internship at TIME 

    Hello, my name is Zachary Cohen, and I am thrilled to begin working at TIME Magazine on Tuesday. It’s been a bit of a scramble to get everything in order, but I’m excited to get started. But before I tell you much more about my internship, I should tell you everything that’s happened before and what I learned from just the preparation.

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    • Francine Blume 2:55 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      These are great pieces of advice! You are absolutely right about connections. They get you in the door, but no one is going to hire you if they think they’ve got a better candidate who can do a better job. The interview is so key!

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