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  • Sofia Baneth 8:11 pm on March 1, 2014 Permalink
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    Introducing New Spring Blogger: Sofia Baneth 

    My name is Sofia Baneth and I am one of the new spring bloggers for the AU Career Center. I am a freshman from Raleigh, NC currently interning at Machik, a non-profit in DuPont (description and link provided below).

    I am currently a Public Health major and Spanish minor, but I am also considering a major in CLEG (Communications, Law, Economics, and Government) and double minoring in public health and Spanish. I hope to one day intern (or work!) for the NIH, USDA, or on the Hill (do I sound like a typical AU student yet?!).

    But that’s enough about me – let me tell you a bit more about Machik.

    Machik is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen communities in Tibet. Cofounders and sisters, Losang and Tashi Rabgey established the organization after visiting their family in Tibet back in the 1980’s. Machik began when the Chungba Primary School was first built in Kham, the Southeastern region of Tibet.

    Despite its rural setting, the school has been sustained through Machik’s efforts and has successfully taught the children of Chungba. Machik provides the students a bilingual education of Chinese and Tibetan, which has been vital in their development as individuals and the community as a whole.

    Likewise, Machik coordinates a “Summer Enrichment Program,” which organizes volunteers from around the world to not only help them foster a sustainable Tibetan community, but also increases awareness of the issue and what can be done.

    Machik does so much more, but I will leave it at that for now.

    Until next time!

    P.S. Check out my bio on the Machik website.

    Or visit Machik’s homepage.

  • Audrey Tsaima 8:17 pm on February 22, 2014 Permalink
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    Navigating a U.S. Department of (Fill-in-the-Blank) 

    “Just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world…She took the midnight train going anywhere…”


    Maybe not so much.

    But moving from a relatively small unknown state like Oregon (pronounced Ore-uh-gun for the East Coasters) is a big change. From the quaint, hipster, semi-bustling city of Portland to a “not-so-lonely-place” called Washington, DC, there are plenty of changes to deal with, especially at the workplace.

    Now this is the second time around for me. I’ve interned before at a public charter school in DC, however a government job is different, and let’s face it, kind of A BIG DEAL (not to brag).

    The great news though is that this “midnight train” can take you anywhere. There are so many opportunities for growth and development once you get your foot inside the U.S. Government (hopefully for good reasons). o.O

    Don’t expect these government internships to be all about paperwork, running copiers, buying coffee, etc. etc.

    The more interesting the department you are appointed to, the more you will actually get to learn and gain hands on experience (such as the Office of the Chief Information Officer). Not to mention, a lot of these government institutions actually offer training, networking, and volunteering opportunities for their employees (which congratulations! you sort of count! :D)

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  • Marie 6:22 am on June 20, 2012 Permalink
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    DUCK and Cover! 

    A phrase I’ve used frequently as of late is “hit or miss”. I’ve said it about relationships, I used it when talking about fast food joints or tea. I also associate the phrase with my work at DUCK.

    These first few weeks have thrown new and exciting challenges at me.

    One of the major challenges that has hit me is the new environment, working with children in junior high and high school. In the past, I have worked mainly with children between the ages of 5 and 8. This summer, I am dealing with rebellious yet brilliant youth. It’s refreshing and infuriating at the same time.

    It’s really hit or miss trying to get them interested in a game. They don’t like talking about themselves, because they feel so much pressure from their peers. This is hugely disappointing in my eyes. I am convinced that having them share with each other is the key to kicking down the walls… but how?

    Then, there are some who try to lead the other kids. Somehow, the other staff and I have to convince him to lead the kids towards good, not disrespect and delinquency.

    To say the least, my job keeps my mind and heart busy. These kids are fantastic, but they have yet to fully appreciate who they are meant to be. I suppose that’s what staff members like us are here for.

    Until next time, I will leave you with a few covers of the song I am teaching the kids to play on the guitar.

    • Jennifer Carignan 4:35 pm on June 26, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Marie, it sounds like you’re going to have an exciting summer! I used to volunteer with a similar organization and can empathize with the “hit or miss” feeling of working with teenagers. Believe it or not, they usually do come around, especially when they build a trusting relationship with staff. Music is a great way to create this bond!

      I’m eager to see how your relationship with the kids evolves during the rest of the summer.

  • Marianne Johnson 2:56 pm on August 12, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: education, , programming, public speaking, technical assistance,   

    Dear Prospect, 

    Dear Prospective Intern,

    From January of 2011 to August of 2011 I was a technical assistance, programming and eucation intern for a non-profit, 501c3 organization that combats teen dating violence through education, training, advocacy and legal services. It is a nationally recognized organization with offices in Las Angels, California and Washington DC. If you are considering a career in education, social work, legal or policy this office provides interns with real world experience and application within your desired field. Even if you have had no prior knowledge of teen dating violence or domestic violence you will learn the basics your first day using their dvd training guide [Ending Violence]. (More …)

  • ay5895a 4:05 pm on April 18, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , education, integrated content, New York, science   

    The End of an Exciting Internship 

    Last week at Discovery involved a variety of different projects.  I started off the week helping my supervisor finish our must current Request for Information (RFI) that focused on professional development and leader evaluation.  I also helped the education sponsorships team by calling participants in the Young Scientist Challenge, a partnership between 3M and Discovery, to remind them of the upcoming deadline.  The contest ended on Friday, and now the judging begins to select the finalists and eventually the winners.  The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and a trip to the 3M headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  To find out more about this competition, you can visit this link: http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/

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    • miranda78 5:53 pm on April 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is fantastic to hear that this was your best internship! Maybe you will be able to work at Discovery in the future!

  • ay5895a 3:15 pm on April 14, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: education, , sound editing, ,   

    Spice up the week with a tour of DCTC! 

    This week involved coordinating another RFI (Request for Information).  This specific RFI is the first of 5 documents from the same organization that is attempting to simply the RFI/RFP process for schools and providers.  The first RFI focuses on growth opportunities for teachers and leaders.  I have also been reading and summarizing some legislative bills for my supervisor, since part of her position focuses on education policy.

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    • miranda78 5:47 pm on April 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I really enjoyed the inside scoop you provided in this blog!

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

    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.

    • 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!

  • Sian McGee 1:08 am on March 29, 2011 Permalink
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    Getting out from behind the desk! 

    Last week at Human Rights First I was fortunate to experience two more important dimensions to intern life here in Washington DC : networking and education. One of the main attractions of HRF as an organization from an intern perspective, was the promise of tasks that were in line with my own academic and potential career interests. This week I was fortunate enough to be offered the tasks of attending a conference on Emerging Challenges in International Humanitarian Law organized by the Washington College of Law, and another on Non-Violent Resistance in Iran, facilitated by the Carnegie Endowment for Peace – two topics of direct relevance to my studies and interests.  (More …)

    • Sian McGee 1:11 am on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Apologies for the self-indulgent length of this post, I understand if (and encourage) you to skip to the bottom!

    • miranda78 1:33 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is great that your internship really values your time and input. I think other students should definitely look into Human Rights First!

    • Sian McGee 6:42 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Might I add, interns should become highly trained soldiers for peacekeeping missions only!

  • ay5895a 6:18 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: cable, , digital services, , education, educators   

    Learning about RFIs and the DEN 

    This week my supervisor and I worked on compiling everyone’s responses into a first formal draft of our latest RFI (Request for Information).  Since all RFIs and RFPs (Requests for Proposals) come in different formats, they can be time-consuming.  This specific one came in a multiple choice and short answer combination format, which at first seemed like it would be easier than our last RFP, but it seems to be much more difficult securing the exact answers for all the questions.  However, we hope to finish the first draft by tonight and start the second one tomorrow.

    I also worked on drafting responses to the next RFP that we will be working on.  With so many schools requesting new technology, there are numerous RFPs being released every week.  Since they are very tedious, Discovery Education must only select those that its products fit best.  I really enjoy pulling the language from my RFP library to fit the responses to the school or district’s questions, because it is almost like putting a puzzle together.  The difficult part comes in when we share the document to other employees for edits and have to make sure that everyone’s edits are included in the final document.

    This week in my informational meetings I met with several people from Domestic Distribution and learned about sales, marketing and the digital services they provide.  I also met with someone from the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) account management team and he gave me a presentation of the website and told me about all the exciting events they hold for teachers to come together and share their ideas.  To learn more about the DEN go to this website:  http://community.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm

    • miranda78 7:36 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Your internships seems to provide a lot of networking opportunities, like Domestic Distribution and DEN. That’s great and it may lead to another opportunity in the future!

  • ay5895a 8:44 pm on March 8, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , education, , etiquette, ,   

    Working with the Sponsorships Team and Learning about “Intern Etiquette” 

    Although we just finished our most recent Request for Proposal (RFP), Discovery Education is always bustling with activity!  Besides organizing the RFP library this week, I assisted one of the account coordinators on the sponsorships team.  Since the “Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge” deadline is coming up, I was assigned to call participants and remind them about the deadline.  This contest encourages students k-12 to identify an environmental problem and create a solution.  The specific requirements are different for elementary, middle and high school.  To find out more about the challenge and the great prizes, you can visit this website:  http://www.wecanchange.com/.

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