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  • nn1702a 6:23 pm on December 9, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: experience, , , learning,   

    It’s Been Real… 

    The day has come, unfortunately today is my last day in the office. It’ s bittersweet because this semester is almost over and I will be abroad in one more month! However, I am going to miss having to wake up in the mornings and catching the N4 downtown to go to my internship and of course all my friends at AU. So, it’s going to be hard when it’s time to pack up and leave. I am currently in the office and I just realized that time has gone by so fast this semester- so shocked!

    I think I have come a long way since I have started my internship. Prior to starting, I have always been aware and well informed politically on the Middle East. And now I can say the same about knowing a lot more about the region’s developing and booming economy. I find this an added advantage for me because I have always wanted that in an internship- leaving with so much more to take back and apply later on down the road. That is why I consider an internship somewhat like an actual course, but one that takes place in the “real world,” where all of the action is going on. The things I have learned can be directly applied to my academic studies in both the immediate and distant futures. I know that what I have accomplished at my internship will truly help me, especially since I am focusing on the Middle East for my specialization area. Now, I will proceed into the next stage of my life feeling well equipped and knowledgeable for what awaits me later on. So, I definitely have learned a lot from my experiences these past four months with my colleagues and other interns, whom have taught me so much. As a result, I have learned how to be a good co-worker, since I’ve formed close bonds and made life long friends during my time here. I also feel prepared in how to act and conduct myself in the work field. It’s been a really great semester having this internship and I wouldn’t of had it any other way.

    So, I’m looking forward to going abroad next semester to London, it’s going to be way too much fun!!! And after coming back, for my senior year I will definitely have an internship again. Hopefully, I will get lucky and find another great opportunity and benefit from it just as much, if not more.

  • Danielle Wilsey 5:30 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , colleagues, , experience, , , , , , variety   

    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.

  • Lauren Gentile 8:32 pm on March 13, 2011 Permalink
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    The Big Event 

    Two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a kickoff event for one of our client’s new initiatives. The kickoff for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading was a 3-day event in Washington, D.C. for one of our major clients, the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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    • monroe 9:31 pm on March 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply


      I am a freelance writer based in Massachusetts and I am writing an article about internships. Earlier today, I interviewed Francine Blume and she recommended I contact a few students on this blog. Essentially, I’d like to conduct a phone interview with you to get information about your experiences with internships.

      Specifically, the article looks at the internship culture in the US, where internships can excel and where they sometimes fall short, and examines what the “ideal” internship looks like. The goal of this article is to provide information to help students and even businesses make better decisions about internships.

      If you are interested, you can contact me at stephen.monroe156@gmail.com.

      Thank you,
      Stephen Monroe

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