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  • Eleanor 10:48 pm on February 9, 2013 Permalink
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    First Day on the Job! 

    Oh hey world! Didn’t see you there! So, as this is my first post, I thought I’d do some introductions. First off, I’m Eleanor. Nice to meet you. I’m a sophomore print journalism major (Creative writing minor? Maybe.) at the School of Communication at American University. And, starting this morning, I’m the new intern (maybe the only intern, don’t know) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It’s a small government agency that gives grants to museums and libraries. That’s the one sentence summary I’ve given to my family and friends who’ve asked me to explain. I have a feeling I’ll be able to say a lot more about it by the end of the semester.

    I guess I should probably tell you about how I got this internship. Well, every semester on campus, there’s a job and internship fair that’s very well publicized and usually everyone goes. Except me, because I’ve always had either class or work on Wednesdays, the day they’re usually held. Last semester, it was October 4th, I believe, and I was looking for an internship for the spring. In the weeks before the fair, the career center sends out a lot of emails with lists of the companies and organizations attending, so you can do your homework on the businesses, if you’re really interested in them. From this list, I found IMLS, and looked at their internship requirements for their intern in the Office of Communications and Government Affairs. I pretty much fit the bill for a position, and thought it might be a good match because my campus job was at the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. I also saw that IMLS had an October 1st deadline for fall interns, and since the career fair wasn’t until after that date, I thought I might have a good chance because I wouldn’t be competing with many other AU students, at least. So I sent them my application, and went in for an interview. The women I interviewed with were very welcoming, and seemed really grateful to have someone interested in the internship. They offered me the position at the end of the interview, telling me they’d love to have me in the spring, because their current intern was leaving in November, and their office was under construction, so they had a lower capacity than normal. It has been a little weird, but such a relief to have the internship waiting for me in the spring. So here I am, just after my first day on the job.

    I can’t wait to really get this blog going, check back for some of my adventures at IMLS! Thanks for reading.

  • Lizzie 1:03 am on May 15, 2012 Permalink
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    First Day 

    If I were a superstitious person, I might have turned around before I even got to my first day of my summer internship. There I was, all dressed up in my internship clothes, blending in with the hordes of Washingtonians heading to the metro. I felt like an imposter, as if any moment someone would call me out – Intern! We have an intern here! I walked down the first set of escalators, turned the corner, and there it was – or rather, wasn’t. Not a single light was on. Pitch black.

    I never found out what happened to make all the lights go out. I stumbled down the escalator (out of course) and the train came on time. Luckily, the rest of the day was much better. I met my coworkers, set up my desk, ate lunch in a park, and made it home successfully.

    I am working as a Summer Fellow with the non-profit ServeNext. The organization works to advocate for national service programs in Congress. I’ll be specifically working in Development. Since my focus of my MPA is Non-Profit Management, its a perfect internship for me!

    I look forward to writing blogs about what I’m doing at my job, life as an intern, and working in DC! Keep checking back for new posts.

  • Cole Mellino 7:18 pm on November 15, 2011 Permalink
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    My First Day at the Office 

    I’ll be totally honest. I was not crazy about the place my first day there. One of my supervisors showed me my workspace, which was a row of computers and people squished together. I was not too excited about that. For the rest of the day, I mostly sat at the computer doing research.

    But everyone was really nice, especially my boss who told me he’d like me to write articles for the blog. That made me very nervous because I was not confident in my writing abilities. To top it all off, I had a very inadequate amount of sleep the night before and when I sat in on a staff meeting I couldn’t stop yawning and was nearly falling asleep. I was mortified (Take note: get plenty of sleep the night before the days you intern). By the end of the day I was not sure if I was going to like it at all. I didn’t like being inside all day nor did I like sitting at a desk and staring at a screen all day. But it was only my first day and I was determined to keep an open mind…

  • Amanda Osborn 10:40 pm on October 12, 2011 Permalink
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    Of Orange Jumpsuits and DC Protests 

    My first day as a media relations intern at Amnesty International included the following: a protest outside of the Department of Justice and an orange jumpsuit.

    I guess you could say that those items are a little out of the ordinary when it comes to your typical media relations internship.

    In the days leading up my first day, the media relations unit had been hard at work at contacting and pitching the media to generate a buzz about an Amnesty International-organized protest. The protest was to call on the US Attorney General to hold former vice president Dick Cheney accountable for possible war crimes committed during the Bush administration’s “war on terror.” The timing of the protest coincided with the release of Cheney’s memoir, in which he essentially condones acts of torture such as waterboarding. (It was pure coincidence that my first day was the day of the Cheney protest.)

    I arrived at the Department of Justice promptly at 11a.m. and was handed an orange jumpsuit. Then, I was informed I would wear the jumpsuit and join the other protesters and Amnesty International staff in holding the huge banner that proclaimed, “We demand accountability for torture. Attorney General: investigate former vice president Cheney’s role in torture.” While we held the sign, various media outlets covered incident. The whole protest culminated in a Department of Justice spokesperson being presented with a copy of Cheney’s memoir and a letter demanding that he be held accountable for any war crimes he may have committed.

    It was definitely a one-of-a-kind first day. (In an awesome way, of course.)

    • Francine Blume 7:21 pm on October 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Did you know that you would be doing a protest on your first day? Were you just given the orange jumpsuit and told to hold the banner or was there some kind of discussion as to what the strategy was, what the goal of the protest was, how they would assess the effectiveness of the protest, etc? Do you know if you got decent media coverage? Jon Stewart just had a really good quote, “Protests are often as much about optics as they are about substance.” How do you think the message of the protest was received?

  • Quinn Smeaton 4:16 am on August 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Preparing for your First Day 

    Since this is my last week interning with FPA U, the past few days have been quite busy. Not only am I wrapping up various tasks, but I also met with the new intern today to discuss her future responsibilities. While it’s hard to believe that I’ve interned with FPA for almost four months, I’ve realized how accustomed I am to my daily responsibilities as an intern.

    After meeting with the incoming intern, I’ve realized how your first day at work can be intimidating. I think we all wish that we had the opportunity to speak with a former intern or employee to ask initial questions. Despite the fact that most of us don’t have that opportunity, below are some general tips to help ease your nerves and prepare for your first day at work. (More …)

  • Francine Blume 6:15 pm on January 14, 2011 Permalink
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    The First Day of Your Internship: Tips from AU Interns 

    What can you expect and what should you do on your first day of an internship? Our blogger, Ashley, suggested setting goals. Trace helped you deal with butterflies. Here’s what other AU students have to tell you.

    • Go into your internship with a completely open mind. Throw aside all preconceptions and expectations. Legal Rights Institute
    • Be professional and friendly. National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
    • Set goals for what you want to learn, and tell your supervisor about them…they are much more likely to happen that way. The Impact Center
    • First tell the supervisor what you want substantively out of an internship and then target projects that highlight what you want to learn. National Foundation for Women Legislators
    • Make sure to establish good communication with your supervisor from the beginning. This helped me out a lot. Amnesty International
    • (More …)

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