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  • Danielle Wilsey 8:02 pm on March 16, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: cooperation, , exit memo, immigration, , new experience, presentation, , suggestions, teamwork   

    Showing my Stuff 

    So one of the only ongoing issues with my last internship was the fact that I’d sit next to 4-5 other interns on any given day, but not have any idea exactly what they were doing! I could hear their fingers furiously typing away and mouses clicking all over the place, but honestly, I didn’t know why. As part of that semester, I wrote an exit memo for the internship program that included this suggestion: host regular meetings among the interns and staff to facilitate dialogue and keep each other informed about what’s going on. Apparently, however, someone has already beat me to the punch for this internship! (More …)

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  • Sian McGee 1:31 am on February 15, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , idealism, immigration, ,   

    An idealist learning to be a realist 

    The warmth and nurturing of the classroom make it easy to think that great ideas and good intentions will ultimately triumph against any challenge the real world might mount against your cause. Unfortunately we’ve been had – real progress in fact requires a lot more than just thought and intent. Perseverance,  a thick skin and rejoice in small successes are essentials for anyone hoping to work in an NGO and have some kind of tangible impact on the world, as I have been learning the past few weeks at Human Rights First . (More …)

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    • Francine Blume 7:14 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is so important! You really have to balance idealism with pragmatics if you want to make any kind of change. You have to take care of yourself, too, so you don’t burn out!

    • miranda78 8:03 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great advice! I agree with it. I think your internship and working on refugee issues is very interesting; I am taking an SIS class on refugee and immigrant groups in the U.S. and the barriers to health access, so I know where you are coming from.

    • Sian McGee 4:06 pm on February 22, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s quite sad to realize that hardships faced by refugees don’t disappear upon acceptance into US territory. While I understand access to health care is of concern to the US population more widely, I think refugees and immigrants are a more marginalized, at risk group – the class sounds very interesting!

  • Danielle Wilsey 5:25 pm on February 8, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: citation, class, , e-verify, , immigration, , , ,   

    “Yeeeah, did you get the memo?” 

    My undergraduate experience (probably like everyone else’s), was FULL of research papers, response writing and never ending library hours. With MLA, APA, Turabian and more, my head was swimming with citation styles, footnotes, end-notes and every other note I can think of! Not until I had reached grad school did I actually write my first memo. A one-page, concise, critical analysis of a major topic – just the facts, and as briefly as possible – and not quite like the lame Office Space reference in my title…

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    • miranda78 3:08 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One time I had to write a memo, too, and it was very difficult since I had no past experience writing one as an undergraduate student. Being concise in your writing, though, is def. a good useful skill for the future, so it is great that your internship is allowing you to practice this skill and learn about a new policy.

    • Francine Blume 6:29 pm on February 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is so important to take what could be a thesis and condense it into a one pager for your audience. Everyone’s time is short and their attention spans are even shorter. Congratulations on your success!

      • Danielle Wilsey 4:09 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink

        Absolutely – time is money and everyone wants to do things as quickly as possible!

  • Jett Choquette 3:55 pm on February 7, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: immigration, , , , , , , , , ,   

    Lots to Do at holaciudad.com 

    It’s been about a month since I started interning at holaciudad.com and my excitement for the work still hasn’t worn off. Every day I use skills or knowledge I learned in my Spanish and PR classes to complete my tasks. Speaking and writing in Spanish at professional level forces me to slow down and think carefully how to express my thoughts.

    My time as an intern is split between three main tasks: researching, writing, and updating the website.

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    • miranda78 3:05 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Your internship sounds really cool! It is great that it incorporates your two areas of study.

    • Francine Blume 7:49 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What a great example of an internship in Spanish! Thanks!

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