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  • jv9968a 4:50 pm on November 8, 2011 Permalink
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    Halloween Extravaganza 

    Here is the conversation that happened at my internship on Halloween:

    Paul: “It’s weird, we are selling out tonight, but not tomorrow night.”
    Me: “Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but you guys aren’t doing any Halloween specials. I know when I go out tomorrow, I’m going to do something Halloween themed. You guys should encourage people to dress up or give out candy.”
    Paul: “Yeah, yeah! That would be really great! We could give out free tickets to another show to the best costume!”
    Me: “Yeah! Even just a little Halloween flavor would entice people.”
    Paul: “Let me tell John [the owner].”
    (10 minutes later)
    Paul: “John loved your idea, we are promoting costumes starting right now. Too bad you didn’t think of this two weeks ago.”

    While the timing may not have been my best, I love that the people at my internship take my ideas seriously. I am given relevant tasks for PR with no one constantly critiquing me over my shoulder. Since Riot Act is smaller, I seem to matter more. I still do some clerical work, but everyone does. There is no hired office administrator, they can’t afford one. Everyone pitches in for everything. It truly is a team effort.The best part is how much everyone believes in Riot Act, we are all fighting for the same thing, and as an intern this make my job extremely rewarding and exciting.

    Sure, I’m an undergrad student, but they don’t care. A good idea is a good idea.

  • Divya 9:48 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Hit the ground running 

    I landed the internship.. now what?

    My first day at Legacy was a total blur. The HR department led the interns in a short orientation program, toured us around the building, and then we started our day as official interns. My supervisor and I talked about my goals for the semester and what I expected to get out of the internship. I thought this was a valuable step that all interns should take. It is not only about what the company expects of you, but what you want to happen throughout the course of the semester. In order to integrate quickly, I jumped right into doing real projects! I felt like I dove in and got lost in a sea of media clipping, photo collages, and press releases. Some people might have felt nervous, but I was filled with excitement. The day went by so quickly that I looked up and realized it was 4pm and I only had an hour left. It was such an incredible feeling to leave that day, after only having worked for 8 hours, and feeling like I had accomplished a lot.

    I have now been with the company for a couple months and I leave almost every day feeling this way. I appreciate being with this company because I feel like I have the opportunity to grow and learn every time I walk into the office. I hope that you all will be able to find internships that make you feel this way too!

  • Zach C. Cohen 6:29 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , ATF, , initiative, , Mark Benjamin, , , Operation Fast and Furious, pitch,   

    Sometimes there’s just nothing to do It’s an… 

    Sometimes, there’s just nothing to do. It’s an unfortunate fact that interns sometimes get relegated to the “if we need anything, we’ll let you know” position. But there’s more to do than meets the eye. If you want to make an internship worth it, you have to put in a little extra effort.

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    • Julia Beyer 7:34 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You have some great tips for how to make the most of your internship. It takes some time to determine how you can uniquely contribute to an organization and it looks like you are doing all the right things in taking a proactive stance. Keep up the good work!

  • Danielle Wilsey 12:23 am on February 21, 2011 Permalink
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    Race to the Top 

    So earlier this week, I had my first opportunity to see my employer in action outsideof the actual office. It was not only a great change of pace from the [awesomely] bright orange walls of the building but it was also a reminder of how our work affects policy, policy makers and other think tanks. Even though Third Way is just over 5 years old, it has already made its mark within a variety of key domestic policy issues and helped to push a general move towards civility.

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    • miranda78 4:46 pm on February 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sounds like you had fun and learned a lot! I think opportunities to step outside the office are always great.

      • Danielle Wilsey 6:38 pm on February 27, 2011 Permalink

        Yah! It was a really great change of pace – keeps things interesting!

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