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  • Jessica Darmawan 3:43 pm on June 20, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: advantage, , indonesian, international, , language, traveling abroad, working abroad   

    The Language Advantage 

    These days, being proficient in a language other than your native language is highly advantageous. You could say that being bilingual (or multilingual) makes you a more marketable and competitive candidate for future jobs. If you put thousands of business executives in a room, you may not find many with the same academic background, work experience or job description. What you’ll discover is that two-thirds of those executives share something in common: they speak two languages. In my internship, I have found being able to speak more than one language (I’m native in Indonesian, fluent in English, and I’m studying French) has been highly useful. Here are some tips to communicate your way to your dream job:

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    • Francine Blume 6:33 pm on June 24, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      These are fabulous suggestions!

    • David Fletcher 3:03 am on July 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You are right; languages are a key to employment in DC. This town has the reputation as a government town, but in truth it is an international town. Many of the government agencies have an international focus, but the real diversity is revealed by the hundreds of embassies, associations, multi-national organizations, non-profits, and corporations that have clustered around Washington. It is an internship Mecca and getting hired with multiple language skills is relatively easy. Thanks for your wonderful insights.

  • Jessica Darmawan 7:28 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , forest, , international, , Jessica Darmawan, World Resources Institute   

    Making a Global Impact Through Your Internship 


    Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jessica Darmawan and I’m a rising senior at the School of International Service. I’m an international student from Jakarta, Indonesia, where there is consistent good food and humidity. As my friends are spending their summer back home, I’m staying in DC for a fellowship at the World Resources Institute. This global environmental think tank provides strategies and effective tools to solve the world’s environmental challenges.  I found this opportunity to be amazing, as although I’m interning in DC, I’m able to make an impact in Indonesia. Here’s how: (More …)

  • Danielle Wilsey 6:30 pm on February 2, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , international, , ,   

    Hello again! 

    As much as I thoroughly enjoyed winter break, I’m finally back into the full swing with new classes, a new internship and a new outlook on the future. Last semester, I interned at the Fund for Peace, a small non-profit that focused on international issues that could cause conflict. This semester, however, I am working for Third Way, a large think tank that focuses on domestic policy and culture initiatives.

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