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  • Brittany Horowitz 2:59 am on March 7, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: absent, calling out, interning, , , Sick days   

    Calling Out: Sick Days in the Real World 

    I blogged last semester, but let me reintroduce myself. My name is Brittany Horowitz, and I am a senior studying Public Communication and Marketing. This semester, I am not interning with the same company. For privacy reasons, I will not be stating my exact internship position.

    Recently, I became very ill with pneumonia. It was extremely inconvenient to get so sick since I have multiple responsibilities here: classes, my internship, and babysitting jobs. Due to how serious my condition was, I was unable to attend classes for quite some time, and I also had to call out of work. This experience made me reflect on how your personal life can interrupt your professional life.

    I felt awful for having to miss a few days of my internship. I hate calling out, and I hate feeling like I am behind on my work assignments. However, my supervisor made me realize an important thing after she told me, “You are human. You can’t help that you’re sick. Rest up.” I exhausted myself with the amount of apologies I gave my supervisor for my absences, but it finally dawned on me that stressing out and driving myself crazy would not help the situation. Everyone gets sick. Things happen. It is how you handle these events after they occur that is vital in your professional world.

    It’s so important to contact your supervisor to let him or her know about your absence, do not wait until the last minute to notify the appropriate person, get a doctor’s note if you seek medical attention, and most importantly, rest! The worst thing you can do is push yourself too hard and go back to work too early. You don’t want to make yourself even more ill, and you do not want to get anyone in your office sick. Once you can get back to work, work hard, and make up for lost time. Just remember, you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of your work.



    • Francine Blume 1:58 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You make a really good point. Not only is it important to stay home when you’re sick so that you can get better, it’s important not to going to work and spread your germs. Nobody wants a martyr to come into work before their healthy because they’re just going to end up being out longer and making everybody else sick! On the practical side, yes, tell your supervisor as soon as possible. And when you go to the doctor, get a note. My doctor automatically offers one, anyway.

  • Claire Wolfe 4:38 pm on February 28, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , interning,   

    Finding My Way Out 

    It wasn’t like it was my first day or anything; I should have known how to get out of the building. But there are so many elevators and I wasn’t thinking, so I absentmindedly took the one closest. I pressed 1 and soon found myself in a corridor that I had never seen before where all of the doors read, “emergency exit”. I began to walk, trying to look as confident and professional as possible, passing busy employees in finely pressed suits. Ahead of me was the security desk and two doorways out. I smiled at the security guard and made my way for the door straight ahead of me. When I pushed the door open, the alarm immediately sounded. In shock, I stood there for a moment, then closed the door and retreated back into the building. The alarm immediately stopped. When I turned around, the guard was pointing to the other set of doors with a grin on his face. I don’t know if my cheeks have ever been redder.

    For a moment, I was so upset and realized that there was no way I could go back after that embarrassment (I’ve been known to be a bit dramatic). Then I began to laugh to myself. I’m sure I wasn’t the first, and I know I won’t be the last to get lost in the Department of Commerce. I’m an intern and so nervous about working there but I realized that I can’t sweat the small stuff.  If getting lost is the worst thing that happens this semester, then i’ll consider myself lucky.  Besides, at least I know which elevator to take now.

  • nn1702a 5:51 am on October 23, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: interning, ,   

    A Network of Experiences 

    It may be hard to wake up early and get ready to get on the metro to get downtown in the mornings, but it really is worth it in the end. Looking back at my position so far, I am really learning a lot. Up until now, I have realized how essential networking is. We had an event last month. It was a reception focused on fostering economic ties between Arab and American businessmen and women. My job that night was to mingle with the guests and to collect as many business cards as I could. Once it was over, I ended up collecting over 200 cards and probably 500 combined with what the other interns and co-workers got. It was surprising, but it reinforced how it really is about “who you know and not what you know”. I really do believe that connections are what get you far in life.

    Looking back, these are a few tips that I learned that helped me to survive through the night:

    1. Say your name clearly because you want them to know how to say it correctly throughout your conversation, and also to remember who you are.

    2. Shake hands, but always make sure it is a firm handshake- it says a lot about who you are, especially about your confidence.

    3. Use an “elevator” speech: describe who you are or what you do in ten seconds or less. This allowed me to keep it short and sweet, but to make a good first impression as well.

    4. The best way to introduce yourself I found was starting with small talk.

    5. Don’t stay too long talking with one person, try and meet other people. The more the merrier.

    After an event, your networking doesn’t stop! The following week, I had to compile all of the business cards and input the contact information of each individual into an excel spreadsheet. Why? Because it is also important to keep in contact with those that you have met. That is why the database will most likely come in handy for the organization that I intern for. They will use it to contact companies and individuals for future endeavors and business opportunities they want to pursue.

    It was a very interesting and fun life learning experience, definitely one that has prepared me for the “real world”. Oh and by the way, I am still working on that database and it has been exactly a month!

  • Rachel Frank 9:15 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: interning, procrastination, summer classes,   

    Part time intern/employee/student 

    My life this week got a lot more exhausting, in addition to a part time internship and job I became a part time student.  I’m interning at Women for Women International Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9-5 and working on campus at the library on Wednesday and Thursday from 9-6. But now I have a statistics class from 5:30 – 9:10 on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I can’t say that I’m excited about 13 hour days at all and  I showed up to my first class on Tuesday night hungry and exhausted. If I had a choice in the matter statistics + summer night class would not even exist in my vocabulary.
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    • Marie Spaulding 10:11 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have every confidence you will succeed. Good luck!

  • Jett Choquette 2:44 am on March 22, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: bilingual, , , , interning, , , , , ,   

    Spring Is In The Air 

    As the second half of this semester marches forward I’m caught between wanting it to be over and to never end. During Spring break I was able to rest from both school and my internship though both were on my mind as I worked and attended a wedding. Never has what I’m doing in class and my internship duties been so closely related.

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    • miranda78 2:02 pm on March 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I did not know the Library of Congress held events. Cool!

  • Jett Choquette 4:27 pm on March 7, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , interning, , latin, , ,   

    Looking Forward: Outcomes of the Mid-Semester Review 

    My mid-semester meeting was low-key and went well.  I will also continue to write educational articles and other articles Laure needs written, to pitch article ideas, to perform site upkeep, and to add events to the events calendar. However, I will also begin to write a series of articles (at least one a week) on free things to do in D.C.  Laura and I discussed the new project during the review, however when we outlined the internship we agreed that I would create a new element for holaciudad.com community page during March and April.

    During the meeting I proposed several ideas for my project: a series describing legal processes such filing taxes, enrolling in school, buying a house, ect; a series profiling main organizations in the D.C. area that work with the Latino community; and finally a series telling about free activities to do in the D.C. area. (More …)

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