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  • ec3782a 5:28 pm on March 28, 2014 Permalink
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    Skills Gained at Grameen 

    First off: my advice to every intern is to make sure you write down all of the skills/tools you gain, learn, or develop during your internship. This way you can discuss them specifically in an interview and won’t forget to add them to your resume. I keep mine written in the front cover of my internship notebook so I can refer to them at times like this 🙂

    Fortunately, this internship has given me a variety of projects that have allowed me to tap into and develop a wide range of skills. I’ve been exposed to the Salesforce system which Grameen uses to keep track of employees, volunteers, projects—(aka just about EVERYTHING). This cloud based system allows us to keep all of our data and information in one location that’s accessible to whoever needs it. Additionally, I’ve become savvy on Google + and all the tools that Google offers. In addition to webinars, video conferencing, and other basic functions, I’ve become good at using Smartsheet which is a fantastic fusion of Google docs, forms, and excel. I use it to keep track of my own tasks as well as the incoming fellowship applications, our marketing campaign, and many other things. It’s an adaptable and highly useful tool.

    More broadly I’ve worked on projects that exercised my abilities in the following areas: (More …)

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  • Zach C. Cohen 4:27 am on June 12, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Airtime, eHarmony, , , hacked passwords, interns, , last.fm, , , , transit of Venus,   

    Back to the 9-to-5 

    It’s been a long time since I’ve woken up at 6 a.m. on a regular basis.

    But rather than taking my summer to take a break, I’ve again taken on an internship.

    I’m working three days a week at USA Today’s (absolutely gorgeous) headquarters in McLean, Va. I work in the Tech section, mostly posting short articles about the most recent technology news, publishing copy from the Associated Press wire on our website, and posting our most recent articles on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Emily 2:28 am on April 10, 2012 Permalink
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    The Real World: LinkedIn 

    Social media networking has fulfilled many different roles in my life.  In my early teens, it was a way to rebel.  After high school graduation, it was a gateway to the world of college.  Recently, it has helped me keep in touch with friends and family around the world.  For the past few years, social media networking has flowed along with my pace of life.  A few weeks ago, I signed up with LinkedIn, and all of that changed.

    For the first time, I’m intimidated by social media networking.  It’s new, unknown, and different.  Instead of following my pace, it pushes me as hard as I push it.  It’s a tool, not a hobby.  And I’m still learning how to use it.  When is it ok to connect with someone? How often do people check this stuff?  How much of my resume should be on my profile?  I’m still trying to work out how comfortable I feel with my professional information out for the internet to see.

    In March, my office at the State Department held a seminar for government employees that were preparing to retire (just one of the many perks that come with Government work that I’m learning about).  One seminar focused on Job Searches, mainly for people that know they have to get another job because they have kids in college or a mandatory retirement age that is just too low to live off of.  In the classes, job seekers learn how to take advantage of social media networking, and specifically LinkedIn.

    Even though I’m supposed to be the tech-savvy Intern offering administrative support, I took every chance I could to stand at the back of the lecture room and take notes.  I told myself all week, if the retired Government Employees, so can I.  By the end of the course, some of them even “linked” with me!

    Other classes included resumes, business cards, developing a brand, and other job search tools that are helpful to everyone from government employees with 30 years of experience, to interns thinking about what will happen in a year when they graduate.  I think I struck gold on the internship front!

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  • Emily 12:41 am on April 1, 2012 Permalink
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    Middle Intern Syndrome 

    One of my goals for making my first impression as an intern was simple…don’t mess up.  Little mistakes that we learn from are always fine, but I really didn’t want to step on any toes or offend anyone.  So, for the first couple of days, I kept my eyes open and my mouth shut.

    The State Department is one of the largest bureaucracies in the world.  There are levels and sub levels, Training Technicians and Training Assistants, and to every Director, there is a Deputy Director.  I knew that the best way to avoid awkward incidents would be to quickly figure out where I was in the hierarchy.  Once that was clear, I had a much better idea of how I should act and react around the different people in my office.  After that, office etiquette came naturally.  I know which jokes to laugh at, when my personal stories are appropriate, and who to go to with which questions.

    I’ve been getting along so well with everyone in my office that I forgot about the new intern that was starting half way through the term.  At first, my new coworker came crashing into the little world I had grown to love.  Everyone was telling her how excited they were that she was there and how they were looking forward to getting to know her and how she was going to do great.  I felt forgotten, left out, and a bit jealous.  Have you heard of Middle Child Syndrome?  I began to develop what I have started calling Middle Intern Syndrome.

    Image from Time.com

     However, a little self reflection gave me a reality check.  The new intern was supposed to start when I started, but was held up with travel complications.  Now she’s here and anxious to get caught up.  And best of all, I’m not doing everything by myself anymore!  In the last few days I have realized that I now have a teammate.  While stuffing folders for an hour this week, we found many things we have in common (which was not difficult at all since we are both living our dream internship). We’re becoming an efficient and friendly pair that the office adores.  They are even throwing an Intern Lunch in our honor to thank us for all of our work!
    Moral of the story: Keep an open mind and never turn down a potential friend.
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  • Elyssa Shildneck 1:22 am on February 28, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , capitol tours, congressman, constituents, , , interns, summer internship, , vince lombardi   

    Advice: From One Intern to Another 

    Advice is one of the many things I’ve taken from each internship. This advice has come in many different forms and from a variety of people. I received the most advice during my summer internship on the hill. As the youngest intern in the office, I received advice from staff, other interns, professionals meeting with the Congressman and even constituents that I gave Capitol Tours.

    Now that I’ve had a variety of internships, I would like to think I have my own set of advice to bestow on others.

    Here is what I’ve learned in my years as an intern:

    1) Be early! Live by the words of Vince Lombardi “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late don’t bother showing up” It shows commitment and initiative to be the first in the office. This may seem small but your supervisor and other staff will take notice. I’m not a morning person, so I like to have some extra time to wake up prior to interacting with other people.

    2) Share your opinion! I think we can all agree that in a certain respect D.C. would not be the city it is without interns. So if you have an opinion share it. You never know if ideas might be used for a new project or initiative. If you’re too intimidated to share you opinion, then you may be interning in the wrong office.

    3) Buy lunch once a week. Sadly many of us intern without pay but you should try to find a way to go out to lunch with other interns or staff in your office. During lunch you can develop  personal relationships with the people you interaction with on a daily basis. It is not good to sit at a desk all day and the relationships you develop at an internship can transform your experience in that organization.

    4) Do not browse gchat, facebook, your personal twitter account, or any shopping website all day. This pretty much goes without saying.  Even if you see staff going it, do not assume that it is okay to do. Regardless of how you are treated in an office, you are still an intern. Along with that, do not tweet about or post a status about your internship that can be negatively misconstrued.

    5) Be conscious of what you say about your internship outside of the office! You never know who can hear you and who that person may know. Everyone knows someone!

    6) Do not talk about drinking in your office, no matter how close you think you are to your supervisor, it is not professional.

    7) Dress for the job you want, not the job you have! If you would not wear the outfit to church or around your grandmother then its probably not appropriate for the office. Try the fingertip test for your skirt length. As for men… for the love of god, do not wear sneakers with a suit!! Ironing, although annoying, is a useful tool for life. If you don’t know how to iron, try youtube- they have tutorials.

    For now that’s the essential advice I have for interns. Stay tuned to hear more!

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    • Francine Blume 1:54 pm on March 8, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fabulous advice! Where did you come up with this? Is this as a result of your own experiences? Did you see other interns falling into these traps and get in trouble for it?

  • nn1702a 3:48 am on November 14, 2011 Permalink
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    Fitting In 

    At my internship, there are two other interns and at first we barely interacted. It was weird because there was no time for us to chitchat or mingle, but after interning for about 3 months we have become good friends. Trying to get to know your fellow interns is necessary because you can make new friends and it can make your work place more pleasant.

    Before really getting to know the other interns, it was somewhat lonely because everyone sat in their own areas and doing their assigned tasks. I didn’t really like the way that was happening, so I had the guts to send out an email to them. In it, I told the other interns that since we all intern on the same day together, we should do lunch on Tuesday’s. They all loved the idea and replied with a yes. So ever since then, we’ve been getting lunch every week and learning more about one another!

    I found this was also rewarding aspect of my internship because I have made new friends and have learned how to deal working with others. It takes initiative because everyone is new when they intern, so why not reach out first? I was nervous in the beginning, but now during my lunchtime I never sit alone. My fellow colleagues are now my friends and whenever I need a lending hand in the office, I can always ask for some help and vice versa. It’s a nice feeling because it makes interning more enjoyable when you have people that you are close with. I’m really glad that once the semester is over, at least I’ve made friends that I’ll always stay in touch with. You never know, they might come in handy in the future when I’ll need a job!

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  • Kyle Morford 2:46 pm on August 1, 2011 Permalink
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    The End of Week 10 and The End of My Internship 

    The time has come that I am done this week with my internship with Youth Advocate Program International. It has been a summer spent indoors on a computer researching and digging up information. I am fairly happy with my progress and what I have accomplished. Looking over the past 10 weeks, I see a trail of research that covers the scope of the IPCR program including peace practitioners, child soldier experts, youth violence and drug experts.

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  • Danielle Wilsey 5:30 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink
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    Taking a Step Back 

    While many students, myself included, sometimes complain about working as an intern (as opposed to starting a full-time job) I can see how they are justified. Recently, however, I have also begun to realize that being an intern instead of an employee does have its own unique benefits. With hindsight as twenty-twenty, I have recently taken the opportunity to reflect back upon my current experience at Third Way as well as my previous internship, at the Fund for Peace (not to mention the whole bunches of positions I’ve held as an undergrad), and decided to compile a list of pro-internship advantages for any of you who are currently weighing your options. (More …)

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    • miranda78 6:18 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Your advice is great. Any person thinking about interning should definitely read it! Keep up the reflexivity.

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