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  • ec3782a 9:23 pm on March 7, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: 2014 Fellowship, , Bankers without Borders, , , , , International Women's Day, Internship, Social Business   

    GF Showcased Work 

    As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve worked to redesign several documents (toolkits) with the new GF marketing pack and also have had to translate some documents into Spanish to market our 2014 Fellowship to Spanish-speaking candidates. I’ve attached a few snapshots of this work—you can see them below.


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    AFTERScreen shot 2014-03-07 at 4.17.23 PM

    Also, I help the interns in their professional development by sending out weekly updates chock full of TEDxTalks, Forbes articles, and Brookings events. Here is one of my all time favorite TEDxTalks for you to check out!


    Also this week, in honor of International Women’s Day I am participating in a company wide challenge to feed myself on only $2.50 a day. I created a fundraising page and encouraged friends and family to sponsor my challenge. In the end, I was able to raise over $200!! All of this money goes to support Grameen Foundation and in turn, empowers women to lift themselves out of poverty. Check out the links below to see a short video about our work with women and see my fundraising page. It’s an interesting challenge and I’m especially proud because I really wasn’t expecting to raise much money.

    2 min video: https://vimeo.com/87914513

    My profile: http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise?fcid=302265

  • Anna Sutton 1:54 am on March 6, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Internship, Ready for Hillary. event planning, , , ,   

    Hi Everyone –   Tomorrow the grassroots organization… 

    Hi Everyone –


    Tomorrow the grassroots organization I intern with, Ready for Hillary, will be launching its Women’s Outreach office with a landmark event called Her Voice, Her Values, Our Movement – A Conversation in our Nation’s Capitol. We will be having two panels: the first on how Hillary has been an agent of change over the course of her career and the second on how women are coming together to form a grassroots network. I have been working on projects for this event since my first day at Ready for Hillary, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to see it all come together.

    I wanted to share some of the work I’ve been doing since starting at Ready for Hillary. This can give all of you prospective interns out there a better idea of what goes into list event planning. Here’s  what I’ve been working on:

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  • Tala Odeh 1:20 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Communication Studies, , , , Internship, , , ,   

    Tala Odeh – DBC PR+New Media 

    My name is Tala Odeh, I am a student at American University and a senior in the School of Communication. I am a Public Communication major with a minor in Marketing. This semester I am interning at DBC PR+New Media – a boutique public relations agency located in the heart of DC’s shopping District”: Georgetown.

    The PR industry is dynamic, fast paced and ever changing. It involves a heavy reliance on technology, social media and interpersonal relations. As practitioners in the industry, it is our job to act as a liaison between the clients we represent and their target audience. The nature of the work itself involves pitching to the media to publicize our product or service, we do this using various forms of above and below the line promotion. This means that we cover traditional and new media such as radio, television, print, direct mail and outdoor advertising to create exposure and publicity for the client.

    Working in PR is always something I knew I wanted to do as I needed a job that would entail a lot of people work. I am naturally very sociable and enjoy fostering relationships withs anyone I work with, this means that when dealing with the media, particularly to secure placements for a client, nurturing a relationship with the journalist or media gatekeeper is essential. Int he future, I hope to land a job that involves health promotion and communication, I would like to target the Middle East as that is where I am from and the concept of healthy living is an untapped market.

    For now, I need the experience at a public relations firm and luckily, I landed an internship via the American University Career Center Job Board. DBC PR was looking for a spring intern that was willing to dedicate at least two days a week to the position and my schedule allowed for three. After submitting my resume, writing a cover letter and going through two rounds of interviews, I successfully had a placement and the seamless recruiting process reflects my current job.

    This blog will document my daily work and learning experiences. I look forward to sharing them and reflecting upon this exciting internship!

    Tala Odeh

    AU School of Communication Class of 2014

  • Anna Sutton 2:06 am on February 25, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: Internship, , , , ,   

    Starting with Ready for Hillary 

    This morning I woke up at 7:30, gave my roommate a dirty look for getting to sleep in, and forty-five minutes later I was on the metro headed to Rosslyn. Now that I’m sitting here at my internship, I still miss my bed a little but I’m even more excited to get started with everything I need to get done today. This semester I’m working for the Ready for Hillary PAC under the Women’s Outreach office, and it has become one of the most exciting aspects of my DC life. Blue background with the words "I'm Ready for Hillary" (More …)

  • Aly Seidel-Thorn 1:09 pm on August 12, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: asking for new assignments, asking your supervisor, , , Internship, , , news department, news station, overcoming shyness, shy, social anxiety   

    Shy? Speaking Up At Your Internship 

    very_shy_person_xlargeI’m a naturally shy person.

    People don’t believe me when I tell them that. I can talk to anyone. That doesn’t mean I like it. A firm believer in the fake-it-till-you-make-it ideology, I can strike up a conversation with strangers about anything, despite my intense anxiety.

    For the first few weeks of my internship, this anxiety did not serve me well. It took me about a month to work up the courage to go stick my head into other departments and start talking to people. Once I did, I couldn’t stop: I was constantly asking for the assignments I was really interested in, the things I was most looking forward to doing at a news station, and I was rarely turned down.

    Now, as my internship is starting to wind down, I regret sitting at my desk for so long. In the height of summer here, I started to work up the courage to ask for extra assignments, the ones I really wanted, and – lo and behold, my help was both wanted and needed. I started shooting behind the scenes footage of Good Day, I was able to attend the meetings I wanted to go to, I became friendlier with the producers and cast, and even ended up going on air. None of that would have been possible if I had stuck to my desk and done my job, only my job, and nothing more than my job.

    You can be certain that at least one person you work with was an intern once. You can be certain that you are not the first intern to walk through those doors. We loves to make fun of interns and act as if they do nothing but fetch coffee all day (ala The Devil Wears Prada), but that isn’t reality. Most people you will come across are going to appreciate your work.

    If there’s something else you want to do: ask. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. Nobody will ever know that you are interested unless you speak up. A supervisor in another department was shocked when I mentioned editing- “I didn’t know you were interested!”- and then set me up in a booth that day.

    It’s a cliché to say it, but it’s true:  the worst thing they can say is ‘no’. And if they do? You’re going to be out of there in a few months anyway and on to a new workplace that respects your talents a little bit better.

    photo via sodahead

    • Julia Beyer 7:09 pm on August 27, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great points. I think this is something that we can all relate to. I am also including this in the SOC Spot newsletter.

  • Aly Seidel-Thorn 1:56 pm on July 25, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: finances, funding an unpaid internship, Internship, journailsm internship, , , , surviving an unpaid internship,   

    , Financially Surviving an Unpaid Internship 

    I am fortunate enough that I have two jobs this summer: my unpaid internship and a paying part-time job. While I might be drinking a little too much coffee, my part-time job allows me a little more financial stability. For those of us who are working the unpaid gauntlet, here are a few tips on surviving the summer.

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  • Aly Seidel-Thorn 1:25 pm on July 25, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Internship, , , news room   

    Why Bring Lunch to Work? 


    In some workplaces, there’s free coffee in the break room. Every once in a while, it’ll be Bob’s birthday or Janice’s retirement and you’ll be treated to some cake. Maybe your employer even springs for bagels on Friday mornings.

    At my internship? There’s always food in the newsroom.

    One of the first things I learned working for a major news network is that people love the free publicity that comes from a camera. On our morning show, Good Day Philadelphia, people are constantly sending in treats, just because our talent may give them a ten second shout out on air. If we run a package with any type of business, you can be certain that there will be goodies waiting in the newsroom. Interviewed a local bakery about their award-winning cupcakes? Expect four dozen of them in the newsroom. Traveled down to the Jersey shore to do a segment on their recovery from Hurricane Sandy? You’ll be traveling back with four pounds of saltwater taffy.

    In my weeks of working for FOX 29, I’m first to know about breaking news, I’m on first-name basis with local celebrities, and I’ve held a ball python. But one of my favorite parts of the day will always be heading up to the newsroom to scope out local cuisine.

  • Zach C. Cohen 5:24 am on July 5, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: coding, , Internship, IT, , , , web   

    ‘Are you studying IT?’ 

    Rough draft of my most recent story for PBS Idea Lab, complete with handwritten HTML

    Rough draft of my most recent story for PBS Idea Lab, complete with handwritten HTML

    That’s what one passenger asked me on my most recent interstate bus trip. I don’t consider myself an IT specialist, but I’m honored by the misunderstanding.

    I traveled often this summer, back and forth to my home in D.C. and spending time with family in New Jersey and New York City. On this particular bus ride, I was on deadline for a story on the Knight Foundation News Challenge’s #OpenGov grant winners.

    I usually write my stories for PBS directly in our content management system so I can format the story with pictures and links as I’m writing the content.

    It’s a lot easier than the alternative, which is handwriting all of the basic formatting code in HTML (bolditalicized, links, video embeds, etc.) But Internet was unreliable on that bus, so writing the story along with the code in plain text made more sense.

    A year or so ago, that would have been inconceivable for me. I’m no Luddite, but I’m certainly not a tech genius. I still don’t consider myself fluent in code. But from my time in classes at AU, internships and at The Eagle has slowly taught me some basics.

    In fact, every single internship I’ve ever had has require that I produce my own stories online.

    Those online skills, rudimentary as they might be, have been a huge boon for me. I work in an industry that requires digital literacy, and I’m happy that I have started that path. I’ve also gotten some practice in audio editing from my work in Latin Pulse, and all of those help me become a better journalist.

    And code, like any language, is one best learned by practice, not in lectures. In this regard, the value of hands-on education in this regard, whether on the newsroom, in the classroom, or on a bus, cannot be overstated.

  • Zach C. Cohen 9:00 am on June 21, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: branding, duties, Internship, , , selling yourself, titles   

    Titles don’t matter 

    Titles, both lofty and lowly, on a résumé really don’t make much of a difference.

    Yes, more grandiose titles are a great ego boost (the same applies to the name of the organization attached to that title).

    But your actual experience means much, much more than that. No use being a “fellow” if you’re only getting coffee. And “interns” do plenty more than that.

    Case in point: I’m basically an assistant producer at PBS MediaShift‘s Mediatwits podcast, and I haven’t graduated from college yet. On a weekly basis, I:

    • Pitch ideas for the weekly rundown,
    • Write more promotions for Twitter, Facebook and Google+ than I care to count,
    • Facilitate conversation between panelists live during the podcast behind the scenes by pitching new angles and counterpoints,
    • Compile research (relevant stories, primary source material, etc.) on the topics for the audience and for the panel,
    • Moniter and curate audience engagement before and during the podcast,
    • Produce the podcast’s presence on the MediaShift website, Google+, YouTube and Soundcloud

    For each one of these episodes, the only duties I don’t have are approving the final rundown, moderating conversation on air, and recruiting guests, all of which are Mark Glaser‘s domain, though the latter is in the realm of possibility as a future responsibility.

    All of those bulleted obligations will be listed on my résumé, but they won’t be joined with the illustrious title of “assistant producer.” I’m a podcasting intern, and there’s no use in lying about that. (Not to mention, Mark would be pretty confused if he got a call from HR somewhere looking to hire me and suddenly found out he had an assistant producer. Blindsiding a former boss like that is not a great idea).

    In some ways, that’s disappointing. Who doesn’t like a nifty new title on their résumé?

    But future employers value the experience if the responsibilities are clearly laid out. Titles can be misleading, and employers know that. They hire people and skills, not titles, histories or biographies.

    Using all the same tricks of writing a good résumé apply in making sure you, not your title, stand out. Using strong verbs and precisely laying out both responsibilities and results are crucial to conveying any applicant’s indispensability.

    Show, don’t tell, your expertise, and an internship can be  the reason for your next promotion.

  • Eleanor 2:03 am on April 17, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , Green Eagles, , impact, , Internship, public transit   

    Environmental Impact of Interning 

    Ok, I know I just posted. I just became a little aware that I can get compensated for 10 blogs,  but not fewer than 10… I doubt I’ll write 5 more blogs in the next week, but you never know.

    At the internship on Monday, I did a lot of filing. I made new files, took old ones out of the cabinet, and generally did a lot of organizing. It made me think a lot about paper and the environment. Some thoughts about the environmental impact of my day.

    8:20-9– Got on the bus. Feeling good about that impact, wishing there were more buses and fewer cars, as usual, because it takes forever to get down to M Street from AU, which it really shouldn’t. Also, less cars is good for the Earth.

    9-12– Filed so many papers. I must have taken 200 outdated files out of the cabinet, and asked my boss if I could reuse them to make some of the new folders. She said no, because it’s policy to keep those correspondences for a certain amount of time. Which I get. Nobody has time to scan that stuff, but all I could think of was taken paper in paper folders out of a wooden file cabinet, and into cardboard boxes. As my Green Eagle friend would say, “oof.” It was a lot of tree products, which is just going to be shut away an not looked at. Hopefully when it can be disposed of in 5-10 years (I don’t know) it will be recycled.

    12-1– Lunch break. I ate my seitan and rice out of the reusable container I brought, and drank water from a glass and used a plastic fork (which I’ve used before and I’ll wash and use again). That’s not too shabby for the environment. I spent some time on the computer checking email and reading the news. Also good. I also read the Post this morning in paper form, but I missed a lot of stuff, because I only read it for like 5 minutes while I made toast.

    1-3– Back to filing, and some computer work. I printed about 20 pages (oof again) and felt SO bad taking all 250 folders from the supply room. I mean, that’s what it’s there for, that’s not what I felt bad about. Many Congressmen/women will not ever correspond with IMLS. I hope when they leave office and another intern cleans out the file cabinet in 10 years, they can reuse the ones that were empty. The empty ones I took out (only about 15) I reused. Reduce, reuse, recycle. That’s the proper order too. Reduce is definitely most important.

    3-3:40–N2 is my favorite route, it drops me right at the corner of New Mexico and Nebraska Avenues. Wonderful, right on campus. Listened to music.

    3:45– Got an iced chai from the Dav. I did not need to do that, and I felt bad, even though the service was good and the drink was tasty. I try to avoid getting iced drinks because I can’t use a reusable mug. Sadness. But the Dav is good about using recycled goods, and I recycled my cup.

    And my life went on, non-internship related. I still think about it though, a lot… the environment is so important, and if I knew more about it, I’d go into the carbon footprint of my day. I guess I’m asking you, reader, if you exist, to think about the environment too.


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