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  • Sofia Baneth 8:11 pm on March 1, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , First blog, , Introduction, , ,   

    Introducing New Spring Blogger: Sofia Baneth 

    My name is Sofia Baneth and I am one of the new spring bloggers for the AU Career Center. I am a freshman from Raleigh, NC currently interning at Machik, a non-profit in DuPont (description and link provided below).

    I am currently a Public Health major and Spanish minor, but I am also considering a major in CLEG (Communications, Law, Economics, and Government) and double minoring in public health and Spanish. I hope to one day intern (or work!) for the NIH, USDA, or on the Hill (do I sound like a typical AU student yet?!).

    But that’s enough about me – let me tell you a bit more about Machik.

    Machik is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen communities in Tibet. Cofounders and sisters, Losang and Tashi Rabgey established the organization after visiting their family in Tibet back in the 1980’s. Machik began when the Chungba Primary School was first built in Kham, the Southeastern region of Tibet.

    Despite its rural setting, the school has been sustained through Machik’s efforts and has successfully taught the children of Chungba. Machik provides the students a bilingual education of Chinese and Tibetan, which has been vital in their development as individuals and the community as a whole.

    Likewise, Machik coordinates a “Summer Enrichment Program,” which organizes volunteers from around the world to not only help them foster a sustainable Tibetan community, but also increases awareness of the issue and what can be done.

    Machik does so much more, but I will leave it at that for now.

    Until next time!

    P.S. Check out my bio on the Machik website.

    Or visit Machik’s homepage.

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

    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

  • Erin Greenawald 8:24 pm on September 28, 2012 Permalink
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    Put On Your Professional Party Faces 

    Hi, I’m Erin and this is me at work! (I’m the curly-haired gal in the middle.)

    Now, usually my work is not quite as glamorous as having my celebrity shot taken at a party with my lovely co-workers. In fact, in the interest of full disclosure, “me at work” usually involves me sitting on my couch/somewhere on campus/in some random coffee shop squinting at my computer screen for hours on end. But this week—this week was special.

    I work as an Associate Editor for The Daily Muse, an online magazine geared towards young, professional women (though we like our dude Muses too!) where you can go to get the best advice about your job search and career. As an editor, my weekly duties include working with my wonderful columnists to fine-tune their pieces, putting out our three weekly e-newsletters, coming up with new article ideas for the site, and writing when I find the time. So, lot’s of computer time. Oh, and I work virtually so even my interactions with my co-workers are predominantly over chat, with a few scattered conference calls.

    But as I said, this week was a very special one. Our bi-coastal team was all brought together in NYC to celebrate our 1-year birthday as a company. While it was certainly a big week for the company, it was also a big week for me personally. I’ve been with the company since almost the beginning, so it was a chance for me to celebrate one year working for a company (and still going strong!). That feels like a pretty big deal at this stage in my life.

    The party itself was a great success. A bunch of our investors, advisers, and partners in New York were there, as well as some of our writers and staffers who I haven’t gotten to meet before now. We all enjoyed sponsored food and drink, networked like pros, and made a big announcement about what’s next for the company (more on that to come). It all felt very glamorous. Besides the party, we also got to spend some time all working face-to-face in our new New York co-working space, and doing some team learning activities.

    There will be plenty of internship musings to come (pun intended), but for now I just want to welcome you to the next few months of my Daily Muse adventure. So, new friends. Prep the disco ball, put on your professional party faces, and get ready for a good time. The Daily Muse is ready to rock your career and mine—and have fun doing it.

  • Brittany Horowitz 2:59 am on March 7, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: absent, calling out, , Introduction, , 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.

  • Emily Fleitz 5:40 pm on February 27, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: activism, Alternative breaks, community development, , Introduction, , The Dalai Lama, , Vampire Weekend   



    I’m Emily.  I’m a junior at AU, studying international relations and religion.  You may remember me from last year when I blogged about my internship at the Solidarity Center.  Times have changed since then.  I spent last summer on an Alternative Break trip to Dharamsala, India- home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama  (whose accent sounded fine to me- jokes).

    Anyhow, a huge component of the Altbreaks program is post-trip activism.  I was inspired to find an internship related to Tibet for the year.  In August, I began interning at Machik, an organization that does community development on the Tibetan plateau.  I LOVE my internship and I am excited to share my insights with you this semester.  I’ll post about cool stuff I’m doing and learning, as well as ways for you to get involved in Tibetan activism (which I hope you do!).  Please post lots of comments and questions- I look forward to hearing from you!

  • Cole Mellino 1:22 am on October 26, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Introduction, , progressive   

    The VERY very beginning…. 

    So I realized that I did not properly introduce myself in the first blog. My name is Cole Mellino. I’m a junior studying environmental studies. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio originally. I intern at the Center for American Progress (CAP), which is a think tank that engages in progressive public policy research and advocacy. (More …)

  • jv9968a 3:19 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink
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    Introduction: Jordan Van Clief 

    Hi! I’m Jordan Van Clief. I’m a senior double majoring at American University and I’m currently the Marketing Intern at Riot Act Comedy Theater.

    I found this internship on AU’s career web over the summer. Riot Act was being built this summer and opened up this August 11th. To me, the idea of starting an internship with a brand new company was exciting. I would get to see what it takes to launch a successful business in a recession.

    This major also was a great combination of my majors. It was primarily a Public Communication internship, but the theater element was a big reason I applied, and probably a big reason for why I was hired.

    As a new company, there are always a million things to do and not enough hours in the day to do it. As an intern my job ranges from stuffing envelopes to events to writing our monthly press release, but more on that later.

    As for my future in PR, I have no idea. Perhaps as a senior I shouldn’t be admitting that, but I have six or so months to decide. I love my internship with Riot Act and the things I’m learning here will definitely be a marketable skill for the future.

    Stay tuned to find out more, this is only the introduction.

    • Francine Blume 6:40 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We don’t like internships where people are just stuffing envelopes! Has that gotten better yet?

  • Brittany Horowitz 1:47 am on October 20, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: C.Fox Communications, CHF International, Craigslist, Introduction,   

    Introduction (and much more!) 

    Hello! My name is Brittany, and I am in my senior year (ah!). I am majoring in Public Communication with a minor in Marketing. Last semester, I studied abroad in Beijing, China, and I cannot wait to go back. I am from New Jersey, and I have loved being in DC and studying at AU for the last three years. I cannot believe it is my last year! I have always been active on campus, and this year is my first internship during the actual academic year. In the past, I have always interned in the summer. I have worked with Fox News in New York, and I have interned with a PR agency in Alexandria called Live Wire Media Relations.

    This year, I am working with C.Fox Communications, a communications agency based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Since late August, I have worked as their Public Relations Intern. I work with a variety of clients, and I have become involved in many different projects and plans since starting my internship. Check out my bio! Fancy, eh?

    I’ll end this post with a fun overview of a recent event our agency helped put together for our client, CHF International. The event was held at the National Press Club, and it involved a discussion on microfinance in the Middle East with Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark and CHF International. It was really exciting to attend the event because I was able to see all of the pieces come together from all of the planning to the actual execution of the event. We had quite the crowd, and the discussion was really interesting. I would have to say a job well done to our team at C.Fox and at CHF.

    It’s exciting to have an internship that allows you to really get involved and see exciting happenings like this. Stay tuned for more interesting updates relating to my internship!

    Check out the photos below from the event!

    Last thing – follow C.Fox on Twitter and Facebook! There are always awesome updates going up! I tweet interesting things too, so follow me if you’d like! @britthorowitz


    • Francine Blume 5:40 pm on October 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What an incredible event! What was your organization’s role? Did they plan the whole thing, did they promote it? What was your role?

      • Brittany Horowitz 12:36 am on November 1, 2011 Permalink

        My agency handled the planning of the event as well as the media outreach for the event. I helped with media list building and assistance during the actual event at the NPC.

  • Amanda Osborn 3:14 am on October 11, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , Introduction, , public communication   

    A Little Bit About Me 

    Following Michelle’s lead, I figured it would be best to introduce myself before I started posting entries about my internship.

    My name is Amanda and I am a senior studying Public Communication and the Chinese language. I’ve lived in the U.S. (Delaware and Chicago) and Australia (Perth), but I will always consider Hong Kong home. I spent the last year studying abroad in Beijing and I’m currently trying to figure out how to get back to China after I graduate because I absolutely loved it. My hobbies include reading, baking, and traveling. (For a little more elaboration: my favorite authors are Sarah Dessen and Jasper Fforde. I make an awesome red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. I’ve been to five out of the seven continents and have loved every second of my travels.)

    Currently I am a media relations intern at Amnesty International. To quote the Amnesty International website, “Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.” While Amnesty International’s headquarters are in London, my work in the DC office is for Amnesty International USA. As a media relations intern, I do a lot of work to help generate publicity in the media for Amnesty International, among other media-related tasks. It’s definitely been a great learning experience so far, and I look forward to sharing my stories in the near future!

  • Ali Obertubbesing 8:38 am on June 18, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: alternative dispute resolution, , Introduction, israel palestine, , ramallah, ,   

    Sewing the Seeds of Peace 

    Hello! I’m Ali, and I’m new to this whole blogging thing. However, I have an amazing opportunity to be in the West Bank this summer, and since I am keeping a journal of my experiences anyway, I have volunteered to share my internship via blog. I am studying IPCR, and I hope to work with an NGO that focuses of community-based initiatives, dialogue, and relational transformation as a means of building peace in conflict settings. (More …)

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