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  • Zach C. Cohen 2:30 am on August 17, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: fieldrunners 2, , google, , linkedin, ,   

    Goodbye…not really 

    Today was the last formal day of my internship. Meaning, it’s the last day for a while that I’ll get up at the crack of dawn and drive to McLean, Va. to produce articles for USA TODAY Tech online.

    It was probably a good time to end. Most of the interns have left; I only stayed to work on some unfinished business. But I’ve been pulling overtime the past few weeks between everything I needed (read: wanted) to do, and I’ll be happy to get a bit of a break before the school year starts again.
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  • Zach C. Cohen 4:27 am on June 12, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Airtime, eHarmony, , , hacked passwords, , , last.fm, linkedin, , , 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!

  • nn1702a 4:46 pm on November 29, 2011 Permalink
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    The Era of Social Media In the Work Place 

    I have been learning a lot while interning, especially through utilizing social media sites for promoting the company I intern for. I am given the task every week to update our Facebook group by posting current events and which opportunities are available for American businesses to take advantage of in the Middle Eastern market. My organization not only uses Facebook, but Twitter and LinkedIn as well.

    It is obvious that in today’s world, social media is the new and most efficient way to communicate. You can reach so many people and have them keep up to date with what is going on, so it makes sense why literally everyone and everything has a Twitter or a Facebook page. I’m really glad that I have been having the opportunity to work with social media at my internship because it has made me put it to good use, rather than being on Facebook for fun or being on it as I procrastinate.

    I’m actually an administrator for my internship’s Facebook page and I constantly post links to their events and press releases, which has really helped me to better my social media skills. I have realized to be more careful and aware when typing by not doing so in slang and fully spelling words instead of using abbreviations. I think it has also made me more conscious when communicating online, especially through emails because it shows a sign of professionalism. Only with friends will I write informally, so I have learned to separate my form of communication by remembering who my audience is.

    Consequently, I have definitely understood the extent to which social media is a crucial marketing tool for businesses and organizations. It really is a key technique of promoting a site or business and a powerful strategy that will get them links, attention, and massive amounts of traffic. Since it is the most popular way to communicate in today’s society, I think everyone should try and learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google+ for professional purposes rather than for pleasure. It is a great skill to acquire and to put on your resume. I know that when I was applying for internships this past summer, many asked for “good communication skills.” This not only means writing skills, but that potential candidates should have experience and a lot of knowledge when utilizing social media, but for professional purposes. So I’m sure all of everyone’s time spent on Facebook will eventually pay off when they will be working or interning!

  • Amanda Osborn 4:27 pm on November 24, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: au careerweb, , internship search, , linkedin, , resume builder   

    Five Tips for the Internship Search 

    Here are some tools, resources, and tips I thought I’d share in hopes of making the internship search a little easier. As a current intern at Amnesty International and student employee of AU’s Career Center, I could go on for quite some time about all the ups and downs of the internship search and application process. However, I’ll stick to some of my top tips:

    • Start Using More of Career Center’s Resources
      AU students are incredibly lucky because not only do they have an awesome Career Center (consistently ranked in the Top 20 Career Services by the Princeton Review) but the aforementioned Career Center provides wonderful (and free) resources for the job and internship search. These include Optimal Resume Builder (and Optimal Letter Builder) and Virtual Mock Interviews. All of these are really great tools for the internship search. I’ve used Optimal Resume Builder to format and style my resume and found my current internship at Amnesty International through AU Career Web.
    • Become a regular user of AU Career Web.
      AU Career Web is an online career management tool. Users can create and manage an online profile to search and apply for jobs and internships. I’ve been successful with numerous internships I’ve applied for via AU Career Web. Currently, I am checking it on a near-daily basis this semester to see what internships I can apply for in the spring. It’s a constantly updated resource that has a ton of different opportunities on there.
    • Make an appointment with your career advisor.
      Every student has a career advisor assigned to them based on which school he or she is enrolled in. By making an appointment with a career advisor, you can get advice and insight about career paths and internship opportunities within your chosen field. Career advisors are an invaluable resource that have a plethora of information, so never underestimate how much even one appointment with a career advisor can benefit the internship search.
    • Go to Career Center Events
      The Career Center has a ton of events throughout the year to assist students in the job and internship search. From the Job and Internship Fair (held every semester) to numerous on-campus recruiting sessions (think CIA, Deloitte, Teach for America, and CNN) to networking events held for every school, there are plenty of opportunities to network and make a professional connection that could land you that next internship opportunity.
    • Create a LinkedIn profile.
      Connections can be everything in the working world, and it’s never too early to start maximizing and solidifying your professional network. LinkedIn is a great way to establish and maintain professional connections. Additionally, one can even land a job through LinkedIn with the site’s resources.

    Originally posted at HerCampus AU.

    • Julia Beyer 10:16 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice tips and sharing how these tools have been useful to you!

  • Francine Blume 7:25 pm on January 20, 2011 Permalink
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    The First Day of Your Internship: Tips from the Pros 

    You’ve heard from other American University interns. Here’s some added advice from experts.

    1. Be prepared. You can’t anticipate everything on your first day, but there are a few ways you can prevent potential disaster. Know how to get to your internship and get there early, but not too early. You don’t want to be stuck outside a locked office, but on the other hand you certainly don’t want to be late. Plan your route, have your professional clothes and supplies (something to take notes with, your original ID) ready the night before, set a backup alarm, eat something before you go so that your stomach doesn’t growl, bring money for food, bring a portable snack with you in case you don’t get the chance to eat, make sure your cell phone is fully charged, bring a Tide pen or other portable stain remover in case you have a little spill, and if you’re wearing hose bring clear nail polish in case of a run. (Ladies, here’s what else you might want to put in your purse.)

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  • Francine Blume 6:15 pm on January 14, 2011 Permalink
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    The First Day of Your Internship: Tips from AU Interns 

    What can you expect and what should you do on your first day of an internship? Our blogger, Ashley, suggested setting goals. Trace helped you deal with butterflies. Here’s what other AU students have to tell you.

    • Go into your internship with a completely open mind. Throw aside all preconceptions and expectations. Legal Rights Institute
    • Be professional and friendly. National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
    • Set goals for what you want to learn, and tell your supervisor about them…they are much more likely to happen that way. The Impact Center
    • First tell the supervisor what you want substantively out of an internship and then target projects that highlight what you want to learn. National Foundation for Women Legislators
    • Make sure to establish good communication with your supervisor from the beginning. This helped me out a lot. Amnesty International
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  • Francine Blume 2:43 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink
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    What References Actually Say About You 

    As the opening of the school year draws nearer, many of you are looking forward to starting new internships. Some of you are counting on those are important references to help you stand out. But do you really know what your references are saying about you?

    In the last year we had a couple of cases were the interns were caught by surprise. One intern wanted to use what she thought would be a glowing reference to improve her internship grade. Another was counting on the reference to help him get a job. It turned out that despite glowing verbal reviews at the internship site, the first student’s reference was barely lukewarm. The reference for the second intern gave him the impression that he would be a strong supporter, but he was actually giving negative input to the student’s potential employers.

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  • Francine Blume 6:13 pm on January 4, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: bloopers, , linkedin,   

    It’s the first day of your internship and… 

    It’s the first day of your internship and you DON’T want to start it with a huge gaffe. But it’s hard to know what’s acceptable when you’re at a new internship. You’re feeling your way in a new office culture very different from your school culture. To start off on the right foot, here are the top 5 things to avoid on your new internship, from real stories of former AU interns.

    1. NO Tweeting, Texting, Tetris, Facebooking, Foursquaring, Farmville

    Please don’t. Not on company time, in company space, and especially on company computers. You might be used to communicating 24/7 whenever the urge strikes, but fight the urge! I don’t care if you see anyone else doing it! Just don’t, unless you’re in social media and it’s part of your internship. No indiscretions, please. Don’t put unpleasant comments out there in public spaces, especially with the hashtag of your internship site! That’s a really fast way to get a pink slip, and a bad reputation.

    2.  Don’t be unprepared!

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  • Francine Blume 4:12 pm on December 23, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: decline, ethics, , linkedin, offer   

    When you’ve said yes to the back-up, then the A Plan comes through 

    What to do?! Joe just got an internship offer after he already accepted another one. What does Mary Graydon think of him dumping his second choice for his first? Click here to watch.

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