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  • Tala Odeh 8:55 pm on April 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Intern Today, Publicist Tomorrow 

    My internship at DBC PR has thus far shed light on some essential aspects of working PR and without this experience, I would have been at a huge disadvantage when entering the ‘real world’. As an intern, you see, listen and do things that any entry level public relations co-ordinator would you. All the research and writing is crucial to ensuring a communications campaign is realistic and successful. It is important to take in what is going on around you and make note of the little things you think will help you later on.

    As a publicist, juggling multiple clients is key and learning how to do this and allocate enough time and every to everyone you represent is so important. As an intern, I would ask for tips on how they do this and my supervisor suggested taking 10 minutes every morning to sift through e-ails and make a to-do list for every client for that day. Crossing everything off the list meant a successful and productive day at work. I think it is lessons like this that make my internship today, a helpful tool for being in PR in the future.

    However, there were times when my internship led me to believe I did not want to work in the industry I am in. At times, going after the media can be tedious and hard to secure placements as there is always something more newsworthy that what your client has to say. However, in today’s world, the industry needs people with drive and persistence to achieve this. Rather than dwell on the possibility of a career path change, I chose to focus on harnessing the skills I need to succeed in the world  of public relations. I spoke to others in the office about strengthening media relations and how to use platforms where journalists were looking for stories to write. This meant that publicists and journalists met half way to pitch and secure placements for the media. These helpful tactics are what I believe adds value to the internship.

    Finally, it takes a lot to determine a career from some textbooks and theories. While the appeal of a certain job may help someone envision themselves in that work, nothing but an internship can truly prepare one for this. It takes understanding the work ethic, environment and arena in which clients compete in to truly comprehend and foresee what someone is getting themselves into. I believe that DBC showed me just this and facilitated the transition from intern to a future publicist.

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  • Emily Roseman 5:47 pm on November 27, 2011 Permalink
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    Internship’s over….now what? 

    After applying to over 7 jobs now (a personal success after I promised myself I would take my thanksgiving break to apply hard!) I think there are a lot of things that students really do not know or understand when applying, that I have already encountered after countless applications on job sites.

    First I would say the biggest misconception or rather, confusion is pay. Students in their senior see free anything as the biggest gold mine in their life, and have been used to working for free for a while, so working for pay comes as a grand surprise once entering the work force full time. When clicking or agreeing to a pay rate with a company, students find themselves at odds most the time…what is a good pay grade? Am I selling myself short? What should an entry-level person such as myself be earning? These questions can seem really daunting especially since it is our first real job and money is certainly tight. Any money at all is a dramatic shift and changes the pizza delivery/Chinese take out lifestyle we live by.

    I’ve found by asking professors in my major,  the AU career center, as well as some friends and older alumni that are lucky enough to be working right now for some helpful advice with this important one. It’s good to get this out of the way, because applications will and are ready to ask how much you are worth to them! (A little scary right?)

    Second is the scary idea of location, location, location. Applications throw out that question, “Would you be willing to move or change locations for this job?” UMMM beg your pardon? Since when did this become a committed relationship? I thought we were testing the waters with this? Seriously considering how far you will go for a job is something that again can and will come up, if not in your application, then in your interview or with significant others and family! Solution: be very open to the idea of a wide variety of locales for your dream job, because your career may not just be where you went to college, it could be thousands of miles across the country in the opposite direction.

    Finally, pay attention to details when searching and scouring those job postings sites. Administrative assistant is probably the most vague title for a secretary known to man. Do not just apply blindly; go in with an open mind, but not with a rampant computer mouse. You might regret that decision a little later! Try to research the company you are applying for and learn a little more before the make that big investment and always email for ask for information to follow up on if there is a position you are truly passionate about. This could not only put you ahead of the pack, but will show you are a great candidate and eager for the job.

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    • Julia Beyer 10:34 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great advice! Tools like salary.com and glassdoor.com can also help answer some questions about salary. It is also good to know what your priorities are financially and geographically so that you can make an educated decision.

  • Emily Roseman 1:17 am on November 2, 2011 Permalink
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    Get by with a little help… 

    I think some of the most rewarding encounters at my internship have been with co-workers that have offered their own advice as to how I can perform better, or how I can even be successful in my current and future careers. I have had the pleasure of working in a smaller department which has its great advantages of taking on my own tasks, but also asking for help when I need it, and seeking the guidance and advice from more senior members of my team.

    I am lucky to share my experience with a current professor of mine and he urged me to get to know a few members of the video team personally. I now certainly understand why he suggested this. He worked closely with the two members that I now feel very comfortable asking for help or even asking for their own opinions on work and career tips.

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  • Emily Roseman 1:12 am on November 2, 2011 Permalink
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    The big leagues: By-line and all… 

    Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of my internship thus far, and exciting as well has been editing a package that was featured in both the print and online versions of USA TODAY. I was given the assignment by one of the Video Editing team members I work closely with who has been giving me some helpful tips along the way. She was in need of making the deadline for the next day and we had discussed the original piece during a table discussion at a news meeting earlier in the week. The story would be a centerpiece in the print paper as well has a cover section on the front page. It was my job to take what Shannon had transcribed during the early logging and edit the entire piece from raw footage. I was warned that the piece was shot from a videographer that was new to filming and interviewing since she specialized in writing for paper, not shooting. I quickly learned that this edit would be a challenge but as my first official by-line in the paper and online, I would need to step up and create a solid piece of work for both sections.

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  • Emily Roseman 4:52 pm on October 14, 2011 Permalink
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    Making Every Job Count… 

    First off I assume it is best to introduce myself to distinguish myself amongst the other fascinating and incredibly talented bloggers/interns featured here. My name is Emily Roseman and I am a Senior in the School of Communication at American University. My four years at AU have challenged me academically, but also professionally and that is something I always credit to the program I am enrolled in, but also my sense of determination to never give up. Since my first day as a Freshman, I have interned  or worked at  some of the most incredible offices around the world. Freshman year I was an intern at BBC World News in DC , Sophomore year brought the great honor of being selected as a White House Intern, my summer leading into Junior year I worked in the editing department at MSNBC in New York City, my spring semester of Junior  year I traveled abroad to London where I was able to intern as a production assistant at Purple Flame Media a documentary film company, and now my last year at AU, I have had the great honor of being selected as one of the students for the Dean’s Internships in SOC and intern at USA TODAY’s video editing department. SO enough about where I used to work…and onto what I can impart onto my fellow classmates as a seasoned veteran of the intern world.

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    • Francine Blume 7:09 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Emily, what’s it like working with the daily pressure of deadlines?

      • Emily Roseman 1:28 am on November 2, 2011 Permalink

        I tend to live by deadlines actually! I enjoy the thrill of a newsroom and a constant push for my work, guess that’s also good for being a college student!

    • Julia Beyer 7:46 pm on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Emily,
      I enjoyed reading your post. I am going to feature your post in SOC Spot newsletter. Please let me know if this is not okay with you.

  • Ethan Miller 8:37 pm on April 4, 2011 Permalink
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    Who Knew This Would Be Useful? 

    I intern at a communications/media+public relations firm. I am not a communications student in the least bit, nor am I too interested in the field. I intern here because they are working on a campaign in support of Alta Gracia union-made, living wage apparel. Labor Rights is my prime interest.

    So it makes sense when I was super surprised when I ended up using one of the skills I learned interning here in a recent organizing campaign at campus. I’m sure many people heard about the controversy surrounding the grant that the university refused to sign that would have gave the university $300,000 in federal funds for sexual assault educational programs and resources for victims of sexual violence. As soon as I heard about this, I immediately plugged into the committee that was planning the student response to the University’s reactions and put some of my organizing experience to use.

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  • Jett Choquette 4:27 pm on March 7, 2011 Permalink
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    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 …)

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  • Jett Choquette 2:52 am on March 1, 2011 Permalink
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    About Halfway 

    The Past Week:

    As midterms and Spring break loom, my internship with holaciudad.com is about halfway done. It is amazing how fast time flies; it helps that I am always busy at my internship.

    This past week I worked on two articles. I wrote one article about an internship program the Smithsonian Latino Center offers Latino students between their senior years in high school and their first year of college. I also drafted an article about a program AT&T’s HACEMOS (a Latino association) and Junior Achievement offered high school students. The program is called “National High Technology Day” and provides students the opportunity to shadow engineers and other workers who use math and science at AT&T. The program seeks to increase the number of minority students who study math and science.

    I continue to collect and update events to put on the website calendar. An interesting development on this front is that after spending so much time trying to find out what’s going on in D.C., I now have a good list of venues and event sites to reference not only for using during my internship but also when planning my own weekends.

    Last Friday I was greeted with a pleasant sursprice when I arrived at holaciudad.com just after lunch. All the women in the office were gathered in the conference rooming watching a new telenovela that premiered this Monday on Telemundo called “La reina del Sur.” We spent about an hour watching the first episode and eating pizza. The telenovela is about a women in Mexico who married a man involved in the drug trade and how she must fight for her life after he is killed by other men in the gang.

    Stay Tuned:

    This week I have a “midterm” review with my boss, Laura. She and I will go over how things are going and also discuss a project that will be central to my work for the rest of the semester.

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    • miranda78 2:59 pm on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think it is great you are getting to do really impactful work you enjoy and you will be getting feedback mid-way through; I am sure this information will be very valuable as you finish up your internship.

  • Jett Choquette 5:59 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink
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    Interning at holaciudad.com 

    About Me:

    Internships are one of the main reasons I chose to come to American University (AU). Between studying in Washington, D.C. and the many resources at AU, internship opportunities seem endless. As a second semester junior, holaciudad.com is my fifth internship.

    I am a double major in Public Communication and Spanish Studies. I have always been told that if you can write well you can do anything. And to me that’s what studying communication is: a way to learn skills I can apply to any career I do. As for Spanish, since high school I have loved the language and been intrigued by the many cultures of Latin America and Spain.

    In high school I studied abroad in Spain. The experience convinced me that Spanish is something I want to make part of my professional life. Holaciudad.com is my first internship where all my work is in Spanish, however all of my internships have been within the field of communication. Before interning at holaciudad.com I interned for a start-up website, a small communication firm, an interest group and a government agency. (More …)

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    • Jennifer Carignan 6:47 pm on February 3, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You make a great point about taking advantage of the opportunities that DC has to offer, particularly related to internships. I look forward to reading more!

  • Lauren Gentile 12:43 am on January 27, 2011 Permalink
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    In the city of networking, it all starts with a connection… 

    The first thing you will learn about working in D.C. is that connections and networking make all the difference. That’s how I landed my first internship at the Washington Post as a freshman, and that’s how I came across my current fellowship at The Hatcher Group. (More …)

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    • miranda78 2:46 pm on February 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow, your internship is great, and it sounds like you really knew how to market yourself and use your connections to land this great opportunity. Also, I think it is great you have found an opportunity to practice your knowledge and skills in both of your majors. I am always looking for opportunities/ internships that meld my two academic interests. Can’t wait to hear about how your internship goes!

    • Francine Blume 7:59 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is a great example of the benefits of hearing speakers on campus (even if you think you wouldn’t be interested in their line of work) and the benefits of informational interviewing. It isn’t just about getting job leads, it’s about learning more about the field! Well done!

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