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  • Linda Benesch 12:57 am on February 21, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , lectures, memo   

    Food, Lectures, and Nametags 

    Like most weeks, interning this week involved a wide variety of different things. I started out my day on Wednesday by making about 30 calls to different congressional offices to oppose amendment number 262 of the continuing resolution. (The continuing resolution is the bill that will keep the government funded; the House recently passed it but it will probably not get through the Senate.) If implemented, the amendment would eliminate all foreign aid that goes towards family planning. Even though I interned in my congressman’s district office last summer, it was a little intimidating being on the other end, especially since some of staffers were annoyed that I wasn’t from their district (the Religious Action Center represents 1.5 million Reform Jews across North America.) That said, most of the congressional staffers were very polite, and it was interesting to think about how they were probably interns, too.
    (keep on reading to hear about the rest of my week, including pictures of the multiple forms of free food I got on Friday!)
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    • miranda78 8:08 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Firs thought: yummy fooood! That is great you had an enjoyable but productive week. Now you know to continue to keep your ears open and you will probably have even more exciting opportunities ahead, whether it be at your current internship or at another position in the future.

  • Danielle Wilsey 5:25 pm on February 8, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: citation, class, , e-verify, , , , memo, ,   

    “Yeeeah, did you get the memo?” 

    My undergraduate experience (probably like everyone else’s), was FULL of research papers, response writing and never ending library hours. With MLA, APA, Turabian and more, my head was swimming with citation styles, footnotes, end-notes and every other note I can think of! Not until I had reached grad school did I actually write my first memo. A one-page, concise, critical analysis of a major topic – just the facts, and as briefly as possible – and not quite like the lame Office Space reference in my title…

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    • miranda78 3:08 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One time I had to write a memo, too, and it was very difficult since I had no past experience writing one as an undergraduate student. Being concise in your writing, though, is def. a good useful skill for the future, so it is great that your internship is allowing you to practice this skill and learn about a new policy.

    • Francine Blume 6:29 pm on February 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is so important to take what could be a thesis and condense it into a one pager for your audience. Everyone’s time is short and their attention spans are even shorter. Congratulations on your success!

      • Danielle Wilsey 4:09 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink

        Absolutely – time is money and everyone wants to do things as quickly as possible!

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