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  • Eleanor 10:48 pm on February 9, 2013 Permalink
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    First Day on the Job! 

    Oh hey world! Didn’t see you there! So, as this is my first post, I thought I’d do some introductions. First off, I’m Eleanor. Nice to meet you. I’m a sophomore print journalism major (Creative writing minor? Maybe.) at the School of Communication at American University. And, starting this morning, I’m the new intern (maybe the only intern, don’t know) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It’s a small government agency that gives grants to museums and libraries. That’s the one sentence summary I’ve given to my family and friends who’ve asked me to explain. I have a feeling I’ll be able to say a lot more about it by the end of the semester.

    I guess I should probably tell you about how I got this internship. Well, every semester on campus, there’s a job and internship fair that’s very well publicized and usually everyone goes. Except me, because I’ve always had either class or work on Wednesdays, the day they’re usually held. Last semester, it was October 4th, I believe, and I was looking for an internship for the spring. In the weeks before the fair, the career center sends out a lot of emails with lists of the companies and organizations attending, so you can do your homework on the businesses, if you’re really interested in them. From this list, I found IMLS, and looked at their internship requirements for their intern in the Office of Communications and Government Affairs. I pretty much fit the bill for a position, and thought it might be a good match because my campus job was at the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. I also saw that IMLS had an October 1st deadline for fall interns, and since the career fair wasn’t until after that date, I thought I might have a good chance because I wouldn’t be competing with many other AU students, at least. So I sent them my application, and went in for an interview. The women I interviewed with were very welcoming, and seemed really grateful to have someone interested in the internship. They offered me the position at the end of the interview, telling me they’d love to have me in the spring, because their current intern was leaving in November, and their office was under construction, so they had a lower capacity than normal. It has been a little weird, but such a relief to have the internship waiting for me in the spring. So here I am, just after my first day on the job.

    I can’t wait to really get this blog going, check back for some of my adventures at IMLS! Thanks for reading.

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  • Allison Godfrey 3:52 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink
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    Loving History, D.C., and Scottish Rite Freemasonry 

    Working at the Career Center for the past two and a half years, it’s surprising that it has taken me this long to write for the intern blog! I’m currently a junior and I am majoring in history with a minor in sociology. I officially fell in love with history at the age of eleven and knew when I was applying for college that it would be what I would major in. Since starting school at American, I cannot tell you how many times someone has asked me: “So what are you going to do with your degree/after you graduate?”

    Whenever I get asked that question, I just want to pause time for a moment and scream. (More …)

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    • Jessica Beasley 4:01 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yay!! Our first intern blogger of the semester 🙂 Great post!

    • miranda78 3:53 pm on January 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have never heard of Public History, and I think it sounds very interesting! Your internship sounds exciting, and I cannot wait to read more about it… I am working in the Career Center this semester, and part of my job will be to read posts so definitely keep them coming! 🙂

    • Jennifer Carignan 5:53 pm on January 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow! What an amazing place to intern! I can’t wait to learn more about the history of The House of the Temple and the work you’re doing there.

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