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  • Anna Sutton 8:31 pm on April 1, 2014 Permalink
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    Every high school senior is going to be nervous about college, but college is a great chance to learn about yourself and what you want to do with your life. Below are five tips for AU’s incoming class about mentors, internships, part time jobs, and more!

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  • Sofia Baneth 11:53 pm on March 6, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: freshman intern, internship fair, networking   

    My Experience with the Internship Fair 

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    Every semester, AU hosts a Job and Internship Fair in Bender Arena. As I am only a freshman, I knew not to expect too much, but I was still excited. I made a special trip to the Career Center and one of the fabulous advisers formatted my old resume to look more professional.

    I walked into Bender with my new, clean resume, excited and ready to network. Tables lined the floor of the arena and I was excited to discover all the internships opportunities DC had to offer. I could see tables for the Department of State and National Institutes of Health. I was anxious to talk with employees from these big name organizations. (More …)

     
  • Erin Greenawald 12:10 am on October 26, 2012 Permalink
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    Exciting New Things! 

    Sorry it’s been a while, guys. As several of my fellow bloggers have mentioned recently, I’ve been juggling a lot.

    Yes, it’s meant a lot of long hours of work, little hours of sleep, and days where I truly feel like I can’t think another thought. But it’s also meant that a lot of exciting new things are happening.

    The biggest thing that’s been taking a lot of my time and energy is that The Daily Muse is organizing it’s first country-wide meet-up—and I’m in charge of the whole operation! I’ve been excited about the idea of getting our online community offline for a while, so I was thrilled that they trusted me enough to put it in my hands. I’ve also never organized an event in my life (unless you count my epic childhood birthday parties…), so I was both terrified of all the things I didn’t know how to do, and excited to learn them on the job.

    Thankfully, my team didn’t just leave me in the dust to figure everything out. I’ve never been afraid to ask for help, and my bosses and team members have always been willing to give it. It may seem like asking for help may make them doubt giving me the job, but I’ve always felt that it shows them that I care about the work I’m doing enough to make absolutely sure I’m doing it right. It’s important to note here that my requests for help are never just a blanket, “I’m lost, help me!” When asking for help at work, it’s important to come with specific questions or challenges, so your managers know you actually thought through it first. (For more tips on asking for help at work, check out this article by one of our seasoned career writers.)

    Anyway, I already feel like I’ve learned a ton, and the event is still two weeks away. If you’re interested in networking with some brilliant young-professionals, you should come! Details are here, and I’d love to see you there! (We’ll be doing it in 8 other cities across the U.S., so if you’re a non-D.C. reader we may be in your city too!)

     

    Other exciting things have been happening around the company too, thought most of them not directly related to me:

    First, we launched themuse.com, our beautiful first step in consolidating our magazine and our company profiles and becoming the one-stop shop for when you’re thinking about your career.

    Second, our founders were named Business Insider’s top 100 coolest people in New York’s tech scene this year!

    There’s a lot more exciting things happening behind the scenes, but not all of it’s public knowledge yet. Just know, there are PLENTY of exciting things to come from The Muse.

     
  • 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!

     
  • Emily Fleitz 7:31 pm on April 6, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , , Jigme Ugen, networking, Students for Tibet, Tibetan Youth Congress   

    10 Days for Tibet 

    AU’s Students for Tibet has been celebrating 10 days for Tibet since March 31st.  I’ve been pretty busy with planning for this event, and I apologize for neglecting this blog.  I don’t want to use this space to advertise for 10 Days, but I do want to let you know about Machik’s event on Monday, April 9th from 3-4:30PM in SIS Founder’s Room.  If you really want to learn about Machik, you gotta go to the source.  Losang Rabgey IS Machik.  If you cut her, she would bleed Machik.

     

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  • Cole Mellino 2:51 am on December 8, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: getting to know DC, networking, new connections, new friends, , work experience   

    More Perks to Being an Intern 

    Before I offer more perks, I have to give credit to my fellow intern,Jennifer Steck, who goes to university in the illustrious state of Nebraska (here’s a map for the geographically challenged), for helping me come up with this list. She brilliantly identified the innate desire within interns for free food. So kudos to her. Now to highlight some more perks of the low-wage to no-wage workforce…

    5. You’ll get to know DC so much better

    I’m someone who likes to get off campus and explore DC as much as possible, but having an internship takes it to a whole new level. Before my internship, getting out of Tenleytown didn’t happen very often during the week. My jaunts were left mostly to the weekends, which is fine. But if you’re looking to really experience the city you live in, interning is a great way to do it because you will explore a whole new part of the city.

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    • Julia Beyer 4:37 pm on December 13, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great tips! I really like the pictures you use to illustrate your points.

  • jv9968a 6:47 pm on December 6, 2011 Permalink
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    Making Connections 

    As the semester winds down, I am forced to look into my future plans. While I have greatly enjoyed every minute of interning for Riot Act, I will not be able to work with them next semester due to my schedule. Regardless, I will maintain contact with them because of the wonderful team I worked with and because they can help me when I graduate. Even though I have decided I probably would be happiest at a PR Agency, it doesn’t make my connection to Riot Act any less important. I know that if they ever have a lead or a contact, they will let me know. They also worked fairly close with me, and if and when I need a reference, they are the first people I will call. Maintaining connections takes work. I will stay in contact by email, but I also plan on dropping by Riot Act at least once a month: to catch a show, get lunch, or simply say hello. Life moves fast and people come in and out of that building everyday. It is my job as the intern to make the effort, not the other way around. My thank you card was only the beginning of the appreciation I plan on showing the people at Riot Act. Whatever does happen in my future, I want to be able to thank Riot Act for preparing me for what lies ahead. So, thank you Riot Act. It’s been wonderful.

     
  • jv9968a 9:35 pm on November 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Coffee Time 

    Coffee time is bonding time. It’s a small moment in the day to breathe, take second, and enjoy a warm beverage. Caffeine is the drug that surges through Riot Act day in and day out. With nights that can run as late as 5:00am and with an opening time of 10:00am everyday, coffee (or tea) is a much needed commodity in the office.

    As an intern, I manage much more reasonable hours then the rest of the office, but I am a little java junkie myself. So my new goal is anytime I go to get coffee, offer to get coffee for those in my office.

    It shows that I am taking a small initiative, and that I care. It is a simple act that can help me stand out or at least keep my managers awake through the end of the day.

    It is always good to keep looking for minor things that can set interns ahead of the curve. Interns these days are smart, and are all groomed and bred from fancy colleges. This means, that work wise, they can all be on an even playing field – especially if the intern tasks are more mundane. To stand out (in a good way!), it might take some creative thinking. My way to stand out – caffeine.

    Soon they will start associating the coffee rush with my presence, and never want to let me go. Just kidding, but they will definitely appreciate the thought.

     
  • Amanda Osborn 11:39 pm on November 17, 2011 Permalink
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    One Small Tip for Networking Receptions 

    While providing event support at the SPA Networking Reception last Tuesday evening in my role as a Career Center Peer Advisor, one student confessed her dislike for networking.

    “I just never know what to say to a prospective employer,” the girl said as she swiped her ID at the sign-in computer. “I always feel so awkward at these things.”

    I’m sure almost everyone can relate to this. Who is really, truly, genuinely comfortable at approaching a stranger in any setting, let alone a professional one? The extra pressure of networking and all that is associated with it doesn’t help either. We’re told that if we network successfully, we can talk our way to a job; but if we don’t maximize our networking potential, we miss out on the professional opportunities that could have been. How’s that for some extra pressure?

    The thing with networking is that you want to be memorable (in a good way, of course) with the short amount of time you are given to connect with an employer. You want to establish a connection that will ensure that not only will the employer remember you, but he or she will want to hire you. But sometimes we get so overwhelmed with all that we want to do in the too-short amount of time we are given in a networking setting that we fall short of our goals and are left thinking of what we could have said, or should have done instead.

    Here’s the thing with networking receptions: there are always a lot of employers there. Chances are, you aren’t going to want to be hired by every single one of them. A great way to calm nerves and relax is to “practice” networking with an employer that is not your first choice. That way, you’ll still be practicing your networking skills in a real live setting, but you won’t be beating yourself up if you psych yourself out a little bit here and there. Then, once you’re done with your round of “dry run” networking, you’ll be confident enough to network with your top choice employers because you know what it’ll take to be the best you can be.

     
  • Brittany Horowitz 10:58 pm on November 15, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: alumni, , , networking, ,   

    American University is Everywhere: Make the Most of It 

    Ever since I began interning years ago, I started to realize how widespread American University’s imprint on DC was (and even further). At a previous internship, my coworker graduated from AU, and my boss previously taught at AU. While I was studying abroad in Beijing, China, I met AU alumni at a random restaurant one night, and they are currently teaching English to students. Currently, my office is extremely connected to AU, and I didn’t even know it when I accepted the position. One of my coworkers has known a previous AU professor of mine for forty years; one of my coworkers is married to an AU alumni; one of my coworkers is currently in the School of Communication’s graduate program; one of my coworkers is an AU alumni; my boss knows various AU professors very well.

    This made me realize how big AU’s connection to the DC community is. We are well represented throughout the professional arena, and we should be proud. This realization boosted my school spirit, and it made me realize how important it is to network and make use of the connections that this great school has to offer to its’ students and alumni.

    There are so many amazing and talented people who have graduated from AU who have gone on to have successful careers, and students should really utilize this by connecting with them and learning from their success. Also, during networking opportunities, students should ask people where they went to school and what they studied. In DC especially, there will most likely be times when you’ll randomly meet an AU alumni. Through this connection, students should stay in touch and keep that connection going because you never know where it will take you. It could mean a potential job interview or even just a friendly new acquaintance to keep in mind for future opportunities. AU’s presence in prominent businesses and organizations throughout the country and world is something to be proud of, and students should make the most of it – it’s something to be excited about!

     
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