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  • Sophie Grumelard 2:40 am on November 15, 2011 Permalink
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    Network, network, network! With anyone and everyone 

    When you start working somewhere, it is a very good idea to get to know who works there, and what they do. So, go to company events, introduce yourself, ask questions, and follow-up! And find the connections! You know this whole theory about six degrees of separation? Well, it feels kind of like that working downtown: everyone knows everyone. For one of my school assignments (conflict analysis class), I decided to present a conflict analysis model, MPICE (Measuring Progress in Conflict Environments), which was produced in part by USIP. So, I looked USIP’s directory, and I realized that the main contributor to this model, Dr. Dziedzic, worked on the same floor as mine just a few doors away. I emailed him, he got back to me the next day, and we met to talk about the model. It made my research project so much more meaningful and interesting! Two weeks later, while attending my weekly seminars for the UNA-NCA program (UN Association of the National Capital Area), we had a guest speaker, and when I talked to him at the end of the seminar, I found he knew Mr. Dziedzic… it’s a small world, but the only way you’ll find out is if you network. So, say hi to people in the stairways, at the cafeteria, and find out what they do. But make sure they also get to hear who you are, and give them a good reason for them to remember your name!

  • Brittany Horowitz 5:29 pm on November 9, 2011 Permalink
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    What’s the name of the intern? 

    Don’t you hate it when people forget your name? Or, when a professor doesn’t even know your name after months in class? No offense, but that’s your fault – not theirs. There is an extreme need to make yourself known and memorable in your work environment so that you never have to overhear your coworkers whispering, “What’s the name of the intern?” Make an impression, so no one ever forgets your name again.

    Ask questions, volunteer for tasks, start small talk with coworkers you don’t know very well. The important point here is to take action. Don’t just sit at your desk, complete your tasks, and then leave for the day. Make it a point to make something about yourself stand out, so that even after your internship ends your impression lives on.

    I still keep in touch will all of the companies/organizations that I have interned with. It’s important to prove that you were more than just an intern – you were a key figure in their team during your time there, and you should remind them that you’re still around long after leaving. I enjoy building strong relationships with my bosses because it allows you to connect with them more, and it shows that you’re not just some robot sitting at a desk completing work from 9-5. Rather, you are an interesting person with opinions and insights, and you have a passion to discuss those ideas with other intellectual people. If you have no voice, then how can you ever be heard?

    Even after you leave your internship, you should touch base with your previous bosses or coworkers from time to time. I think the same goes for professors. Making connections is easy. It’s making those connections last that most people have difficulty with, so don’t be lazy or scared. Send a friendly email. Pass along an interesting article you think they’d enjoy. Call them if you’re feeling extra daring. Just, remember: do something, or else you’ll become known as, “That intern from last semester.” Don’t you deserve more than that?

  • Divya 2:50 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink
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    Finding the right internship 

    Prior to starting at Legacy , I worked at a recruiting firm in McPherson Square called HireStrategy. My internship was more HR/Admin focused, but I believe that the skills I learned at HireStrategy really helped me to market myself for other internships. I worked full-time during the summer of 2011 and got a feel for what working life is really like. Definitely not glamorous, but it was nice to have extra money and I honestly felt very accomplished when I could talk about all my progress to co-workers and potential internship supervisors.

    I loved doing HR and I’m glad I held the position because it gave me a transferable skill set, but I felt like I needed something more related to my major if I wanted to pursue a Communications job in the future.  I would definitely encourage people to try a position in a field that they don’t study in school because it could set you apart in the future. I learned some amazing skills for the future such as interviewing etiquette, database management, and how to deal with clients and candidates on a daily basis. Never be afraid to learn something new! During my free time I searched for internships for fall 2011 on the AU Career Center and Job Corps websites. I remember sending in 15 applications in one day and hoped for the best. Suddenly (more like after a week of few replies), I remembered my sorority advisor telling me last summer that her company has a wonderful internship program. I looked up the company’s website and I found myself really interested in the work of the organization. I wanted to know more so I e-mailed my advisor my resume and told her that I was interested in the position. I went through a formal interview process and met with multiple people on the Communications Team. It was really nice to have her as a connection because she knows what type of a worker I am and she could vouch for me as the best candidate for the job. Though it is nice to know someone at the company, it’s important to not fall back on them too much. You have to prove to their co-workers that you can handle yourself and the position at hand.  

    Everyone may not be in a club/organization on campus, but you never know where an opportunity may pop up. Pay attention to professors who mention current or former workplaces. As terrible as it may sound.. USE PEOPLE- don’t be afraid to seek out opportunities  if you think there is a potential for job or internship placement. People WANT to help you, but they can’t do anything if you don’t ask them!

  • nn1702a 5:51 am on October 23, 2011 Permalink
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    A Network of Experiences 

    It may be hard to wake up early and get ready to get on the metro to get downtown in the mornings, but it really is worth it in the end. Looking back at my position so far, I am really learning a lot. Up until now, I have realized how essential networking is. We had an event last month. It was a reception focused on fostering economic ties between Arab and American businessmen and women. My job that night was to mingle with the guests and to collect as many business cards as I could. Once it was over, I ended up collecting over 200 cards and probably 500 combined with what the other interns and co-workers got. It was surprising, but it reinforced how it really is about “who you know and not what you know”. I really do believe that connections are what get you far in life.

    Looking back, these are a few tips that I learned that helped me to survive through the night:

    1. Say your name clearly because you want them to know how to say it correctly throughout your conversation, and also to remember who you are.

    2. Shake hands, but always make sure it is a firm handshake- it says a lot about who you are, especially about your confidence.

    3. Use an “elevator” speech: describe who you are or what you do in ten seconds or less. This allowed me to keep it short and sweet, but to make a good first impression as well.

    4. The best way to introduce yourself I found was starting with small talk.

    5. Don’t stay too long talking with one person, try and meet other people. The more the merrier.

    After an event, your networking doesn’t stop! The following week, I had to compile all of the business cards and input the contact information of each individual into an excel spreadsheet. Why? Because it is also important to keep in contact with those that you have met. That is why the database will most likely come in handy for the organization that I intern for. They will use it to contact companies and individuals for future endeavors and business opportunities they want to pursue.

    It was a very interesting and fun life learning experience, definitely one that has prepared me for the “real world”. Oh and by the way, I am still working on that database and it has been exactly a month!

  • Allison Godfrey 5:19 pm on July 18, 2011 Permalink
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    The Successes of my First D.C. Summer 

    How are there only THREE weeks left of the summer?! At the end of the next three weeks I will be leaving my position at the House of the Temple, but continuing my part-time job at the National Building Museum throughout the school year. I have spent a lot of this summer complaining and being negative. My first summer in D.C. has been challenging and unlike any other summer I have had before. But this does not have to mean that the summer was unsuccessful. I have certainly grown a lot this summer in D.C. and have been able to expand upon my career potential just from my few short months here. Here are my three biggest takeaways thus far from this summer:

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    • Marie Spaulding 8:24 pm on July 22, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As usual, you have great insights to share! And you have a job lined up for the fall – Hurrah. Try to keep cool and enjoy the last weeks of summer. Marie

  • Paul Lopreiato 9:17 pm on June 15, 2011 Permalink
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    Times When Networking Wasn’t About Receptions 

    I didn’t know about networking receptions until sophomore year at AU. After a freshman year that left me feeling too petrified to attend one, I became desperate enough for employment that I bit the bullet and went. Unfortunately, I already discovered how useful receptions were[1] several years before without knowing it. (More …)

  • Carter Gibson 4:11 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink
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    Overcoming my Fear of Networking 

    For over a year and half I worked at the Kogod Center for Career Development (KCCD). For those of you who aren’t business students, it’s like the AU Career Center but tailored to the special needs of those in business programs. Month after month I watched networking fairs and events like Marketing Day go by without ever participating. Networking is my biggest fear and being able to overcome it is the only reason I’m where I am now.
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    • Francine Blume 4:54 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I want to know more! I still get intimidated by networking, but when you take a breath, and just go in wanting to find out more about the person and seeing if there’s anything you can do to help him or her even if it has nothing to do with you, that makes a little easier. But what did you say? And how did you get over your nervousness?

  • Sian McGee 1:08 am on March 29, 2011 Permalink
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    Getting out from behind the desk! 

    Last week at Human Rights First I was fortunate to experience two more important dimensions to intern life here in Washington DC : networking and education. One of the main attractions of HRF as an organization from an intern perspective, was the promise of tasks that were in line with my own academic and potential career interests. This week I was fortunate enough to be offered the tasks of attending a conference on Emerging Challenges in International Humanitarian Law organized by the Washington College of Law, and another on Non-Violent Resistance in Iran, facilitated by the Carnegie Endowment for Peace – two topics of direct relevance to my studies and interests.  (More …)

    • Sian McGee 1:11 am on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Apologies for the self-indulgent length of this post, I understand if (and encourage) you to skip to the bottom!

    • miranda78 1:33 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is great that your internship really values your time and input. I think other students should definitely look into Human Rights First!

    • Sian McGee 6:42 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Might I add, interns should become highly trained soldiers for peacekeeping missions only!

  • Danielle Wilsey 5:30 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink
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    Taking a Step Back 

    While many students, myself included, sometimes complain about working as an intern (as opposed to starting a full-time job) I can see how they are justified. Recently, however, I have also begun to realize that being an intern instead of an employee does have its own unique benefits. With hindsight as twenty-twenty, I have recently taken the opportunity to reflect back upon my current experience at Third Way as well as my previous internship, at the Fund for Peace (not to mention the whole bunches of positions I’ve held as an undergrad), and decided to compile a list of pro-internship advantages for any of you who are currently weighing your options. (More …)

    • miranda78 6:18 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Your advice is great. Any person thinking about interning should definitely read it! Keep up the reflexivity.

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