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  • Cole Mellino 2:51 am on December 8, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: getting to know DC, , new connections, new friends, perks of being an intern, 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.

  • Cole Mellino 1:42 am on December 5, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: cool opportunities, perks of being an intern   

    Interviewing a film director 

    I went to a preview of the film Growthbusters, a documentary about the limits to growth in a resource-restrained world, here at American University. The director of the film, Dave Gardner, played some clips of the movie and then opened it up for questions. It seemed like a really interesting movie and I was excited for the premiere in a few weeks. I RSVP’d online from my work email and I got a response back asking if I’d like to do an interview on behalf of the Center for American Progress. I cleared it with my boss, who was all for it, decided there was no need to tell them I was just a lowly intern since they asked me for the interview, and so I arranged an interview with the director the night of the world premiere of the film in DC!

    I was a bit nervous, needless to say, but the interview went off without a hitch. He didn’t seem to mind that I was only an intern at CAP. He was just excited for some press and I was happy to give him and his great movie some good press. I recorded the interview and the next day at work I wrote up a review of the film. I emailed him the article after it was published and he really liked it, so that was good. It was really cool to interview him and go to the premiere of the film. Just another cool opportunity afforded me by my internship.

    P.S. Everyone should go see Growthbusters. Growthbusters trailer

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