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  • Brittany Horowitz 1:53 am on April 16, 2012 Permalink
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    Listen and Learn 

    Sometimes students can forget that internships are meant for learning. People get caught up with opportunities of networking and getting a foot in the door, but internships should be used to learn from the company or organization a student is with. During college, students get the chance to test out professions and see if they like them. That is a luxury, which is why I suggest doing as many internships as possible to get a feel for various companies or areas of a field.

    That being said, students should take advantage of this great opportunity to learn by listening up and asking questions! I am a strong believer in sticking to the following advice whenever you are going to your internship:

    1. Be positive – no one likes a negative employee who doesn’t appear to be enjoying their time with a company

    2. Ask questions – you’re there to learn, so ask questions to increase your knowledge and decrease your chances of making mistakes

    3. Talk – you don’t want to be known as the silent intern, so speak up in meetings, discussions in the lunch room, wherever you see an opportunity to make an intelligent comment, etc.

    4. Enjoy criticism – instead of looking at it as criticism, you should view any suggestions or corrections by your boss as critiques. From these critiques, you will be able to improve your work!

    5. Volunteer – it’s important to take the initiative and see what you can do for anyone in your department. They will be thankful, and you will be remembered.

    These are some tips that I follow and find useful in my internship experience. I hope they help others too!

    -Brittany

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  • Brittany Horowitz 6:11 pm on December 5, 2011 Permalink
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    Farewell, C.Fox! 

    Unfortunately, this is my last week interning with C.Fox Communications. It has been a great semester, and I have learned so much! This week, I will be closing all of my projects for my various clients. The office is throwing me a farewell party on my last day, which is very nice. I am looking forward to it. Lastly, our staff holiday party is next week, so that should be fun!

    As mentioned in previous posts, I had never interned during the actual academic year, so this was new to me. I found it to be extremely  worth while, and it was a lot easier than I had imagined. It was all about time management and being flexible with my schedule. In the end, I did not find it overwhelming with balancing my class schedule. It became a routine, and I loved it.

    I am sad to leave this office, but I know I will stay connected with my coworkers and bosses. Even though my internship is ending I get to forever hold on to the lessons I learned and the relationships I built.

    Thanks for an amazing semester, C.Fox!

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  • Brittany Horowitz 10:58 pm on November 15, 2011 Permalink
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    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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  • 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?

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  • Brittany Horowitz 6:32 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Does this sweatshirt look professional? 

    In college, some students do not put much effort into their appearance. It’s a matter of which AU sweatshirt to wear with the most comfortable jeans. That is fine for college (even though I still cringe every time I see someone come to class in their pajama pants – impressing your professors is important too!). However, once you enter the work force everything changes, or at least you’d hope. I take pride in looking professional and put together for my internship, but there are some students who seem to forget they are no longer in their dorm rooms and in a professional setting. I have learned a lot from my past internships about what is appropriate office attire, and I think it could be helpful to share some tips:

    1. Overdressed is better than underdressed: Especially on your first day, you should arrive dressed in business attire. That means, no jeans, tank tops, sandals, t-shirts or any other article of clothing you’d be embarrassed to run into someone important in. It can be tricky to decide what to wear for the first day of work because you might not know what everyone else in the office wears, which is why it’s always safe to dress up rather than down. You don’t want to be embarrassed by your outfit, and you don’t want to make a bad first impression. Before getting the job, if you go in for an interview pay close attention to what people in the office are wearing because it’ll be a good way to see what you should wear in the future.
    2. Follow the leader: At my internship, my boss always looks put together. She never looks sloppy, and she always looks professional, which is why I put even more effort into how I present myself at work. (Side note: Clearly, I am not saying you should show up sloppy if you have a sloppy boss). She’s always ready at a moment’s notice to meet with clients and make a presentation because her job calls for such readiness. So, I have learned to come to work looking professional and ready to meet with any one if my schedule happens to change in a heartbeat. You never know who will be coming into the office or where you’ll need to go if a meeting comes up, so it is better to be prepared rather than put on the spot wearing jeans and a t-shirt. (More …)
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  • Brittany Horowitz 7:16 pm on November 3, 2011 Permalink
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    Intern or Student: Who Am I? 

    I have interned a lot throughout my time at American University, but this semester is the first time I have interned while also taking classes. I usually devote my summers to interning, so I am experiencing something a little different this term, and I like it. Due to the way I organized my schedule, I am only on campus two days a week. The other three days are spent at my internship. With such little time actually spent on campus, I am beginning to identify more
    with my intern role over my student role.

    In the beginning, I was a little upset that I was missing out on the college campus element of college due to my lack of time spent in the classroom and around other students. However, I am months into my different schedule, and I have
    realized how beneficial this switch-up will be for me in the future. As I get closer to graduation, it is becoming even more relevant for me to begin job hunting and preparing for the transition from academic life into professional life. I cannot imagine transitioning into a forty hour week without first having some time to ease into this extremely drastic life change. Thankfully, I have my internship.

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  • Jett Choquette 3:55 pm on February 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Lots to Do at holaciudad.com 

    It’s been about a month since I started interning at holaciudad.com and my excitement for the work still hasn’t worn off. Every day I use skills or knowledge I learned in my Spanish and PR classes to complete my tasks. Speaking and writing in Spanish at professional level forces me to slow down and think carefully how to express my thoughts.

    My time as an intern is split between three main tasks: researching, writing, and updating the website.

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    • miranda78 3:05 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Your internship sounds really cool! It is great that it incorporates your two areas of study.

    • Francine Blume 7:49 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What a great example of an internship in Spanish! Thanks!

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