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  • jv9968a 5:31 pm on December 11, 2011 Permalink
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    Final Reflection 

    Dear Future Intern at Riot Act,

    Congratulations! You have landed yourself in an internship right in the center of Washington DC’s entertainment industry. Riot Act is DC’s first Comedy Theater and that means there is always a million things going on and even more things to get accomplished. Here are my tips to making the most of your internship:

    Take initiative. On my first day, I was completely overwhelmed by all the new people and their openness to my ideas. I was used to being told what to do and completing it. At Riot Act, they trust you. If they hired you, that means that you are cable and they don’t want to waste your time. I was put on the team that worked with social media and Riot Act’s online presence. I was put in charge of writing and sending out Riot Act’s social media press release and I quickly learned that online, a picture grabs attention a lot fast then a page of words.
    Don’t be afraid to fail. The first event Riot Act hosted with an outside company, we experienced a ton of issues. This was the first time we had to collaborate with people outside our staff and while the event was not a disaster, there were small details that were overlooked. Who was in charge greeting people as the entered? Where is the best place to serve food without overcrowding? What the incentive for people at this even to come back to Riot Act and see a comedy show? We ended the event with a meeting where we listed what was to happen next time we hosted an even, and the next time we did, it ran a lot smoother. Everything is a learning experience.
    Traditional PR should never be forgotten, but it is not the only tool. I spent many days simply walking into hotels and business’s introducing Riot Act. Most people were receptive to this kind of commitment. A press release can do wonders, but people remember a friendly face over a nicely worded emails. We established connections just by making it through the door and handing out free passes to invite people to experience Riot Act first hand. It’s refreshing to know that what you are marketing is worth while. Once Riot Act got people to come once, it was almost a guarantee they would come back because of their great experience. (More …)

  • Zach C. Cohen 3:04 am on August 25, 2011 Permalink
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    One Door Closes 

    Yesterday was my last day working in TIME Magazine’s Washington Bureau. I can say with confidence that is has been an extraordinarily valuable experience, and I’m glad I did it. I’ve learned a lot about myself and journalism, and the experience I gained made up for the lack of pay, lack of credits, and long hours.
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  • Jett Choquette 1:07 am on April 22, 2011 Permalink
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    The End 

    Today was my last day at holaciudad.com. As always, I can’t believe how fast the semester passed! I was particularly sad to say goodbye; I really enjoyed interning at holaciudad.com and think it was a great opportunity.

    I was busy up to the last couple of minutes. I revised the articles I wrote about the National Zoo and the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress will be published sometime in the next several weeks, which makes it the last article I contributed to holaciudad.com. I also ensured that the site calendar is set for the month of April and wrapped up several other projects I had going.

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    • miranda78 1:22 pm on April 22, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great job at your internship. It was very interesting reading all about it!

  • Jett Choquette 2:44 am on March 22, 2011 Permalink
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    Spring Is In The Air 

    As the second half of this semester marches forward I’m caught between wanting it to be over and to never end. During Spring break I was able to rest from both school and my internship though both were on my mind as I worked and attended a wedding. Never has what I’m doing in class and my internship duties been so closely related.

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    • miranda78 2:02 pm on March 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I did not know the Library of Congress held events. Cool!

  • 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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