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  • Eleanor 10:48 pm on February 9, 2013 Permalink
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    First Day on the Job! 

    Oh hey world! Didn’t see you there! So, as this is my first post, I thought I’d do some introductions. First off, I’m Eleanor. Nice to meet you. I’m a sophomore print journalism major (Creative writing minor? Maybe.) at the School of Communication at American University. And, starting this morning, I’m the new intern (maybe the only intern, don’t know) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It’s a small government agency that gives grants to museums and libraries. That’s the one sentence summary I’ve given to my family and friends who’ve asked me to explain. I have a feeling I’ll be able to say a lot more about it by the end of the semester.

    I guess I should probably tell you about how I got this internship. Well, every semester on campus, there’s a job and internship fair that’s very well publicized and usually everyone goes. Except me, because I’ve always had either class or work on Wednesdays, the day they’re usually held. Last semester, it was October 4th, I believe, and I was looking for an internship for the spring. In the weeks before the fair, the career center sends out a lot of emails with lists of the companies and organizations attending, so you can do your homework on the businesses, if you’re really interested in them. From this list, I found IMLS, and looked at their internship requirements for their intern in the Office of Communications and Government Affairs. I pretty much fit the bill for a position, and thought it might be a good match because my campus job was at the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. I also saw that IMLS had an October 1st deadline for fall interns, and since the career fair wasn’t until after that date, I thought I might have a good chance because I wouldn’t be competing with many other AU students, at least. So I sent them my application, and went in for an interview. The women I interviewed with were very welcoming, and seemed really grateful to have someone interested in the internship. They offered me the position at the end of the interview, telling me they’d love to have me in the spring, because their current intern was leaving in November, and their office was under construction, so they had a lower capacity than normal. It has been a little weird, but such a relief to have the internship waiting for me in the spring. So here I am, just after my first day on the job.

    I can’t wait to really get this blog going, check back for some of my adventures at IMLS! Thanks for reading.

  • Emily Fleitz 6:16 pm on March 24, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Alaska, Aurora Borealis, fashion, spring, , thrift stores   

    Intern Fashion 

    So I am back at the office after a thrilling spring break in Fairbanks, AK visiting my bestest bestfriend, Laura.  We saw the northern lights and moose! 

    The Aurora Borealis at its finest!

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    • Linda Benesch 2:27 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for the tips. I would add that dresses with a cardigan over them can also be very nice, as long as the dresses are work appropriate. I have a very nice one with a belt in the center that I wear to my internship a lot of days. I find dresses to be a better option for a petite person like me because dress pants tend to look awful and skirts that would be nice on an average height person look long and dowdy.

  • Allison Godfrey 2:13 pm on March 17, 2011 Permalink
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    Transition from Spring to Summer 

    It’s beginning to look like spring in D.C. (finally) but the transition from spring internships to summer internships has already begun. All of my internship applications are in and a lot of places have passed their summer internship deadlines. I’m not sure where I’ll end up working this summer and I might even stay at my current internship at HOTT (The House of the Temple). Wherever I’ll be, I can’t wait for it to be summer already (and spring has barely begun).

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    • miranda78 6:29 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I know a lot of people who are in the same position as you about summer internship prospects. Hang in there!

  • Sian McGee 4:11 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , international law, , law reform, NGO, spring   

    Spring semester at Human Rights First 

    While sitting in my university’s Study Abroad office in Brisbane, Australia, looking at a map of the world considering my study abroad options, I didn’t know what to expect from a semester somewhere in the United States but I’d heard some nice things about Americans so wasn’t too worried! DC wasn’t my original choice but it’s a choice I’m very happy with now for many reasons, one being that I was fortunate enough to land an internship with a great NGO dedicated to human rights education and reform both internationally and in the U.S., Human Rights First.   (More …)

    • Carl Huang 1:42 am on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Senate Cafeteria sounds really awesome, good for you! Maybe posting some photos next time? 😛

    • Sian McGee 8:17 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is a great perk, and it’s open to the public! Here’s a photo, the view from our intern ‘suite’ window: http://twitpic.com/3vjsd1

    • miranda78 2:57 pm on February 7, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That is awesome you are internship while studying abroad. Next semester I am studying in Chile and hope to intern during that time, too! Human Rights First seems like a great fit for you, and it doesn’t hurt that the view from your intern suite great.

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