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  • Sara Cecilia 7:44 pm on March 15, 2014 Permalink
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    How do you know you have a good boss? 

    Adjusting to the workplace can be a struggle after being able to sit in the back of the classroom for 4 years, having minimal interactions with classmates or professors. Professional communication and learning to work with others is something that can’t be taught in school and is something that you develop throughout your career. Communication between coworkers and bosses can be uncomfortable or difficult, but I was lucky enough to attend a seminar that taught me how to develop good communication skills in the workplace.

    The Smithsonian provided a short one-day seminar on Emotional Intelligence. I’m not sure most people (or college student at least) are familiar with the term. Wikipedia defines it as “the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.” This sounds easy enough, right? (More …)

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  • Claire Wolfe 3:26 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink
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    Improvisation 

    I only intern two days a week.  This leaves a lot of time in which I’m not in the office while the other interns are hard at work, working on projects and events that I may have no idea about.  I walked into the office last Tuesday and was told that there would be a press conference in an hour that I had no idea was occurring.  I also quickly realized that I would be responsible for signing in all of the visitors and providing them with answers to any questions they may have.  Immediately my heart began to race and my palms began to sweat. 

     I had no idea what I was doing.  I didn’t know anything about the press conference.

     Ten minutes later I found myself standing behind a table while men and women in suits came walking towards me.  I took a deep breath and smiled, deciding that I would do the best that I could with the information that I had.  I asked them to sign in and handed them the appropriate papers.  Honestly, there were questions asked that I didn’t know the answers to, but I (tried to) swiftly refer them to someone above me in the hierarchy. 

     After this stress, I was allowed to sit in on the press conference and listen to a few members of congress and the Director of the agency that I intern for speak.  It was honestly such a cool experience and probably one of the best moments of my internship.  In other words, it was totally worth the stress.  I find that it usually is.

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  • Eliza Brashares 9:49 pm on August 11, 2011 Permalink
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    The End 

    In the other internships I’ve had, the end of an internship was a big deal. There was usually lunch, a thank you email, I even had once coworker cry once. Since many of us interns ended on Friday the 5th, and only a few interns were going out to lunch with their respective supervisors, the rest of us decidedly to plan ourselves a little lunch in our own honor. It was not a big deal but it was nice to be together on our last lunch. In keeping with tradition, we went to Sweet Greens and then sat outside and talked for a while about what we had learned here, as well as our personal lives. While there was no company lunch, no thank you card, no tears, I did get two hugs and a chance to spend lunch with some of my new friends. So here goes, the final “Things I have learned” list:

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  • Allison Godfrey 9:50 pm on July 31, 2011 Permalink
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    When Funds are Cut 

    Money has been a pretty big issue for me this summer (well, money is always an issue I suppose). Not only has it been an issue personally, but at my two internships as well. The National Building Museum’s funding was cut and thus we have implemented an admission fee to our exhibits. The House of the Temple is trying to get through a renovation and rebuilding plan necessary to keep the structure standing, but the construction costs are very expensive and the development office has been working like mad to keep things going. Working two relatively low paying jobs this summer- I’ve had money but it still has been stressful. Not to mention there were huge cuts made to my financial aid package because of the situation of the government and this almost kept me from finishing my degree at American come fall. Money money money.

    Because money has been so stressful, I have realized a few things that you can do to lift your head up out the scary hole of debt and finance worries.

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  • Eliza Brashares 4:13 pm on July 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Stress Overflow 

    Hi All!

    All of us interns out there know that sometimes when things don’t get done on-time or, say, a hearing doesn’t go the way we like it, we can be stressed. Stress and I have been well-acquainted for years, unfortunately. A lot of us lead stressful lives and, on top of that, are in stressful internships. This summer has actually been relatively stress free in terms of my internship, but the same cannot be said for my coworkers or my boss. Since our work is directly impacted by Congress and the Administration, it can be very stressful. My direct supervisor has always been really good at not dumping the stress onto me, but the same can’t always be said of everyone else in the office.

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    • Marie Spaulding 4:43 pm on July 7, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Eliza – what great advice you offer! It is very difficult not to take these things personally, but you seem to have a good perspective. Thanks for your insights. Marie

  • Allison Godfrey 11:42 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink
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    When you have NO idea what you’re doing 

    I used to give tours at the House of the Temple. I was really good at that- I knew my stuff and I’m good at socializing with visitors. Now that I work as essentially the assistant to a wide variety of departments, there are times where I am assigned work and I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. Yesterday, I had to work in the accounting department. (More …)

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  • Allison Godfrey 3:22 pm on April 25, 2011 Permalink
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    Keep Calm and Stay Positive 

    I wish I could follow the advice I give other people. I am a calming and optimistic force to friends and family when ever they are facing a crisis, but when it comes to advising myself, sometimes its really hard to see the light. I tend to be extremely hard on myself and when one thing goes wrong, my pessimistic nature takes control. Today I am beginning to make a conscious effort to remain calm and stay positive. People keep saying, “everything will work out.” Today I am going to start to embrace that instead of writing it off and focusing on the negatives.

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    • miranda78 7:11 pm on April 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great advice for fellow interns and it is great you are also able to see the positive in your summer experience now, too. I agree it can be difficult to follow the advice of others and yourself sometimes, but it looks like you are making a great move.

  • Allison Godfrey 1:41 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink
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    Thinking Ahead (too much) 

    Organization can be great sometimes. When you’re ahead on your work, tasks at your internship, or whatever it is you’re working on- it’s always a good feeling. Or when you know you’ve laid out specific times to get things done- you can feel more at ease with your workload. Between working at my internship, my job at the career center, a full load of classes (that are not very easy), and being on the executive board for my sorority- I’ve had to become a pro with time management. For the past two semesters, I’ve been constantly calculating my next move. But who am I kidding, even before Junior year I was a planner. It’s just my nature.

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    • miranda78 5:30 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I know a lot of people in the same situation for you. It is extremely frustrating! Hopefully, this makes you feel better so you know you are not alone in these sentiments.

    • Linda Benesch 6:13 pm on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I know the feeling, I applied for about 6 different internships and I’ve only heard back from one so far (with a rejection) and it is so frustrating. I really like your attitude of trying to embrace the unexpected, that’s what I will try to do too.

  • Allison Godfrey 3:41 pm on February 10, 2011 Permalink
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    Masons and their Quips 

    I can not tell you how many different sayings/proverbs/life lessons that have been thrown at me since I’ve started working at The House of the Temple. I always expect a witty or wise remark in response to anything I say. You can also hear these gems over the walkie talkies- and yes, every employee carries a walkie talkie and that’s how we communicate with each other (don’t even get me started on how confusing that gets). Most of the time they make sense, like “busy hands are happy hands” or “punctuality is the soul of business.” BUT sometimes they can be real head scratchers… the intern’s favorite one this week was, “You can’t expect something, if you can’t inspect something.” Hmmm… sometimes these masons are just too clever for me. (More …)

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    • Florita Gunasekara 5:14 pm on February 10, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I really like this post! Like a short story in one of those Chicken Soup for the Souls books.

    • Francine Blume 5:15 pm on February 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like the Jimmy Buffet quote that goes, “Life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.” Keep up the great job!

    • miranda78 6:57 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So far it seems like the people you are interacting with at work are really great, from the visitor to a co-worker. It must make interning very enjoyable and surprising. I agree February is crazy, and my roommate is actually interning this semester and she relayed some words of wisdom to me when I was stressing out this weekend! I think your internship shows that who are you surrounded by really impacts the entire experience.

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