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  • Quinn Smeaton 4:16 am on August 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Preparing for your First Day 

    Since this is my last week interning with FPA U, the past few days have been quite busy. Not only am I wrapping up various tasks, but I also met with the new intern today to discuss her future responsibilities. While it’s hard to believe that I’ve interned with FPA for almost four months, I’ve realized how accustomed I am to my daily responsibilities as an intern.

    After meeting with the incoming intern, I’ve realized how your first day at work can be intimidating. I think we all wish that we had the opportunity to speak with a former intern or employee to ask initial questions. Despite the fact that most of us don’t have that opportunity, below are some general tips to help ease your nerves and prepare for your first day at work. (More …)

  • Zach C. Cohen 3:02 pm on August 11, 2011 Permalink
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    If you’re going to work on a high-pressure environment, especially one that requires constant deadlines both avoidable and not, you’re going to need to learn a few basic skills. And while I’m pretty sure I haven’t learned all of those lessons myself, I can definitely tell you what I’ve been expected to do. Who knows, it may apply to you, too.

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  • Jessica Darmawan 8:34 pm on August 8, 2011 Permalink
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    Overwhelmed? How To De-Stress 

    Sometimes I wish there was more than 24 hours in a day. These last few weeks at my internship has given me an endless list of things to do. While it may be impossible to add hours to a day, there are ways to make you feel less overwhelmed. Here are some simple tips that can help you handle a stressful day at your internship:

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  • Quinn Smeaton 4:46 am on August 4, 2011 Permalink
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    Resume and Cover Letter Advice 

    Since FPA U is a career development seminar program, I’ve researched a variety of job resources and tips throughout the summer. In addition to my research, I’ve also learned more by attending some of the FPA U seminars as well as assisting with the search for a new FPA U intern. Despite the fact that I have mostly focused on advice for people interested in pursuing careers in international affairs, I’ve learned some important tips that can apply to any job search.

    For those who are currently applying for fall internships (or even jobs), below are some useful tips for preparing cover letters and resumes: (More …)

  • Quinn Smeaton 12:57 pm on July 27, 2011 Permalink
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    Tips on Making Your Subway Commute a Little Less Stressful 

    Between sitting in traffic or riding a packed subway car, the commute can often be the most stressful part of the day. The summer heat waves only make the trip to work worse.

    If you’re interning in a city, chances are that you take the subway to and from work. Below are some tips to help make your subway commute a little less stressful:
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  • Marianne Johnson 12:36 am on July 27, 2011 Permalink
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    Tips and Tricks of a DC Intern 

    Weather you are just interning in DC for the summer or if you are a year round resident hoping to land an internship in the coming year here are some tips and tricks I have picked up (despite my regret of interning for the summer) over the last few months: (More …)

  • Christine Edmond 9:33 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink
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    What every intern should know 

    “No amount of degrees, looks, personality, or connections will get you the most valuable skills in the work place.”

    For every 10 interns, only 1 intern is worth it. How does an intern gain that ‘worth it’ status? What are the most valuable qualities in the work place?

    No worries, I have the answer — or at least I know what I was told.

    General Electric’s Chairman, Jeff Immelt, stated: “In today’s rapidly and ever-changing global business environment, the basis for success is not how much you know, but rather how quickly you can learn. Call it leadership through learning.” GE has identified some key traits for 21st century business leaders: lifelong learner, agility & flexibility, the ability to connect & inspire teams, being globally & culturally intelligent, collaborating and communicating, and leveraging technology.

    Competence and intelligence are more valuable over anything else. The ability to learn information is what a college degree represents. I also like to believe that it’s who you know, not what you know; but it’s also what you can learn. Regardless of how well you know a person, if you are unstable in the workplace, you will easily be replaced.

    The job market is so much more competitive these days because more people are getting college degrees. I may not have my degree yet, but I love to learn and I accept that I am not always right. My co-workers, supervisors, and boss appreciate my work ethics and positive reinforcement is always beneficial.

    • miranda78 1:19 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great advice! What new skills do you think you are learning at your current internship to help you become an even more competitive candidate for future opportunities?

  • Sian McGee 12:21 am on February 22, 2011 Permalink
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    NGO recruitment tips from the inside 

    Intern recruitment in DC is a booming market – demand is high and supply probably slightly higher, which makes for great competition! From my own observations and what locals tell me, there are plenty of jobs to go around and the diversity of job types is limitless, though getting your dream internship may take a couple of attempts. This week during my internship at Human Rights First I assisted HR in the assessment of intern applications for our numerous programs (which are still open – you can read more and apply here!)  and as the application deadline for many DC summer internships draws near I thought I’d share a few insider tips on how to get ahead in the market. (More …)

  • Francine Blume 7:25 pm on January 20, 2011 Permalink
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    The First Day of Your Internship: Tips from the Pros 

    You’ve heard from other American University interns. Here’s some added advice from experts.

    1. Be prepared. You can’t anticipate everything on your first day, but there are a few ways you can prevent potential disaster. Know how to get to your internship and get there early, but not too early. You don’t want to be stuck outside a locked office, but on the other hand you certainly don’t want to be late. Plan your route, have your professional clothes and supplies (something to take notes with, your original ID) ready the night before, set a backup alarm, eat something before you go so that your stomach doesn’t growl, bring money for food, bring a portable snack with you in case you don’t get the chance to eat, make sure your cell phone is fully charged, bring a Tide pen or other portable stain remover in case you have a little spill, and if you’re wearing hose bring clear nail polish in case of a run. (Ladies, here’s what else you might want to put in your purse.)

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