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  • Anna Sutton 3:07 pm on April 23, 2014 Permalink
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    Good news! 

    I’ve got some very exciting news!

    My internship, Ready for Hillary, has asked me to stay on next semester, which means that I will be interning with Ready for Hillary for a full year. I’m so excited to continue  learning from the organization, and to (hopefully) have a part in the election of the first female president.

    Hillary happy

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  • Anna Sutton 11:10 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink
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    Succeeding in the District 

    When people found out that I was moving from the small Missouri town I had lived my entire life to our nation’s capital, they warned me that I wouldn’t be able to succeed unless I sold my soul to the devil.

    I am here to tell you that those people don’t know what they’re talking about and they are taking House of Cards way to seriously. While it is unfortunate we don’t all dress as well as Claire and Frank Underwood, you don’t need to be a functioning sociopath to get things done here in DC. Below are five tips that I’ve picked up while at American- (More …)

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  • Anna Sutton 1:54 am on March 6, 2014 Permalink
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    Hi Everyone –

     

    Tomorrow the grassroots organization I intern with, Ready for Hillary, will be launching its Women’s Outreach office with a landmark event called Her Voice, Her Values, Our Movement – A Conversation in our Nation’s Capitol. We will be having two panels: the first on how Hillary has been an agent of change over the course of her career and the second on how women are coming together to form a grassroots network. I have been working on projects for this event since my first day at Ready for Hillary, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to see it all come together.

    I wanted to share some of the work I’ve been doing since starting at Ready for Hillary. This can give all of you prospective interns out there a better idea of what goes into list event planning. Here’s  what I’ve been working on:

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  • Anna Sutton 2:06 am on February 25, 2014 Permalink
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    Starting with Ready for Hillary 

    This morning I woke up at 7:30, gave my roommate a dirty look for getting to sleep in, and forty-five minutes later I was on the metro headed to Rosslyn. Now that I’m sitting here at my internship, I still miss my bed a little but I’m even more excited to get started with everything I need to get done today. This semester I’m working for the Ready for Hillary PAC under the Women’s Outreach office, and it has become one of the most exciting aspects of my DC life. Blue background with the words "I'm Ready for Hillary" (More …)

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  • Josephine Chu 7:59 am on April 26, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: agricultural economies, , business, commodity crops, , farm bill, farmers markets, , , high fructose corn syrup, school food, , washington dc, water pollution   

    Farm Bill? What does it matter to me? 

    This Friday, April 27, the Global Environmental Politics program at American University will be hosting a day-long symposium at the School of International Service to discuss the proposed US Farm Bill for 2012. Though the Farm Bill may not seem very relevant to our lives, it plays a crucial role in determining what we eat, how much it costs, how accessible it is, how it is produced, etc. It influences the quality of school food, our urban and rural economy, soils, air, and waterways, both domestically and internationally. For an awesome graphic explaining the twin problems of global hunger and food waste, check out this graphic. Thus, anyone who cares about food, health, children’s health, animal welfare, the ecosystem, jobs, social justice, should be aware of the Farm Bill and its enormous implications for our food and health system both in the United States and abroad.

    One reason why a fair Farm Bill is so important is that historically and currently, the majority of the Farm Bill subsidies goes towards one of five commodity crops: corn, cotton, wheat, rice, and soybeans. In addition, the overwhelming majority of these subsidies goes toward large corporate owned farms, making it difficult for family farms to compete and devastating rural economies. It is because of these subsidies that corn and soybean prices have been so artificially cheap, leading to an excess of processed products with high fructose corn syrup and cows and chickens raised in Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) with a diet of corn, instead of grass-diet that the animals are adapted to. Because of these subsidies, these agribusinesses have been able to sell their crops abroad at a very low price, in a practice known as dumping, and devastating those agricultural economies as well.

    See the graphic below for how the Farm Bill budget is divided.

    As a result, products such as a Big Mac, chicken nuggets, and soda may seem cheap, but in reality, the listed price hides the true cost of production: the air and water pollution from the manure lagoons in CAFOs, the poor working conditions of the farm workers picking the tomatoes, the amount of pesticides and fertilizers used to grow the corn to feed the cows, the health impacts of having only fast food available in neighborhoods. While the Farm Bill provides extensive subsidies to the five commodity crops and has deregulated the commodity market, very little financial assistance is offered to farmers growing fruits and vegetables, making healthy food seem expensive and inaccessible in comparison.

    Thus, advocating for a Farm Bill that will support small farms that practice organic agriculture and grow a diverse set of crops instead of just one is essential. Back in November, I participated in a Lobby Day organized by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to lobby our representatives to support the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act sponsored by Representative Chellie Pingree. This bill is one example of legislation that if passed, could dramatically improve the state of our economy, health, and environment by focusing on providing assistance to small farmers, farmers markets, Farm to School programs, and other local and healthy food initiatives. As someone who works at an elementary school, I am particularly concerned about the quality of the school food that students eat (or don’t eat) everyday as it has direct impacts on their well-being as well as their academic performance. It is exciting to see that more and more people are coming to this realization and working to implement systematic changes to address these intertwined problems. For example, when I attended the Senate Committee hearing on Healthy Food Initiatives, Local Production, and Nutrition on March 7, I was pleasantly surprised by how much Senator Stabenow and the other witnesses were advocating for local and healthy food.

    Currently, the Senate Committee is supposed to hold a meeting to markup and amend the 2012 Farm Bill this Thursday, April 26 at 10:30am in 328A Russell Senate Office Building. The House Committee will also be hosting a hearing on Thursday, April 26, but at 9:30am (focused on conservation issues) and at 2pm (focused on dairy programs) in 1300 Longsworth House Office Building. Since each Farm Bill is usually authorized only once every five to seven years, if you are in Washington DC, it is a good opportunity to check out the hearings and hear people discuss the possibilities and implications of this important piece of legislation. The Senate Farm Bill Markup meeting will also be streamed live here if you cannot make it in person.

    The food system in the United States is broken and a fair Farm Bill could help to address many of these current problems of food insecurity, access, affordability, and safety. So come join us this Friday at American University for a conversation about what this fair Farm Bill could look like and how it could be implemented. Since the Farm Bill is such a complicated piece of legislation, we will be hosting a Farm Bill 101: Teach-in with Freshly Baked Pies, the day before on Thursday, April 26 at 7pm in SIS 300, to provide a primer about what the Farm Bill entails and its wide-ranging impacts. The AU Pie Club has generously agreed to bake the pies so we will have spinach quiches and rhubarb pies, with the spinach and rhubarb purchased from Agora Farms at AU’s Farmers Market!

    On Friday, April 27, we will be featuring EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Representative Chellie Pingree, co-sponsor of Local Farm, Food, and Jobs Act, and Under Secretary of Agriculture Michael Cluse. For more information about this Symposium, please click here and our Facebook page. The entire event is free, with the exception of the Sustainable Lunch. Tickets for the Lunch can be purchased here. The Sustainable Lunch will be a great opportunity to hear from the farmers about how the US Farm Bill impacts them and our food system. If you are interested in the event, but cannot attend, you can also watch it live streaming here. The Symposium will also feature a reception at the end with food donated from local businesses. The market that I work at will be among the businesses that will be contributing to this effort. We hope that the Symposium sparks a conversation that will continue past the event and that connections made through the event will provide for further fruitful collaborations.

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  • nn1702a 6:44 am on November 24, 2011 Permalink
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    Attending Events in DC Is A Must! 

    For my internship, I am lucky that I have been given the chance to attend events that are relevant to my position. So far, I have been to four events. They were all very interesting and exciting to attend, but I was amazed at how they related to my coursework at school. I also used one of the events that I attended, which was at the Brookings Institution in one of my presentations for class. These events are a great resource to attend regardless of whether or not you have an internship, which can be found online at DC Linktank. They are generally open to the public and all you need to do is RSVP if needed. I truly encourage everyone to go to one event off campus because we do have a lot at AU, but we are in DC and we should take advantage of our location. Going to events exposes you to a variety of global issues and different speakers, it’s something that anyone being a student and living in DC should do at least once! It’s also a really good place to meet and network with other interns and people who attend these events. By making the most out of your opportunities and resources you have available, you will gain a lot in return while interning. For me I think going to events in the city is one way to do so.  I have had special access to some private events through my internship (which I am so thankful for), but I also make time to attend public events at think tanks in downtown DC and it’s so worth the time.  I have learned so much by attending these events that I now know how to write memos about them, I am even more up to date with current events, and I hear both sides to the story on several topics. I am really glad that I have been to some this semester-it’s been a really wonderful experience and fun aspect of my internship.

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  • Paul Lopreiato 9:19 pm on June 8, 2011 Permalink
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    A Recipe for Growing as an Intern 

    Start out with 2 cups of slowly learning to contribute at meetings. After you spend the first week scared to say a word, know that your contributions don’t have to be solid fact. Sometimes your opinion alone is all that’s needed for the conversation, as long as you can back it up with some reasoning. Even when you’re completely wrong, your co-workers are patient and will help out.

    Add 1 tablespoon of bitterness over the other intern who criticized you publicly. Remain unsure if there’s some sort of code about that. If desired, add an extra teaspoon of “I’d like to see him try to criticize his boss if he’s so smart. He probably thinks he’s so great.” Stay cautious of this person for the rest of the summer unless they say something nice about your next idea. (More …)

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  • Lauren Gentile 12:49 am on April 14, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , dvds, , Jeopardy, new york city, washington dc   

    Fun Facts 

    Last week at The Hatcher Group, I spent a majority of my time making lists. As I’ve said in previous posts, Excel has become my best friend and came in handy when I made media lists for multiple projects last week.

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  • Christine Edmond 3:20 pm on April 12, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Investigative Journalism, Mayor Gray, , , , washington dc, WTOP   

    All of the Possibilites 

    Mayor Gray, along with 40 other individuals, was arrested yesterday (Monday) for protesting on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC. On the scene, WAMU had a reporter covering the events for the radio. The story was published on the radio,  via print online, and the reporter ended up on television. (More …)

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    • miranda78 5:40 pm on April 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What an interesting tie between your career and current events!

  • Lauren Gentile 8:32 pm on March 13, 2011 Permalink
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    The Big Event 

    Two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a kickoff event for one of our client’s new initiatives. The kickoff for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading was a 3-day event in Washington, D.C. for one of our major clients, the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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    • monroe 9:31 pm on March 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hello,

      I am a freelance writer based in Massachusetts and I am writing an article about internships. Earlier today, I interviewed Francine Blume and she recommended I contact a few students on this blog. Essentially, I’d like to conduct a phone interview with you to get information about your experiences with internships.

      Specifically, the article looks at the internship culture in the US, where internships can excel and where they sometimes fall short, and examines what the “ideal” internship looks like. The goal of this article is to provide information to help students and even businesses make better decisions about internships.

      If you are interested, you can contact me at stephen.monroe156@gmail.com.

      Thank you,
      Stephen Monroe

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