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  • Zach C. Cohen 3:52 pm on June 13, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: ask, compensation, , , , raise, stipend, subsidy, transporation, work   

    Don’t be afraid to ask 

    Interning can be expensive. Living, eating, transportation. It makes it hard for people of limited resources to have the opportunity to intern. That’s why a federal judge on June 11 ruled, with potential implications for the intern market, that, in one case, interns should have been paid for doing work.

    I’m lucky to be supported financially during my internships. But transportation, especially to conferences, turned out to be the most expensive part for me. (More …)

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  • Allison Godfrey 12:05 am on July 31, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: boring, , , slow, , work   

    Getting Through the Seemingly Never-ending Days 

    Some days at my internship seem impossible to get through. Now that summer is nearing its end and my internship is just a week away from being over- the days have been going by that much slower. This is not to say that I don’t love where I work. I do really love the organization I work for. But the actual work I have been doing this summer has not been all that fun. The days are long and the weeks seem ever longer lately. I have learned, however, that there are things you can do during the week to make going to your internship more bearable. I’m not talking about after work fun (if you are looking for some of that though- check out fellow intern blogger and my good friend Rachel’s post). I am talking about having something to look forward to when you’re headed out to work in the morning.

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  • Rachel Frank 2:41 pm on July 27, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: part time. summer, picnic, work   

    Missing Out 

    Company bonding! Free food! A day off! If all this sounds like a good time to you then you are in luck because this Thursday is the Women for Women International company picnic/barbecue. Almost everyone in the office is going to relax, enjoy the sun and celebrate everything Wfwi has accomplished this past year. Well, everyone is going except me. Why might you ask? I work on Thursday’s at the library and because of that I can’t attend. At first I wasn’t too upset but then as it got closer and I saw how excited everyone in the office was I became majorly bummed. I never felt like I was missing much by only interning 3 days a week but now I’m beginning to feel like there is a whole other world on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s that I’m just not a part of.

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  • Allison Godfrey 5:19 pm on July 18, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , fall, , , , , work   

    The Successes of my First D.C. Summer 

    How are there only THREE weeks left of the summer?! At the end of the next three weeks I will be leaving my position at the House of the Temple, but continuing my part-time job at the National Building Museum throughout the school year. I have spent a lot of this summer complaining and being negative. My first summer in D.C. has been challenging and unlike any other summer I have had before. But this does not have to mean that the summer was unsuccessful. I have certainly grown a lot this summer in D.C. and have been able to expand upon my career potential just from my few short months here. Here are my three biggest takeaways thus far from this summer:

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    • Marie Spaulding 8:24 pm on July 22, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Allison,
      As usual, you have great insights to share! And you have a job lined up for the fall – Hurrah. Try to keep cool and enjoy the last weeks of summer. Marie

  • Allison Godfrey 1:13 am on July 14, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , hard, harry potter, , , , work   

    Great Co-Workers Make Everything Easier 

    I am going to be honest, this summer has been hard. I have been working as an administrative assistant at the House of the Temple (which usually has me in the accounting department) and at the National Building Museum I cater to small children and their parents (who can sometimes be needier than the kids). I’m a history major- accounting is pretty challenging for me. And being on the front line of visitor services at the NBM is not always easy or fun. Luckily, at each job there are a handful of people I work with who make everything a million times better.

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  • Allison Godfrey 2:43 am on July 9, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , LEGO, , tired, work   

    Long Time- No Blog 

    First let me apologize for my lack of posts- I cannot believe I have not written in two weeks! Working six days a week has been taking a lot out of me and I have certainly let a lot of things slip. For example- it is Friday night and I am updating my intern blog, I just finished laundry, and earlier I cleaned the kitchen. I feel like this is the first night where I have had a second to breathe and get things done that I have pushed to the side. I am not going to lie- I’m exhausted. But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

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  • Rachel Frank 9:15 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , procrastination, summer classes, work   

    Part time intern/employee/student 

    My life this week got a lot more exhausting, in addition to a part time internship and job I became a part time student.  I’m interning at Women for Women International Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9-5 and working on campus at the library on Wednesday and Thursday from 9-6. But now I have a statistics class from 5:30 – 9:10 on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I can’t say that I’m excited about 13 hour days at all and  I showed up to my first class on Tuesday night hungry and exhausted. If I had a choice in the matter statistics + summer night class would not even exist in my vocabulary.
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    • Marie Spaulding 10:11 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have every confidence you will succeed. Good luck!

  • 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
    Tags: , , , , positive, , , work   

    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.

  • Ethan Miller 7:45 pm on March 14, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , work,   

    Spring Break means no work, Right? 

    This last week was spring break. At last, a week of home-cooked meals, my old bed and access to a car. You would think that I wouldn’t have any work to do for my internship then, right?

    Well, the beautiful thing about my internship is that I can do my work from anywhere. Two weeks ago, when my supervisor was away at a conference, I worked from my dorm room, saving time (and money!) on my commute and getting the same quality of work done. However, that meant that while at home over break, I was also able to do some work. Granted, I did not work the 15 hours I normally work in a week, but I still did some work, namely making some emails and putting together a pre-recorded interview with Alta Gracia workers for students in California.

    I actually have no hard feelings about this however. I know that the work that I am doing is making a real difference in the lives of the workers at Alta Gracia and honestly, I would probably be doing this kind of work even if I was not getting credit for it. Call me a sucker for worker’s rights, but I enjoy doing this kind of stuff.

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