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  • Zach C. Cohen 6:14 am on October 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: article, , enterprise, , , , writing   

    Enterprise Reporting 

    The biggest project I underwent at USA TODAY was taking on a fully-fleshed-out article from start to finish, full with in-depth interviews and document analysis.

    Too bad it never saw the light of day.

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    • Julia Beyer 5:44 pm on October 17, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for sharing some of your realistic insights. I am linking to this in the SOC Spot newsletter.

  • Claire Wolfe 5:35 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink
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    A Couple Pieces of Advice 

    There are so many pieces of advice I could give about interning.  Let’s be real though, you’ve heard them all before.  Be professional, work hard, be on time, no complaints, the list goes on and on.  I’m not saying that all those things aren’t important, because they are, but you already know them.  These are things you’ve learned throughout your life, skills and rules that don’t only apply to interning, but to everyday living. 

     That being said, I only have two pieces of advice to give.  One is exclusive to interning and work, the other is a little broader.

    1. Always, always have a pen on you.  I know, my number one piece of advice is this.  What do I know?  It sounds dumb but I swear that it’s not.  Every time I talk to my supervisor, there is something that needs to be written down.  I am bombarded with so much information in just one conversation that I leave her office a nervous mess, unless I write it all down.  With my pen in hand, I’m cool, calm, and collected (well, as cool, calm, and collected as I ever am).  There is nothing scarier than having to go back to my supervisor’s office and ask her to repeat what she had just told me.  One time doing this is all that it took for me to realize how important it is to write everything down. Trust me on this one.
    2. So, this might be a little cliché, but still, it remains my second piece of advice.  Don’t be shy.  Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself or ask somehow how they are.  I don’t care if they are the boss or another intern.  I think it’s most important to remember that everyone is a person and, sure, they may be so intimidating, but you won’t get noticed unless you make an effort to.  They will be impressed if you take the initiative to introduce yourself.  Plus, you never know who you are going to meet.  Maybe someone who will change your life.  Whether it is someone who could land you a job someday, a new friend, or simply a friendly face to say hi to as you pass in the hallway.  Bottom line, you never know.  What do you have to lose?
  • Marianne Johnson 2:56 pm on August 12, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , programming, public speaking, technical assistance, writing   

    Dear Prospect, 

    Dear Prospective Intern,

    From January of 2011 to August of 2011 I was a technical assistance, programming and eucation intern for a non-profit, 501c3 organization that combats teen dating violence through education, training, advocacy and legal services. It is a nationally recognized organization with offices in Las Angels, California and Washington DC. If you are considering a career in education, social work, legal or policy this office provides interns with real world experience and application within your desired field. Even if you have had no prior knowledge of teen dating violence or domestic violence you will learn the basics your first day using their dvd training guide [Ending Violence]. (More …)

  • Zach C. Cohen 9:13 pm on June 17, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: heroes, Joe Klein, , , , role models, , writing,   

    Working with Giants 

    TIME Magazine was the first news publication I read regularly. I’ve always admired it as quality journalism that also made complex domestic and international issues readily understandable. TIME Magazine is part of the reason I wanted to become involved in journalism in the first place. Now, I’m in the nation’s capitol working for that same publication. Needless to say, it’s a little overwhelming. But I think I’m starting to understand how to overcome the pressure and actively contribute to something I’ve always admired.

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  • Zach C. Cohen 8:05 pm on June 9, 2011 Permalink
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    How to Get an Internship at TIME 

    Hello, my name is Zachary Cohen, and I am thrilled to begin working at TIME Magazine on Tuesday. It’s been a bit of a scramble to get everything in order, but I’m excited to get started. But before I tell you much more about my internship, I should tell you everything that’s happened before and what I learned from just the preparation.

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    • Francine Blume 2:55 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      These are great pieces of advice! You are absolutely right about connections. They get you in the door, but no one is going to hire you if they think they’ve got a better candidate who can do a better job. The interview is so key!

  • Jett Choquette 1:07 am on April 22, 2011 Permalink
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    The End 

    Today was my last day at holaciudad.com. As always, I can’t believe how fast the semester passed! I was particularly sad to say goodbye; I really enjoyed interning at holaciudad.com and think it was a great opportunity.

    I was busy up to the last couple of minutes. I revised the articles I wrote about the National Zoo and the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress will be published sometime in the next several weeks, which makes it the last article I contributed to holaciudad.com. I also ensured that the site calendar is set for the month of April and wrapped up several other projects I had going.

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    • miranda78 1:22 pm on April 22, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great job at your internship. It was very interesting reading all about it!

  • Jett Choquette 6:25 pm on April 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Last Couple of Weeks 

    The last couple of weeks have flown by so quickly! I can’t believe it is already the last week of my internship.

    As always I continue to be busy, during the course of the semester I have written over 20 articles for holaciudad.com. I have drafted the five articles that are part of my ‘”free activities” series for the website. The articles are on: the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Art Museum of the Organization of American States/ the Smithsonian Latino center, the National Zoo, and the Library of Congress.  The articles on the zoo and the library have yet to be published.

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    • miranda78 1:05 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Overall, great job at your internship! I really enjoyed your reflections and insight, and your internship seemed very unique but perfect for your major!

  • Jett Choquette 2:44 am on March 22, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: bilingual, , , , , , , , , , writing   

    Spring Is In The Air 

    As the second half of this semester marches forward I’m caught between wanting it to be over and to never end. During Spring break I was able to rest from both school and my internship though both were on my mind as I worked and attended a wedding. Never has what I’m doing in class and my internship duties been so closely related.

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    • miranda78 2:02 pm on March 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I did not know the Library of Congress held events. Cool!

  • Jett Choquette 2:52 am on March 1, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , holaciudad.com, , , , scholarships, , telemundo, telenovela, , writing   

    About Halfway 

    The Past Week:

    As midterms and Spring break loom, my internship with holaciudad.com is about halfway done. It is amazing how fast time flies; it helps that I am always busy at my internship.

    This past week I worked on two articles. I wrote one article about an internship program the Smithsonian Latino Center offers Latino students between their senior years in high school and their first year of college. I also drafted an article about a program AT&T’s HACEMOS (a Latino association) and Junior Achievement offered high school students. The program is called “National High Technology Day” and provides students the opportunity to shadow engineers and other workers who use math and science at AT&T. The program seeks to increase the number of minority students who study math and science.

    I continue to collect and update events to put on the website calendar. An interesting development on this front is that after spending so much time trying to find out what’s going on in D.C., I now have a good list of venues and event sites to reference not only for using during my internship but also when planning my own weekends.

    Last Friday I was greeted with a pleasant sursprice when I arrived at holaciudad.com just after lunch. All the women in the office were gathered in the conference rooming watching a new telenovela that premiered this Monday on Telemundo called “La reina del Sur.” We spent about an hour watching the first episode and eating pizza. The telenovela is about a women in Mexico who married a man involved in the drug trade and how she must fight for her life after he is killed by other men in the gang.

    Stay Tuned:

    This week I have a “midterm” review with my boss, Laura. She and I will go over how things are going and also discuss a project that will be central to my work for the rest of the semester.

    • miranda78 2:59 pm on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think it is great you are getting to do really impactful work you enjoy and you will be getting feedback mid-way through; I am sure this information will be very valuable as you finish up your internship.

  • Jett Choquette 4:01 pm on February 16, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , latino community, , , , , writing   

    Onward and Upward 


    Last week my time at holaciudad.com was mainly spent on two articles for the education page of the website. The goal of the educational page is to provide resources for Latinos to continue their education as well as to highlight success stories.
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    • miranda78 8:09 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like your reflection section; it is important to set aside time to do that, and that you realized you would like to continue to use your Spanish skills in a future position.

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