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  • Marie Spaulding 7:50 pm on September 26, 2013 Permalink
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    Do you want to intern during spring 2014? 

    Think about your class schedule in the spring. Will you have blocks of time when you will not be in class and can intern? Can you spare one-two days a week to gain experience outside the classroom? If yes, here are some tips:

    • Start early. Make an appointment to meet with your career advisor now and bring a copy of your resume to your appointment. If you have not created a college resume, go to the Career Center website for helpful tools and sample resumes to offer you guidance.
    • Think about what skills you want to use: do you enjoy writing, doing research, interviewing people….
    • What organizations are you eager to work with?
    • Create a profile in AU CareerWeb (AUCW), the Career Center database of jobs and internships.
    • Then, do an advanced search in AUCW of all job listings, internships, with Metro access, in DC, MD and VA and enter a keyword that you hope appears in the job description or the job title. Click Submit and see how many positions you find.
  • Jennifer Carignan 2:45 pm on July 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Say “yes” (even when it’s easier to say “no”) 

    I was recently taken by an entry on the AU Interns blog by Kate, an AU graduate student and summer intern with the Danish Refugee Council in Liberia. In it, Kate advises readers to say “yes” to opportunities to try and learn new things. While this seems like a fairly simple concept, it can be difficult in reality when you’re faced with school, work and social activities. Still, this is an incredibly important lesson for new professionals and a great reminder for those who have been in the workplace for a while.

    Meeting new people and developing new skills can provide personal enrichment and enhance your career possibilities. And living in DC provides you with countless opportunities to have these experiences. Attending a networking event, taking a language course, setting up an informational interview with a colleague at your internship, or even chatting with the person sitting next to you at a Nationals game could open doors you never dreamed of.

    So, the next time you’re faced with an opportunity to see and learn something new, just say “yes!”

    (Thanks to Kate for this great tip!)

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 7:21 pm on March 22, 2010 Permalink
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    SOC Targets at the Job and Internship Fair 

    This week boasts a number of important workshops for job and internship seekers, culminating in the Job and Internship Fair on Thursday, March 25, 1-4 p.m. in Bender Arena.

    This year, there are a number of communications and media companies, as well as nonprofits and government agencies, looking specifically for students in public communication, journalism, and digital media.

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  • Sue Gordon 10:45 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink
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    Get An Unpaid Internship Or Wait Tables? 

    Annie from Fortune Magazine weighs in on this timely question… which is more important: to get paid or to get experience?     Read her advice to one student faced with such a dilemma in CNNMoney’s  Ask Annie column.    I especially like her advice to look at the substance of an internship before deciding which way to go.    Of course, Annie doesn’t remember to point out an important alternative:  take the unpaid internship AND wait tables as well…. not always easy or possible, but an important option to consider.

    • Minna Scherlinder Morse 10:08 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      I was recently approached by a Master’s student with a similar question–how important is getting an internship, particularly when a student is facing financial hurdles. This is what I wrote him, for what it’s worth:

      Dear X:

      The goal/s of internships are manifold: to get experience in the field, to broaden your network, and to gauge the kinds of roles and work-atmospheres you like and don’t like in a new career niche.

      As someone who needs to work to pay the rent, you’re going to need to do all those things over time, but you won’t likely be able to do the one-stop shopping of a traditional internship.

      So here are a few ideas:

      If there’s a way to add relevant experience to your job duties, try to do so
      Network strategically with much of the free time you have. I don’t know what stage of career planning or transition you’re in, and that will dictate what makes strategic sense now, but think informational interviewing and even (once you have some connection with someone doing what you’re interested in) shadowing for a day or two as ways to gain familiarity with types of work, workplaces, and as a way to broaden your network.
      Take on whatever small projects you can fit in between the other demands of your schedule. Again, what kinds of projects make sense will depend on what your goals are, but something to think about.
      Is there a way to create a sort-of-internship (i.e. low time commitment per week) with someone doing exactly the kind of work you want to do: i.e., is there anything you can offer in terms of service to a potential mentor in the field, that you can do in your off hours (and only in your off hours), that will help you contribute to a professional project, and gain you access to professionals in the field?
      Just produce. With whatever time you have. Just do it. On your own. Then share the results.

      Point is–internships aren’t the goal. Products that prove your talent, experience in the field, awareness of the realities of the field, and a beefed-up network…. those are the fruits of internships. But there are other trees in the garden. Go, eat.

  • Geoff Silverstein 5:40 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Intern: It's Go Time! 

    Prepare for a High Quality Internship for next semester now. We posted new and improved resources on our website including internship details, intern blogs, and search options for your future internship.

    We also added new features!

    We revamped our internship maps, adding helpful information. Our new High Quality Internship map displays past and current internship locations. Sites with a golden yellow placemark include student success stories, student advice, videos, internship descriptions, and ways to find an internship with that location.

    And now, we’re Tumbling intern advice.The Tumblr features illustrated advice from fellow students. Explore illustrated advice from fellow students.

    You can follow updates with a Tumblr account, subscribe to updates with RSS, or check back to see regular updates.

    If you want to share your own advice or have suggestions for a High Quality Internship, email fblume@american.edu.

    Visit the Career Center Web site
    View the new internship maps
    Explore the intern advice Tumblr

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 7:42 pm on September 25, 2009 Permalink
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    Employer Info Session for Journalism and Public Comm Students with Hugh Delehanty 

    Mark Your Calendars for Tuesday night, October 6th, 7:15-8:30 in MGC 3!

    Editor Hugh Delehanty oversees the two largest circulation publications in the world–one a lifestyle magazine, and the other, an issue-based newspaper. Previously an editor at Sports Illustrated, People, and Utne Reader, Delehanty  also co-authored the national bestseller Sacred Hoops with NBA coach Phil Jackson; launched a number of new magazines; won numerous awards for editorial excellence; taught at Columbia School of Journalism; and is on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors.

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  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 8:20 pm on September 3, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Intern, , Newspaper, Online Journalism, Washington Post   

    Washington Post adds New Fall Internships 

    The Washington Post is seeking interns with strong skills and interest in online journalism.  Prospective interns must be students currently enrolled in a degree program, and, if selected, must submit one of the following on or before the first day of the internship: 1) documentation showing that academic credit is being received (i.e. a copy of the course registration), or 2) a letter from a professor, department head, or academic advisor stating that the internship significantly contributes to the student’s current degree program, or 3) a letter from the school stating that the internship is part of a work-study or independent study program.

    The intern will be assigned a mentor to help teach them the skills that will help qualify them for a job in online journalism.
    Hours per week:  16 hours maximum, with flexible scheduling.
    DEADLINE:  applications must be received by Sept. 18.

    For details, log on to AUCareerWeb. You can use the id # 38542 as a keyword search term to take you right to the listing of Post internships!

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 1:42 pm on August 28, 2009 Permalink
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    Tips for Making the Most of Internships 

    Here’s a piece from the Washington Post on how to make the most of internships. Though many of you are just starting new positions, it’s good to keep your eye on the prize, make the most of it while you’re there, and plan ahead for after you’re gone: Bringing Your Internship to a Strong Close

  • Francine Blume 6:59 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink
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    "World of an Intern" Video 

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcyZhe2RnQk&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fauccstaff%2Eblogspot%2Ecom%2F&feature=player_embedded]Hey, AU Interns! Here’s a challenge for you!! What kind of video can YOU make?

    This one is “Just a video us interns put together in the last couple of weeks here at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. ” And though we don’t want OUR interns injured or splashed with coffee, I the satire is great. 

    The company also had an eBay auction which raised over $17,000 for their 38 interns. That’s an interesting way to budget for them!

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