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  • John Nunno 9:45 am on October 17, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , Internship, ,   

    When it Comes to Interviews, Practice Makes Perfect 

    You submitted your application materials and secured an interview for a job or internship. Congrats! Now you need to nail the interview. How do you plan on prepping? Let me make a suggestion: start with InterviewStream! InterviewStream is the Career Center’s online mock interview resource you can use to video yourself and polish your interview skills.

    Follow these steps to get started:

    1) Create an account– Account set up takes approximately 14.9 seconds. All you need to provide is your name, email address, and a password (the password must be at least 6 characters and include a capital letter and a number). Create an account now!

    2) Select an interview to conduct– You can select either a pre-made interview created by the AU Career Center or make your own interview by selecting from thousands of questions InterviewStream provides. If you want to make your own, don’t be intimidated by the number of questions. You can search for questions by keyword or browse them by subject.

    3) Complete the interview– This step is straight forward enough- answer the questions! You need a computer with a webcam for the interview. If you do not have a webcam then please feel free to use an interview room at the Career Center. Call us at (202) 885-1804 to check availability.

    4) Review your interview– After you complete the interview it’s time to critique yourself. Click on “Watch My Interview” on the InterviewStream homepage and select the interview you want to review. Use the comment box to take notes on what you did well and what needs to be improved. You can track how many times you used common fillers like “Umm” and “You Know” by using the counter below the video.

    5) Share your interview– You can share your interview to get feedback from an advisor, mentor, or a friend. Click “Share” under the video and send the interview via email or generate a link to share.

    Using InterviewStream is that simple! You can practice for an interview you have coming up or just to keep your skills sharp. InterviewStream even has a mobile app so you can practice interviewing on the go.

    Click here to learn about the other online resources the Career Center has for you.

  • Francine Blume 6:06 pm on September 16, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Internship, , , office behavior   

    New job or internship? Avoid these “rookie mistakes.” 

    Maybe you started a new internship this semester, or maybe you’ll land something at the Job and Internship Fair. If this is one of your first office or professional experiences, The Daily Muse has some tips for you. It really just comes down to balance.

    1. Questions: ask them all or don’t say a word?

    2. Know it all or no ideas?

    3. Copy everyone or don’t tell a soul?

    4. “Yes” to all or “not my job?”

    5. Ultraquiet or TMI?


    Check out the good advice in “Rookie Mistakes: 5 Extremes to Avoid” by Ashley Faus.


     Photo by winnifredxoxo

  • Jennifer Carignan 2:34 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , Internship, , ,   

    Choosing a great writing sample 

    Many students visit the Career Center with concerns about selecting a writing sample for their job or internship application. The goal of this post is to answer some of the more general questions we receive on this topic.

    Solid writing skills are important in almost all jobs and internships. Writing samples allow an employer to judge your ability to convey a message on paper, and they should be taken very seriously.

    Overall, there are four major areas to keep in mind when picking a writing sample.

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  • Francine Blume 6:18 pm on January 14, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , first day, Internship   

    What can you expect and what should you … 

    What can you expect and what should you do on your first day of an internship? Our blogger, Ashley, suggested setting goals. Trace helped you deal with butterflies. Here’s what other AU students have to tell you.

    • Go into your internship with a completely open mind. Throw aside all preconceptions and expectations. Legal Rights Institute
    • Be professional and friendly. National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
    • Set goals for what you want to learn, and tell your supervisor about them…they are much more likely to happen that way. The Impact Center
    • First tell the supervisor what you want substantively out of an internship and then target projects that highlight what you want to learn. National Foundation for Women Legislators
    • Make sure to establish good communication with your supervisor from the beginning. This helped me out a lot. Amnesty International
    • They don’t expect you to know everything. Spanish Language Adventures
    • Go in expecting little, but wanting a lot because the opportunities always come after the basics. NAHB Production Group
    • . . . ask as many questions as possible and to be clear about both the objectives of the internship and the expectations of the people you support. American University
    • Make sure you know exactly what tasks you are responsible for. Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
    • Be flexible. Dress professionally even if other interns lean towards being more casually dressed. Save the Children

    Read more about what other AU Interns experienced on their first days!

    Check our Intern blog as a new crop of interns share their stories and insights!

    Photo by orphanjones

  • John Charles 4:47 pm on January 12, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , human rights, Internship, overseas,   

    Advocacy Project 2011 peace fellowships – Feb. 20 deadline 

    The Advocacy Project (AP) is looking for young professionals and graduate students to volunteer with AP’s community-based partners in the summer of 2011. This is the fellowship for those who relish a challenge and are passionate about human rights.


  • Jennifer Carignan 4:16 pm on November 30, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , Internship, , ,   

    Summer internships at USAID 

    The application for paid summer internships at the United States Agency for International Development is now open. The information in this post was taken from the USAID student employment website.

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  • Jennifer Carignan 3:20 pm on November 24, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , Internship, , ,   

    Connecting with LinkedIn 

    When you’re looking for a job or internship, searching employment sites should not be the only action you take. It’s important to use all the tools in your arsenal, and that includes online networking.

    One of the most underutilized resources available to you right now is LinkedIn, a free professional networking website that boasts a membership of 85 million people in 200 countries. The premise behind LinkedIn is that “relationships matter,” and to back this up, the website allows you to create a network of professionals to connect and build relationships with. This can be helpful when you’re looking for work and even more broadly when you’re unsure what you can do with a particular major.

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  • Jennifer Carignan 7:49 pm on October 22, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Internship, student,   

    Defining and finding federal internships 

    Are you a current student looking for some work experience in the federal government? If so, the information in this post could save you a lot of time when searching for a federal internship.

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  • Jennifer Carignan 7:10 pm on October 18, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Internship, ,   

    The countdown to Federal Careers Week 

    With Federal Careers Week starting next Monday, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of federal jobs and internships.

    Visit this blog often for information on:

    • The basics of the federal government
    • Using USAJobs to find and apply for jobs (and some internships)
    • Going beyond USAJobs to find even more internships
    • Writing a successful federal resume
    • Reading a federal job announcement
    • Understanding federal pay schedules

    Questions? Suggestions for other topics? Leave a comment.

  • Francine Blume 4:28 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: emergency, Internship   

    In an emergency, we want to know that you're safe. 

    Yesterday was a terrible day for our friends and colleagues at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring. We are thankful that the hostages were physically unharmed, and sorrowed that an obviously extremely disturbed person did not survive.

    We were especially concerned with our own AU students who may have been interning there. Both the AU Career Center and the Kogod Center for Career Development immediately started to track down students who were registering for credit for fall internships at Discovery, as well as a student interning a few blocks away. All were safe and we were extremely relieved.

    But if you didn’t register, we don’t know you’re there.

    Kogod requires students report all internships. In SOC there are continuing efforts to collect information on not-for-credit internships. But whether or not you are with those two schools, there’s still a way to let us know where you’re interning.

    • If you register for credit, make sure all the contact information and your schedule are accurate.
    • If your internship is on your own, if it isn’t for credit, please, please, log into AU Career Web. Click on your profile and make sure it’s current (especially your cell number), then click the Employment tab,  Add New, complete the information about your internship, and click Submit.

    So, in the rare case of an emergency, we want to reach you. But we need your help. We don’t have crystal balls, so keep in touch.

    Crystal Ball
    Photo by jaqian
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