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  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 12:00 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink
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    J.I.T. Hiring for Internships! 

    Some companies have large, structured internship programs, and strict application deadlines a full semester or more in advance (which should serve as a reminder to all to plan ahead!). On the other hand, many companies are looking for fall interns RIGHT NOW, and engaging in J.I.T (Just in Time) hiring. They know you’re coming back to campus, and they’ve posted their openings on AU Career Web, and are waiting to hear from you! Time is short to expect that any of these will be for credit (since the deadline for registering for credit is September 13th), but anything is possible, including getting great experience (and, in some cases, pay!) without logging it for credit.  Either way, if you’re still looking, carpe diem!

    (Opening photo by TheTruthAbout…)

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 9:54 pm on August 9, 2010 Permalink
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    Fall Internship Countdown! 

    The fall semester is fast approaching, and internships are on the mind of many a returning student. Currently, there are more than 1500 internships posted on AU CareerWeb, and more coming in daily!

    For further inspiration and background information on great places for internships (OneDayOneInternship.com), or jobs, for that matter (OneDayOneJob.com), I still recommend these pages by job-hunting-survivor-and-entrepreneur Willie Franzen. For my SOC advisees, here’s a page with just the communication-related companies he’s listed. Scroll down the list; you’ll be amazed how many are DC-area companies! (Or pick another tag and you’ll get a list of all the intern-hiring companies he’s profiled from Washington, DC.)

    For a different, and totally local, source of internship info, there’s also DC Intern Net, where you can sign up for regular email updates of great gigs.  But these go to students nationwide. At the end of the day, don’t forget all the employers who are seeking AU students specifically through AU CareerWeb, where you can also set up an email alert system, as described in a previous post. Just remember, if you want or need to do an internship for credit, the deadline to get offered the position, accept it and hand it all the paperwork to register is September 13th!

  • John Charles 6:24 pm on February 18, 2010 Permalink
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    United Nations Summer 2010 internships for grad students 

    Deadline is May21:


  • John Charles 6:37 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink
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    Intelligence Community Summer 2010 Internships: Feb. 19 Deadline 

    Summer 2010

    The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) has several unclassified open source analysis units in the Washington, DC area to conduct research related to national security issues and is looking for undergraduate and graduate student summer research analysts who can conduct native language research on the internet, apply social science research methods to identify social and political trends, and critically analyze and present information.
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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.

  • John Charles 5:04 pm on January 21, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , Internship, NDI, , Tostan,   

    Africa Career Cafe Recap – Internships still available for spring! 

    On Wednesday, January 20 on the AU campus, over 120 students, alumni and employers took part in the third-annual Africa Career Cafe. For those of you who were unable to attend, here is some useful information on some of the organizations that were represented there:

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  • John Charles 9:55 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink
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    Asian Development Bank – Summer 2010 internships in Manila – Jan. 12 deadline for AU MA and PhD students 

    Asian Development Bank, Manila
    2010 Internship Program

    Please visit:

    for full details about this year’s opportunities.

    The American University deadline is 11:59 pm on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. (Up to 6 AU candidates can be submitted to ADB.)

    Please note that the application requires the following:

    ·        Apply for one assignment only.  Students applying to more than one assignment will be disqualified;
    ·        Ensure that all fields in the form are completed.  ADB will not accept incomplete and hand-written forms; and
    ·        Submit the (i) application form-students, and (ii) CV, if preferred, to internship coordinator (John Charles: charles@american.edu)
    Note: In launching the MS Excel Internship Application Form, choose Open and Enable Macros. Macros must be enabled to use the workbook.  In         Excel, click on Tools > Macros> Security and set your Security level to Medium.

    If you require asssitance on the mechanics of your application, please schedule a phone or in-person appointment with John:

  • John Charles 7:33 pm on December 14, 2009 Permalink
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    Intelligence and National Security internship for grad students 

    INSA Research Internship for Graduate Students

    The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) is accepting graduate student internship applications for the spring 2010 semester.  INSA is a premier outreach organization and thought leader for the greater intelligence community and is a fantastic opportunity for graduate students interested in careers in national security (armed security guards, etc), government contracting or intelligence to gain first hand experience with government and private industry leaders in this sector. In 2008, INSA hired an SIS graduate student for an unpaid internship and later promoted him to a paid intern and head policy researcher.

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  • 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

  • John Charles 4:23 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: 2010, Arizona, Congress, Gabrielle Giffords, , Internship, Spring,   

    Spring Internship: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) 

    The office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) is accepting applications for her Spring 2010 internship program in Washington, DC. Both part-time and full-time opportunities are available. Interns perform a variety of duties, including day-to-day administrative work, data entry, answering phones, giving tours of the Capitol, attending legislative meetings or hearings, drafting constituent correspondence, helping constituents work with federal agencies, legislative research, and assisting staff where necessary.
    Please keep in mind that internships are competitive and only a few interns are selected each semester due to office space constraints. The DC office accepts undergraduate and graduate applications.  Please email your resume and cover letter to jim.dennany@mail.house.gov.  Prospective interns will be contacted regarding an interview following a review of credentials.

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