3 pieces of advice for your first day as an intern

I’m riding the metro into work and see a lot of un-broken-in heels, shiny suits and anxious faces. To the interns sharing my morning commute to their first days at work: welcome! Before coming to work in DC (which you’ll learn to call by acronym, rather than the outside-the-Beltway “Washington”) I spent two summers here […]

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7 questions you should ask in any internship interview

We just opened up applications for our Summer 2013 fellowship and it got me thinking about what questions I found useful when I was applying for the 15+ jobs, internships and volunteer positions* I’ve had in the past 9 years. I’ve heard other hiring managers say that they can tell if an applicant is a […]

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Coping After a Friend Quits

Last year, I watched a friend quit. I never saw the actual moment of quitting–it happened while I was gone. But quitting is more of a process than an event. Like coming out, or breaking up, or emptying a jar of jam. It was difficult to watch my friend slowly detach herself from my organization […]

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Truman Pieces (3 of 3)

Please see this post explaining why I am posting this here. Question 8 of the Truman Scholarship Application7. Describe one specific example of your leadership. (The writer of your letter of recommendation re: Leadership Abilities and Potential must confirm this experience.) With the sand barely shaken from my shoes, I am back in Pittsburgh with […]

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Truman Pieces (2 of 3)

Please see this post explaining why I am posting this here. Question 8 of the Truman Scholarship Application Describe a recent particularly satisfying public service activity (do not repeat experience described in 7). I wince a little inside when a woman pulls her daughter away from me early on a Saturday morning. She is a […]

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