I owe much of my personal and professional traits to the internships I have undertaken. Perhaps the boldest and smartest move I took was applying for an internship abroad. I was fortunate to be selected to intern in the US House of Representatives, an opportunity which has opened many doors and allowed me to build on the skills I already possessed.
1. To make your resume stand out.
An international internship automatically distinguishes you from other university students and recent graduates competing for jobs. Only a small percentage of students study abroad — and even fewer intern abroad — so participation in an internship overseas can give you the professional advantage you need by showing you have global skills.
2. To expand your global network.
It is important that as you build your career, you also build a circle of mentors, contacts and friends. An internship abroad gives you the opportunity to make international contacts not available through domestic internships.
3. To grow your “soft skills.”
Employers often comment that new university graduates lack the interpersonal or “soft skills” needed to interact well with people in a work setting. An internship abroad teaches you how to bridge cultural and language barriers so you can successfully work with others. By facing small challenges abroad every day, you improve your emotional intelligence and ability to break through communication barriers, as well as understand various cultural viewpoints. At the end of your internship, you have a transferable work skill – the ability to communicate in a global work environment – which will appeal to prospective employers.
4. To gain confidence.
Alumni of internship abroad programs often speak of the confidence they gained during the experience. An international internship is an opportunity to grow your independence and self-reliance, which translates into greater confidence in facing challenges in your career.
5. To prove you can take initiative.
An internship abroad serves as proof to employers that you are the kind of person who makes opportunities for yourself rather than waiting for something to happen. Employers rank confidence, interpersonal skills and initiative as three of the most important attributes for employment.
6. To develop a global perspective and understanding.
The education received from an internship abroad goes far beyond job tasks to include gaining a broader perspective of current events, as well as topics within your own field.
7. To discover your personal brand.
Just like a corporation, you need a strong brand and personal story that communicates how you want to be viewed. Some university students and recent graduates are attuned to the importance of building a personal brand, but others don’t have it on their radar. An internship in Rome isn’t built in a day — and your personal brand won’t be either. Spend the necessary time and mental effort to develop your personal brand. Blog. Facebook. Tweet. Use the best of the available social media tools to demonstrate your communication skills and define yourself to employers and professional contacts.
On the fashion front, Mrs Obama wore a grey and black lace floral dress by Thom Browne. She previously wore the gown at the DNC in September, and this time she refreshed her outfit with a crystal bow pin and solid black fabric belt.
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I caught up with Laura to ask her all about starting her own business and how it has changed her life. Carry on reading for my interview and to find out how to enter our giveaway...
What inspired you to start your own business, and in this particular field?
I was inspired to start my own business after working for a year at a desk job after college. I graduated at the beginning of the economic recession, so finding a job was tough! I decided to go back to school to get my master's degree from Georgetown and to try to be a little more competitve in the work force. I loved my program so much, and my creativity and dreams really took flight during that time. I decided to go for it on my own!
What were the challenges you faced in establishing yourself?
The biggest challenge was looking at the world through a small business lens. I have lots of experience in communications, marketing, and PR, but in terms of small business knowledge, I was starting from scratch. By approaching various professionals and asking questions, I learned more than business books and classes might have been able to teach me. My curiosity taught me quickly that business is about building strong relationships.
What are the pros and cons of owning your own business?
The biggest pro is using my creativity and channeling it in a direction that works uniquely for me. I find that I do my best work when it's created organically, without restrictions from myself or others. Another huge pro is meeting the fabulous people that I get to work with in designing, collaborating, and selling. It's so much fun to work with people that are passionate about their businesses and causes.
I truly don't think there are very many cons; it's all what you make of it, so I try not to have any!
What has been the best moment so far?
I think the best moment so far was the first time I had the realization that I LOVE what I'm doing. This happens often, but I remember the first time I sprang out of bed to jump in the shower and grab my coffee as quickly as I could, because I just couldn't WAIT to get to work! It was a great feeling.
Which inspirational figure would you love to see wearing one of your designs?
Jackie Onassis in the past, and Kate Middleton in the future. Both are the epitome of classic and fun fashion. Jackie was the first to lead the trend in wearing both Lilly Pulitzer dresses and Jack Rogers sandals, and I feel that my product compliments both of those brands, as well as Jackie's overall style. Kate is setting a great example for young women all over the world with her amazing taste in elegant and modern fashion. She always looks beautiful and approachable. I would be delighted and honored if she would ever choose to wear a York Design Company bracelet!
What are your future plans for the business?
I would love to grow the brand and eventually offer more products and accessories. I think needlepoint is such a fun and classic way to add unique style to your wardrobe, so it would be wonderful to create other staple pieces that women love to wear.
If you could offer one piece of valuable advice to someone wanting to start their own business what would it be?
Be yourself. I know it sounds cliche, but it really works! It's so easy to get intimidated when starting your own business because you're just learning and you have so many questions. If you're openly curious and are willing to learn, most people will be happy to help you because they've been in that situation before too. So be yourself, be friendly, and ask lots of questions!
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Sunday: The President will remain at Camp David and has no public events scheduled.
Monday: The President will travel to Boca Raton, Florida where he will participate in the third Presidential Debate at Lynn University. The First Lady will also attend. The President and the First Lady will stay overnight in Boca Raton, Florida.
Tuesday: The President will travel to Delray, Florida and Dayton, Ohio for campaign events. He will return to Washington, DC in the evening.
Later in the week, the President will visit six states in two days. He will make stops in Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, Illinois and Ohio, sleeping on Air Force One and spending time calling undecided voters and volunteers, the campaign said Sunday.
Adapting the campaign’s “Forward.” motto, the trip is being billed as the “America Forward!” tour.
He will begin Wednesday in Iowa, then travel to Denver for a rally and then on to Las Vegas for a late night grassroots event.
Rather than staying in a hotel, Obama will get back aboard Air Force One for a red eye flight to a Thursday grassroots rally in Tampa, Fla., and an event on the tarmac in Richmond, Va.
Then, he’ll travel west again to Chicago to cast his vote under Illinois early voting rules. The President will wrap up his travels with a grassroots event in Cleveland on Thursday night.
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The Edward M. Kennedy Institute is progressing at a steady pace ahead of the building dedication in 2014.
You can donate to the Institute by attending the Annual Dinner, to be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston on November 16th. For more information call (617) 740-7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Institute has welcomed its new President, Andrew Tarsy to the team.
As President, Tarsy will serve as a key spokesperson and advocate for the importance of the Institute and spread its educational value globally. He will oversee all facets of the Institute's staff, budget and programming. Tarsy will lead the Institute as construction of its state-of-the-art facility continues, with an anticipated opening in 2014.
Andrew Tarsy has extensive experience in leading successful organizations making him the right choice for the Institute. He has been President of the Alliance for Business Leadership since 2009. He is also a co-founder of the nearly 200-member leadership organization of CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs and investors. He organized a series of six 100 CEO Summits, and has led the group to play significant roles in education, health and energy public policy debates in Massachusetts and in Washington, DC.
Tarsy was the Chief External Affairs Officer and Director of Public Policy at Facing History and Ourselves from 2008-2009 and previously he served as the Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League's New England Region from 2005-2008. He also served an appointment as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2009, advising the Chief Prosecutor on development of a global education strategy.
Tarsy began as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice. He has received numerous awards including the NAACP's Kivie Kaplan Humanitarian Award in 2008 and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Award from the City of Somerville, Massachusetts in 2003.
The Institute has also welcomed Dr. Nell Breyer to the position of Director of Programming and Education and Dr. Jacqueline Goggin to the position of Director of Grants and Endowments.
As Director of Programming and Education, Dr. Breyer will work with the leadership team on the development of content and visitor experience models for the exhibits and Senate simulations.
Dr. Breyer brings a wealth of experience to this role, enabling her to spearhead the Institute's efforts to create engaging, thought-provoking and dynamic educational programs. These programs will be designed to reach and inspire students of all ages -- from elementary and secondary school levels through post-graduate levels -- as well as government officials.
Dr. Breyer most recently served as a consultant for Ignition Ventures, where she worked on new venture creation and technology commercialization. In addition, she worked at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, launching international digital research initiatives to protect and expand the digital public domain and to alter classroom education with learning and skills derived from strategic game play.
From 2002-2010, Dr. Breyer was a Research Affiliate for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she collaboratively developed an advanced stream processing software system. She has served as a faculty member or guest lecturer at Harvard University, Tufts University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Rhode Island School of Design.
Dr. Jacqueline Goggin will assist the Institute in obtaining funding for programming and education. She has more than 20 years of experience raising funds for educational projects for corporations, foundations, the federal government and individuals. Dr. Goggin has worked at the National Council of Negro Women, the Library of Congress, the American Historical Association, Harvard University, two Boston Public Charter Schools and one Boston Public Pilot School. She holds a Ph.D. in American History.
She is the author of Carter G. Woodson: A Life in Black History and has also written essays on women in the historical profession, created manuscripts and archives for their scholarly users and drafted aids to collections in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Dr. Goggin also is the editor of J. Franklin Jameson and the Development of Humanistic Scholarship in America, Volumes I & II and columns on archives and research for the American Historical Association.
Tuesday: Travels to Hempstead, New York where he will participate in the second Presidential Debate at Hofstra University. The First Lady will also attend. The President will return to Washington, DC later in the evening
Wednesday: Travels to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Athens, Ohio for campaign events. He will return to Washington, DC in the evening
Thursday: Travels to Manchester, New Hampshire for a campaign event. Also on Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at the 67th Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City. He will return to Washington, DC in the evening
Friday: Travels to Camp David where he will remain overnight