Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thirsty Thursday...and other musings

Hey, Edsters! TGI(almost)F. I don’t know about you guys, but I definitely need the weekend!

As an afternoon pick-me-up, I suggest watching Joe Jonas perform Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” dance (just don’t get caught by your boss). The JoBros will do anything to sell more albums. I always thought Joe was the gay one, and this just confirms it.

This summer, a bunch of my friends and colleagues have more than one internship, which has made me feel like an under-achiever. Since my current internship runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. five days a week, I’m not really left with any time for another one, though. So I’ve discovered a way to still beef up my resume by taking on multiple tasks this summer: freelancing. Some are paid, and some are not – but either way, it’s something you can do on your own time, usually isn’t too trying or consuming, and produces great clips. I recently secured a summer freelancing position that only requires 10 hours per week (and a 250-word opinion piece counts as an hour!). The Ed site has a ton of awesome freelancing opportunities under WhisperJobs, but there’s other resources as well: College Candy, College Magazine 101, and Demand Studios, just to name a few. And it’s definitely not too late to apply; Web sites in particular are always looking for more contributors. The fact you have an internship to boot simply makes you a more attractive applicant for freelancing positions.

Another tip that I picked up at work yesterday was to create a Tumblr account. Whether you’re blogging, creating slideshows, or ghost writing this summer, it’s no doubt that you’ll end up with a decent amount of work to show for it. It’s easy to lose track of the odds-and-ends jobs you’ve completed, and it’s even easier to let the mumbo-jumbo of random clips get disorganized. This can make it frustrating when you want to submit your clips, blogs, etc. to future employers (or even just to your relatives to show off your rockin’ work). By going to, you can create a blog-like page and post links to your work. This keeps them neat and easy to reference. You can customize the background choices, too – I particularly love the “tumbledesk” theme.

Looking ahead to the weekend, it’s my personal opinion that Sundays are underrated. Don’t get me wrong – I love partying away my Friday and Saturday nights – but there’s something so therapeutic about relaxing on a Sunday morning with a steaming mug of coffee and my New York Times Magazine. Sunday nights can be rough; nobody likes the idea of returning to work on Monday. So perk them up by going to Film Screenings at the Tribeca Grand Hotel at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. The nearby Church Lounge offers a Sunday evening prix-fixe meal of soup, salad, choice of entrèe, and choice of dessert for $30 per person, perfect for a classic dinner and a movie date night. Maybe I’ll even see you there!

Cyber Intern

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