Sophan Smith

Sign Up for a Spot with HubSpot!

You’ve heard the name and probably know a thing or two about the company. I mean, I don’t need to tell you that HubSpot is an inbound marketing software platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers…. you already knew that, right?! And I don’t need to tell you that HubSpot is…

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David Hines

The Fifth Stage of Team Development

I have spent the past three summers teaching leadership and outdoor skills at the National Advanced Youth Leadership Training Experience. The principal tool we used to teach team awareness was a model incorporating four stage of team development. However, during the final days International Development Design Summit (IDDS) I learned of an additional stage of team development about which I had…

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Sophan Smith

Calling all Retail Fanatics!

Calling all Retail Fanatics! The EDENS Retail Challenge is an annual competition for student entrepreneurs who are passionate about changing the face of retail. Graduate and undergraduate students from across the country compete in a multi-step process that culminates in one final pitch to a panel of industry leaders. Entrants must initially submit a video…

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End of summer – now what?

Summer break almost ended and so all the internships. Concluding on a positive note is very helpful, especially since the internship search for Summer 2015 has already begun (for areas such as finance and accounting). Keeping in touch with previous supervisors may put you at the top of the list in case you have done well…

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David Hines

Managing Multilingual Communication

Staff members of the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) overcame language barriers by translating all presentations and activities into Kiswahili and English. Most participants spoke English although some East Africans only spoke Kiswahili and other Latin Americans only spoke Spanish. From observing the exchange between speakers, translators, and participants, I identified a few communication strategies which helped to make…

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Marvin Tarawally

The Ebola nightmare – Working from home

The week right after I conducted my unsuccessful field visits, the country was hit with an extreme health crisis – the Ebola virus disease outbreak. The government announced that the situation was a national health emergency and that all necessary measures should be taken to prevent the spread of the disease. The disease spreads through contact…

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Marvin Tarawally

Refined Scope of work and getting the job done

In the weeks following my team’s heavy deadlines, my scope of work (what I was actually meant to be doing) was refined as attached at the end. I’ve been working endlessly in collaboration with my supervisors to develop the youth club leadership assessment tools that would generate information and test our assumptions. This document was…

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Reflection of my summer

What a wild ride! I can’t believe two months have already passed. It is still crazy for me to think about everything I went through this summer. Not only was I able to fully immerse myself in one of my dream careers, I was also able to explore a new city, connect with family members…

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Interactions beyond simply producing quality work

While I learned a great deal about the investment banking field from my time at BOCI, perhaps the most valuable skill I acquired was how to interact with other members of the company. In our education system, we are led to believe that merely good work on exams and assignments are all that are necessary…

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How to present yourself in your applications

While in my previous blog post I described how to find an internship, probably the most important aspect of the process would be how you present yourself. In these situations, you are very much like a salesman, trying to show the best assets you have to offer while downplaying your weaknesses. To do this, cleaning…

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