We’re recruiting new writers for the 2012-2013 school year! Here’s information on how to apply:
We are seeking talented and creative writers to contribute to the Student Union blog about international student life in the US.
As a regular blogger, you will share your experiences, challenges, triumphs and lessons learned with other current and prospective international students. You will have a lot of freedom to write about what is important or interesting to you, and will have an opportunity to help shape the blog’s direction and to experiment with multimedia journalism and innovative forms of storytelling.
You will also come away with a portfolio of professional writing, and we will work with you throughout your internship to help perfect your writing and storytelling skills.
Visit the Student Union at http://blogs.voanews.com/student-union for more information about what we do and to see the work contributed by our previous writers.
- Have exceptional writing skills
- Be a current college/university student (or be applying to college/university this year)
- Be willing to contribute at least once a month when school is in session
- Multimedia skills (video, audio, photography) would be a plus
We’re looking for people from a range of backgrounds, majors and degree levels (grad and PhD students included). Last year’s writers included a high school exchange student, a community college student, and undergraduate and graduate students everything from biology to classics to journalism.
We are located in Washington, DC, but you do not need to be local to apply. In fact, we are looking for people from around the country who can provide a variety of perspectives.
Submit a cover letter and a writing (or multimedia) sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure that either your cover letter or one of your writing samples tells us a bit about who you are – where you’re from, where you go to school, what you study, etc.
Application deadline: September 24, 2012
Questions? Contact Jessica Stahl – email@example.com
Here are our top 5:
1) Packing the wrong things
2) Not getting involved on campus right away
3) Looking the wrong way crossing the street
4) Overdoing it on American food
5) Not asking for help when we needed it
Here are our tips for avoiding these mistakes: http://blogs.voanews.com/student-union/2012/08/27/5-freshman-mistakes-we-made-that-you-shouldnt/
What mistakes have you made that you want to help others avoid? Share your wisdom!
The single most common result of all was “boring,” which appeared for 18 states with no particular regional concentration. Other popular terms (returned for >10 states) were “humid”, “windy”, “expensive”, and “liberal”. Strangely, Connecticut and Pennsylvania both returned “haunted”; apparently there are a lot of ghost sightings (and related walking tours). My favorite result of all was “enchanting”: New Mexico is beautiful. State pride!"
One more fun way to look at US states - Google autocomplete!