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Month: September 2009 (Page 2 of 2)

Junior Achievement Opportunity: Portland

Junior Achievement – Columbia Empire boasts a history of six consecutive decades of operation in Oregon and SW Washington, and enjoys well-established relationships with hundreds of local businesses and schools.   In the 2009-2010 school year, Junior Achievement will serve more than 37,000 K-12 students in 1,500 classrooms at public and private schools throughout Oregon and SW Washington.  An estimated 3,230 volunteers from business and industry will give an average of 10 hours each in an effort to reach these students.

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  1. Assists in implementation of program growth strategic plan.
  2. Recruits and renews commitments of schools/teachers. Develops and delivers presentations to schools/teachers.
  3. Assures program quality through phone calls, classroom visits, evaluation instruments and other communications. Continually provides feedback, program materials and resources to volunteers and teachers.
  4. Assists in training program volunteers.
  5. Ensures accuracy of program information in Raiser’s Edge database.
  6. Communicating with volunteers, teachers, school administrators and business executives.

Responsible for JA BizTown program space; space configuration, partnering with business sponsors, leading operation days, and resetting of student materials.

Associates degree or equivalent.  Evidence of strong oral/written communication, interpersonal and organization planning skills. Computer literacy.  Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to quality. Self motivation in a fast paced environment.

To Apply

Send resume with cover letter to:

Barbara Smith, Director of Programs at (submission via e-mail welcome)

Application Deadline: September 19, 2009

For more information check out Junior Achievement’s Site at:

Public Relations Internship

Desautel Hege Communications is seeking an Fall Intern for their communications firm lasting one semester for approximetly 20 hours per week ($8.55 per hr), with flexibility for class schedules.


  • Must possess strong writing, verbal and organizational skills
  • Must possess a positive attitude and exhibit professional behaviors
  • Requires knowledge and experience with standard Windows software (i.e., Power Point, Word, Excel and MS Outlook)

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide support on client account work
  • Assist in organizing office materials, files and client information
  • Provide front desk and phone coverage as needed (during staff meetings/trainings)
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Work with Partners, Account Directors, Account Executives, and Account Coordinators to implement campaign elements
  • Assist with all aspects of account activities as required
  • Work independently and as a team member
  • Find ways to support the team

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing, Research, Editing and proofreading (accuracy and spelling)
  • Print bids
  • Media buy research and tracking
  • Report compilation and generation
  • Database management
  • Proposal preparation
  • Vendor coordination
  • Project coordination and assistance

For more information contact Stephanie Bast at  Applications to be reviewed immediately with position to be filled as soon as possible.

Susan G. Komen Internship

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Since it’s formation in 2002, the Eastern Washington Affiliate has raised more than $1 million for breast cancer education, research, screening and treatment.  The Eastern Washington Affiliate serves 13 counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman.

Internship Job Description


  • Must be enrolled in a four-year college or university
  • Must possess strong writing, verbal and organizational skills
  • Must possess a positive attitude and exhibit professional behaviors
  • Requires knowledge and experience with standard Windows software (i.e., Power Point, Word, Excel and MS Outlook)

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide general office support consisting of: filing, scanning, data entry, preparing thank you letters to donors, mail prep, answering affiliate e-mails and phone calls
  • Assist with all aspects of health fairs, national cause marketing and third party events (some travel may be required)
  • Assist with various fundraising and education events, including the Race for the Cure
  • Assist in organizing office materials and literature
  • Support administrator, board members, race committee as needed

Time Commitment: 6 months, 4-8 hours per week.

For more information and to apply, contact Claudia Bell at  Applications to be reviewed immediately with position to be filled as soon as possible.

You Can’t Teach a Dog New Tricks, But Maybe You Can for a Cat

Recently one of the Career Center team members asked us if we had seen this video of Nora the Cat playing the piano.  I had quickly replied, “Why no…I have not.”  (You see just a secret about me, I am much more of a dog person than a cat person.)  The video is of a little cat who has been taught how to play the piano by her owner.  Although Nora isn’t playing Beethoven or Bach, there is something impressive about seeing that little cat hitting the ivory keys.

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What, does this have to do with job hunting and career development?  Well, everything…simply stated.  If a cat can learn how to play the piano, then you the job hunter can learn a new skill or improve upon an old one to make yourself more marketable.  (I feel the “Ah-ha!” moment coming!) In this tight job market, anything you can do to set yourself will make you a stronger candidate for potential employers.

Ideas off the Top of My Head:

  • Public Speaking:  Do you have a fear of public speaking?  Well, if you are in-between jobs this could be a great time to learn to hone this skill.  Join Toastmasters and get over the fear of the podium.
  • Computer Skills:  Are you not quite savvy with Microsoft 2007?  Have you been itching to expand your knowledge of Publisher, Photoshop or Powerpoint?  Take a class at the local community college to expand your computer literacy.
  • Networking: If you are still nervous about networking, start small now.  For example, attend a book or hobby club where you can meet people with similar interests as you.  You will be so excited to discuss the book, the idea of networking won’t be an issue.

These are just three fairly basic ideas.  Any blog readers out there have more ideas of how to continue to learn in-between job hunting?  We’d love to hear from you…post your ideas in the comments.  We do read them all!

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