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Week 4: Feb 15th-Feb19th


This week has been very hectic. I did a lot of posting on social media, Facebook, and twitter, about the many different events Fairfax County is having to inform the community about Covid-19, trying to quell the many worries that so many people have in terms of getting the vaccine. I have made some graphics to go along with those posts as well. I also did a lot of research about events happening for black history month and created posts about what they are and how the community can register for them. The newsletter, Palchik Post, went out again this week (it goes out bi-weekly) so this week was mostly geared toward getting that ready to be sent out on Friday the 19th.I did a lot of writing for the newsletter this go around and helped with researching about Luther Jackson High School, which was the first African American high school in Fairfax County.  I wrote a bit about the history of this school and how it ties into black history month. I added in many flyers and linked them to registration pages so that people receiving these newsletters can easily access the information that is being given. Lastly, I also finished up doing some Website trainings through employee-U so that I can have access to helping work and revamp, Supervisor Dalia Palchik’s website. There was a lot of information to retain while watching the videos that showed how to add things to the website and make adjustments. Overall, I would say that this was my most hands-on week, and I dedicated a good amount of time posting on Dalia’s social media platforms and working on the newsletter. By doing this, I learned a lot more about Covid-19, the vaccine, and the hopeful things to come in the future with the recent vaccinations.

Week 3: February 8th-12th


This week for my internship I worked primarily on posting more about events happening within the community. I did a lot of posting about the updated information regarding the Covid-19 vaccine and helping get important information out to our senior population. I helped with making some graphics pertaining to Covid as well as making graphics and promoting events that are taking place within the county to celebrate Black History Month. I also worked on various trainings that are offered through “Employee U” which is a platform that Fairfax County uses for trainings and other educational tools. I worked on a training called Web Content Management (WCM). By completing this training, I get access to working on Supervisor Dalia Palchik’s website and help with creating new fun and interactive things for her website. I did some brainstorming on ideas that we could add to the website and helped with drafting out ideas for changing how some things on the website looks.

Week 2: February 1st- 5th


This week I did a lot more social media work for Dalia Palchik on both Twitter and Facebook. I looked through many pages that Fairfax County follows and re-posted things that are going on in our community to raise awareness and to inform the community. I also posted many flyers and typed up many posts promoting for events going on in the Providence District I was able to see just how much positive interactions and networking can come from social media, especially Facebook when events and programs are promoted. For example, I posted about The Providence Community Center’s senior virtual programs that are being offered online for free and there has already been a rise in attendance for some of the programs. Another thing I worked on this week was helping with writing for the newsletter that the Supervisor of Fairfax County Providence District, Dalia Palchik, sends out every other week called the Palchik Post. In order to help with this I was requited to learn about and use a website/platform called Constant Contact that I had never used or heard of before. It took some time to get used to, but it was relatively straight forward. I added in information about Superintendent Scott Brabrand, who announced his revised timeline for returning students to in-person instruction in February and March in Fairfax County. I also added in updates about the Covid-19 vaccine so our community members can be informed about how and when they can get it. Overall, this week was very informative, and I feel like I have already learned so much. I’m excited to see what else I will be learning about in these next coming weeks.

Week 1: January 26th-30th


WEEK 1: January 26th- January 30th. 

I had my first week at my internship this week and overall it went really well. I got a tour of the office will occasionally be working in. I was shown some of the tasks that I will be working on in office and remotely and also got a better idea of what my weekly tasks will be. I have been working about 1-2 hours a day, but going forward it will consistently be 2 hours everyday, Monday- Friday. So far I have done a few admin tasks, as well as helping with Supervisor Dalia Palchik’s social media accounts and posting on her Facebook and Twitter. The posts I have been making are all informative for the community, letting them know about events that will be taking place within Fairfax County and different scholarship opportunities that are being put out for graduating seniors. college-bound students. Prior to this internship, I was never very active on social media aside from posting pictures on my Instagram with friends. I’m really beginning to see the benefit of using social media as a way to really engage with the community and get your word out. I also have learned a lot about how interaction on these social media platforms work and the best ways to reach the following you want.

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