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Week #12: April 12th-16th

April20

This week for my internship I did a lot of work for the newsletter that was sent out on Friday. We had a lot of information about events coming up in the community soon, especially having to do with the vaccine. I also worked on a collage for all the staff who works in Supervisor Palchik’s office. I put together all the photos into a collage and added captions for each one saying why each individual person got vaccinated. I posted It on social media for people who are skeptical of getting their vaccine can see why others are choosing to get it. I also worked on promoting different programs in the county and sent out reminders about new regulations that were getting put into place this upcoming week in Fairfax County. This was my last week working with this internship for school credit.  I learned a lot from this experience, and I definitely feel more confident going out into the workforce. I learned how it interact with coworkers better as well as learned a lot of about different software’s and databases that I hadn’t used before. I learned a lot about social media, and how to use social media the right way to increase engagement as well as learned what to look out for to see what information is more in demand. I’m grateful for this experience and the connections that I have made and will definitely be utilizing the skills and the new platforms I learned later on in my future career.

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Week 11: April 5th- 9th

April12

This week for my internship I worked on the Providence Spotlight that have on Dalia’s website. For this I’m given information about a person who lives in the providence district that has contributed to the Providence District community in many ways.  With this information I do a small write up, about 2-3 paragraphs giving the audience a short biography of the person and then listing the many things that they have done to help their community. I usually will add this spotlight into the website about a week after writing it and then I will add the finished write up and post it on Dalia’s Facebook.  After working on this I did a lot more posting on social media. The release of Solarize NOVA was getting ready to be launched last week so mostly posted about this program and promoted the informational events that will be taking place within the next few weeks so Fairfax County residents can learn about the benefits of solarizing their homes. I worked a bit on the newsletter that will be getting sent out next week. The focus of the newsletter is COVID-19 and the new update for Fairfax County employees being able to get the vaccine. Most of our newsletters while I was working on my internship have been focused around the covid-19. It has been really interesting to see the way people engage with this content and just how much they rely on this as a source of information for them to follow.

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Week 10: March 29th-April 2nd

April5

This week for my internship was a much slower and a significantly smaller workload because my supervisor was out of office all week. I mainly worked on postings for social media all week. I did a lot of posts about events that are taking place in the community; library events and posted about the virtual spring break camps that were taking place all week because Fairfax County Public Schools being out on spring break. I also did a few posts for Passover, Good Friday, and for Easter. I went through and shared/retweeted many posts from different agencies in the county that were posting about information concerning COVID-19 and the vaccination process.  Towards the end of the week, I began gathering information for our newsletter that will go out next week because we have received a lot of emails from people/community members wanting us to promote certain events and workshops.

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Week 9: March 22nd- 26th

April5

This week for my internship I worked on making some graphics for things happening in the upcoming few weeks, for example, National Autism Awareness Month. I also sent out a mini newsletter with important information about COVID-19 and the new groups that have been added in the phase of vaccinations. I did a lot of social media posting about the new groups that were added in as well to reach a different population than our newsletters reach. I also worked a bit on the website and added in new information for our Providence Spotlight section on the website, as well as added in our last two newsletters to the main page of the website. Working on the website has been interesting because although it really is just plug and play, there are still some things that I need to become adjusted to and learn. I would say its one of the harder things that I have had to work on so far throughout this internship because I don’t have too much background doing things like that. It had been a nice challenge and I feel I have learned a good bit, especially how things are set up and laid out on websites.

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Week 8: March 15th-19th

March19

This week for my internship I did a ton of social media posts. I did some posts about events that are happening in Fairfax county this week as well as sharing posts from the Fairfax County Government pages. I mostly focused on the expansion of eligibility that Fairfax county released this week in terms of the COVID-19 vaccine. I would say a majority of the work I do right now focusses directly on the COVID-19 vaccine and the many updates that the Board of Supervisors get daily. I have learned a lot about the best way to publicize this information so that it reaches the groups that most need it as well reaches high engagement. I also did a few write ups about individuals in Fairfax county who have been named for the Virginia 40 under 40. We had a few women that won, and I wrote up a small congratulations post for all of them, listing their accomplishments. I also participated in some meetings, discussing the events that are to come in the near future and the best ways to plan for them. I worked a bit on acquainting myself with the website some more so I can start adding in people to our spotlight section as well as adding in the weekly newsletters that we send out so other people in Fairfax county can have access to them as well. Lastly I gathered information to put into our newsletter for next week, making sure that we are adding in the most important and time sensitive information and making it easier for next week when its time to draft the newsletter.

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Week 7: March 8th-12th

March19

This week for my internship I did a lot of work on graphics and flyers that would be going out to promote various events that are taking place throughout Fairfax county. I was posting these events and graphics on Dalia Palchik’s social media accounts, twitter and Facebook. Majority of these events are COVID-19 related. Doing this internship for the Board of Supervisors during this time of COVID-19 has been really interesting because I’m witnessing firsthand just how much people rely on social media for their news and important information. Managing these accounts, I really get to see what things/information are in higher demand- that people are really looking for. It’s also been interesting seeing how people engage with your posts and how some posts get a ton of engagement whereas others get very little. It really helps you understand what types of things your community or audience is looking for. I also spent a good amount of time writing up profiles for people we plan to highlight on the website as well as Dalia’s social media accounts. I had to do some research on our individual we were highlighting for this week and then I wrote up a small biography about her. It is cool to see the many things that people do for the community and how they went about getting started and where they are now. So far, I feel like I’ve learned a lot from this internship, especially how to use social media “the right way” in terms of promoting valuable information and learning about events that are taking place in our community.

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Week 6: March 1st-5th

March12

This week for my internship I worked mostly on the newsletter. I had to do a lot of research on the COVID-19 vaccine, finding out what new information there is, and what the numbers are looking like in terms of people vaccinated in Fairfax County, how many have appointments and are still waiting, as well as what the COVID-19 daily case number of infected people are. I looked up a lot about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and learned a lot more about it and what the differences are in terms of this vaccination and the others that have already been administered. I also researched and wrote about the new service that Fairfax County is providing for free for those who have COVID-19 vaccine appointments and don’t have transportation. I also started looking up some historical females that I could begin writing up drafts to post on social media in celebration of National Women’s History Month. I was also sent a list of the many different important days throughout the month of March that I will want to keep an eye out for and post about on social media as March goes by. For instance, World Down Syndrome day that occurs later on in the month of March, I began doing some research and gathering ideas about what I could write and post about on that day. I feel like I’ve really learned a lot of valuable skills so far doing this internship, and I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with the platforms that we use like Constant Contact for our newsletters.

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Week 5: February 22nd-26th

March3

This week for my internship I did some more of posting on social media. I posted about many events that are taking place within Fairfax County these next few upcoming weeks as well as promoting various different programs that are offering assistance to Fairfax County Residents due to the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on individuals and families. While doing these social media posts I learned how to create an event on Facebook (something I’ve never had to do but have seen firsthand how helpful it is) and was able to see how others interact and engage with the posts. I’ve also done a lot more sharing information via twitter this week than I had in the prior week, also getting a feel so how to adjust certain language/posts to fit the character limit twitter has. I had a few virtual meetings with the Board of Supervisors- Providence District Staff to discuss how to handle up coming events and what part I would be assisting them in, like a virtual budget town hall that will be hosted by the Supervisor I am currently working for. I also met with the same staff about ways to improve the current website they are using and what things they plan to add/ how to create a more community-like feel. We went over the information that I learned from the trainings I took regarding the website and broke down how I would go about adding in information to certain sections.

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Week 4: February 15th-Feb19th

February19

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.

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Week 3: February 8th-12th

February15

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.

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