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Fine, fine, I give in and I’m outside of my comfort zone!

I’ve been having some chats with Ponn Sabra lately (my total new soulmate buddy!) and Jeri here on the blog in regards to feeling stretched and time starved. I guess you could also say I’ve been suffering a little bit from a case of perfectionism… (my, erm… confession!).

I have always really enjoyed being a solopreneur. I’ve certainly outsourced work in the past on a project basis. But these two fine ladies have pushed and challenged me recently to rethink how I have been managing my time. And they both have gently suggested that I should value my time more and get an intern.

They are right.

So I’m looking for a PR intern / Blogging Assistant.

If you know of someone who needs an internship for college credit and they live in the Chicago area, please entice them with the fact that I used to be an advertising recruiter and have some great local contacts who I will give glowing recommendations to upon graduation!

If you, or someone else is interested in taking on this internship, it is unpaid, but the experience, exposure, links and free advice I will gladly hand out may make it worth your while. This could eventually turn into a paying gig.

PLUS, you’ll get to work from home! (Of COURSE!)

Please send a resume/LinkedIn profile, intro letter, and any relevant URLs to contact [at]

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    On March 8th, 2007 at 10:49 am, Scott said:

    I’m too far away to be any use to you as an intern, but I just wanted to add a “ditto” to your comment on Ponn’s awesomeness. (that’s because she gave me a very cool SOAP review)

    On March 8th, 2007 at 10:56 am, Ponn Sabra said:

    Hey Wendy…its truly been a “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” sisterhood we got going!

    I’m so glad this post came out!

    Here’s a sample ad I ran at the local university, and in our local homeschool newsletter:


    High School/College Internship

    I have a home-based business and am seeking high school or college students to help. In return for their work, college or community college students can potentially earn school credit. In the past UT approved my experiences for a couple of internship and practicum credit programs. This is also an opportunity for homeschooled students to build their resumes and prepare for future PR, Marketing, Development, and Communications classes. I’m a best-selling author and international-renowned columnist in various women’s websites, newsletters, and blogs.

    Top projects include:

    1. Platform Development: E-Book processing which includes but not limited to: research, transcription, type-setting, editing, formating, cover design, and product launch.

    Participate in the development Toledo women entrepreneurs analogy book.

    2. Public Relations/Marketing: article submission, blog optimization, writing & editting press releases, joint venture partnering, radio show publicist.

    3. Web development and Search Engine Optimization: graphic design, blog customization and installation, ezine, ecourse, sales page, etc.

    4. Query editors for my syndicated column, manage, organize and send-out weekly articles, research, ghostwrite and report news findings.

    Most, if not all, can be conducted via email.

    I have the list of all UT classes that my experience will prepare students for if you’re interested.

    I have one college intern on spring break this week, transcribing my entire ebook from notes!

    Remember, its mid-semester, but I enticed her to enroll in summer class for internship and for 6 weeks, I’ll have her dedicated for 8-12 hours each week. Sweet deal, eh?


    2. I bartered with my girl-friend who types Much faster than I. I babysat her 2 boys for 3 hours, and she transcribed my Special e-report, that’s my freebie gift for ezine subscribers.


    3. Where I got VAs-in-training. I have someone just working on article submissions and another on research, to help build some pages for my website.

    At your beloved blogjolt.

    Here’s my call to action:

    I need a VA-intern ASAP [An unusal post]
    Posted by: “Ponn M. Sabra” ponnmsabra
    Sun Feb 25, 2007 7:39 am (PST)
    Hi fellow blog-jolt-ers.

    Things are moving extremely fast since I came back online last month, and I need your help!

    I am in desparate need of one more intern to start immediately. Virtual Assistants are needed everywhere, online, and a great job to get started when you come online.

    Here’s a tiny review:
    http://empowerwomen now.blogspot. com/2007/ 01/15-top- 5-jobs-in- demand-for- 2007.html

    Anyways, I hired the co-author Jennifer Huock to revamp my website, blog, and do extensive SEO, internet marketing for me.

    Therefore, the intern would work side-by-side in learning how to jumpstart her VA business.

    For the right person, this position should turn into a paid position within 2-4 months.

    My immediate needs are:
    - article distribution submission
    - enroll my new blog in blog directories
    - transcription of my (info-products) articles, reports & ebook via voice message, or faxed notes
    - solicit podcast and internet talk radio interviews [Or at least manage my schedule, I have one scheduled a week for the next 6 weeks already, and I am not actively seeking interviews yet]
    - SEO my blog posts, make all links “target=_blank” , put in Technorati Tags (I see a huge difference wen I put them and don’t put them).
    - Post up my articles and ezines with affiliate links to my website.
    - Conduct research, etc.

    Please email me immediately…


    I hope this helps you *and* your visitors.

    On March 8th, 2007 at 11:00 am, Ponn Sabra said:

    Awww, ya got me blushin’ Scott.

    Glad to have helped!

    We have tons to do by the 15th my relaunch…so, let’s motivate another to keep up our cleaning-program for the next 7 days, K?

    P.S. The real test will be seen after the 15th for me. Let me know if you see a surge in traffic and SE ranking while in the process, u hear?

    On March 8th, 2007 at 11:07 am, Alex Shalman said:

    Wait, so you can actually offer college credits for someone helping you blog? Where was I during my college years, and why wasn’t I informed?

    On March 8th, 2007 at 11:18 am, Ponn Sabra said:

    Life is SO much better now, eh Alex?

    Forgot one critical internship posting. The one approved my the Communications Director whom I offer the internship to last year at UT (Univ. of Toledo).


    Professional Experience Class Opportunity (2-6 hours/week)

    Options: Communication Internship (COMM 4940) and/or Field Study (COMM 4930)

    Starting date: As soon as possible. Dated March 23, 2006.

    Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Graphic Design & Web Development
    • Public Relations (press releases, article submission, etc.)
    • Marketing/PR (direct mail, email, flyers, networking campaign, etc.)
    • Platform/Portfolio Development & Diversification
    • Writer/Editor for Newsletter/E-zine/Blog
    • Community Service
    • Promotion/Member-Subscriber Development
    • Sponsorship/Ad Development & Placement
    • Event Planning & Public Presentations
    • News Reporting & Interpretation
    • Leadership Development (interpersonal, cultural, nonverbal communication skills)
    • Basic administrative assistance (typing, type-setting, etc.)

    Multiple projects incorporate numerous University of Toledo, Communication Department core and elective courses, such as
    • Public Relation Practices
    • Media Management
    • Information Gathering and Reporting Methods
    • Electronic Media Research
    • News Writing
    • Reporting Methods
    • Editing & Graphics
    • Feature Writing
    • Oral Interpretation of Literature
    • Persuasion Theory
    • Interpersonal Communications
    • Nonverbal Communications
    • Media Performance
    • Speech & Publicity writing
    • Gender, Culture & Communication


    And, NO, you will *not* being credit for “blogging”. Look carefully at the postings, my craft of the written word, at its best. Pretty darn impressive, eh?

    On March 8th, 2007 at 1:49 pm, Alex Shalman said:

    So Ponn, duties include but are not limited to blogging, did I read it right this time? ;)

    On March 9th, 2007 at 4:56 am, David Airey said:

    Reminds me of my days on an unpaid internship in the US. I was just outside Pittsburgh and had to take on a waiting job to pay my way.

    Good luck in your search!

    On March 9th, 2007 at 10:19 am, Lisa said:

    Aw, man! I was hoping this was a ‘paid and remote’ assistant - I would love to work with you, Wendy!

    What a great deal for a student - I hope someone great jumps on it and you catch some relief! :)

    On March 9th, 2007 at 10:22 am, Wendy said:

    Aw, man! If I had the funds, I would hire you in a heartbeat Lisa! ;)

    On March 12th, 2007 at 8:52 pm, Witchcraft said:

    Too late to send information?

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