Category Archives: Peers in Careers

Three Steps to Getting an Internship in Non-profit / Government

Deniz Duru Aydin is a senior at CAS, majoring in Politics and European & Mediterranean Studies. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, she interned at various arts-related nonprofits and government organizations including the Lincoln Center and New York State Council on the Arts. She is currently working as a Policy Fellow with Access (, an international non-profit organization that focuses on issues at the intersection of technology and human rights. She is also involved in various projects on internet-related policymaking such as the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance and Freedom Online Coalition.

Three Steps to Getting an Internship in Non-profit / Government

by Deniz Duru Aydin (Peer in Career)

Whether you are a politics major who is dedicated to becoming the next President of the United States, or an environmentalist looking to gain experience while working for the advancement of a cause you are passionate about, an internship experience at a nonprofit or governmental organization is a great for your pre-professional development. Here are a few steps – all tested and verified – that will help you if your career search in the non-private sector:

1- Use NYU CareerNet with the right keywords and timing

You should know the best tags to filter from the hundreds of opportunities listed on NYU CareerNet. If you are interested in the non-profit sector and/or government organizations, using specific keywords including, but not limited to, “policy” “human rights” and “advocacy” will make your life easier.

Are you passionate about a specific cause? As the NYU CareerNet job search looks through job descriptions by default, you should also try searching for positions using specific policy issues. As an example, using “climate change” as a keyword will let you find internships posted by organizations working on environmental issues, including specialized governmental agencies. Alternatively, try to run your search using a geographical focus – ie. “Middle East” or “Latin America” – which will help you navigate the best opportunities that fit your academic experience or personal background. If you are an international student, remember to leverage your language skills by looking for opportunities in international organizations that require or prefer foreign language fluency.

Is there an election coming up? Use NYU CareerNet to look for opportunities to volunteer at an election campaign. Timing is definitely important when it comes to finding an interesting experience. As an example, I volunteered during the 2013 New York City mayoral elections to get a chance to observe first-hand how electoral politics work in the United States. Keep an open eye to what is happening around you and unleash your curiosity!

2- Take your job search to external platforms

Apart from NYU CareerNet, keep an eye on the websites of the organizations you are passionate about. Most nonprofits have year-round volunteering opportunities, as well as paid internship/assistantship options that they publish on their websites, mostly under “Careers” sections.

Another great resource for finding the right opportunity is Twitter! Most organizations publish their job advertisements on Twitter, as they think that it is an effective way to reach people who are most passionate about their work. Create a Twitter list that includes organizations that you would like to work/intern for. This way, you will not only have a great resource to check new opportunities in 140 characters, but also a personally curated list that will help you follow the updates on causes you care about!

If you are looking for a more aggregated job search platform, is very useful for finding nonprofit internships and volunteer opportunities, as its mission is “to close the gap between intention and action by connecting people, organizations, ideas, and resources.” In addition, most job search platforms such as and LinkedIn job search have opportunities in the non-profit and government sector. Finally, remember to use more specialized resources such as to find federal and state-level opportunities.

3- Develop new interests, network & network some more!

In today’s world and while you are in New York City, the opportunities for networking are limitless for all sectors, including nonprofit and government. Attending lectures outside your school at NYU would be a great idea to meet with influential thought leaders in the policy area you are interested in, as well as developing new interests. Use the NYU Events listing and keep an eye on the events calendars of interesting university-wide NYU institutions including but not limited to Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Institute for Public Knowledge or The Governance Lab.

Events outside NYU are also helpful in finding your dream job or internship at a nonprofit. As an example, Dylan James Welch, a senior at NYU studying International Relations, found his current job through attending a TEDx Conference in his hometown Boston. After hearing about the organization, he got involved in its NYU Chapter, which led to an internship opportunity at the organization’s main office in New York City.

If you’d like to put your networking skills to the test, attend this popular Wasserman event featuring a number of non-profit organizations:

Dining for Success (For Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students)

Thursday, April 2, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. LOCATION: TBA (check CareerNet for the latest information) IN-PERSON REGISTRATION AND REFUNDABLE CASH DEPOSIT REQUIRED! Registration is first-come, first-served! Mastering interviewing skills is hard enough, but what about when your interview is over a meal? Don’t let your dining etiquette stand in the way of getting the job! Join NYU Recruiters from ESPN, Teach for America, Ernst & Young, PwC, The Walt Disney Company and more to practice these skills over a three-course meal! More information about in-person registration HERE.

Starting the Semester with a Bang: A How To

By Terri Burns, CAS Class of 2016 and NYU Wasserman Peer in Career Member

Alas… the beginning of a new semester!  You’ve already packed your bags, said farewell to Mom’s cooking, ta-ta to your hometowns, and Californians have grudgingly fled the warmth. Now’s the time we remember that deep in our laptops, buried beneath those Facebook, Buzzfeed, and Twitter tabs that consumed us all break, there’s a resume ready to be touched up.  Whether or not you’ve spent your winter break scouring the Internet for summer internships or whether you’ve used it to search for summer vacation spots, this is how you can start the semester with a bang:

  • Look over your resume

Even if you did not look at your resume once this break, now’s a great time to let a set of fresh eyes glance over it.  Have a roommate, old professor, or friend look over it for feedback, and be sure to add any volunteer experience you completed over break.

  • Reflect

Think about your past experiences and use this reflection to plan the kind of internships you’d like to have this summer. What worked well for you in the past? What didn’t?  What are you looking to get out of an internship? Where do you want to spend your summer? How can you best complement your skills, experience, and interests?

  • Make a Timeline

Application deadlines will creep up before you know it! Compile a list of potential internships and organize it according to deadlines so that you can be sure not to miss any opportunities.

  • Reach Out

Before the semester gets too hectic, be sure to connect with people who can write recommendations for you.  Use this time to grab a lunch, say hello, or express gratitude to those who have helped or will help you.

  • Keep Your Options Open

Remember that internships are a great time to learn, gain experience, meet interesting people, and contribute to a field in which you’re interested.  They are also a time to gain knowledge about something, so be sure to keep your options open!

  • Apply

Submit applications, of course! There’s still time to squeeze in an internship application or two as you find yourself prepping for midterms, but things get busy.  Why not take advantage of the time now?

  • Call or Skype with a Wasserman Counselor

And of course… Log into Career Net to explore the wide range of career advice! You can also book an in-person appointment with a counselor for a 30-minute session!

Use these tips to stay organized and prepare for the weeks ahead.  Before you know it, the snow will be replaced with sunshine, and hopefully you’ll have a bright, productive summer to look forward to. Good luck with spring semester!

In case you missed it: Day in the Life Student Senators Council

Did you miss Malina tweet about her day as a member of the Student Senators Council? You can catch up with her day here and see what the Student Senators Council is all about! Click on the image below!

For more Days in the Life, follow us @NYUWassEmployer! And, for more career related information, follow us @NYUWasserman!

Guest Blog: Peer Presepective on Volunteering

I have found my experience as a volunteer and more importantly as an advocate for social justice to be overwhelmingly rewarding . Upon being admitted to NYU and receiving a Martin Luther King Scholarship, my thirst for social justice has only increased.  Throughout my 4 semesters at the university I have completed  the Resolution Assistance Program with New York City Housing Court, volunteered with New York Cares, and participated in community service days organized by the NYU Black Student Union and Academic Achievement Program (AAP).

Through AAP’s World Changers Program I currently serve as a mentor to high school and middle students. My most profound volunteer experience, however, has been with the Brooklyn Young Mothers’ collective. This agency seeks to meet the educational and emotional needs of young mothers in order to position them to lead healthy and successful lifestyles.

I began working with BYMC to assist with administrative tasks throughout the office including filing, updating fundraising data bases, and contributing to the blog and newsletter. Today I am the agency’s  Volunteer and Donations Manager. This position requires me to recruit, research, and hire new volunteers, and coordinate the donations of material goods.

In addition to learning and understanding the stories of phenomenal young women, this position allows me connect with a New York City community outside of NYU.  While my volunteer experiences have allowed me to make an impact on various communities it has also enabled me to clarify my career goals.

I learned that I am most fascinated by the operations of businesses and non-profit organizations. My experiences at BYMC assisted me in receiving a position as an Operations Intern at the financial technology company LendKey during the Summer of 2013. Volunteering has enriched my educational experience, my personal career development, and has allowed me to make a difference within the social justice issues that matter to me the most.

Spring Break: 10 Ways to Get Ahead

  1. Clean up your Facebook page: Employers check applicants’ Facebook page, so it is important to clean up your Facebook page and set your privacy settings if you have any photos, posts, statuses, or comments you wouldn’t want employers to see. Your Facebook page is one way to market yourself. How do you want people to see you? Keep that question in mind as you clean up your page.
  2. Update your resume and cover letter: Too busy with class work during the semester to work on anything else? Spring Break is a great time to update your resume and cover letters.  You can get some of your friends or family to give you feedback. Sometimes another pair of eyes to check over your work may help you realize what you’re missing. You have plenty of time to finally sit down, open up your resume or cover letter and fix your format or add new experiences. If you need some help, the Wasserman website has several examples of resumes and cover letters!
  3. Go to the Wasserman Center: Didn’t know the Wasserman center was open over Spring Break? It is! With many students out of the city, there will be less of a crowd seeking to meet one of the career counselors. For those of you staying in the city, take a trip down to the Wasserman center and ask any questions you have about resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job search and anything else related to career development.
  4. Get started on your job search: With more time on your hands, get started on your job search early by researching companies you might be interested and get in touch with their culture, what they do, and how you might fit in. Take a look at possible career paths!
  5. Create a LinkedIn account: LinkedIn is a way to professionally market yourself and it’s a great way to network with others virtually. Many employers search for their applicants online and your LinkedIn profile will be on the top of their search.
  6. Practice Interviewing on InterviewStream or BigInterview: Wasserman provides you with many resources to improve your interviewing skills. With InterviewStream and BigInterview, you can practice interviewing and then see how well it went. With your roommate finally out of the room, you can turn on that camera and improve your interviewing skills. Come back from Spring Break being better at interviewing!
  7. Practice Interviewing with your family/friends: Here’s another way to improving your interviewing skills. Sometimes it feels more like the real interview when you practice with a person in front of you. During Spring Break, you have the chance to ask your family and friends you haven’t seen in a while to interview you. Ask for feedback; it is always great what suggestions and advice others have you.
  8. Sign up for the Wasserman Mentor Program: Take a look at the Wasserman Mentor Network. The program helps students explore careers by linking them to alumni and others. The mentors come from a variety of fields and are willing to share their expertise in that field with you.
  9. Reconnect with previous employers: Sometimes with all that is going on, it is hard not to forget to communicate and reconnect with previous employers. Spring Break is a great time to e-mail your previous employers and stay connected.
  10. Plan ahead and check out future Wasserman events: Get ahead and check out what Wasserman events are in line when you get back from the break. See what events fit your schedule or what best meet your needs, RSVP and write down the date and time!

These are just a few ways to help you get ahead during your Spring Break.

Join us Friday March 22nd at 12 PM on the third floor of Palladium for LinkedIn, Networking + Job Search 101 – hosted by LinkedIn!

Join LinkedIn experts for an exciting inside look into their amazing resources. Use spring break to revitalize your job search and networking skills, and your knowledge of the LinkedIn platform!

Bring your laptops and learn about:

What is LinkedIn?
Networking 101
Build Your Professional Brand
How Can LinkedIn Help You?
Start Your Career on the Right Foot
Searching for Jobs

To RSVP, click here!

Have a fun and productive Spring Break!

A Gathering of Graduates: Master’s Focus

At A Gathering of Graduates: Master’s Focus, a panel of NYU graduate students from the Graduate Student Leadership Board spoke with a group of prospective and current graduate students. The panelists from SCPS, Gallatin and GSAS provided insight into both the process of applying to graduate school, as well as how to best utilize the resources as a graduate student at NYU.

Here are the main suggestions discussed at the event.

If you’re currently considering applying to graduate school:

Evaluate your long-term goals.

Since a graduate degree is a specialization, it is important to evaluate your long-term goals and how the degree would fit into them. Research the industries you are interested in to see whether jobs require graduate degrees and whether most professionals in that area attend graduate school right after an undergraduate program or, instead, work for several years first.

If you’re considering a gap year before attending graduate school, consider how you can make the best of the year off and how you will sell the benefits you gained from that year in the future.

Understand the requirements of the program, including for the GRE.

Although some programs do not require a standardized test score, if the program you are considering does require it, consider registering for a prep course to help prepare you for the test. Additionally, research whether the graduate program you are interested in weighs one section of the GRE more heavily than others. This will help you focus your studying on the section of the test most important for the admissions decision.

Research professionals in industries you are interested in.

LinkedIn and NYU Wasserman’s Mentor Network provide great opportunities to connect with professionals to learn about the path they took to get to their career today. Use these resources to see what steps you can take to get to your ideal career, including which graduate program and courses would be the most valuable.

If you’re currently studying in a graduate program at NYU:

Take advantage of New York City by volunteering or interning.

An internship or volunteer opportunity can provide invaluable experience that can help you in the classroom, such as by allowing you to bring insights from work into class discussions and assignments, and for obtaining full-time positions. Internship or job opportunities can be found on NYU CareerNet while volunteer opportunities can be found on NYUServiceConnect.

If available in your program, consider studying abroad at one of NYU’s global sites.

Studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity to live and study in another country. Additionally, studying internationally can give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs.

Understand how to market your degree.

Prepare your “elevator pitch” so that you know how to effectively market the skills you have learned in your graduate program. Networking is an important aspect of the job process, so understand how you want to sell what you have learned in graduate school.

If you missed this event, part two of A Gathering of Graduates is coming up on Friday, April 5th from 2-3PM. This event will feature a panel of doctoral students who will share their experiences and answer any questions you have about pursuing a doctorate degree. Be sure to RSVP for the event on NYU CareerNet!

Spotlight on Student Nurse Externs

NYU College of Nursing Seniors Kimberly Mendez , Cindy Rivera and Rena Senisi share their student nurse externship experiences. Read their testimonials below:

Kimberly Mendez:

My summer externship experience was at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. The greatest benefits that I found with this externship program was that I was able to spend a lot more time in the hospital, and consequently get more exposure to patients as well as practice various nursing skills. I was paired with great preceptors who served as both teachers and mentors and who helped build my confidence as a nursing student. I was also able to view the dynamics of the hospital—something that I was not very familiar with before—and how interdisciplinary teams within it work together to try and deliver optimal patient care. From working 12 hour shifts, to floating on different floors and observing surgeries performed in the operating room, it felt almost as if I was a nurse already.

As rewarding as an externship is, the steps to getting there can seem a little intimidating. I mean, the interview is enough to make one really nervous! But do not fret, sometimes being nervous is what drives us to handle our time efficiently in order to give all the paperwork in on time ect.

The key is preparation. If you are looking to apply for an externship, make sure you find out about all the requirements needed. Polish your resume ahead of time and give your clinical instructors enough time to write your letters of recommendation. If you are struggling with cover letters or your resume like I did, use the resources available to you and go to the Wasserman Center and ask for assistance.

Again, the key is time management and preparation. Doing this in a timely manner will save you from experiencing too much stress. Do your research ahead of time and read about the many externship programs that are out there and apply to as many of the ones that you think will benefit you and that meet your interests. If you have questions that the website does not provide, call the nursing department and ask. Practice interview questions and provide answers that are unique and meaningful—do not give the nurse recruiter answers that you think they want to hear because chances are that they have heard those answers many times before. Have questions for them and simply be you!

This all may seem like hard work, but when you are enrolled in the program and are learning and being exposed to so many new things, you will see that it was all worth it in the end. Goodluck!

Cindy Rivera:

I got the opportunity to work as a nurse extern at Pathways to Housing through a program at NYU called The Urban Health Program. I received an e-mail, sent by The College of Nursing, with information about the externship. I emailed my resume and cover letter to Dr. Eaton, the program coordinator and within two weeks I received my acceptance letter. I then filled out an application with Pathways to Housing and attended a one day orientation. Pathways to Housing works with the mentally ill population who are homeless and in need of medical services as well as housing. As a nurse extern, I shadowed the RN and made home visits with her. Every home visit we would take vital signs and educated clients. Most of the home visits made consisted of education about medications and home safety. I loved interacting with the clients and learning about their life and diagnosis.

Tips: I recommend students to go to the Wasserman center to have them look over your resume and cover letters.

Participate and make the most out of your externship.

Rena Senisi:

During winter intercession, I participated in an externship offered by NYUCN at Saratoga Hospital. It was an amazing experience. I gave my first subcutaneous injection with my preceptor, practiced on my body mechanics and techniques for moving patients, and I was able to experience what happens during a Joint commission visit.

I stayed in the snowy town of Saratoga for two weeks. In that time, I had five 12 hour shifts and 1 surgical rotation. It was really beneficial to experience what a 12 hour shift feels like since in nursing school we have 8 hour shift days.

The mornings usually went by faster than the afternoons which consisted of a lot of charting. The downtime in the afternoon was a perfect time for my preceptor to teach me how the charting system works in Saratoga. I got to put in my patient assessments in their electronic charting system which I also never got a chance to do in clinical.

Although, I was content with getting all this extra hands on experience, it was the environment of the hospital that really struck me. A great majority of the staff members got along really well with each other and had each other’s backs. If a nurse was busy in a patient’s room and another patient needed help, the nurse unassigned to the patient was more than glad to help her fellow busy team member.  I do not really see this in New York city hospitals. Nurses that I have seen are either too busy or do not want to help their fellow team members. Also, the RN’s and nurse aides get along really well. Some RN’s feel it is only the nurse aides who should be doing the “dirty work” (helping patients to the bathroom, cleaning bedpans, etc.) and do not help their assigned nurse aid when they have some downtime and the nurse aid is busy.

Saratoga Hospital exemplifies what teamwork in hospitals should look like. The RN’s and MD’s have great communication and collaboration with each other as well. My favorite part of this externship was the overall atmosphere of Saratoga Hospital. The hospital had great support for their staff members, delivered high quality care, and was very receptive to students. This experience has allowed me to realize that these are the qualities I will be looking for in jobs as a future RN.

Don’t Forget: Health & Non-Profit Expo

Monday March 11th 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, The Wasserman Center

Meet and network with employers in your industry, gain career advice from professionals, and learn about full-time and internship opportunities. Bring copies of your resume, practice your pitch, and dress professionally!

To view the list of participating employers on NYU CareerNet, click here.


Social Media Week Flashback: Cleaning up your online presence

In this age of the Internet, everything you do leaves a trace. Every photo you post, every status you like, and every comment you leave is searchable and findable. Sometimes, this is a good thing. It helps you stay in touch with old friends and relatives, and your day is brightened when a long lost friend contacts you.

However, it is important to consider the consequences of what you post. Like I said earlier, everything you post is searchable. Nowadays, anyone can Google you and see your most recent tweets or profile picture. That’s why it’s important to maintain your social networking presence. If your elementary school pals can find you, so can a potential employer. They too can easily find the pictures of you having a little too much fun last weekend, and that could come back to haunt you! In this blog, I’ll give you some tips for how to clean up your online presence so you always make a good impression.

  1. Check those privacy settings! On Facebook, you probably will want to increase your privacy levels. The default settings are actually quite public, so make sure you take the time to adjust them. Similarly, unless all of your tweets, instagrams, tumblr posts, etc., are safe for work and present a professional image of you…make sure they’re private.
  2. Delete, delete, delete. All of us have some regrettable posts from our pasts somewhere online. If you decide to keep things public, find the posts that may be embarrassing, and delete them. You’ll feel better, and deleting it means someone else won’t stumble upon it.
  3. Control what shows up. I’m sure you have that friend who posts everything that comes to mind and likes to tag you in it. On Facebook, you can ensure these potentially cringeworthy things don’t show up on your profile by changing your settings so you must approve posts before they show up on your timeline. Manage what content is associated with you online.
  4. Create a brand for yourself. Think of your online presence as your brand. You want to be a marketable candidate for any future jobs, so start selling yourself now! By having appropriate online content, you are ensuring that your future self doesn’t have anything working against them when they apply for jobs, internships, grants, and more! Make sure everything you post online that is associated with your name is truly representative of you, and in a positive way.
  5. Create a LinkedIn. This is a great way to build your brand. LinkedIn is almost like a professional Facebook. It gives you a way to virtually network with people you know, and it is often one of the top links returned when you Google yourself. Creating a LinkedIn account is a great way to make sure your online presence leaves a good first impression. Plus, it gives potential employers the best first impression.

And there you have it! Five quick tips to help you clean up your online presence. The main takeaways are that everything you post on the internet is searchable…so just be sure you monitor what you attach your name to, and create a positive brand for yourself.

For more advice, attend Social Media + Networking for your Job Search Seminar on March 12th at 3:30 PM. To RSVP, click here.

Jamiee Foster
New York University College of Arts and Science
Math, Sociology, Business Studies
Class of 2015 Activities Board Public Relations/Marketing Chair
Peer Educator at the Wasserman Center for Career Development

Peers in Careers Holiday To-Do List


Brush up your resume: Take a look with fresh eyes and make sure your experiences are relevant and proceeded by action verbs, and your skills are up to date.

Be cognizant of early deadlines: Some summer internships (especially executive training programs) release their applications in early December and close the submission in February, so make sure you’re aware of what’s out there so you don’t miss out.

Volunteer: The holiday season is a great time to give back to the community, plus skills acquired from volunteer work can always translate onto your resume.

Reach out and email some connections, past supervisors, bosses, and other professionals you haven’t spoken with in a while. Maybe even send a hand-written note to the ones most important/relevant to your career path. Create, update, or revamp your LinkedIn profile. Send thank you emails to your professors. They have connections to the industries you’re interested in, and you never know how they can help.

Sign up for the Wasserman Mentor Network:
The mentor network is a great, low-risk way for you to learn more about a career field you are interested in. Wasserman will connect you to an NYU graduate who wants to talk to you about their experiences! Info can be found here.

Have business cards printed:
You can either spend some of your holiday cash, or even ask for them as a gift. Vistaprint will do 250 business cards for $10, which is a pretty great deal. Come back to school ready to network and get your name out there. Include your name, phone number, email address, and any other pertinent contact information, like a website or LinkedIn address.

Make the most of your forced family parties: Ask your relatives if they know anyone who could talk to you about the field you’re interested in. Rather telling the story of the time you saw Cole Sprouse to your little cousins for the thousandth time, try to talk with some adults and steer the conversation towards your future career. Do they know anyone in that field? Could they put you in contact with that person? You’ll never know if you don’t ask, and it never hurts to network.

Edit your social media presence:
Instead of mindlessly surfing facebook and twitter during your down time, look at your social media profiles with a critical eye. Would you want an employer looking at what you’ve posted? If not, either delete that content or increase your privacy settings. Remember: once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever. Don’t let the photos from your wild New Year’s Eve ruin your chances of landing your dream job.

Do a practice interview on Big Interview or InterviewStream
: Another thing you can do in bed in your pajamas, dust off your interviewing skills with these virtual resources and prepare yourself for the summer internship search.
For those of you who will not be keeping yourself busy with internships or feel that your social media is as clean as a white canvas, perhaps it would be a good time to get started with studying for the CFA, GMAT, GRE or LSAT. These exams are just like the SAT and they are always a pain. It is never too early to start as these exams can actually provide you with a lot of working knowledge in your field of study. In other words, you can get ahead in your classes in the spring. For those ambitious sophomores looking to do Finance, have a CFA or GMAT score when you apply for the Junior summer internship will certainly be very impressive to the employers. This might just be the edge you need to get an interview among a very congested pool of applicants!

Welcome to the Wasserblog!

We at the Wasserman Center hope you like our new blog. We’ve been hard at work to make sure it has the type of career-related information that will be helpful and interesting to you. This is a work in progress, and we are always open to new ideas. Weekly posts will include:
Employer Partner Monday
Our employer partners will post once a week and share different insights into their offices, employees, and what it will take to land a job with them!
*We also welcome any non-employer partners to contribute posts!
How To Tuesday
We’ll give you the steps you need to succeed in writing a resume/cover letter, protect your online reputation, or network your way to success.
Ask A WasserPeer Wednesday
Have you heard about our amazing Peers-in-Careers Their advice to you will rival Dear Abby’s. Send your questions to them, and they’ll respond to them in their weekly column.
Follow-up Friday
A weekly wrap up of WasserEvents and beyond! We’ll also talk about what’s up for the following week.

Most importantly we want to hear from YOU. Whether you’re a freshman, graduate student, employer, or an alumni, our hope is that this blog can serve as a platform for discussion. We can all learn from each other!

Have ideas or want to blog? E-mail us at