EPICS/SoC Drop-in Career Coaching: Winter 2013

Drop-in career coaching is available to SoC undergrads without appointment. Each session is 15 minutes in length.

The EPICS Coordinator can advise students on general career questions; critique resumes and cover letters; explain what resources are available within the SoC/on campus; and get students started on their internship search.

Drop-in appointments take place in Frances Searle (2240 Campus Drive), Room 1-102 from 11 am- 1 pm Mondays and 2-4 pm on Wednesdays while classes are in session.

Kick off Araca Project 2013

Who: Alumni of Syracuse University, the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and Florida State University

What: A casual mixer and Q&A to kick off the third annual Araca Project

Where: Lady Gregory’s | 5260 North Clark Street | Chicago IL

When: Friday January 11 | 6pm-8pm

RSVP by click the image below!

Want more info? Visit us at www.aracaproject.com or email us at aracaproject@araca.com!


Adventures of an EPICS Intern in Chicago: A Look Back

By: Bridget Illing

Writing this blog post in December, looking back at the last three and a half months of my internship with Allied Marketing, I honestly can’t believe how quickly it passed. Of course when I think about myself as the scared new intern back in August who had to build up the courage to ask where they keep the extra printer paper, I can definitely see the difference this experience has made for me. Part of the change is just that I am more comfortable in the office and I’ve gotten to know my co-workers and superiors, but another part of it is that I’ve gained a lot of confidence by getting this ‘real world’ experience.

When the value of internships is discussed, people always point out that an internship can be an opportunity to try out a field and see if you like it, and if you have a bad experience, you can console yourself by realizing that isn’t where you want to spend the rest of your life. Luckily, my internship went a very different direction. After spending this time getting to know the film industry and understanding how marketing in entertainment works, I am much more certain that this is the industry I want to stay in. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in marketing, there are positions in literally every type of industry, but having this opportunity to merge my career interests with my bordering-on-obsessive love of pop culture has been ideal. It has been so much easier to stay motivated because I’m genuinely interested in the projects I’m working on, even if that means I spend a few hours stapling promotional flyers together.

Plus, being apart of Allied has given me so many opportunities outside of marketing. I’ve had the opportunity to see so many films in advance, both the good (The Sessions, Silver Linings Playbook) and the not so good (Playing For Keeps…so rough). I have planned parties for film releases, honed my research skills, and had the chance to speak with several important players in media and film. And I’ve gotten really good at convincing people to take free stuff over the phone.

As a first quarter junior, this has been a perfect experience for me. I was able to balance my time at the office with my classes at school; I didn’t have to leave all my NU friends just yet, but I still felt like I was in the real world as I walked down Michigan Avenue each morning. But what I think one of the most important things I have learned about myself at this internship is that I am ready to get out of Evanston and Chicago for a while. Now that I am very sure I want to work in entertainment, my next goal is to see what New York or Los Angeles has to offer.

Happy Oscar season, everyone! Thanks for reading!

Lunch & Learn: 7+ Improv Leadership Tools for your Back Pocket

 EPICS Career Workshop Series Presents:

ALSO! TWO  Fantastic Comedy Show offers to Northwestern students

from Second City Outreach & Diversity!

See Urban Twist on Saturdays at 9PM In Donny’s Skybox Theatre – 1608 North Wells -4th Floor with a 2 for 1 Ticket offer when you mention “Outreach.” New Urban Talent + Second City’s Vault of Funny = One Twisted Show.

Call 312-337-3992 or email dgriffin-irons@secondcity.com for Group  $6 Rate.

Or, See our upcoming show REACH opening Sunday, February 10th at 9:30PM at UP Comedy Club.

Come Meet the Artists at 8PM at our Meet and Greet Event. See Stand-Up, Improv, Poetry, and Music all in One Night!

For more info about REACH visit www.UPComedyClub.com or Call 312-662-4562. Enter or Mention “VIPREACH” for discount on tickets. Tickets $13 E-mail dgriffin-irons@secondcity.com for Group Rate!

NBC’s America’s Got Talent Chicago Auditions

 NBC’s AMERICA’S GOT TALENT is coming to CHICAGO and they want to see the Talent of Chicago!!!

Auditions are being held JANUARY 26th-27th at the McCORMICK PLACE CONVENTION CENTER.

YOUR DREAM… is 90 seconds away!!! 


Don’t miss your chance to show America YOUR talent and compete for the opportunity of a lifetime at winning the Grand Prize of $1 MILLION DOLLARS.

* To pre-register for an Audition and for more information on AGT, please log onto www.agtauditions.com *


We are very excited to see all the talent of Chicago at our Chicago Auditions on Jan. 26th and 27th! For more information visit: http://americasgottalentauditions.com

Employer Spotlight: Ogilvy & Mather

Recently during a conference, I visited the Chicago office of Ogilvy & Mather, an international marketing communications company. During the visit, I had the opportunity to learn a great deal about this 360° advertising agency and their internship program.

Ogilvy has 450 offices world-wide in 120 countries and is divided into a number of specialty units. Ogilvy & Mather’s network includes many entities: advertising; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; healthcare communications; consulting; research and analytics capabilities; direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing.  Examples of these network includes: OgilvyOne (Digital Marketing), Ogilvy Public Relations, OgilvyAction (Brand Activation), Ogilvy CommonHealth (Communication in Healthcare Industry), RedWorks (Production & Design), & Neo@Ogilvy (Digital Media) to name a few.

Walking through the office there was great sense of energy, collaboration and creativity. Some areas of the office were lined with “black boards” which are big blank boards where team members can share ideas and get feedback. Through the visit, the culture of Ogilvy & Mather was discussed in great deal. We talked about the 8 habits Ogilvy looks for in their employees: Curiosity, Idealism, Courage, Persistence, Candor, Intuition, Free Spiritedness, and Playfulness. Our host was continually spouting off “Ogilvyisms” which are inspiring quotes from David Ogilvy the company’s founder: “We sell or else”, “Raise your sights! Blaze new trails!! Compete with the immortals!!”, “We reject rejection”, & “Only First Class business, and that in a First Class way”. Ogilvyisms also lined the walls of the offices to help remind team members of the values, principles, and ideals.

Interested in being a part of this type of culture or company? Ogilvy & Mather has a Summer Internship Program for college juniors & seniors. This is a 10-paid internship where interns learn the advertising business by supporting a team in account management by working on research, media, creative development, and production projects. As part of the program, each week there is a lunch & learn where senior level management comes and chats with the interns. You also partake in an internship project where you’ll pitch to senior level executives. The internship program takes place at Ogilvy & Mather offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.

To learn more about this program visit Ogilvy’s Internship Program Facebook or Twitter sites. If you’re interested in applying visit SoConnect or Ogilvy’s career site. You’ll need a resume, two professional or educational references, and writing samples.

The application deadline is January 4th for Chicago, NY & Atlanta and January 31st for Los Angeles. Other internships are also offered for Public Relations in NYC, Atlanta, & DC.

Ogilvy’s Facebook & Twitter


Mandi Glowen, EPICS Coordinator

Adventures of an EPICS Intern in LA: The Los Angeles Plunge

Seeing as how this is my final blog post, I’ll try and put some words of wisdom on here, and if nothing else, you get to find out about my crazy experience in the Hollywood Hills.

It’s been a whirlwind three months, but I am nearing the end of my time in Los Angeles and, while I look back and wonder where the time went, I quite often see how much of a changed person I’ve become and how much experience can be garnered by spending a quarter somewhere different (be it study abroad or an internship). The EPICS program is, without a doubt, one of the best decisions I have made throughout college (maybe not quite on the same level as choosing to come to NU but probably more than discovering the miracle of Clarke’s on a taxing Friday night). More so than getting tangible experience in the field that you want, it’s an even better way of gaining confidence in your everyday life, as well as in your professional life. I am more confident in my skills, and feel like I have an effective way at “selling” myself in the ever-competitive world of the entertainment business.

What’s an even sillier proposition is how scared and intimidated I was by the prospect of moving out to LA for a quarter! Were there times when I wished I was back at NU (especially with the leaves, and the chill, and the lake)? Sure, but I realized that the program was an even bigger opportunity that, all things considered, did wonders for my professional and personal development. I’d be willing to wager that I am as pleased with my personal development as with my professional development, despite the fact that I am firmly entrenched and in love with the way that the entertainment business operates. I’ve learned how to run on three or four hours’ sleep; I’ve learned that refrigerated air, while comfortable, is actually really expensive; I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to go see a good movie, or eat frozen yogurt to melt the troubles away. It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve met very driven people, who are all genuinely interested in helping me grow and helping me learn the system and the way Hollywood operates; it’s very different from the way school operates!

If you want to get into Hollywood, then by all means do it! The trick for me was in asking myself whether I was ready to do it, and I’ve found that the aforementioned question usually is the most pressing barrier for people. It’s not whether that resume is ready, or whether you will end up finding somewhere (cheap!) to live, or even whether you will miss attending the Mag Mile Lights Parade (despite the fact that you’ve been there three years in a row). It really is a simple question of whether you are “ready” to do something different and make a choice that can shape the direction of your life and your career. Sure, it’s a scary thought, and I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve wondered whether life is moving by too quickly, or whether I’m doing “things” (in the abstract sense, sure) correctly. But, you’re lucky to have a great organization behind you, populated with fantastic people that I’ve found are insanely interested in helping you get an edge up in the “biz.” So, just do it!

When your life is flashing before your eyes, such as with the couple that I nearly ran off the edge of a cliff in the Hollywood Hills, make sure there’s something substantial and exciting, and maybe even a little bit dangerous in that vision.

As ever and ‘till we meet again.


RTVF ’13

Informational Interviewing: A Great Way to Spend Winter Break

One way to maximize your winter break is to reach out to your network, NU alumni or industry professionals for informational interviews.

Here are some tips and advice from your fellow ‘Cat, Michael Janek.

Informational Interviews:

A common misconception about professionals is that they’re unattainable.  I’ve interviewed a lot of people in the entertainment industry from sheer curiosity and they usually welcome these interviews.  These interviews have helped to build my network in LA and have even resulted in job offers.  That said, you should only approach informational interviews to gain deeper understanding of the interviewee, their experience, and their profession.  You shouldn’t expect to get a job out of them.

This is how I usually go about them:

  1. I find a person to interview.  They may have the job I want.   They may have a job I’m interested in but know nothing about.   They may have a job that is indirectly related to the job I want.
  2. I identify the person I’m interviewing.  You need to know their name, and their title at their workplace.  Know what basic relationship they have to you.  Are they an alumnus?  Are they in the same profession?  Do you have a mutual acquaintance?  Did someone refer you to them or did you find them on your own?  You don’t need to know much about them, as that’s the reason for the interview.
  3. I reach out to that person.  Mostly this will be through email, at least initially.  If you can find their email, send them a short message of inquiry to gauge their interest.  No one wants to read a long email, especially if it is asking a favor.  Get to the point.

If you’re a stranger and are vague on what you want, they have no reason to respond to you.    That’s why, in the subject of the email, I usually include who I am and my relation to the person.  Like “Friend of Cheyl Meyers” or “Question from an NU student”.  I also make sure to send it from my northwestern email and have “Northwestern” in my signature.  That word can open doors.  Trust me.

Example email:

Subject: Northwestern Student (Referred by Cheryl Meyers)

Mr. Gaffield,

I’m a student at Northwestern University and I found you on the NU alumni database.  I noticed that you’re VP of Marketing and Sales at Radio Disney.  That sounds like an incredible job and something I’d love to learn more about.

Is there I time I could talk to you over the phone or email?  I’d appreciate any insight I could get into marketing at such a huge company.

Thanks so much!  I hope to hear from you soon.

-Michael Janák

Northwestern University 2013


If you are lucky enough to get a time to meet with that person, make sure you’re very gracious about it.  People are happy to take a break in their day to talk to someone who’s interested in what they do.  People love mentoring others and being reminded that what they do matters.  So if you do it the right way, you won’t be bothering them.

If your meeting is over email, you have a lot more room to ask very specific questions, though regardless of the medium, you should always go into a meeting with some questions in mind.  In a face-to-face interview, be spontaneous.  Don’t look down at notes and read them off.  Make it conversational.  When they answer your question, take what they just said and ask more about that specifically.  This shows that you’re interested in who they are personally, not what their position is.  Someone who is making a career out of what they’re doing obviously cares about it.  They won’t get bored of talking about it.  And you should also be interested in it.  “So you collect data from retired veterans? That’s interesting.  How do you target them if they aren’t internet-savy?”

When the interview is over, make an effort to thank them, be it in person, a follow-up email, or a handwritten letter.  They might tell you to contact them if you have any other questions.  That’s real.  They’re not just saying that.  You now have a contact that is just as strong as “my aunt’s best friend who works at Paramount,” maybe even stronger.

I did this with NU alums on my lunch break and weekends while I was in LA.  I also did it with people at my internship without making an appointment.  I just walked into their office and introduced myself.  If they aren’t busy, they’re usually willing to talk.

This isn’t a job interview.  There should be no pressure to talk about yourself or why you’re qualified for anything.  In this interview, you don’t really matter.  That said, the person might in return, ask questions of you and you could be in their minds if a position ever opens up.  I got an internship at Jimmy Kimmel Live this way.  I had made contact with someone there and after talking with her, she forwarded my resume to the production manager.  But I’ve also had these interviews where I just walk away knowing more about the industry.  There’s really no way you can lose.

-Michael Janák

RVTF, Northwestern 2013

34th College Television Awards Call for Entries 2013

The College Television Awards is a nationwide competition recognizing
the best in college student produced video, digital and film work.

Categories include:

Alternative • Animation • Children’s • Comedy • Commercial • Documentary • Drama
Focus on Diversity and Gender Equality in Children’s Media
Focus on Disability • Magazine • Music – Best Composition
Music – Best Use • Newscast • Series

Cash Awards • Trip to Los Angeles • Meet the Pros • Black Tie Awards Gala


Click on the imagine below for more information and to enter.