SoConnect Weekly Round-up: 5/24 – 5/30

New Internships:

  • Preferred Content – Administrative and Creative Affairs Intern
  • Storefront – Content and Community Intern
  • The Orchard – Digital Advertising Intern
  • Zoom Media and Marketing – Experiential Marketing Intern – Summer
  • Taliesin Nexus – Paid Screenwriting & Production Internship

New Full Time:

  • Winsby, Inc. – Direct Marketing Caller
  • Zoom Media and Marketing – Experiential Marketing Coordinator

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SoConnect Weekly Round-up: 5/19 – 5/23

New Internships:

  • 435 Digital – Paid SEO Intern
  • Northwestern University Office of Alumni Relations & Development – Video Production Intern

New Freelance/Full-Time Postings:

  • CBS Radio – Digital Traffic Ad Specialist
  • The HistoryMakers – Program Director
  • Kyle Henry – Student Camera Operators/Editors for Henry’s Rogers Park workshop
  • MedPage Today – Videographer

Current Highlights:

  • LA: Karga Seven Pictures- Summer Development Internship
  • NYC: Bret Adams, Ltd- Literary/Theatre Interns
  • Chicago: Chicago International Social Change Film Festival- Film Festival Intern
  • Other Market: Center Stage- Summer Internships (Baltimore, MD)

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Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Diving into Disney

Walt Disney famously said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” For me, picking up and leaving Evanston had been one of the most intimidating things I’d ever had to do. But doing it led to one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had in my life – interning for Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Since I’ve been here, many of my friends have asked me what is like working for Disney. “For one, I never have to explain what the company does,” is what I usually say. In truth though, I’ve been having a blast. As part of the External Communications team, I’ve been actively engaged in writing, research, and content planning – all the things that make up a solid media relations internship.

But what’s made my time here truly one-of-a-kind has been the opportunity to be part of such an incredible variety of meaningful experiences: I’ve produced a video featuring Disney employees (here called Cast Members) talking about their moms. I’ve assisted in a live broadcast of Good Morning America. I’ve written a story that got picked up by a local TV channel about Princess Belle reading to preschoolers. I even helped build a neighborhood playground as a Disney VoluntEAR. And, as of earlier this month, I can officially count myself one of the first to ride Magic Kingdom’s highly anticipated newest attraction, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, as part of an international press event attended by more than 250 media.

Team Disney
Team Disney

I suppose the one thing that ties it all together is the desire to tell compelling stories with humor and heart. This principle is the driving force of what Disney does, and stems the legacy Walt himself left behind. For me, it meant learning early on how to write a press release or a Facebook post with an understanding of what moves people. Here, the power of a good story is never underestimated.

One last thing – I’ve found it amazing how easy it is to reach out to other Cast Members, despite the company’s sheer size. In fact, it is part of the corporate culture to allow for opportunities to meet other professionals, something I’ve seen people do with much enthusiasm. After all, the range of roles at Disney is so broad and diverse that there is great deal of interest in what others do. There is almost a sense of kinship in the way people within Disney regard each other – I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

Ultimately, my time at Disney has been immensely energizing, and an unmatched experience. There is just so much to learn here, and the best part is, your work makes a real difference, both within the company and out in the community. I suppose it isn’t unexpected that Walt Disney himself said it best:

“Most of my life I have done what I wanted to do. I have had fun on the job.”

Geneve is a Senior Communication Studies Major currently interning at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

 

SoConnect Weekly Round-up: 5/3 – 5/16

New Internships:

  • Northwestern University IMPACT Program – Marketing and Communications Intern

New Freelance/Full-Time Postings:

  • AT&T – Business sales leadership development program, Retail leadership and development program
  • Integrated Direct Marketing (IDM) – Associate Program Manager
  • Northwestern University Undergraduate Research – Research Assistant with Dave Tolchinsky, Research Assistant with Kyle Henry
  • SGK – Senior Brand Strategist
  • Accion Chicago – Senior Conminaciones Associate
  • Kyle Henry – Student Production Manager

Current Highlights:

  • LA: Magical Elves- Casting Intern
  • NYC: MCC Theater- Development, Marketing, and Education/Outreach Internships
  • Chicago: CBS Radio- Marketing & Promotions Internship, B96 Morning Show and Promotions Internships
  • Other Market: Fleishman-Hillard Inc.- Public Relations Internship (St. Louis, MO)

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Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Picking Up Steam

Hey friends!

It’s been a few weeks since my last blog post and things are picking up steam! An internship is like any experience that you participate in for an extended period – you (one would hope) get better, and I’ve been lucky to feel that I am. It’s fun in the context of a company, because the knowledge is both specific and general: I’m better at understanding the policies and methods that are employed by Carol Fox & Associates specifically, but I also feel increasingly like I know more about how the worlds of PR and Marketing work on a large scale.

By far the most fun part of what I do at CF&A are the events I’ve been able to attend. Two weeks ago, I worked the Chicago Opera Theater’s 40th anniversary gala and auction at City Winery, a far cry from the usual social events I wind up at. It was a beautiful evening in a beautiful location, not to mention exhilarating to watch kind people dedicate a lot of money to support the arts (YEAH! MORE OF THAT PLEASE!) I also had a very official clipboard for helping the photographer caption photos, which you can see for yourself below.

Official Clipboard business
Official Clipboard business. My co-workers (the two on the right are both Northwestern grads!) are checking guests in at the Chicago Opera Theater event.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the opening night of the CineYouth Festival, a film festival celebrating its tenth year with 75 films all directed by people under the age of 21. It’s done in conjunction with the Chicago International Film Festival, and this year the opening night guest was Fred Savage. As I told my mom, he was a child star on The Wonder Years – as my mom pointed out to me, I’ve never seen the show, but hey, EXCITING THINGS – and he is an award winning producer and director of Modern Family and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, among other things. He was incredibly kind and down to earth, and I learned how a red carpet works on a small scale. Certainly an experience I’ve never had before.

Chicago Bears Cornerback Charles 'Peanut' Tillman
Chicago Bears Cornerback Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman

I had the rare treat of starting this Monday morning at 5 a.m. to go on a radio and interview tour with a member of the Chicago Bears for a charity event of his taking place at Kings Lanes in Rosemont. It was fascinating to watch different camera crews work, and see radio happen from the inside, as well as to learn a whole lot more about football. (That’s not hard when you’re starting from zero). Charles “Peanut” Tillman was so fun to travel around with, and was incredibly kind and fun to talk to.

All in all, exciting things on the internship front. I still love going to work every day, and how much my comfort and excitement about the company and about being in Chicago has grown. Sports, opera, who knows which way my horizons will be expanded next.

See you soon!

Bridget McNamara is a Junior Theatre major interning with Carol Fox & Associates this quarter.

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: A Whole New Experience

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Ground view of the field

I truly thought I knew what to expect from a Major League Soccer game; I had seen several on television, but when I attended my first one this past weekend, my entire perception changed. I was so close to the field that the freshly cut grass was taking over my senses. The experience was eye opening. The fans cheered for all 90 minutes, and the support for the Chicago Fire was inspiring. It was a hard fought game that saw the Fire score two great first half goals against Nick Rimando, and Real Salt Lake. However, the visitors prospered in the end scoring three unanswered goals to take the win. Although the Fire could not see out the game, it was still very exciting. Sean Johnson made two great first half saves that I mistakenly assumed would be goals. It’s inspiring to watch and learn from one of the best up-and-coming goalkeepers in the United States.It was my first time at the massive football stadium, which was amazing.

 

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Coach’s conference for the Mexican National Soccer Team

I attended the Mexican National Team Coach’s press conference at Soldier Field.The press conference was eye opening as well. I worked as the microphone operator, so I was thoroughly involved in the process going from reporter to reporter allowing them to field their question. Although I could only pick up on a few Spanish words, it was extremely fun to see how press conferences operate. Overall, it was a good experience, and is something that I hope to experience much more through my internship, and as a player.

 

 

Tyler Miller is a Communication Studies major, interning with the Chicago Fire this quarter.

SoConnect Weekly Round-up: 4/28- 5/2

New Internships:

  • WMS- Associate Intern- Market Research
  • Make-A-Wish- Wish Program, Communciations, Signature Events, Community Events, Community Relations Intern, Corporate Fundraising, Stewardship,Volunteer Services, and Development Services Intern
  • 435 Digital- Digital Marketing Internship
  • A+E Networks- Distribution & Production Interns
  • The Whitehouse Post- Fall Internship
  • Taliesin Nexus- Hollywood Internship Program, Deadline 5/15
  • Cohen Financial- Marketing Internship

New Freelance/Full-Time Postings:

  • Simpson Healthcare Executives- Client Services Manager
  • The Right Party- Director for Web Series
  • Taliesin Nexus- Filmmakers Workshop & Liberty Lab for Filmmakers
  • Kieth Wallace Memorial Fund- Special Events & Fundraising Intern
  • Northwestern University, Dean of Students Office- Summer Marketing/Communication Internship
  • CBS Radio- US 99.5 Morning Show Producer

Current Highlights:

  • LA: A+E Networks- Distribution & Production Interns and Berlanti Productions – Production Intern
  • NYC: Recreation Worldwide- Production Internship
  • Chicago: Chicago Fringe Festival- Stage Management & Technical Internships
  • Other Market: Center Stage- Summer Internships (Baltimore, MD)

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Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Moving to Disney World

Moving is never easy, even if you’re going to the happiest place on earth.

I didn’t expect to be working for Disney World. I had barely even expected to be spending my senior year so far away from Evanston. Yet, here I was, pulling up into my new home in a car I could barely drive, wondering what on earth there could be in store for me over the next six months.

I’ve now been here five, and I’ve come to love Disney. But before I get ahead of myself – hello! My name is Geneve, and I am a Senior Communication Studies Major currently interning on the External Communications team at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

My work is varied and exciting, but before I could ease into my job, I first had to ease into my new life in Central Florida. If you’re even half the homebody I am, then you’d get my anxiety – I knew nobody and barely anything about Florida when I moved here in January. I was, to put it bluntly, terrified.

But my little adventure in Orlando has turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career so far. And I’m sure that at some point in all our lives, we’ll be prompted to begin a new chapter in an unfamiliar place. Perhaps that day is soon for you as you navigate the uncertain waters of graduating, or maybe its some ways down the road. Either way, I’ve found that there are things you can do to ease into a new place. Relocating doesn’t have to be scary. It can even be exciting.

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Disney World

1. Do your research.

For someone relocating, knowing as much as possible about your future job is only the tip of the iceberg. There’s figuring out where to live, how to get to your work location, what your best transportation options are… among a slew of other concerns. I’ve found it helpful to start by connecting with the company you’ll be working at – many already have some form of assistance in place for people just like you.

For example, at Walt Disney World, interns can elect to live in company-sponsored housing, complete with furniture, fellow intern roommates, and special community events for residents. There are dedicated resources for its youngest employees – who are called Cast Members – to figure out how to live, play, and work in Central Florida, including free flu shots, a tax assistance program, and even local volunteer opportunities. Rent also comes right out of your paycheck, so you’ll never be a day late.

2. Meet new people.

Being in a new environment can be intimidating, especially if you’re going at it alone. What’s helped a lot for me has been getting to know the fairly large community of interns who also work at Walt Disney World Resort. There are nearly 70,000 Florida-based Cast Members here, so I’ve met students like myself interning in every discipline imaginable – from Creative Costuming to Accounting, Special Events to Horticulture. What helps us connect is our shared status as “newbies” of The Walt Disney Company.

3. Explore your surroundings.

There’s really no better way to make an unfamiliar place familiar, even if it’s just getting to know the aisles of the Publix down the street. (For the unacquainted – Publix is the Floridian counterpart to Jewel-Osco.) I’ve been making a point to go a little further each weekend. Aside from getting a good handle on Walt Disney World property – which, by the way, is in itself the size of San Francisco – I’ve kayaked with manatees, driven to the cities of St. Augustine and Cape Canaveral, and checked out several neighborhood haunts. Just remember to use your discretion with unfamiliar surroundings, or better yet – explore together with a new friend.

All in all, it has been a fruitful five months here at Walt Disney World, and I’ve barely even begun talking about my job! But that’s for next time. In the words of the biggest celebrity in town – Mickey Mouse himself – “See Ya Real Soon!”

Geneve is a Senior Communication Studies Major currently interning at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.