Weekly Round-up (10/26- 10/30)

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Pitches in the PR Biz

Before beginning my internship, I cannot say that I knew much about what a public relations firm did. All I really knew about public relations was that press releases are sent out to reporters to try to ensure coverage. However, much more goes into a day in a public relations office.

On my first day at Jill Schmidt Public Relations, I was introduced to the concept of pitching, which is the new way to attract media coverage. A pitch is a blurb of maybe five sentences that conveys the beginnings of a story that a reporter can pick up. There are trend pitches, gift guide pitches, and so many other types of blurbs to be written.

Over the past month and a half of my internship, I have been assigned to write a multitude of different pitches for six clients of the company’s. This has been not only an excellent exercise in writing and creative thinking, but also it has been really rewarding to have such large responsibilities. I am tasked with coming up with my own story angles and sending them to reporters, all on my own. This is very unique for an internship, at least in my experience.

What I have learned from pitch writing is that customization and personalization is key to success, in public relations, and outside of the field. Reporters, and people in general, will respond more when they feel like they are significant and their time is valued. The way to ensure this is to email reporters individually, and to only email reporters who cover stories similar to the ones I pitch.

After pitching dozens of stories to hundreds of reporters, I have had a couple of stories picked up. The biggest one was on HLN for CNN. The segment was called “The Daily Share”, and on it, the Vivitar selfie stick was reviewed. Vivitar is one of JSPR’s clients, and they offer a variety of products. The one I focus on is their selfie stick, and after pitching it to a hundred reporters, CNN picked it up.

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It was very rewarding to see my work showcased on television. This tangible feedback is helpful in motivating me to continue to create new story angles. I am excited to see what other stories I am able to get picked up by news reporters. Additionally, I am so excited to continue learning and growing.

Alex Wolfe is a senior theatre major who is interning at Jill Schmidt Public Relations during fall quarter. Follow her through the quarter to get the scoop on her internship!

Weekly Round-up (10/19- 10/23)

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • 360i- Marketing/Research Intern- Winter 2016
  • City Lit Theater Company- Administrative/Artistic Intern
  • Jackalope Theatre Company- Show Interns for Rolling (Winter) & Show Interns for Prowess – (Spring)
  • Kurtis Productions- Documentary TV Production Internship- Winter 2016
  • Intersport- Marketing Intern, Entertainment & Hospitality

Los Angeles

  • Carousel Productions- Spring 2016 Television Production Internship
  • Creative Artists Agency- 2016 Winter/Spring Internship Program – Various departments & 2016 Summer Internship Program – Various departments

Other Markets

  • Creative Artists Agency- 2016 Winter/Spring Music Internship Program & 2016 Summer Music Internship Program (Miami, FL)
  • Creative Artists Agency- 2016 Winter/Spring Music Internship Program (Nashville, TN)

Full-time:

  • FTI Consulting- Strategic Communications Recent Graduate Internship 2016 (Chicago)

Employer Spotlight: Viacom

In the EPICS office we have been noticing the trend that some of our best internship opportunities posted in SoConnect are closing their application deadlines earlier and earlier in the academic year.  These internship hosts are looking for the best candidates and are looking to recruitment them months out from the start of the internship.  A great example of an upcoming deadline is for Viacom’s Summer Associate Program, which closes on Friday, November 6th.

Many are familiar with Viacom as the parent company for MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central, but the Viacom portfolio also includes Nickelodeon, Spike, BET, CMT, and Paramount Pictures.  They also recently expanded their partnership with Hulu, which will result in Hulu access to some Viacom’s most popular shows and a whole set of exclusive programming from Nickelodeon.

Viacom has offices all over the country (New York, California, Chicago, Nashville, and Miami) with the Summer Associate Program is based out of the New York headquarters.  The 10-week training program is specifically designed for recent college graduates interested in emerging media.  Beyond the television focus that Viacom is most well known for, the Summer Associate Program is housed within the tech and digital focused departments and works with the many networks of Viacom as well as Viacom mobile, online, and gaming initiatives.  Most relevant to SoC programs, these departments could include digital research, multiplatform content production, multiplatform marketing, and product development.

While all Viacom internships are paid and provide college credit, the Summer Associate Program is unique in providing housing in NYC, a weekly executive speaker session, professional development workshops, and the opportunity to develop and present a business proposal to senior executives within Viacom.

If you are interested in Viacom’s Summer Associate Program, visit SoConnect or the Viacom Careers page for more information and to apply!  Additional Viacom internship opportunities are available on a rolling basis and can also be found on SoConnect.

Weekly Round-up (10/12- 10/16)

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • Chicago Splash Magazine- Editorial Internship- Spring 2016
  • LiquidThread- LiquidThread Internship Program- Spring 2016
  • Margie Korshak Inc- Theater Department Intern- Spring 2016
  • National Basketball Retired Players Association- Winter & Spring Sports Communication Interns
  • Sylvia Perez Productions- Winter Intern
  • Viacom Inc.- Viacom Ad Sales and Marketing Spring 2016 – Chicago

Los Angeles

  • Ensemble Entertainment- Winter/Spring 2016 Literary Management/Production Company Internship
  • Grand Electric- Internship at High-Profile Production Company- Spring 2016 Intern
  • Radiant Productions- Film/TV Development Intern – Winter 2015
  • ROAR-  ROAR Talent and Music Interns

New York

  • New York Theatre Workshop- Spring Internships

Other Markets

  • Viacom- CMT/Viacom Summer Internship (Nashville, TN)

Full-time:

  • L2TMedia- Digital Media Coordinator, Social Media Specialist, Digital Advisor, Business Development Respresentative, & Content Associate (Chicago, IL)

EPICS Career Corner! Researching Companies

An often overlooked component of launching an effective job or internship search is conducting research on prospective employers.  Often postponed until the last minute, or not done at all by the less successful job seeker, savvy job hunter knows that a more effective strategy is gathering information before it is needed.  Begin with a target list of companies that are of interest to you and delve into collecting facts about those organizations that will enable you to speak with confidence and put you ahead of your competitors.

Before the dawn of the internet, yet after the invention of the lightbulb, many a student, this writer included, would trudge to the library to gather facts about a particular organization.  Sometimes these were exercises in futility and other times, a plethora of information was forthcoming…but at a price (subscription).  Happily, with robust search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, or Ask, conducting research is merely keystrokes away from uncovering a wealth of useful information.  Of course, the first stop in your research should be the company’s web site and don’t forget to look at their financial pages.  I would also encourage you to read articles in the mainstream press about your target company as well as such information sources as the Better Business Bureau or government agencies.

Here are a few recommended websites that will help you get started in your quest:  Glassdoor, Bloomberg Businessweek, Vault.com and for those interested in not-for-profit work, check out Idealist.org or OpportunityKnocks.org.  A great article that will help inform your research can be found here.

One of the best ways to stand out from the crowd of competitors is to conduct your research, formulate meaningful questions and dazzle them with your confidence and knowledge.

Written by EPICS Assistant Director Kimberley Cornwell, who serves as the main point of contact for students in the Master of Science in Health Communication program.

Weekly Round-up (10/05- 10/9)

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • Hubbard Street Dance- Over 10+ internship available in marketing, development, education, arts administration, etc.
  • Chicago Splash Magazine- Design/Web & Marketing interns- Winter 2016
  • ext.54- Public Relations Intern- Winter 2016
  • GlobeMed- Communication Fellows
  • Gray Talent Group- Talent Management Intern- Winter 2016
  • Kartemquin Films- Kartemquin’s Winter/Spring 2016 Internship Program
  • Kindling Group- Winter/Spring Internship (Outreach and Post-Production)
  • Leviathan- Design / Motion Graphics Internship Winter 2016
  • Music Box Films- Winter/Spring Marketing and Film Distribution Intern
  • National Futures Association- Communications Intern- Winter 2016
  • Periscope Post and Audio- Periscope Editorial Internship
  • Swank Publishing- Public Relations Internship- Winter & Spring 2016
  • The Colonie- Winter/Spring 2016 Post-Production Intern
  • The Onion- The Onion Writing Fellowship

Los Angeles

  • Circle of Confusion- Winter/Spring 2016 Agency & Production Internship
  • MGM Studios- TV Development & Production Intern Winter 2016
  • Red Hour Films- Films Internship Winter/Spring 2016

New York

  • IRTS Foundation- IRTS Summer Fellowship Program
  • Viacom- Summer Associate Program

Other Markets

  • ‘stache media- Winter/Spring Music Marketing Internship (remote)
  • Scripps Howard Foundation-  Semester in Washington (Washington, DC)

Full-time:

  • CBS Radio- Local Sales Assistant US 99.5 (Chicago)

Freelance:

  • Northwestern University, IMPACT Program- Videographer