Weekly Round-Up (11/14 – 11/20)


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Los Angeles/Santa Monica

New York 

  • Songtrust – Publishing Operations Internship Winter Internship & Spring Internship 2016


  • CAN TV (Chicago Access Corporation) – Video Production Training Manager (Chicago, IL)
  • IMG Artists – Tour/Production Associate (New York, NY)

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Broader Applications of My Internship

As my internship is in its last two weeks, I have been reflecting on what I have learned and how it applies to my career goals. Through working on public relations, I have cultivated many skills that will come in handy no matter what I do in the future.

First, in a very tangible sense, the hard skills that I learned in terms of pitching stories out to reporters and identifying news outlets that are appropriate for each story is transferable currently, while I am producing a show, and in my job search – coming up with ways to sell myself to potential employers and communicate effectively with them.

As I am producing The Dolphin Show right now, I have been able to introduce new public relations and marketing ideas to our overall strategy. The idea of using press pitches rather than generic press releases was a new one for me. It has been really fun to see my education at my internship reflected in my daily life and extra-curricular projects.

Additionally, I have gotten experience speaking on the phone with clients and specifically heading up a project to create an advisory board for one of our clients. On the phone, I have honed the balance of contributing to a conversation and knowing when to listen and absorb. My assignment has been great because part of helping to form the advisory board has led me to practicing my ability to speak and negotiate with agents – a skill that will be very important with what I hope to do in the future.

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A huge takeaway that I will leave my internship with is that the key word in public relations is: relations. It is imperative not only to have stories and angles worthy of coverage, but also to build and maintain substantial relationships. This relates not only to clients but also to news sources. This principle can be applied to other industries as well.

In general, building a network of connections and friends is so important for college graduates starting out, as I will be very soon. As I want to go into theatre management, it will be very important for me to understand the structure of the theatre industry and get to know a variety of industry professionals, as I would ideally be working with a variety of roles on any show’s team.

Overall, I think that it was really helpful to have an internship outside of my desired career area. Not only have I been able to see how I can gain so much even when participating in something that does not necessarily directly lead to my final career goals, but also, I was able to confirm that I do love multiple aspects of the business world, but I want to apply those skills to the theatre industry.

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!

Announcement Round-Up November 2015

Announcement Round Up

Check out the announcements section of SoConnect

for more details on all the highlighted announcements below.


Open Call F.A.M.E

Calling all dancers & musical artists ages 16-30! Auditions will be held Saturday, November 21st, 2015  10a.m. – 1pm

Final winners will each receive a minimum check of $1,000 towards their artistic endeavors and the guaranteed opportunity to showcase their talent to music agents and celebrity judges on 5/13/16. Visit their website for more info.

Yahoo “Viewfinder” University Participation Contest

Yahoo is looking for stories that move the needle with compelling characters and issues that affect a young millennial audience.

Yahoo Studios is reimagining the art of short-form storytelling, presenting a new mini-documentary series, “Viewfinder,” for the millennial generation. In the tradition of iconic programs like CBS News’ “60 Minutes” and HBO’s “Real Sports,”

“Viewfinder” will introduce our audience to the most compelling people and issues of the moment. As a global company with sites in more than 60 countries, Yahoo’s “Viewfinder” will be international and as diverse as the 800 million visitors who come to Yahoo each month.

Visit SoConnect for more details on this opportunity including a link to the vimeo page!

Join PBEO Launch Your Professional Sports Career at the 22nd Annual Job Fair!

Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities™ (PBEO®) is the official employment service of Minor League Baseball™.

The 2015 PBEO Job Fair, presented by DeVry University, will be held Dec. 6 – 9 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Job Fair is an annual feature of the Baseball Winter Meetings™. This is a great opportunity to choose from a variety of positions, meet with representatives from professional teams and interview on-site.

$64,000 Democracy For All Video Challenge

Make a video that moves people to action. And win $1,000, $5,000, or even $25,000!

The $64,000 Democracy For All Video Challenge is a contest that taps into the creative potential of Americans of all political stripes with short, powerful videos in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn cases like Citizens United and get big money out of politics.

For more information about the contest visit: http://democracyforall.com/contest/

Employer Spotlight: The Colonie

The Colonie is an award-winning post production house specializing in creative editorial, visual effects, color grading and design. Established in 2008, The Colonie works with the top advertising agencies including Leo Burnett, FCB, HY Connect, Burrell, Element 79 and many others. While we have worked the gamut of projects, the notable brands that shine on our reel include McDonald’s, Toyota, Kay Jewelers, and Special K, to name a few.

At The Colonie we believe in checking our egos at the door and embracing the power of teamwork. Our interns have the opportunity to observe editors, assistants and designers in client sessions as well as everyday assignments. Our goal is that interns absorb as much about the post production workflow as possible to better prepare them for a future career in the industry. In addition to shadowing, interns also edit a 30 second commercial and receive constructive feedback from The Colonie staff at the end of the semester.

TheColonie-JimmyHelm-(web)As a former Colonie intern, I can definitely say that the internship program is an excellent one. Not only is the atmosphere friendly and inviting but during my internship I was given the opportunity to learn everything about what it meant to be an Assistant Editor on a daily basis. My internship turned into a full time position and I’m happy to report that I’ve been apart of the family for over 5 years now.

We look for interns with a great work ethic, a friendly demeanor and a passion for the industry. Students who posses these characteristics are encouraged to apply.

The Colonie has internship positions available for winter/spring and summer. Log on to SoConnect to view (job 2547 & 2548). You can also visit www.thecolonie.com for more information.

Jimmy Helm is currently the Senior Assistant Editor at The Colonie.

Weekly Round-Up (11/9 – 11/13)


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Los Angeles/Santa Monica

New York 

  • Warner Music Group – Warner Music Group Internships (Spring 2016) *Also available in Los Angeles, Florida and Tennessee*


EPICS Career Corner! Gearing Up for Summer Applications

The end of the quarter is quickly approaching and so is the time to start applying for summer jobs or internships. Applying for any position can be stressful, but there are several steps you can take now to help set yourself up for success.

Self-reflection is one of the first steps any job seeker should complete. Think about what you have to offer an employer and how you can show that through your resume and cover letter. Consider the industry you would like to enter and where those jobs are located. Different cities attract different industries and as such will play a role in the positions that are available.

Another step to complete is setting manageable goals. This is one way to ensure that time is set-aside in your busy schedule for your job search. Some examples of goals include how many applications will be completed each week, how much time per day will be devoted to job search activities, and how many networking events you plan to attend.

Of course, always do your research. Researching your industry will help you to understand what jobs and internships are available, as well as understand the recruitment cycle. Make sure to use the information you find during your research to customize your application materials. Doing so will help you stand out as an applicant. It also shows employers that you took the time to become knowledgeable about their organization. Employers love that.

Lastly, do not forget to create a system for tracking your job search activities. This will help you keep track of applications, important reminders, and any follow-up that you may need to do. Excel, Word, and calendar reminders are great tools to use to keep organized.

Whether you are looking for an internship or full-time employment, it is never too late to start preparing for the job hunt.

Written by EPICS Assistant Director Funmi Ojikutu, who serves as the main point of contact for all SoC undergraduate programs.

Weekly Round-Up (11/2- 11/6)


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Los Angeles

  • Psychic Bunny – Psychic Bunny Cream Soda Production/Post Internship


Film Festival Round-Up November 2015

FilmFestival Round Up

Film festivals sent our way this month!

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

February 3 – 13, 2016

Final Deadline: December 18th

Accepting films in the following categories

  • Feature: Fiction
  • Feature: Documentary
  • Feature: Animation
  • Short: Fiction
  • Short: Documentary
  • Short: Animation

For more information on this festival or to submit visit: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=1305

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Film Studies Program

Deadline: November 15th

The program is a three-day symposium (February 5-6, 2016) open to all undergraduate students from around the United States. The program emphasizes film appreciation, criticism, and analysis. Lead by SBIFF sanctioned film educators, participating students experience a packed program with access to SBIFF’s many events and opportunities

#MeetTheArctic Short Film Contest 2015

Help us show the world that the Arctic isn’t just Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa.

Final Deadline: November 20th

Your film may be in any style you wish: animation, scripted, documentary, fiction, nonfiction, etc. It should focus on people, economic development and climate – preference will be given to films that take a balanced look at all three of these areas. The contest is open to film students at all levels as well as amateur film makers. Entrants must be residents of the U.S.

For more information and to submit: http://www.norway.org/MeetTheArctic#.VjqMdaKITio

Interested in finding other film festivals?

Visit: FilmFreeway or Withoutabox