Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Inevitable Curveballs In Life

So, things have gotten a little crazy since the last time I checked in. But don’t worry, it all worked out in the end.

As previously mentioned, I was interning at Disruption Entertainment. A few weeks ago, it was announced that the founding/owning producer of the company, Mary Parent, was tapped to run Legendary Studios. Unfortunately, this meant that Disruption would essentially cease to exist, leaving me down an internship. Needless to say I freaked out a little, but I won’t lie, I wasn’t exactly in mourning over the three spare days a week I had on my hands (Helllloooo Malibu).

Luckily, a superior from Disruption connected me with a former intern now working as an assistant at Vertigo Entertainment. Things moved rather quickly from there, and within two days I had an interview and was hired! I’ve been working at Vertigo for a couple weeks now and it’s been really amazing. They are one of the producers of the Lego Movie franchise and it is beyond cool getting to work in that environment.

The dissolution of Disruption was the epitome of a blessing in disguise. While I loved working there and am so thankful for the amazing opportunity, I now have experience handling the inevitable curveballs life will throw at you throughout your career. There is also the added benefit of getting another job under the belt, which can only strengthen ones resume and appeal to future employers.

I think the big take away from this is the importance of networking and establishing yourself as a hard worker. If it wasn’t for the Disruption executive’s recommendation, there is a good chance I’d be writing this post from the beach instead of an office (that was meant to sound like a worse alternative, btw). People notice when you stay late to finish a project, or seek out work if you have some downtime. These small, seemingly insignificant decisions can be really beneficial and may lead to new opportunities. As Northwestern students, I feel the quarter system gives us a huge advantage in working in a fast-paced work environment. We are eternally in midterm season, and this –sometimes-painful– NU phenomenon prepares us to always be on our toes, and gives us the ability to have a rapid turnaround with assignments. So when Spring Quarter’s first midterms start rolling in – probably by the end of this week – just know that the misery is preparing you to be an excellent worker once you graduate.

Till next time,


Daniel Goldberg is a senior Radio/Television/Film major who is interning at Vertigo Entertainment & Avalon Management during spring quarter. Follow him throughout the quarter to get the scoop on his internship experiences and life in LA!

Announcement Round-Up March 2016

Announcement Round Up

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more details on all the highlighted announcements below.

SoC Internship Award Programs

Looking for funding to help with the expenses associated with your summer internship? Apply for the SoC Internship Award Programs! All School of Communication undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the internship award programs.

Deadline to apply is Friday April 15th, 2016. Applications are available on our website.

Join NCA for a film + TV trek in LA

Want to learn more about career paths in film & TV? Northwestern Career Advancement invites current first-year undergraduate students, sophomores and juniors to join us on a Film & TV Career Trek to Los Angeles on Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2016!  Get an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to work at some of the top employers in film & TV while connecting with Northwestern alumni and industry professionals. This career trek is one of seven industry-specific treks in various U.S. cities offered by NCA in late summer.

Learn more and apply by Wednesday, April 13 at 12 p.m.:

Learn about all seven career treks:

Austin Film Festival Student Discount

Discounts are available for submissions into Screenplay & Teleplay and Film Competitions as well as discounts and special programming for students at the 23rd Annual Conference in October.

Considered by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “25 Festivals Worth the Fee,” AFF allows participating writers and filmmakers to measure themselves against the very best, while also providing unique and valuable networking and learning opportunities.

Students can save $10 off film and screenplay entries by submitting directly through or FilmFreeway (film submissions only). To get promo code, log into SoConnect.

For further information about these discounts including student rates to attend the Conference, please click here. For more information about our competitions, please click here.

EHS Discount Code for NYC Internship Housing

Save $200 on your housing with EHS! Thousands of student interns have already enjoyed calling EHS home. As part of the EHS community, you’ll have access to a bundle of impressive amenities including unlimited wifi, fitness centers, on-site laundry, and private bathrooms.

Call EHS for more information and Save $200 Today!(800) 297-4694 or visit their website.

SoC/NU Night for Adventure Stage Chicago & world premiere of Sign Unseen: Chapter Two of The Prometheus Project

SoC students! Join us this spring at Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC)  for the world premiere of Sight Unseen: Chapter Two of The Prometheus Project, written by Tom Arvetis ’96 and directed by your very own NU professor Rives Collins. Inspired by Greek mythology and community input, Sight Unseen is the prequel to 2014’s Spark.

We are having a special NU night on Friday, April 15 at 7pm, with a special $5 student ticket at the door. Simply present your student ID and state discount code RIVES. Performance dates and showtimes are listed below.

Adventure Stage Chicago presents: Sight Unseen
Northwestern Night April 15 at 7:00PM

Written by Tom Arvetis
Directed Rives Collins
Best enjoyed by everyone ages 8 and up

See the website for other dates/times if you can’t join us April 15.

London Calling: Global Media & Communications Seminar, Day 4

This post was written by Alaina McCaffrey, a Sophomore Communications Studies Major at Northwestern University attending the School of Communication’s Global Media & Communications Seminar in London.

I know that “jumping” out of bed is just a phrase. It doesn’t happen in real life. Except it did. To me. This morning. Today was the day that excited me the most: we started with a lecture from LSE’s Myria Georgiou, followed by a trip to BBC Film, and then a visit to LinkedIn’s London office. I’m a fan of all things Benedict Cumberbatch, and fascinated by marketing and advertising, so I knew this day would be worth the jump.

Myria’s lecture was a thought-provoking discussion about which cities are the most “connected,” and how different scholars’ definitions of connectivity influence power dynamics between locations. She was an excellent, engaging speaker and encouraged us to share and challenge our ideas about global cities. I was proud to recognize many of the concepts and scholarly works that we studied back at Northwestern, and to engage with them in the new context of London.

Afterward, we walked to BBC Films and spoke to members of their film and television teams. I was especially interested in the way their funding influences their philosophy: each household in the U.K. pays a “licensing fee” every year, and this money funds the BBC. This is in contrast to network TV in the U.S., where shows are funded by advertising. Because BBC is publicly owned, the team finds it best to make short series of 3-6 episodes each. These series might cater to relatively small segments of the U.K. population, but still showcase universal sentiments. This is different from the U.S., where we try to make shows as broadly appealing as possible to please large audiences and make more ad-money for the network. I was so fascinated by this unique perspective that I wasn’t even disappointed that Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t make an appearance.


After a lovely lunch at Pizza Express, we went to LinkedIn’s London office. The company is still growing extremely quickly, so lots of our discussion focused on growing the user base and the strength of its platform while still focusing on the user experience. One of the team members explained that he tackles issues that arise when different cultures use LinkedIn. For example, in Germany, it’s bad form to approach employees of a rival company, which he explained “is basically our business model,” so he and his team had to figure out different ways for Germans to use the site. Overall, one of the team’s biggest messages was to find a way to work abroad if possible. After their talk, I felt like working abroad was much more approachable than I had thought before this trip. We stayed for “drinks and nibbles”— this sounds so British to me— after the presentation ended to chat with the team about their experiences at LinkedIn. I tried to be professional and cool, but inside, I was still jumping.


London Calling: Global Media & Communications Seminar, Day 3

This post was written by Alaina McCaffrey, a Sophomore Communications Studies Major at Northwestern University attending the School of Communication’s Global Media & Communications Seminar in London.

When I was little and Mom still made Eggo waffles before school, I was a superstitious little nut, and the toasty-ness of my waffles indicated how my day would end up. Perfectly golden waffles meant the day was going to be good, but mushy or burnt meant I’d be miserable. Before we left London, my parents asked if I was nervous. I said yes, mostly about unlikely things, like a terrorist attack or being kidnapped. They proposed I should be more worried about being pick-pocketed. The morning I left, I made myself cinnamon raisin toast because, of course, I needed some indication from the omniscient toaster-gods as to how this trip will go. Lo and behold, perfectly golden. A good sign.

When we went down to the lobby this morning, the TV was on. As the newscasters spoke with ambiguity and confusion about the bombings in the Brussels airport, we saw pictures taken by terrified people in the dust and chaos. I doubted my toast, and sat anxiously waiting for information about how we would move forward.

We were told that our day would move forward as planned. We started off with two lectures: one from LSE professor Wendy Williams, and another from SoC alum Thomas Hoegh. Wendy began with a discussion about the flows and exchanges between media in the global “rich” north and the global “poor” south. She explained that the media in the global north tend to focus mostly on a combination of news from other countries in the north and from countries which were formerly parts of the country’s empire. This is problematic because citizens, who believe their media provide news from all over the world, often do not hear about events in countries in Africa and Latin America unless the countries were once a part of an empire. As we discussed the ethics of media, I wondered how many acts of violence I’d missed because of the media’s biases.

Wendy’s critique was especially meaningful as a lead-in to Thomas’s presentation. While Wendy is an academic, Thomas is the owner of Arts Alliance, a business which aims to please and challenge its audience with event cinema worldwide. He explained that in any field, professionals need invite audiences into the development of a creative work early on. The contrast between Thomas’s and Wendy’s perspectives stimulated a discussion about our desire to be both reflective students and impactful “grown-ups.” As a Communication Studies student with an interest in marketing, it was fascinating to hear about Thomas’s global business and the challenges he faces as he finds the balance between maintaining a profitable business and challenging the world’s cinema-goers to consider cultures and narratives beyond their own.

For lunch, we went to Dishoom, a fantastic Indian/Iranian restaurant in the style of a Bombay cafe. We chatted about our plans for the evening and the events of the morning over plates made to share. My favorites were a hot and spicy chai tea and lamb curry. While our lunch was entertaining, productive, and generally relaxing, I felt strange soaking my bread with curry while the thought that death could happen to anyone at any moment ran through my mind.

After lunch, we headed over to the BBC Broadcasting House. Solemnly, we went through security and waited in a lobby for our guide. In the lobby was a television with BBC’s coverage of Brussels. A large crowd of people— tour groups from all over the world— stood around the TV silently. After a few minutes, our group started our tour. We saw BBC’s TV broadcasting sets, watched a radio show host practice in the radio theatre, and even got to enact our own radio drama, starring our professor Neil Verma. Classmates chanted his name and we all laughed while he used his best radio voice to play the spooky villain.

After the BBC tour, we were free to explore the city on our own. Friends and I walked to Leicester Square to watch the stars of Batman v Superman at the film’s premier. On our way, among the thousands of people walking on the streets of London, one man played The Beatles’ “Let it Be” on the sidewalk with his guitar. All day, I had felt like we were ignoring the tragedy. We only acknowledged our feelings in the context of critiques against the media or our safety as international travelers. I felt guilty because I know tragedies happen every day and are so often unnoticed by the global north because of biases in the media, and because I had warm food in my belly, and because I have opportunities that some will never have, but I needed a moment to set acknowledge this burnt toast. I don’t know who this man was, but in this moment, I realized that individuals felt their grief in their own ways. I was anxious and horrified at these violent acts, but so was everyone else. Maybe letting it be isn’t the solution— stagnation and inaction are  dangerous— but despite tragedy and loss, life goes on and beauty still exists.

After exploring the city, we settled into a pub that was rebuilt in 1667 for our first fish and chips. I sat on Charles Dickens’ preferred bench. I tried to chat with a parrot that sat by the host. I listened to different accents joining in conversations about friendship, adventure, and London. I shared my chips with the friends I’ve made over the last few days. And they were golden brown.

London Calling: Jack of All Trades, Master of All

This post was written by Alex Gold, a Senior Theatre Major at Northwestern University attending the School of Communication’s Global Media & Communications Seminar in London.

The past three days in London have been a whirlwind (to utilize a cliche but applicable term). We have traversed the city taking in its beautiful sights and culture, meeting incredible alumni and professors, and enjoying all that this global city has to offer. We studied London as a “creative capital” in class, and experiencing it in person I understand the term completely. London is vibrant and pulsing with the energy of artists and innovators of all different disciplines.

Our flight arrived at 8AM GMT on Saturday, and after traveling from Heathrow to the hotel and checking in, some of us needed a quick rest to shake off the jet lag while others headed out to explore. We had the weekend pretty much free of scheduled activities, so we split off into various groups to check out different parts of the city. Some of us took in landmarks like Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, while others hit up thrift stores or the Tate Modern. Since I’m a theatre student, I wanted to spend the day taking advantage of all that London’s theatre scene has to offer. After a walk along the Thames River and lunch at Borough Market, I saw a matinee of the play “Cleansed” at the National Theatre. The National is easily the greatest non-profit theatre in London, if not the world, and it was a pleasure to explore this historic building as well as see the kind of challenging, fascinating play that London is famous for. After exploring the city a bit more, my roommate Lucinda and I got dinner and then I checked out another new play on the West End, “People, Places, and Things.” The show has onstage seating, so it was a real treat not only to be in the audience for this exciting play but also to get a great glimpse into the house of a historic theatre from an unorthodox perspective.

The next morning (after the most satisfying sleep of my life) I headed to Shoreditch, home to street fairs and London’s thriving graffiti scene. I took a tour of various works of street art all over the neighborhood, traveling off the beaten path and seeing incredible pieces that redefined my conceptions of what graffiti can be. The guide told us all about how various international graffiti artists converge on London, as well as how London-based artists are commissioned to travel all over the world decorating cities. It was a great exploration of London’s global nature and its status as a home base for creatives who are pushing boundaries in their respective fields.


That night, we were hosted by Northwestern alumnus and London theatre stalwart Lou Stein, an incredibly friendly and colorful guy who regaled us with stories of his eclectic and thrilling career before we sat down to a luxurious three-course meal in the Groucho Club, a private club for London theatre artists that Lou helped found in the 1990s. It was inspiring to hear from an alum who has achieved so much success here in London, and whose career has taken many unexpected and exciting turns. For instance, Lou is about to begin as artistic director of Chickenshed Theatre, an accessible theatre company based in the UK. It’s new territory, but Lou’s tireless work ethic and strong values make him a perfect fit. The dinner and conversation were wonderful, and a perfect start to our week in the Global Media and Communications Seminar proper.

Monday morning started promptly at 9:00AM, where we began our lecture series at the London School of Economics. We heard from Professor Charlie Beckett, who led an engaging and fascinating lecture and discussion on the role of the news media in Great Britain, comparing and contrasting this relationship with the one that exists in the US. Tracing the topic from the coining of the term “The Fourth Estate” in London in the 1787 to the current age in which a single Tweet can derail a political campaign, Professor Beckett provided a captivating glimpse into the importance of communications to the political process.

Afterwards, we headed down to the Ogilvy & Mather offices, in a beautiful space right on the river. We were introduced to Abby, a Northwestern alumnus now based out of the London office, and then met with several employees and marketing professionals there. They spoke with us about the different stages and segments of marketing and how the project management, creative, and planning departments all communicate and collaborate to produce a winning ad. One of the creative staff there told us that advertising professionals, on a twist on an old phrase, must be “jacks of all trades…and masters of all.” This got me thinking about how the eclectic skillsets we develop at Northwestern will come to our benefit in the professional world. The Ogilvy and Mather folks utilized a long-form video they produced for Phillips as their example, which I highly recommend you watch if you need a good cry. We’ve been studying how advertisers use emotional human content to help bring brands to the forefront of people’s minds as well as how they quantify engagement, and talking to the professionals at Ogilvy and Mather really cemented those ideas.

After a delicious lunch at a pizza restaurant right on the river, we returned to the LSE campus to meet and speak with David Sabel, a Northwestern alumnus who cannot be put in a box. He has been an actor, a director, and even a world-class chef, but most recently worked at the National Theatre, where he pioneered the NT Live program. NT Live broadcasts London theatre productions worldwide into cinemas (including directly into Northwestern’s Wirtz Center), providing unprecedented access to world-class theatre and expanding and diversifying audiences. His work is truly inspiring, and he has recently moved into a new role as Director of Creative Development for the London Theatre Company, a new start-up that plans to open a 900-seat theatre right in the heart of the city in Summer 2017. David is committed to programming exciting and ambitious new works into this space, a prospect that has become increasingly rare in the world of for-profit theatre especially. It was so inspiring to hear from David not only because I admire his career and work, but also because he openly told us that his seemingly diverse and unrelated set of skills and experiences have all contributed to where he is today. He told us to “never be afraid to admit to what you don’t know,” reminding me that life and career are a continual learning process in which we never stop growing. As a senior on the verge of graduation, this meant a lot to hear.

We are about to head to a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a show that began at the National (sensing a pattern?) before heading to the West End and Broadway and is now touring the United States. I can’t wait to see this beautiful, ambitious, international piece of theatre in the city where it was born. It’s been an exhausting but thrilling couple of days and I can’t believe how much more time we have to explore all that this wonderful city has to offer.

London Calling : And We’re Off!

This post was written by Alex Gold, a Senior Theatre Major at Northwestern University attending the School of Communication’s Global Media & Communications Seminar in London.

The past two weeks are reading and finals weeks here at Northwestern, which means a mad combination of studying, paper-writing, test-taking and all the other tying up of loose ends that happens at the end of every quarter. But instead of heading back home for spring break as I normally do, I’ll be flying to London to take part in Northwestern School of Communication’s Global Media and Communications Seminar. Visions of Big Ben and enormous English breakfasts have sustained me through many a late-night session in the library and fifteen-page essay lately, and the fact that we’re finally leaving for the trip doesn’t even feel quite real yet.

The School of Communication’s EPICS Office has diligently prepared us for the trip, both logistically (handing out our full itinerary and Oyster cards to use on the Tube) and mentally – all of us going on the trip have participated in a quarter-long course led by Professor Neil Verma. In this class, we’ve studied too many creative industries to count: film, television, digital music, theatre, fine art, and many others. In the process we’ve sought to define what it means to be a “creative” in today’s incredibly global, technologically-driven world. We’ve read everything from Marxist interpretations of the culture industries to a book about iTunes and Napster, watched and studied Tangerine, Slumdog Millionaire, and the Dove “Real Beauty” ads, and prepared dossiers and presentations on HBO’s Vinyl, Art Basel Miami, and countless other cultural touchstones. We’ve done all this in an effort to delve deeper into the global media and communications sectors, really understanding the industry behind the cultural products we all consume on a daily basis. As a graduating senior (yikes…) on the verge of pursuing a career in arts leadership, it’s been an inspiring and fascinating quarter learning about the leaders and systems on the forefront of innovations in the media and culture industries.

One of the most amazing aspects of the London trip is its intrinsic connection to the work we’ve done in the classroom. Every morning during the week, we’ll be taking in lectures set up especially for us at the London School of Economics, hearing from faculty whose work we have studied in class, like Professor Nick Couldry (a cultural sociologist who teaches at the LSE). We’ll also have the opportunity to connect with industry professionals such as Thomas Hoegh (who pioneered the concept of “event cinema” and screening live events with his company Arts Alliance). I can’t wait to actually hear from some of these amazing creatives and thinkers in person.

I’ve been spending my finals week procrastinating by researching sights to see, landmarks to visit, food to eat, and all the incredible sites we’ll be visiting and people we’ll be hearing from in London. This trip is going to be an incredible conclusion to my academic experience in the School of Communication, and I’m sure it’s pretty clear that I can’t wait. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have so much packing to do….


Weekly Round-Up (3/14 – 3/18)

Weekly Round Up

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  • Big Shoulders- Video Production Internship Summer 2016
  • Northwestern University, SONIC Lab- NASA Mission Data Analysis Intern
  • Nutricio LLC
    • Web Copywriter
    • Social Media Specialist
  • Rush University Medical Center- Rush University and Rush SurgiCenter Internships

Los Angeles, CA

  • Endgame Entertainment- Summer 2016 Development Intern
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    • Pivot TV – Creative Services Intern
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    • Advocacy & Social Impact –Public Affairs Intern
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    • Social Media Marketing Intern, TakePart
    • TakePart Editorial Intern
    • Communications & Events Intern
    • Documentary Intern
  • Radiant Productions- Film/TV Development Intern Summer 2016

New York, NY

  • Participant Media
    • Pivot – Advertising & Brand Solutions Intern
    • Pivot TV – Affiliate Relations Intern

Other Markets

  • Institute for Wellness- Virtual Internship (Nationwide)
  • MagicSauceMedia- Communication Intern


  • AMC- Digital Content Coordinator (New York, NY)
  • Jeff McClusky & Associates (JMA Promo)- Executive Administrative Assistant (Chicago, IL)