Employer Spotlight: Evive Health

Evive LogoGreat product, great people, and great culture all come together to help employers and their employees maximize use of healthcare benefits and promotes patient engagement in new and meaningful ways.  That is the cornerstone of Evive Health, a Chicago based company located in the West Loop.

A visit to their website states the Evive lives at the intersection of Big Data and Behavioral Economics.  How does that promote patient engagement? Simply put, Evive works with employers to become their benefits hub and creates personalized recommendations and encouragement for employees to better manage their health and when appropriate to take healthy action.  What is most impressive is that messages delivered via direct mail, web or text is customized to each individual! No generic or boilerplate messaging that can easily be disregarded or overlooked.

Evive Health is growing.  If you’re interested in making a difference in the health of others or passionate about patient engagement, there are opportunities that would be of interest—copywriter, operations associate, account executive, and account coordinator just to name a few.  Find out more at http://www.evivehealth.com/.

If you are interested in a position with Evive Health, they are currently seeking an Implementation Specialist. Log into SoConnect to view job ID# 3358.

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: A Day on Set

Hey Everyone!

Happy almost June to you all! Well my time in California is wrapping up over the next few weeks. Weird. I’ve been trying to check off the things on my SoCal bucket list the past couple months, but it wasn’t until the other week that I was able to complete my final task; get on a working set.

PastedGraphic-1Let me explain. David Downs, the epic EPICS Professor running the LA program (see what I did there?) has been guiding us interns throughout the quarters as an invaluable source of advice. The other week Professor Downs was able to arrange for hands down the most exciting day I’ve had during my time in LA. We got an exclusive look into the production of Showtime’s Ray Donovan on the Sony Pictures backlot.

David Hollander, the Showrunner/Exec Producer of the show, was once Professors Downs student in Evanston, and he gave us a full day to see what it entails to actually run a show. It was honestly the coolest thing I’ve gotten to do. We were able to observe a writers room meeting, which for me was like getting to be the fly on the wall in your favorite sports teams locker room during half time. Can’t go into specifics on what we saw and heard, but needless to say it was truly amazing to see these professionals collaborate and create stories that will one day be broadcasted to millions. Like I said, coolest thing ever.

Everyone we met, from the writers to the editors, were all so friendly and willing to offer advice for us students with similar aspirations. We then got to actually go on set to watch them film a scene for the upcoming season. As we walked towards the sound stage, who do we see casually learning his lines on outside?  Liev Schreiber, preparing for his next scene. Professor Downs had met him before and we all had a very cool conversation about Mr. Schreiber’s time in college (we didn’t want to bother him with a fan picture while he was working, so we couldn’t get a photo). Five minutes afterward we were on set in those classic directors chairs watching Mr. Schreiber completely shift gears into character and perform.

The whole day was surreal; kind of felt like a real-life Disney World experience of seeing these magical elements coming together, if that makes any sense. It was also incredibly informative and motivational in terms of my own career and aspirations. Hearing how these professional writers got to where they are today was eye-opening and inspiring. One of the big take-aways was that there is no one right way to break into the industry, and that a lot of times it’s a combo of talent and dumb luck that can lead to success. I definitely left feeling inspired to write and determined to foster the connections that lead to those chance encounters, which in turn can lead to a career-making opportunity. It was honestly a great peak to my time in LA.

Well that’s all for now. Have a happy and safe Dillo Weekend!

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!

Weekly Round-Up (5/16 – 5/20)

Weekly Round Up

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • American Theater Company – Development Intern
  • Carol Fox and Associates (CF&A)- Public Relations Intern, Summer
  • National Resource Center for Osher Institutes – Research Assistant Internship
  • Superfly – Superfly Internship Program – Fall 2016

Full-time:

  • AkzoNobel (Chicago, IL)
    • Communications Coordinator
    • Communications Manager, External Relations

Weekly Round-Up (5/9 – 5/13)

Weekly Round Up

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • CareContent, Inc. – Web Content Intern
  • The Artistic Home – Theatre Internship, 2016-17 Season
  • The Comedy Bar – Summer Intern

New York, NY

  • Brookside Artist Management – Talent Management Intern
  • Sundance TV – International Programming, Co-Productions and Acquisitions Internship

Other Markets

  • RealSM Limited – Sports Journalism Internship (London, UK)

Full-time:

  • Allstate Insurance Corporation (Chicago, IL)
    • Digital Product Manager
    • Senior Digital Product Manager
  • Brookside Artist Management – Talent Management Assistant (New York, NY)
  • Gigantic Pictures – Office Manager/Executive Assistant (New York, NY)
  • Northwestern University, Searle Center – Coordinator, Academic Programs (Evanston, IL)
  • Starcom Worldwide (Chicago, IL)
    • Analyst, Starcom Analytics & Development
    • Director, Team Sprint / Starcom Measure Team
    • Manager, Starcom Data & Analytics, Kraft Team
    • Senior Analyst, Starcom Data Analytics

EPICS Career Corner! Salary Negotiation

One of the final elements of the interview cycle is the opportunity to negotiate salary and other benefits. We all dream of making more money, but there are some rules to follow to fully convince a new employer about the value your employment brings to the firm. Negotiating will be something you should do as you progress through your career, but your first job might be another story.

Before you begin the negotiation process, remember that many entry-level positions have standardized salaries and all new recruits may begin at the same pay rate.  This is especially true from companies that take in a large starting class (think consulting, for instance).  Additionally, depending on the industry you are entering, pay varies based on budgets and organizations.  With this in mind, as an entry-level candidate, it’s important to look at the overall benefit package offered by a firm and look at your long-term career path and how your first job can help you achieve your overall career goals.

In order to negotiate properly with a company, you should do your research on what comparable organizations and positions offer.  By researching ahead of time, you’re able to gain a baseline of what comparable positions pay.  As the candidate, you should never bring up the topic of salary.  Let the employer bring the subject up first.  This gives you an additional amount of knowledge to help frame your argument once they disclose a position’s salary.

Remember that companies won’t simply pay you more because you ask for it.  You need to be prepared to have a conversation about your experience and the impact you’ve made in your previous roles.  By demonstrating the value you brought to an organization by streamlining a process or saving the organization money, you are demonstrating to the employer how you can make an impact if they hire you. It’s not simply a conversation about you wanting more, the emphasis should focus on the value you will bring the employer, the different ways you can contribute, as well as your ideas for helping the business succeed if you are hired.  As Forbes contributor Laura Shin notes, “…you don’t want to ask for a higher salary when securing a new job, or when requesting a raise or promotion.  You want to make a strong case for why it makes sense for them to give you one.”

There is more than money that can be negotiated.  If a pay increase isn’t feasible, inquire about flexible work hours, work from home options, or health benefits.  Again, not all companies are able to offer flexibility with working from home, but it’s acceptable to inquire about all benefits that may be available.

Here are a few items to consider:

  • Let the employer bring up the topic of salary first
  • Make sure you’ve done your research. Sites like glassdoor.com can offer insights into salary data
  • What can you do for a company? What value and insights can you bring? How will you contribute to their success?
  • Practiced for your interview! Asking for more money can be nerve-wracking. Make sure you have a solid grasp of your talking points
  • Entry-level positions don’t always offer salary flexibility. Look at the full picture!

Finally, remember that nothing is more important than finding a position that gives you experience and allows you to build a set of skills.  Deepak Malhotra of the Harvard Business Review says “[negotiating] should come into play only after a thoughtful, holistic job hunt designed to ensure that the path you’re choosing will lead you where you want to go.”   Translation?  No amount of money can make you happy compared to the experience of doing something that you love, with a company you like, in a position you enjoy.  For your first job out of college, that can be incredibly rewarding.

Written by EPICS Associate Director Michael Johnson, who serves as the main point of contact for all students enrolled in the Master of Science in Communication program.

Weekly Round-Up (4/25 – 5/6)

Weekly Round Up

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • America Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Public and Media Relations Summer 2016 Intern
  • Bridges- Production & Post Production Internship
  • Carol Fox and Associates (CF&A) – Marketing and Social Media Intern, Summer
  • David James Group
    • Public Relations Intern
    • Social Media Intern
  • Guerrero Howe – Social Media Intern, Fall 2016
  • Northwestern Medicine Alzheimer’s Disease Center – Health Communication Internship
  • Northwestern University in Qatar – Graduate Research Assistant
  • ParadigmNEXT – Digital Sales Internship
  • Streeterville Organization of Active Residents – Junior Ambassador, Intern
  • WTTW Chicago / 98.7WFMT – Judy and John McCarter Family Fellowship

Los Angeles, CA

  • Blindlight – Production Intern
  • Motion Picture Corporation of America – Film/TV Production & Distribution Summer 2016
  • Warner Bros. Pictures – Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop

Full-time:

  • DDC Media Solutions – Assistant Director (Chicago, IL)
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI)
    • Instructor of Motion Picture Arts – Documentary
    • Instructor of Motion Picture Arts – Film History/Post Production
  • Lincoln-Way Community High School – Fine Arts Center Manager (New Lenox, IL)
  • OSF HealthCare – Video Production Coordinator (Peoria, IL)
  • Radar Studios – Editorial Apprentice Program (Chicago. IL)
  • Windy City Playhouse – Development & Sales Associate (Chicago, IL)

Freelance:

  • Animator LLC – Line Producer (Chicago, IL)
  • Sutariya Law Offices – Host (Joliet, IL)

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: The LA Housing Conundrum

As the summer approaches and the mass-intern season nears, I’ve had friends, both from NU and non-NU, reaching out to me for advice. They aren’t seeking advice about their actual internships, but rather about a problem that can become quite daunting – housing.

IMG_3085-cropped-for-webOnce you get that dream LA job, and you finish celebrating, you may begin feeling a wave of anxiety over the looming and unavoidable question, “where the hell am I going to live?” This can be very stressful, but it also can be a fun and exciting process if you approach it the right way.

I think it’s important to think about the time period for which you’ll be out here. I’m out here January to May, which is somewhat an awkward time to be interning and looking for housing. There were very very few people migrating to LA for this short a window this time of year, so I was essentially on my own for the housing search. However, if you are one of the hundreds of post-teens flocking to LA this summer, you should be in luck. Chances are you either have RTVF friends, or friends of friends, or facebook friends (you’re getting my point) who might also be spending their summer on the coast. Reach out to these people, decide to room, and go look at places in Westwood.

Now, why do I say Westwood so definitively? The UCLA campus is located in this comfortable and almost-quaint part of the city, and the neighborhood is very student oriented, much like Evanston except bigger, cooler, more options and not to mention you’re actually still in LA. And because it’s a student hub, there’s no shortage of sublets on the market; just think about all the housing offers you see your friends posting about for Evanston summer sublets, and then think of how many more students UCLA has than Northwestern. The biggest, if not only, glaring downside of Westwood depends entirely on where you work. If you’re going all the way from Westwood to Burbank for your job, get yourself the audiobook of “War and Peace” or a self-driving car and get comfortable for hours of traffic. If you’re working in Beverly Hills you’re in the clear, and Hollywood and Santa Monica will be a bearable commute. Regardless, I think living in Westwood is the best option for summer Interns, and the social atmosphere will be well-worth commuting horrors. A good housing website I found for Westwood apartment hunting is Zuma Housing, but plenty of sites can get you into the sublet search.

West Hollywood is another fun place to live as a young person, but I would say its more geared towards full-time employees. I happen to think West Hollywood is great for those aspiring in the film industry because of its proximity to the central areas you may need to access. It borders Beverly Hills offices and Hollywood production companies, and it’s only one exit away from Burbank where the studio lots are. Traffic to me is someone taking a kryptonite blade and cutting my Achilles heel, so West Hollywood was what I went with. Some websites I found to be helpful for the search in general are RadPad and WestsideRental.com.

Hope this information is helpful, til 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!