Weekly Round-Up (7/16 – 7/29)

RoundupLog into SoConnect to apply for these internships and full-time opportunities!

Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • Check, Please! – Editing Intern
  • Chicago Dance History Project – Research Assistant
  • Chicago Humanities Festival
    • Development Internship (fall 2016 – spring 2016)
    • Marketing/PR Internship (fall 2016 – spring 2017)
    • Production Internship (fall 2016 – spring 2017)
    • Program Internship (fall 2016/spring 2017)
    • Web Content/Multimedia Internship (fall 2016 – spring 2017)
  • Cutters – Cutters Internship – Fall 2016
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium – Major Gifts Intern
  • Lily’s Talent Agency, LTA – Lily’s Talent Internship
  • Make-A-Wish Illinois – Volunteer Services Intern – Fall 2016
  • O’Connor Casting Company – Casting Intern
  • PAWS Chicago – Communication/Customer Service/Adoption Counselor Internship
  • Quriosity Productions
    • Post Production Internship
    • Production Internship
  • Reed Construction – Marketing Intern
  • Snow City Arts
    • Development & Communications Internship
    • Programming Internship
  • Stage 773 – Fall General Administration, Development and Marketing Internships
  • The Chicago Council on Global Affairs – Fall 2016 Internship Program
  • The Whitehouse Post – Fall 2016 Outreach and Post-Production Internship
  • TimeLine Theatre – Fall Artistic Intern
  • Victory Gardens Theatre
    • Administrative Intern
    • Arts Education Intern
    • Audience Services and Group Sales Intern
    • Development Intern
    • Finance Intern
    • Graphic Design Intern
    • Literary Management and Civic Dramaturgy Intern
    • Marketing Intern
    • Producing Intern
    • Production Intern
    • Stage Management Intern
  • WGN-TV
    • Entertainment Internship
    • Human Resources Internship
    • Morning News Internship
    • News Writing Internship
    • Production Internship
    • Sports Internship
    • Literary Management and Civic Dramaturgy Intern

Los Angeles, CA

  • Black Label Media – Development Intern
  • Cohen Media Group – Intern – Film Distribution and Sales – Fall
  • Clubhouse Pictures – Fall 2016 Production Company Internship
  • Echo Lake Entertainment – Fall Internship
  • Gaumont Television – Fall 2016 Development & Production Internship
  • Good Clean Fun LLC – Development, Casting, Production, and Post Production Fall Internships
  • HBO
    • HBO 2016 LA Fall Intern – HBO Films
    • HBO 2016 LA Fall Intern – HBO Programming
    • HBO 2016 LA Fall Intern – Post-Production
    • HBO 2016 LA Fall Intern – Production
  • OddLot Entertainment – Fall 2016 Film Development Intern
  • Red Hour Films – Fall 2016 Development Internship
  • Silver Pictures – Fall 2016 Development Intern
  • Viacom Inc. – Viacom Media Networks Fall 2016 General Internships (CA)

New York, NY

  • JV8INC – CASTING INTERNSHIP – FILM & FASHION
  • Northern Lights – Fall 2016 Production/Post Production Internship
  • Storefront – Business Developer
  • Theatre Communications Group
    • Fall Artistic and International Programs Intern
    • Fall Communications and Conferences Intern
    • Fall Development Intern
    • Fall Graphic Design Intern
    • Fall Research, Policy & Collective Action Intern
    • Fall TCG Books Program Intern

Other

  • Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI)
    • First Semester Filmmaker-in-Residence for Sound Recording/Mixing
    • Second Semester Filmmaker-in-Residence for Cinematography
  • RIVR Media, LLC (Knoxville, TN)
    • Field/Office Production Internship
    • Post Production Internship
  • ‘stache media (RED Distribution) – Fall 2016 – SLR Internship (Sony Music – ‘stache media)

Full-time:

  • Adelstein Liston – Associate Producer / Production Assistant, Freelance (Chicago, IL)
  • Artemisia – Marketing Assistant, Freelance (Chicago, IL)
  • Gigantic Pictures – Office Manager/Executive Assistant (New York, NY)
  • Kaye Publicity – Publicity Assistant, Freelance (Virtual)

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Double Learning Opportunity

It’s amazing to think that eight weeks have already flown by since I arrived in New York to start my dream internship at NBCUniversal. I am one of three interns in the Content Distribution Partner Marketing department. The team works with cable providers and distributors to ensure that NBCUniversal’s brand networks get their content promoted accordingly. I report to two team managers. For one, I work with CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel, and the Rio Olympics. For the other, I work with Telemundo, NBC UNIVERSO, Syfy, Chiller, and NBC. Working with two teams has exposed me to a breadth of projects. A day-in-the-life could involve researching daily press clips, sitting in on meetings to go over Rio Olympics assets, updating Premier League decks, creating Telemundo programming highlights, and social tracking CNBC shows. I really enjoy working with two teams because it has allowed me to strengthen my project management skills while adjusting to different leadership styles.

Catherine Kang_NBCUniversal2I’ve had the opportunity to attend webinars and talks to further develop my understanding of the constantly changing industry. Topics have included networks’ integrations of sponsored content, Snapchat’s plans for digital branded content and programmatic television strategy. The NBCUniversal internship program also hosts speakers to enrich interns with career advice, and our first speaker was Steve Burke, the CEO!

Another integral part of my internship is doing informational interviews with as many different people as possible. When my supervisor told us that we needed to conduct informationals with all 27 members of the Partner Marketing team, the task initially seemed daunting. However, everyone was incredibly enthusiastic to chat about their experiences. We even sat down to talk with the EVP of our department!

Catherine Kang_NBCUniversal1Additionally, I’ve learned not to be afraid to meet those outside of your team. A co-worker heard about my interest in brand marketing and connected me with a consumer marketing coordinator at Bravo! Try and meet other interns as well, especially if you’re interning at a large company. An intern chat offers a more informal setting where you can ask them about their projects to explore fields you’re interested in. I’ve met interns who work on Syfy research, USA publicity, TODAY show and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Demonstrate that you’re eager to learn the ins and outs of the industry because people are there to help you succeed in your professional career. Stay in touch with your managers, and always say thank you.

I honestly had no idea what to expect working in New York City for the summer. So far, it’s been surreal. This internship solidified my interest in entertainment and marketing, and I’ve grown both personally and professionally. I’m looking forward to what the last few weeks will bring!

Catherine Kang is a rising junior Communication Studies student who is interning at NBCUniversal in New York over the summer.

Film Festival Round-Up July 2016

FIlm-Festival-Round-Up-(facebook)Film Festivals Sent Our Way This Month!

Check SoConnect announcements through the month for updates or more information.

The 48 Hour Film Project: Get Ready for An Amazing Challenge!

The weekend? August 26 – 28, 2016

The challenge? To make a film in only 48 hours!

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie – write, shoot, edit and score it – in just 48 hours!! Filmmakers from all over the Chicago, IL area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2017 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2017, Court Métrage.

Visit the website for more information on submissions.

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Summer of Building and Learning

This summer, I have two internships in Los Angeles. They’re at Red Hour Films and David Zucker Entertainment. Though they’re both in LA, they couldn’t be more different. And both have solidified my desire to move to LA once I graduate and pursue a career in this industry.

At Red Hour, I read scripts, answer phones, and run errands as assigned. The greatest part about it is the reading, because it’s keeping me reading the medium regularly. As someone who wants to be a screenwriter out of school, it’s nice to see what writing is represented. More than that, the opportunity to read things others won’t get to is also beneficial. And sometimes, I even get to run errands with other interns, which is always a fun bonding experience.

Adam Hughes at David Zucker Entertainment
In the Writers’ Room with a fellow intern

At David Zucker, I sit in a writers’ room for a new comedic website and help find and create content for shorts. My fellow interns and I are an active part of the conversation, give opinions on ideas, and get to pitch our own ideas as we go. It’s a little intimidating to know these writers actually look to me for help, because I’m still in grad school and I’m still working to be in a writer’s room. But it’s fulfilling to know that I am contributing and that my contributions are wanted.

What I’ve learned from both my internships is that it’s really easy to get in your own head. When I came to LA at the beginning of this summer, I wanted to prove that I was cut out for this type of work. But in that, I find myself worrying that I’m not measuring up. Often, I feel that way for no reason. And I think a lot of people go through it. I, for one, know how hard it can be to overcome that, even outside of this summer. But then I remember I got these two internships because they saw something they wanted. So even during those times where I am stuck in my own head about my performance, I’m still there. It’s an opportunity that can’t be wasted on worrying. Sometimes you have to go with it.

Once I got myself to that point, I realized some key things. Building relationships is important. Most of my fellow interns want to move out here after school, too. Between my two internships, I’ve built a network that I can hopefully use after graduation. Another thing I’ve noticed is how easy it is to ask the people I work for about the industry. I’ve learned what kind of jobs people with my aspirations usually go for when they move to LA, and I’ve learned some of the ways I can prepare for that time over the next year.

I don’t believe that anything will ever go perfectly. But I do believe you get what you’re willing to work for. Sometimes, I am my own worst enemy, and it’s so easy to doubt myself when things feel less than exactly how I want them to go. The bottom line is, most of the people I’m working with or for started as an intern and worked their way to where they are. So between them and my many co-interns, it’s safe to say it’s okay to be a little optimistic as long as you believe in your future.

Adam Tyler Hughes is a MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage student who is interning at Red Hour Films and David Zucker Entertainment over the summer.

EPICS Career Corner! Networking During the Summer.

Why is Networking important?

Networking over the summer does not just boil down to your time spent on LinkedIn or refining your elevator pitch at summer BBQs.  These are great practices, but building your network should be happening all the time and most likely is (even if you aren’t fully aware of it).

Networking is a practice that may have played a part in launching the career of Ernest Hemingway.  An article by Jeff Goins linked below points out that Hemingway’s success can’t be attributed solely to his talent or being in the right place at the right time. Northwestern’s own Noshir Contractor and his research on networks investigates how networks are created and maintained. These are just examples, but it suggests that your network plays a part in your success.

Embrace the Northwestern Network

At Northwestern, you have probably heard the NU community referred to as the “Purple Mafia” as a network and it is. Purple Pride is real.  It is strong and in the EPICS office we get to see it every week.  Not all career services offices are as lucky as we are to have alumni that are interested in taking part in panels or a Speaker Series, hosting students on Leadership Journeys, or posting their organization’s opportunities on SoConnect. Northwestern’s alumni really connect and engage.

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 3.44.09 PMAn example of the power of the “Purple Mafia” is the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program recently launched by NAA (Northwestern Alumni Association).  This program allows both current students and alumni to connect based on shared career interests and develop a mentor/mentee relationship.

Other examples of ways to connect with NU alumnus are reaching out to an alumnus on Our Northwestern, speaking to an alumnus at an event, or have taken part in programs such as NEXT or Dinner with Twelve.

So how do you build this important network over the summer?

So networks are important and Northwestern has amazing resources, but how do you network over the summer?  Where should you be spending your time and how should you be doing it?

Again, there is no easy answer.  However, your summer is a great time to get strategic about how you will network over the next academic year and what will work best for you.  The following tips are things to keep in mind if you are looking to grow and maintain your professional network:

  1. Decide on what you want the outcomes of your networking to be and the type of network that you want to build. It is okay to think about the job search as a part of the networking process, but it is a better byproduct than an intentional goal.  Think about who you want to connect with and why?  Make a list.  This doesn’t have to be specific individuals at this point.  Who are the types of people you’d like to connect with?
  2. Be ready to articulate your interests when connecting with others. How can you provide value to create a networking relationship?  Most likely this can be built on potential shared interest.  Sometimes this is as easy as being nice (and professional of course).  And, it never hurts to treat someone to coffee or lunch whenever possible.
  3. Do your research. Who is out there that you’d like to meet and how can you meet them?  Learn about the industries and the organizations and who these people are.
  4. Create a way to organize and keep track of the people you know (LinkedIn and Facebook aren’t the best and they may not always work in the same way). Think about creating your own list of contacts that you can manage.
  5. Get active and decide what works for you. Divide your time between in-person opportunities such as attending events and doing outreach online (LinkedIn, Our Northwestern, etc.).  Develop a plan to set aside a certain amount of time each week.
  6. Keep your active networking contacts engaged.  Connect them with others in your network.  It is an ecosystem that everyone helps grow.

Northwestern Resources

Additional Resources

Written by EPICS Assistant Director Colin DeKuiper, who serves as the main point of contact for students in the Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises program.

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: In the Right Place, In the Right Time

As part of our Documentary Media MFA program at the School of Communication, we are asked to seek out and engage in a summer internship which will acquaint us with the workings of documentary filmmaking, and the production world in general. While opportunities offered to us through EPICS spanned across the nation, I knew coming in that I was interested in spending my Summer in Chicago. After all, it is a hub for social issue documentary making, as well as for commercial content creation, and I was promised the weather will make me forget all about the grey and cold of Winter.

And so it has.

Using SoConnect, I was able to obtain an internship with Media Process Group (or MPG), a multi-faceted production and post-production company situated in Chicago’s West Loop. I was especially drawn to MPG after reading about how its co-owners and founders, Bob Hercules and Keith Walker, are able to create documentary and non-fiction work while also generating high-end commercial content for various companies and supporting other Chicago-based companies in their creative endeavors. Coming into the NU experience from the world of community building, I was excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the work of people who are passionate and engage with their community, both creatively and practically.

IMG_3366Lisa Pooler, the company’s production chief, promised me that I will have the opportunity to experience many different aspects of their work. She wasn’t kidding! I have had the opportunity to work in and out of the office, as a production assistant in major documentary productions (Chicago-based ones as well as external productions who count on MPG’s acumen to generate locally produced high-leveled materials), or even assisting in the process of licensing and preparing the Maya Angelou documentary “And Still I Rise” for network broadcast. I have had the chance to expand my technical knowledge of specific cameras that are used for broadcast and commercial videos, and to observe and participate in how professionals in their field cooperate to create truly inspiring results, whether artistic or commercial in nature; with MPG, commercial shoots are given as much thought and effort as documentary and socially driven ones do.

Perhaps more than anything else, I will remember my internship, which is still ongoing, as a beautiful and teaching experience on how to acclimate in a new professional and cultural environment. As an international student, I sought to familiarize myself with the way things are carried out in my field in the US, as well as to start growing roots in a new setting. Thanks to EPICS’ guidance, and to the generosity and professionalism I was shown during the past few weeks, either in answering my questions, including me in processes, or allowing me to contribute where I can, I now feel like I am in the right place, in the right time. Looking forward, this experience has already opened my mind to the wealth of professional and human opportunities that exist in Chicago, opportunities I will undoubtedly aim to explore further following my graduation.

Nevo Shinaar is a MFA in Documentary Media student who is interning at Media Process Group in Chicago over the summer.

Weekly Round-Up (7/2 – 7/15)

Weekly Round Up

Log into SoConnect to apply for these internships and full-time opportunities!

Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • Adelstein Liston- Fall Internship
  • Illinois Film Office- Fall Internship
  • Kindling Group- Fall 2016 Outreach and Post-Production Internship
  • Superfly- Internship Program Fall 2016
  • Windy City Playhouse- Fall Theatre Administrative Intern

Los Angeles, CA

  • Color Force- Fall 2016 Film Development Internship
  • Ensemble Entertainment- Fall 2016 Literary Management/Production Company Internship
  • Ora Media, LLC- Larry King Now- Editorial Internship

Full-time:

  • Blue Group Entertainment- Entertainment Marketing Assistant/Coordinator (New York, NY)

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: “abroad” in Chicago

Hello! This summer I have two internships – I’m a PR and Marketing Intern at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, as well as a general intern at Midwest Access Coalition. The hospital, is a branch from one of the largest healthcare systems in Illinois, but the PR team we have in the hospital is four people with two interns. The other internship I have is a start-up nonprofit here in Chicago as well, and has a small executive board but with a growing number of volunteers. When I first arrived in Chicago to start my internships I lived in uptown with a friend, and the hospital is located in Lakeview so a really easy commute for me thank goodness.

Coming from Fort Worth, TX, Chicago is a city of wonder with a million things to do (it helps that I am of legal age to drink)! My hospital is a five minute walk to a million restaurants and shopping areas and the transportation system (Texas is too big to have a transportation system that works) makes it easy for me to get wherever I need. One night I was on my way to meet my friend to go try the fad of sushi burritos, which ended up being two blocks away from where I work and I told her “I honestly feel like I’m studying abroad in Chicago”, there were so many things to try and see!

The PR team before the parade started holding signs we made! (I’m holding the GOT sign)
The PR team before the parade started holding signs we made! (I’m holding the GOT sign)

This feeling doesn’t just apply to all the new adventures the summer is bringing, but unexpectedly- with my internships as well. My first week at the hospital was the week before the Chicago pride parade. They informed me of their trolley in the parade and asked if I wanted to help and walk in the parade. Here I was, first summer in Chicago and going to my first pride parade, talk about a fun way to get the summer going! The PR department was in charge of getting employees to walk in the parade and decorate the trolley, so my whole week there we focused on getting things together for the event. Pride wasn’t the only project our team focused on throughout the day. When we weren’t prepping for the parade, we are going to different meetings to discuss other campaigns that are underway. Another thing that was unexpected was the amount of food we get! There have been few days without some type of yummy donuts or cupcakes, so I’m excited for a yummy and fun summer!

At my other internship, I mostly work remotely but I’ve met with my boss in Andersonville and discussed the many different parts that make this organization happen. This organization is fairly new, only two years old, and their mission is to provide accommodation, moral and financial support to women who travel to Chicago to access a safe and legal abortion. My boss, the founder of the organization, is so passionate about helping women it rubs off on me and makes me very optimistic about this organizations and women’s futures. So far I’ve had a great time with my ‘study abroad’ adventures and the exciting things from my experiences this summer!

Lizzy Michan is a rising senior at the School of Communication who is interning at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and at Midwest Access Coalition over the summer.

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Stay Curious & Ask Questions

It’s finally summer quarter at Northwestern, and I’m excited to be spending this time at University of Colorado Hospital interning in health administration. Even though I study health communication I have no frontline healthcare experience, so life at a hospital is a whole new world for me. In fact, until recently I did not necessarily envision myself working in a hospital – I thought I might pursue a career in health marketing or journalism. However, after digging into my coursework I became interested in lived experiences of health and healthcare, but felt like my perspectives were lacking. Until this point in my life my only experiences of healthcare were as a patient and consumer. In an attempt to learn more about the complexities of healthcare, my internship search led me to hospital administration. I thought a position in a hospital would allow me to explore numerous aspects of health and care delivery.

Picture1 copyFor me, learning about healthcare included everything from clinicians’ experiences to hospital operations. One way I have been able to learn about this is through my assigned project. I am working on developing metrics to help measure quality of care related to a hypertension management program at one of the hospital’s primary care practices. Thinking about how to measure care quality prompted me to think about the impact quality measures have on all different groups involved in providing care. It’s easy to think about how quality metrics affect a patient since the hospital’s goal is to provide quality care, but other groups are largely impacted by metrics as well. For example, clinicians are impacted because they adjust their care delivery to achieve the metrics, and the workflow of analytics teams may change since they build reports to gather and analyze the data. Before coming here I probably would have looked at quality solely through the lens of a patient’s experience, but now I have a clearer picture of the multiple groups that may be influenced by such an initiative.

I have also gained insight into the work that happens behind the scenes in the hospital. I have had the rare chance to tour the hospital from the helicopter pad to the bowels of the basement, shadowed in primary care and the operating room, talked to nurses and doctors, and had the opportunity to connect with employees from departments like safety, human resources, organizational development, and media relations. These experiences have given me a rich appreciation for the effort all hospital employees put forth to ensure positive patient experiences regardless of patient volume, time of day, or emergencies.

This experience has taught me it is crucial to stay curious. You don’t know what you don’t know. It’s important to ask questions, and consider multiple viewpoints. I’m very fortunate my internship program celebrates curiosity and encourages us to explore the nuances of the organization and the industry, and I think all interns, regardless of industry, should be empowered to ask questions and learn all they can about their company and industry. My primary focus at my internship has been my quality project, yet I feel the overall experience of working in hospital administration has allowed me to become a better-rounded healthcare professional. By having the opportunity to explore the viewpoints of different departments I feel more prepared to use my skills in health communication to foster dialogues and collaborations between stakeholder groups including patients, clinicians, and administrative leadership. At the end of my time here, I hope to have delivered a useful project to my employer, and I’ll be able to leave knowing I am a more thoughtful, aware and conscientious health professional.

Mariah La Rue is a Master of Science in Health Communication student who is interning at University of Colorado Hospital over the summer.

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Making Bold Decisions

My summer internship is with Big Beach Films. Big Beach is a production and finance company known for Little Miss Sunshine, Sunshine Cleaning and the Cannes Festival favorite Loving that comes out later this year. I am a Film Development Intern.

Big Beach PicEveryday, I am sent a script that has been submitted to the company. After reading it, I write coverage of it, which includes a one to one and a half page synopsis and a one-page comments section. In the comments section I detail what is good about the script and what the script needs work on. In the end, I, either, write pass, consider, consider with changes or recommend for each script. Honestly, it’s a lot of power when one thinks about it. Writing Pass on someone’s work of life is scary.

Ultimately, though, it allows Big Beach to filter through scripts that are worthy and fits their mission and that it worth it to me. When I write Recommend or Consider on a script, it feels like I’m contributing to the film community as a whole.

Looking for an internship is often very hard. When I start looking, I often start with looking at IMDB pages of my favorite films and then looking for the companies that made those films. I keep track of these companies. I tend to favor smaller companies because they allow for more versatile learning as well as the potential to develop closer relationships with other interns and those that work for the company. Big Beach employees seem close and warm to one another. Everyone is able to give his or her opinions and have it be validated. I sent my resume to the generic email found on Big Beach’s website and got a reply two months later. I researched their company before my interview, read a script and sent a sample coverage of that script to them before landing the internship. It was a lot of work but in the end, very very worth it.

My advice to other students for an internship search is to start early and be organized. An excel spreadsheet with deadlines, websites and to-dos helps to maximize potential prospects. During the internship, the best advice I have is to arrive early and ready to work. No task is too small or big for an intern to do. Make yourself expandable so that when you leave there is a bigger hole to fill than before you were there.

Mary Ann Anane is a rising senior Radio/Television/Film student who is interning at Big Beach Films over the summer.