Adventures of an EPICS intern: Learning to Say “Yes, And” in Producer’s Row

I sent in my application to The Second City’s Administrative Internship on October 4th, 2016 with the recommendation of a fellow NU Wildcat. I didn’t hear back until December 13th. I didn’t interview until December 18th. I didn’t get the job until January 8th. I started January 13th. Welcome to the world of live comedy where you hurry up and wait, where nothing is life-or-death until it is, and where everyone is the coolest person you’ve ever met.

Here are some pictures of the intern’s office where we all pile in. I cleaned it just for this picture! By all of us, I mean the four to five interns who are from the previous session (whose last days are January 31st) and yours truly. You might imagine it’s a little strange being the only new person, waiting for your new co-interns to arrive, but I’ve loved it. I know my way around the ever-changing office, I know the names of people who don’t know me yet, and I know how to work our various online systems quite well after having had five days of work.

Within my first five days, I have met with the managing producer, Brian Loevner, to whom I am assigned. I work with him on his projects he has in the works, I manage contracts and any kind of managerial paperwork needed done, and I help wherever assistance is needed within the building. For example, there are small inserts called “table toppers” that tell the audience who will be performing in the show that night. It’s my job to update, print, and place these for the correct theater for the show that night. None of this sounds too exciting, but that’s because the really exciting stuff is all TOP SECRET! Just kidding. Sort of. Some cool things I can tell you about are the shows I’ve seen so far. Yes, ma’am, I do get free tickets to see shows and get a free class just for being an intern! What?!?

I saw the mainstage show “The Winner…of our Discontent,” “Fast, Loud, Funny” at the UP Comedy stage, “Improv All-Stars” and tomorrow I’ll see “Godfrey,” a stand-up show. There are multiple theaters/stages of The Second City along with its training center and film school. The more I learn, the more I’ll post. But I’ll  sum up the last five days the best way any comedian can: “YES, and?”

 

Liz Coin is a sophomore Radio, Television, and Film student who is interning at Second City this quarter.

Weekly Round-Up (1/20 – 1/27)

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • City of Evanston – Spring and/or Summer Downtown Evanston Marketing and Communications Intern (Evanston, IL)
  • Chicago Opera Theater – Education Intern
  • Chicago Run – Development Intern
  • Scrappers Film Group, LLC – Summer Video Production Internship
  • Life Matters Media – 2017 Chatham Community Project Internship

Los Angeles, CA

  • Circle of Confusion – Summer 2017 Film/TV Development and Management Intern

Other locations

  • Aspen Music Festival and School (Aspen, CO)
    • Campaign Assistant
    • Development Events Assistant
  • Great Lakes Research and Education Center – 2017 Science Communication Internship (Porter, IN)
  • Woodrow Wilson International Centers for Scholars – Summer 2017 Staff Assistant Interns (Washington, D.C)

Apprenticeships / Fellowships:

  • WBEZ
    • The American Life Production Fellowship (New York, NY)
    • Internship at Chicago Public Media (Chicago, IL)
  • Third Coast International Audio Festival – 2017 Third Coast Radio Residency (Outside Chicago, IL)

Full-time:

  • WGN-TV – Digital Sales Manager (Chicago, IL)
  • NBC Universal – NBC Universal Page Program (New York, NY)
  • Emmi Solutions – Content Marketing Strategist (Chicago, IL)

Freelance:

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine – Part Time Research Assistant (Chicago, IL)

Weekly Round-Up (1/13 – 1/20)

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • Leo Burnett
    • Summer 2017 Strategy Internship
    • Summer 2017 Creative Internship
    • Summer 2017 Strategy & Analysis Internship
    • Summer 2017 Business Leadership Internship
    • Summer 2017 Project Management Internship
  • WTTW Chicago/98.7WFMT – Andrew Patner Fellowship
  • Big Shoulders Digital Video Productions – Spring 2017 Video Production Internship
  • Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago – MCA Summer Internships
  • Guerrero Howe – Spring 2017 Social Media Intern

Los Angeles, CA

  • Cohen Media Group – Summer 2017 Film Distribution & Sales Internship
  • Red Hour Films – Summer 2017 Development Internship
  • Circle of Confusion – Summer 2017 Film/TV Development and Management Intern

Other Locations

  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – Spring Quarter 2017 Research Assistant Openings

Freelance:

  • WGN-TV – Per Diem Transmission Control/Robotic Camera Engineer (Chicago, IL)

Full-time:

  • WGN-TV – Digital Sales Manager (Chicago, IL)

Weekly Round-Up (1/07 – 1/13)

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • KemperLesik – Spring 2017 Sports Marketing & Events Intern
  • Chicago Humanities Festival
    • Programming Intern (Winter/Spring 2017)
    • Production Intern (Winter/Spring 2017)
    • Multimedia Web Content Intern (Winter/Spring 2017)
    • Marketing/PR Intern (Winter/Spring 2017)
  • Chicago Filmmakers – Winter/Spring Internships
  • Answers Media, LLC – Winter/Spring 2017 Integrated Production Intern
  • Flowerbooking, Inc. – Music Booking Agency Intern
  • SRW – Graphic Design and Video Production Intern
  • WTTW Chicago/98.7 WFMT
    • Judy and John McCarter Family Fellowship
    • Andrew Patner Fellowship
  • Big Shoulders Digital Video Productions – Spring 2017 Video Production Internship

Los Angeles, CA

  • Circle of Confusion – Film/TV Development and Management Intern

New York, NY

  • New Dramatists – Summer Internship Program
  • Songtrust – Publishing Operations Intern

Other Locations

  • College Magazine – Writing Intern (TBD)

Freelance:

  • WGN-TV – General Assignment Reporter Per Diem (Chicago, IL)

Full-time:

  • CBS Radio
    • Director, Live Events & Experiences (Chicago, IL)
    • Local Sales Assistant (Chicago, IL)

NCA Winter Internship & Job Fair on Jan. 11 & 12

 

Two-Day Northwestern Winter Internship & Job Fair

Jan. 11 & 12, 12-4 p.m., Norris Center, 2nd Floor

Hosted by Northwestern Career Advancement

Meet 90+ employers in a variety of industries over two days, with different employers attending each day. Plus: Sign up starting at 12 p.m. on either day of the fair for NCA’s free Professional Photo Booth (limited spots; first-come, first-served). Bring your Wildcard and resumes, and dress in business professional attire. Open to Northwestern undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni.

View the full details (http://bit.ly/ncawinterfair17) and the most up-to-date list of employers in CareerCat (Events > Career Fairs):http://bit.ly/ncawfair17. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NUWinterFair17.

 

Weekly Round-Up (1/01 – 1/06)

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Internships:

Chicago/Evanston

  • Facets Multimedia, Inc. – Film Marketing/Film Festival Internships (Facets/Facets Children + Youth) – Summer 2017
  • Skirt Public Relations – Spring 2017 Public Relations Intern
  • Amnesty International – Summer Amnesty International Organizing Intern
  • Collaboration Theatre Company – Arts Administration/Fundraising Intern
  • Savvo Digital Sommelier Solutions
    • Marketing & Communication Intern
    • Graphic Design Intern
  • Adventure Stage Chicago
    • Education Intern
    • Production Intern
    • Marketing Intern
  • Shure – Summer 2017 Engineering Enhancements Intern (Niles, IL)
  • Third Coast International Audio Festival – 2017 Third Coast Richard H. Driehaus Competition Intern

Los Angeles, CA

  • Sony Interactive Entertainment – Sound Design Intern

New York, NY

  • ARUP – Graduate Acoustics Planner

Other Locations

  • ARUP (Multiple cities)
    • Theatre Planning Intern
    • Acoustics Consulting Intern
    • Graduate Acoustics Consultant

Fellowships/Apprenticeships:

  • Olney Theatre Center – Apprentice Training Program 2017-18 Season (Olney, MD)
  • Playwrights Horizons – 2017-18 Theatrical Fellowship Program (New York, NY)

Freelance:

  • GB Film Productions – Film and Trailer Editor (Chicago, IL)
  • Northwestern University Middle East and North African Studies Program – Video Editor/Producer (Evanston, IL)

Full-time:

  • CBS Radio
    • Director, Live Events & Experiences (Chicago, IL)
    • Local Sales Assistant (Chicago, IL)