Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Where Passion and Fulfillment Collide

My last day with Make-A-Wish Illinois was this week. As they said their farewells to my intern class in a conference room filled with photos of smiling kids, they told us how many wishes had been granted during our time and how much more we had helped prepare to make them come true. Then they asked us what was next. As the only intern who wasn’t about to graduate from college, I paused when the room looked to me. “Well, I have another year at Northwestern, and then I guess… nonprofits?” I shrugged, and we moved on.

As vague as this answer was, six months ago it would have been even less specific. I’ve been warily interested in nonprofit work for a long time. I love the idea of my career being tied to my personal passions and I know I want to feel that my work is making an impact. However, I was shy of the slow advancement and low pay that’s often mentioned in the same sentence as nonprofit work. Amid pre-med, pre-law, and consulting students I questioned if I was dedicated enough to spend my time on something that can be challenging and low-reward. After my five months at Make-A-Wish, I have found a firmly positive answer to that question.

Non-profit work, whether political, medical, or otherwise, gives you an opportunity to make your emotional passion into your job. It gives that sense of fulfillment that many people struggle with as they leave their organizations and hobbies behind as they move into post-grad life. I’m incredibly lucky to have been at Northwestern and I feel compelled to use what I’ve learned here to impact the world positively as so many people have done for me. This doesn’t have to mean working for a non-profit- it could be teaching, discovering new technologies, lobbying for political change, or any other way you can use your talents. But I do believe we have an obligation to take our Northwestern education and pass it on in whatever way we can. I still don’t have all my specifics laid out. Nonprofit work can mean fund-raising, legal work, event planning, marketing, PR, or anything else you enjoy doing.

I’m still searching for how I want to use my skills and what sort of work I want to do. I’m happy that I’ve found a passion for non-profit work and that I have at least that much direction. There will be other internships and opportunities where I can learn where my talents lie. Until then, I can just be happy that I’ve made any contribution possible to the amazing organizations I’ve been a part of.

Olivia Kuncio is a junior Communication Studies student who is interning at The Make-A-Wish Foundation this quarter.

Weekly Round-Up (5/19/17 – 5/26/17)

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  • NIN Ventures LLC – Communications/PR Intern
  • WBEZ – Marketing Internship
  • Quriosity Productions – Post Production Internship
  • Rush University Medical Center
    • National ASC Week Internship
    • Patient Experience Internship
    • Dashboards Internship
  • Stage 18 Chicago – Stage 18 Ambassador

Other locations

  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C)
    • Paid Summer 2017 Africa Program Communications Intern (apply immediately)
    • Fall 2017 Research Assistant Internship


  • Theatre Puget Sound – Executive Director (Seattle, WA)
  • WHBF-TV – Creative Services Producer (Rock Island, IL)
  • Crossroads Community Church – Video Producer + Editor (Vancouver, WA)

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Seven Days Left

Including today, I have seven full work days left at my internship with The Second City. The coolest thing to see is the growth of the company since I started on January 13th. Not only has the building grown, but new people have been hired and new policies were put into play. Projects that were just getting started when I arrived are now on their feet. For example, I had to write a bio on Broadway producer, Elizabeth Williams in February. I sat in on a call with her and two of the three Second City executives regarding investor events for the project.

The main project, and the project closest to my heart, is She the People: Girlfriend’s Guide to Sister’s Doin’ it for Themselves. This concept, previously referred to as “Funny Ladies”, was my first everything. My first written contract was for director Carly Heffernan, who I later met during my first table read and my first audition as videographer and reader with Beth Kligerman. The first time I was asked my creative opinion was during a meeting where we chose the official title. Brian told me he “trusted me to take care of it” for the first time when I created the personal invitations to the show that we will send out to frequent Second City fliers. Now, the art is being created for the show and tickets will go on sale later this afternoon! The pride I feel toward this project may seem a little silly for an intern, but I feel it nonetheless. During my January interview with Brian, I said that I thought the best part of producing is seeing an idea fully come to life and supporting it all the way past the finish line. She the People has definitely been my favorite part of my internship with The Second City and I absolutely can’t wait to come see it on its feet when I get home from my summer experience abroad.

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


Weekly Round-Up (5/12/17 – 5/19/17)

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  • Kyle Henry – URAP Summer Assistant Director/Dramaturge
  • GlobeMed – 2017-2018 Marketing & Communications Fellow (Evanston, IL)

Los Angeles, CA:

  •  Creative Artists Agency (CAA) – Fall 2017 Internship Program – Various Departments

Other locations

  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
    • Fall 2017 Internship Program – Music (Nashville, TN)
    • Fall 2017 Internship Program (Jacksonville, FL)
      • Golf, Graphic Design
      • Golf, Sponsorship
    • Fall 2017 Internship Program (Atlanta, GA)
      • Sport Licensing
      • Football
    • Fall 2017 Internship Program – Football (Nashville/Memphis, TN)


  • We Are Unlimited (Chicago, IL)
    • Associate Account Executive
    • Group Business Director
  • Scranton Gillette Communications (Arlington Heights, IL)
    • Marketing Manager
    • Associate Editor

Career Corner: Making the Most Out of Your Internship

As the school year winds down, it’s time to start thinking about summer plans outside the classroom. Internships are a great way to learn new workplace skills and gain experience in a field that you are curious and passionate about. If this is your first internship, you might be wondering what having an internship actually entails. Internships, especially unpaid internships, give students the opportunity to make mistakes in a safe, learning environment. Not every internship has a structured program, so it’s important to have close relationships with your supervisor and co-workers, try something new, and ask a billion questions.

These articles highlight some of the ways in which interns can proactively navigate the world of internships and make the most out of their experiences.

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Internship

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Internship


These tips are not only great for internships but can also be applicable to volunteer and research positions. To quote one of the articles, “be a sponge”! Don’t wait until it’s too late to explore a new interest or express a concern. Be proactive and have a positive attitude!

EPICS Discover Spotlight: 5/16/17

Discover Spotlight features this week’s last chance internship opportunities. Additional information for each internship can be found on SoConnect

Chicago International Social Change Film Festival


Job Location: Chicago, IL

Job ID: 4245

Expires: May 21, 2017

This October is our 6th annual Social Change film festival but this is an auspicious year for us because it will be our first in LA and NYC in addition to Chicago. As a Film Selection Intern you will work directly with the Director of Film Selection and Outreach. Responsibilities include viewing films and rating them, assistance with grant applications, and other duties as assigned by the Director of Film Selection and Outreach.

This is a very flexible internship opportunity because it can be done remotely. The only attendance requirement is for 3 group screenings. These are used as a forum to make decisions about the films we pick for the festival.

You can learn more about our organization and the film festival at our website or on Facebook!


  • We’re looking for individuals who are passionate and educated about social problems!


  • Unpaid, Free tickets to the festival!

U.S Work Authorization:

  • F-1 Visa
  • H-1B Visa
  • J-1 Visa
  • Permanent Resident
  • US Citizen

How to Apply:

  • Please send your CV/resume or short bio to Sangeeta Sunny, Director of Film Selection and Outreach at



Job location: Chicago, IL

Job ID: 4141

Expires: May 19, 2017

Design – Our Design team leads creative conception and production of graphic design, experience/interaction design, and brand identity for our music festivals and client projects. Candidates should be enrolled, or majoring, in a Graphic Design program. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator is required and a passion for contemporary design, typography and illustration is a plus! For a sample of our design team’s work, follow this link:

Social Media | Brand- Our Social Media team delivers social programs on behalf of Superfly’s clients and manages social communities across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+. Interns will have the opportunity to engage in brand canvassing activities to strategize on building client’s social media following. A background in digital, social or content marketing and a passion for brand marketing is a plus!


  • Highly organized / self-motivated
  • Strong writing skills (creative & technical)
  • Willingness to take on a full range of tasks; ability to multi-task
  • You’re proactive and curious, and you enjoy research and problem solving
  • Proficiency in Google Apps (especially Google Drive) and Microsoft Office
  • Interest in a career within the entertainment/creative/marketing industries


  • Unpaid, academic credit available

U.S Work Authorization:

  • US Citizen
  • F-1 Visa
  • H-1B Visa
  • J-1 Visa
  • Permanent Resident

How to Apply:

  • On our website!

Chicago Dance History Project

Job location: Chicago, IL

Expires: May 26, 2017


Job ID: 3762

Interns will engage directly with primary sources, mainly recorded interviews and panel discussions with individuals associated with the Chicago dance scene, in order to process them for CDHP’s growing database and digital collection. Processing tasks include cataloging each video file, summarizing its contents, attaching metadata and other descriptors, and developing a list of keywords and finding aids. Subjects in these videos include modern and contemporary dance, jazz dance, musical theatre, choreography, collaboration, performance, arts administration and funding, and more.


  • Ability to summarize one-on-one interviews and/or panel discussions involving multiple participants.
  • Ability to extract main subjects and ideas.
  • Ability to think in an organized way.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of dance history preferred but not necessary.


Job ID: 3763

The Chicago Dance History Project seeks a creative, interdisciplinary thinker to assist with researching, documenting, and presenting histories of dance in Chicago. Responsibilities include exploring existing archives relating to dance, conducting and recording oral history interviews, and assisting in building a digital archive of video, images, and text.


  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills, interest in dance and/or Chicago history, experience operating production equipment is ideal but not necessary.


  • Unpaid

U.S Work Authorization:

  • Permanent Resident
  • US Citizen
  • F-1 Visa
  • J-1 Visa
  • Other

How to Apply:

  • Send cover letter and resume to

Center for a New American Media


Job ID: 4303

Job Location: Brooklyn, NY

Expires: May 26, 2017

The Center for New American Media is a small production company located in Brooklyn (New York City) specializing in documentaries about American politics and culture. We are looking for a promising intern to work with us over the summer. The position is unpaid.

We would like to find someone able to give us 2-3 days’ work per week. Duties will include working on our digital archive project, which will include editing on our AVID system (prior experience not required), tending to our social media footprint, and assisting on project development. There may be production experience available but this is not guaranteed.



  • You’ll need to be organized and detail-oriented as well as self-starting. Experience on Adobe graphics programs like Photoshop and Dreamweaver is a plus. AVID experience is a double plus, but not required – you will have the opportunity to learn the system.


  • Unpaid

U.S Work Authorization:

  • US Citizen
  • F-1 Visa
  • H-1B Bisa
  • J-1 Visa
  • Permanent Resident

How to Apply:

  • If interested, please send a brief email telling us about your interests, skills, and experiences, as well as any scheduling considerations. Before you write to us, please visit our websites to familiarize yourself with our work and style of filmmaking.


    YouTube channel:

Weekly Round-Up (5/05/17 – 5/12/17)

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  • The People’s Music School – Uptown Academy Administrative Intern
  • Emmi Solutions
    • Research & Analytics Intern
    • Client Services Intern
    • Marketing Intern
  • Answer Media, LLC
    • Integrated Production Internship
    • After Effects Artist
    • Post Production Internship
  • Northwestern University Undergraduate Admission – Digital Communications and Social Media Coordinator (Evanston, IL)
  • Check, Please! – Summer 2017 TV Show Intern
  • Access Medical – Summer Intern

Los Angeles, CA:

  •  Quadrant Pictures – Summer 2017 Development Internship

Other locations

  • Communications Strategy Group – Summer 2017 Strategic Communications Fellow (Denver/New York/Chicago)


  • Blizzard – Sound Engineer (Temp) (Irvine, CA)


  • WGN-TV (Chicago, IL)
    • Photographer/Editor
    • Supervising Producer
  • Krueger International – Project Coordinator (Chicago, IL)
  • We Are Unlimited – Associate Account Executive (Chicago, IL)

Career Corner: Last-Minute Job Search Strategies

Spring has officially sprung! Unsure about your summer plans? No worries! These two articles will help you learn how to effectively search and apply for late-minute internships/jobs for the summer!

Last-Minute Job Search Tips For Students Without Summer Internships

5 Ways to Get a Last-Minute Summer Job

Although internships are a great way to gain experience in the job field you are passionate/curious about, there are plenty of other opportunities that can help you gain valuable experiences!

Look below for examples of informal opportunities that can help boost your resume and job skills.

  • Set up informational interviews to expand your network.
  • Shadow local professionals who have careers that you are interested in. Utilize the Northwestern alumni network and Mentorship Program or your personal network to locate individuals and set up shadowing opportunities. This can be a great way to acquire an understanding of a variety of different fields in a relatively short period of time.
  • Volunteer with an organization working in an area that you’re passionate about.
  • Work on a passion project that you don’t find the time to do during the school year.