Internship Spotlight: Jazz at Lincoln Center

Name of Company/Organization: Jazz at Lincoln Center

Office Location: 60th Street, between Broadway and Columbus

Was it  in-house or agency? In-House

Type of PR: Entertainment/ Non-Profit/ Corporate

Size of PR Department: Small, 4 people

Semester and year you interned:  Summer 2007

How did you find out about this internship? Professor Berman

How many days a week did you work?  Are they flexible? I worked three days a week. They are very flexible!

Was it a paid internship? They give you $50 for 20+ hours.

What  were some of the things you were responsible for? I worked during the summer, which was the planning time for the upcoming season of events (which is Oct. – May), so I did a lot of organizing information, research and brainstorming ideas. I also did a lot of press clippings and got to write some press releases.

What did you learn from this internship? I knew I wanted to do entertainment, and this internship showed me a different way I could go about it, since it’s a venue that produces shows but also offered other aspects. I also learned how to really think like a PR person.

What did you like about this internship? I loved everything! I got to do PR for specific shows, as well as the organization itself. I also was the publicist’s assistant for Wynton, Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.  Everyone is really nice. You can wear whatever you want and it’s located in a fantastic part of the city.

What, if anything, did you dislike about the internship? Since it was summertime and the season wasn’t in effect, I didn’t get as much hands on experience as I wished.

Would you recommend this internship to other PR students? Yes!

Additional Comments/Advice: There is so much to do here and everyone is very willing to help you out and teach you anything! Great, comfortable atmosphere!

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Internship Spotlight: Rubenstein Communications

Name of Company/Organization: Rubenstein Communications

Office Location: 7th and 50th, New York, NY

In-House or Agency? Agency

Type of PR: Entertainment

Size of PR Department: Medium

Semester and year you interned: Spring 2007

How did you find out about this internship? PRSSA career website

How many days a week did you work?  Are they flexible? I worked 3 days from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M with even later nights/longer days during the Tribeca Film Festival. They were not flexible.

Was it a paid internship? It was not paid

What  were some of the things you were responsible for? Clips, clips, and more clips. Researched media contacts, worked major events at the Tribeca Film festival, worked press office at TFF, daily memo with early morning deadline

What did you learn from this internship? Most importantly, I learned the fast pace of agency and events. I also learned how to work under pressure, make deadlines, speak with press, and gather clips.

What did you like about this internship? Working Tribeca! Meeting new people, getting the event experience and feeling challenged

What, if anything, did you dislike about the internship? The hours are not flexible

Would you recommend this internship to other PR students? Yes, if you can keep up.

Additional Comments/Advice: You need to be serious to take this internship!

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Internship Spotlight: Atlantic Records

Name of Company/Organization: Atlantic Records

Office Location: 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Was it In-House or Agency? In-House

Type of PR: Entertainment/Music

Size of PR Department: Small

Semester and year you interned: Fall 2008

How did you find out about this internship? I called an assistant who I knew worked at the company and asked if any positions were available.

How many days a week did you work?  Are they flexible?
I worked 2-3 days per week. They are flexible when it comes to what days you work, but it is mandatory to be in the office by 9am.

Was it a paid internship? It was not paid, but they will give you money  toward transportation.

What were some of the things you were responsible for? Because it was the promotions department, I performed a lot of clerical duties and mainly pitched ideas.

What did you learn from this internship? I learned the importance if networking, how to be aggressive but likeable when networking, and the fundamentals of professionalism and work relationships in the entertainment industry.

What did you like about this internship? The people, location, and benefits were the best part.

What, if anything, did you dislike about the internship? I disliked some of the work because I felt I couldn’t show my PR strengths and capabilities in my department.

Would you recommend this internship to other PR students? YES

Internship Spotlight: Big Apple Circus

Name of company/organization: Big Apple Circus

Office location: New York City

Was it in-house or agency? In-house

Type of PR: Entertainment & Non-Profit

Size of PR department: Small

Semester and year you interned: Summer 2008

How did you find out about this internship? I found out through my mom, she was in touch with someone in the Marketing department and she asked if there was a PR internship. I got the contact information and it went from there.

How many days a week did you work?  Are they flexible? 3 times a week. They were very flexible.

Was it a paid internship? Not paid, $25  a day stipend.

Can you take this internship for credit? N/A

What were some of the things you were responsible for? Writing features, interviewing cast, compiling clips, attended weekly, marketing department meetings, etc.

What did you learn from this internship? How to be a better writer, lots of interpersonal skills, and the great things non-profit brings to everyone.

What did you like about this internship? The people are great. I really got to get my hands in everything, and my supervisor was a great mentor.

What, if anything, did you dislike about the internship? I would have liked to work with more departments, see what they do and understand how they contribute to this awesome organization.

Would you recommend this internship to other PR students? YES

Internship Spotlight: FOX News Channel/FOX Business Network

Name of Company/Organization: FOX News Channel/ FOX Business Network

Office Location: New York City

Was it In-House or Agency? In-House

Type of PR: Media Relations

Size of PR Department: Small to Medium

Semester and Year you interned: Spring 2008

How did you find out about this internship? Professor Geyer

How many days a week did you work? Are they flexible? I interned 3 days a week from 9 -6pm. They are very flexible.

Was it a paid internship? $10 a day stipend.

What were some of the things you were responsible for? Clips!!!! A million clips, getting video grabs, submitting daily guests to AP Daybook & Reuters, ordering newspapers, building  & maintaining media lists, reading a million blogs.

What did you learn from this internship? I learned how to get video grabs, how to search for clips, who to pitch to in radio.

What did you like about this internship? The location and the people were great – with the exception of one person. I liked that I was busy almost all of the time.

What, if anything, did you dislike about the internship? One person was awful. You don’t really work with the upper management. I did no writing. The commute was rough because they keep you so late.

Would you recommend this internship to other PR students? Yes

Additional Comments/Advice: Be prepared to work a lot of long hours for basically no pay.

Internship Spotlight: Quinn and Co.

Name of Company/Organization: Quinn and Co.

Office Location: Manhattan

Was it  In-House or Agency? Agency

Type of PR: Travel/Real Estate/Food, Wine and Spirit

Size of PR Department: Medium

Semester and Year you Interned:  Spring 2008

How did you find out about this internship? Professor Geyer & Professor Frisina

How many days a week did you work?  Are they flexible? Two and a half days a week, they were flexible.

Was it a paid internship? YES! It was paid.

What  were some of the things you were responsible for? Building media lists, clippings, research, writing pitches/press releases.

What did you learn from this internship? I learned a lot more about writing and the difference between writing pitches and press releases.

What did you like about this internship? Everyone is very nice and approachable! They stick to the 9-5 rule, you are out exactly at 5 everyday!

What, if anything, did you dislike about the internship? My one complaint is that there are some days that area  little slow because people are so organized there and they are on top of their work.

Would you recommend this internship to other PR students? Yes

Additional Comments/Advice: Whether or not you want to do travel/real estate PR, this is a GREAT internship. You will have A LOT of stuff to put in your portfolio by the end of your internship.

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Internship Spotlight: 5W Public Relations

Every week we will be posting a spotlight on an internship that a Hofstra PR student has had. We keep all of these internship entries in a binder, but we thought it would be beneficial to post them online also. Some of these internships might give you some ideas of where you want to intern and introduce you to somewhere you might not have heard of before. Look for these every Sunday!

Name of Company/Organization: 5W Public Relations

Office Location: 888 7th Avenue, 12th floor, New York, NY 10106

Was it  In-House or Agency? Agency

Type of PR: Consumer, Beauty & Wellness

Size of PR Dept: Medium, 70 people

Semester and Year you Interned: Spring 2008, Feb. – May

How many days a week did you work?  Are they flexible? I interned 3 days a week. They were very flexible.

Was it a paid internship? It was not paid.

Can you take this internship for credit? N/A

What  were some of the things you were responsible for? Pitching, media lists, call downs, clip books, made a “magazine” for the huge event I worked, client research, sent out samples, and products.

What did you learn from this internship? Time management! There is a lot to do on a daily basis and you get the chance to take on a lot of responsibility.

What did you like about this internship? Worked great with a group! Supervisors and interns were very available for questions, advice and help.

What, if anything, did you dislike about the internship? There were errands to do for the associate VP – unrelated to PR.

Would you recommend this internship to other PR students? Yes

Additional Comments/Advice: I was able to deal with the stupid errands because I actually got a lot of opportunity to do real PR work.