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

PRestige All-Star: Kaitlin Cubria

Kaitlin Cubria

Whether Kaitlin is at her internship in the city or building community in Colonial Square, she is always pushing herself to try new things! Her internship experience is truly remarkable!

Where are you from?
Staten Island, NY

Major?
Public relations, minoring in Journalism and Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies

What made you interested in your major?
I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up (and I still don’t know), but I knew I wanted a career in the field of communications. I barely knew what public relations was when I entered college, but I saw that the classes involved media, writing, creativity and communication – everything I would look for in a potential career.

What are you involved in on/off campus?
On campus, I am on the e-board for the Ed2010 magazine networking club, the founder of Hofstra’s branch of HerCampus.com and the vice president of the newly founded Hofstra branch of nonprofit, She’s the First. I am also an RA in Colonial Square for the only first-year house, and I work on campus for the Radio, Television and Film department. Off campus, I currently have my dream internship at Seventeen Magazine in the web department!

Please describe your past/current internships.
As previously mentioned, I currently intern for Seventeen Magazine, Web Editorial; double interned this summer for New York magazine Social Media/Public Relations and WPIX11 Public Relations, and last spring I interned for Hearst Magazines Public Relations.

Can you please elaborate on your Seventeen internship for us?
Since it has always been my dream to be a part of Seventeen, I had high expectations for the internship… and it exceeded them! A majority of Seventeen interns will tell you, they treat each intern like a member of their staff. I get first-hand experience in Content Management System, attend exclusive events, interview celebrities and “real people,” write original content for their Style Blog and CosmoGirl’s “Daily Kiss” blog, and even manage and edit the entire blog for their college reality program “Freshman 15!” Ultimately, no day is ever the same. It’s fast paced, and an incredible environment to learn from and work in.

Where do you see yourself after Hofstra?
Definitely living in the city – home is already close, but I still would love to wake up in NYC every morning. I can definitely see myself doing one of two things: entertainment/lifestyle public relations or magazine editorial (print or online). These are extremely competitive industries, but I can’t help what I love.

What advice do you have for anyone else who wants to be an all-star?
Make the most out of your time – even if you cannot intern, join as many clubs on/off campus that are relevant to your career path, write for as many publications as possible to get bylines, network at events and in your classes, and just do whatever it takes to get your name out there in this big competitive industry. If you’re unsure of what you want to do for the rest of your life, don’t be afraid to dip your feet into different forms of communications once you start interning. I’ve dabbled in web, print, television and in-house PR, and I’m still unsure, but I’m definitely learning something from each experience I delve into in the industry.

Do you have a Twitter page or blog? If so, what are their URLs?
Yes, you can follow me at @KCubes. I don’t have my own personal blog anymore, but you can look at Hofstra’s branch of HerCampus, and Seventeen.com’s Style blog and College Blog for my entries.

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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