Internships that Matter

Finding Out Where You Belong

I began my internship on May 26th and thought it was a great atmosphere: the people, the space … everything was different than what I had thought of the typical office.  We began with introductions and I started reading up on the company. I was a little taken back at first because I wasn’t exactly sure I fit in quite yet, but later in the day, I felt like this is where I am meant to be. The president of the company had a sit-down with me, which impressed me, considering he is the “top dog.” As I talked with him about my skills, my life and then my major, he was very excited that I wasn’t just one studying one aspect of communication. I have been studying Public Relations, Advertising and some of Marketing in my years here at Canisius and he seemed to like the diverse background and new ideas that I have to offer for the company. My advice for those in the Communication field … don’t put yourself into just one category; know all the different concentrations and then you can decide which one you want to pursue.  But don’t let that define you for future aspirations. One of the many reasons why I picked...

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Having never been a huge follower of baseball, I never thought I would be at Coca-Cola field for my first internship with the Buffalo Bisons this Summer. However, I am glad that I took the Bisons into consideration after a friend had mentioned to me that he was interning there. I am required to be at the stadium to set up two hours before every game (we get to eat then, too) and an hour after. Some days are very long, others short, based on the weather and the score of the game. So far, I have spent a week with the video production crew making/editing graphics, rolling videos for the Jumbotron, working cameras on the field, making pre-game videos with Ben Wagner (the voice of the Bisons), and setting up post-game interviews with the coach and key players. I was also responsible for uploading highlights and interviews to the Bisons website and FTP, which makes highlights available to the local news. I guess you could say I’ve had a lot of experience in seven days. From here on out, I will be making videos in between home stands that I was told I am allowed to get very creative with and I am looking forward to that. One...

Do What You Love, and I Love Concerts...

I’m a person who absolutely loves concerts. In fact, I think I’ve said the sentence “If I could live at a concert, I would” more than once. So when friends of mine told me about their internships in the promotions department at Entercom Radio, where they worked at local concerts like Kiss 98.5′s Kiss the Summer Hello and Alt Buffalo 107.7′s Kerfuffle, I was immediately intrigued. I followed in their footsteps and applied for an internship, armed with knowledge of event planning from my position on Canisius’s Student Programming Board, and was thrilled when I was offered the position. I’m now in my second week at my internship, and the promotions department is currently preparing for the Kiss the Summer Hello concert which takes place this Saturday. I’ll be working at the event as a runner for one of the artists, and in the short time I’ve spent in the Entercom office, I’ve already helped the team prepare for the show in different ways. I’ve put together meet and greet packages, bought out Party City’s inventory of white table clothes, and even ordered food for the artists who will be performing, including Jordin Sparks and Flo Rida. I’ll be in the office once more before the concert, I’ll be...

“Buffalo!” The Smaller Big Apple...

Whoa… Who knew Buffalo was such a hustling and bustling city! I am proud to be a Buffalonian, especially after finding two women who will enhance my summer by measures unknown to me. Heidi Raphael and Tracy LeBlanc are two women who “get it.” They are incredible at their jobs and they love to teach others to do them. In the beginning I had no idea what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised when Heidi Raphael (President of Buffalo Broadcasting Association) treated me as if she knew me for years. Heidi is a powerhouse, and EVERYONE knows it. I am excited to see how much more I can learn from her and those she surrounds herself with. Through the providence of Heidi I got the chance to meet Tracy LeBlanc who does everything and anything to do with communication for Lake Shore. Tracy is involved in so many projects for Lake Shore and she is willing to let me learn all of them! Both of these women are willing to how me just how awesome Buffalo is. Both of them have already shown me so much by their professionalism and expertise. Look out Buffalo because I’m hitting the ground running, because I have been blessed enough to be...

New City, Big Dreams

I start my internship tomorrow morning at 10:00 am at Atlanta Video Producers. I am very nervous, although I already met my intern boss. He was really nice and very laid back, so I guess there should not be much to worry about. I am very eager to get on the field with Mr. Eric. It is also very exciting to be in a new city. Atlanta is much larger than Buffalo and there are a lot of connections here and places to network. I love to edit and that is the position I have been given. I am also eager to learn things that I haven’t touched in class.The videos that Mr. Eric shared with me were incredible. Anyone interested in seeing where I will be completing my internship, please feel free to visit www.atlantavideoproducers.com. Here you will see some of videos that Mr. Eric has completed and the videos that I will be working on as...

The Beginning of an Intern’s Summer...

Through out the summer of 2015 I will be spending most of my time interning for the Elmwood Village Association. Two days a week I will dedicate my time to controlling the social media, writing blog posts and representing the association as a young intern. Personally, to be involved at a popular community organization, I am excited to see what this summer has in store. Only two days in and the little time I have spent there has already exceeded my expectations. The first day consisted of complete instructions and information about all things EVA and what tasks my supervisor would like completed on a daily basis. The glimpse of how the internet tools work and what kind of writing I will be doing was more than interesting. The second day consisted of actually putting those instructions to work. I wrote 4 or 5 social media posts and felt confident that the community would respond well to them. Also, it was interesting to see what community happenings were going to take place in the area, write about them and then see what the people on Facebook and twitter had to say. Already I am seeing the impact of how an organization is seen on social media and how important...

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