Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Internship Experience at NYPFWC Benefit Fund by Krista Reynolds

New York Police & Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund

One long college night, I was having (another) crisis about what I wanted to do with my life. I decided I wanted to do something philanthropic so I could feel like I was giving back to the community. My roommate told me about New York Police & Fire because her father was on the Board. I talked with her father a bit about the organization and decided it sounded like a good fit. I applied and went through two interviews before finding out I got the position.

What did I do?
I never realized just how much work managing a nonprofit is until I saw it with my own eyes. Details/ and/or tasks that would normally be overlooked or handed off to someone else were completed by the office staff, and keeping inventory in check was more important than I would have ever imagined. Because all of these details needed to be monitored, my tasks varied from day to day. When I first arrived, my first two days were spent counting inventory from the last fundraising event they had. Monotonous- yes, but it was just something that had to be done. For the remaining majority of my summer with NYPFWC Benefit Fund, I solicited donations for our Annual Game & Family Day at Citi Field where the families of fallen first responders can enjoy watching the Mets play, eating delicious food, and taking part in a raffle (with the donations we received). To do so I emailed and called local business owners which helped me enhance my communication skills. I also had to work with Microsoft Word and Excel to keep track of donations and future contacts that may come in handy. The office staff were not only extremely friendly, but were always open to hearing the interns' ideas. All of the donations solicited were left up to the interns to choose, so it was fun thinking of what prizes the families would get the most out of. One of my favorite memories was receiving a bike as a donation and getting to see the little girl who won it on the day of the game. The Game & Family Day was memorable because I got to work alongside my four fellow interns who have all grown to be close friends of mine, and I was able to see just how much our families (beneficiaries) appreciated what we were doing for them.

All in all I had a wonderful time with NYPFWC Benefit Fund. I loved the people, and more importantly their cause. I recommend this internship for anyone interested in working for a nonprofit or managing their own, or simply interested in business operations. If you don't think this internship would be for you but you agree it's for a great cause, they are always looking for volunteers at their events. More information can be found on www.answerthecall.org.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Employer Spotlight: Southbay Community Services

Today's Employer Spotlight is from a Clinic Director from South Bay Community Services. For more information on their organization, visit their website at www.southbaycommunityservices.com.

What kind of opportunities does your organization have for our students (internships, full-time jobs, networking opportunities, events, etc.)?
Our opportunities are very robust in that we are looking for both full-time employees, as well as paid internships (starting in 2017). We try to make ourselves available to prospective candidates by any means possible, even if that means that we can’t physically be on campus every day. We will also be attending the career fairs that Fordham hosts. We encourage the faculty and the career services department to disseminate our contact information as they see fit – even if it’s just to answer a few questions!

When is the best time for our students to look for these opportunities?
Our positions are open year-round, but for students who want to get a headstart on their job search, or want to go into Spring semester knowing they’ve already secured a job, we recommend applying in the fall. Our internship application is available from the end of January through March.

What do you typically look for from our students?

We seek out responsible and reliable students that have a genuine passion for what they do. They should be self-starters, compassionate, and caring. We also look for students that are simply license-eligible, as we provide the free supervision for them. We generally look for 2nd year graduate students in the Social Work, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Early Childhood Education, and Speech & Language Pathology. We do hire candidates from various other disciplines and levels of education as well.

What advice do you have for our students to be successful?
Have a passion for what you do! Although it is a lot of coursework to get done, seeing the smiles on our consumers’ faces is irreplaceable. Maintain the drive to excel and exceed in your career and you will go far – South Bay Community Services will be there to aid and assist you in reaching your career goals along the way!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Chicago internship with Cristo Rey Network

Cristo Rey Network in Chicago is looking for a School Growth Intern, and they really want to hire a Fordham student! The position is paid, and they're looking for students of all majors, including alumni and graduate students. For more information and to apply, visit CareerLink and search Job ID 63069.

The summer intern will report to the Director of School Growth and assist the School Growth Project Manager. This position will be responsible for serving as a liaison to the Cristo Rey Network national office and local feasibility study team leaders working to bring new Cristo Rey schools to their cities. This individual will be responsible for assisting in managing the ongoing, day-to-day execution of the feasibility studies and new schools in launch year. A passionate, dynamic, and innovative individual with an interest in Catholic Urban Education and Corporate Community Involvement/Affairs would be highly valued and appreciated in our office as we work to reach our goal of 40 schools by 2020.

Tasks will include (but are not limited to)
  • managing inquiries;
  • assisting in the application process;
  • assisting in the creation of marketing materials and presentations for Feasibility Studies;
  • implementing a formal review system for new schools completing Feasibility Study year and Launch Year;
  • managing the cross-selling strategy;
  • developing financial platforms for Feasibility Studies and schools in Launch Year;
  • assisting Director of Performance Measurement with projects that drive forward data-driven decision making across schools in development;

•providing the study teams with full access to resources to ensure the school in development follows the Cristo Rey Network Mission Effectiveness Standards.

•significant research on other target markets, specifically in the east coast region.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Internship Experience at News 12 by David Balick

Something that was particularly interesting to me and that other students may also find interesting is just how much goes into putting together a news broadcast. With the help of others, I put together a short mock broadcast and filmed it so that I now have that for my portfolio going forward. However, just piecing together this 3-minute piece took the work of at least six people. First the footage that we use needs to be shot and edited into a piece. We then need to write a script for each of these stories that we are including as well as a script for closing and endings. We also need to add any graphics, credits or copyrights to each of these stories as they are needed. This process alone takes hours at least and can be days depending on the length of the stories.

After this comes actually shooting the piece. For this you need the actual on air talent who may or may not be also controlling the prompter... a cameraman, a producer, and a director. This is entirely a team effort even if you only see one person on screen, and a mistake by one is felt by the whole team.

The other part of this that I didn’t fully understand is how difficult it is to simply read the news, particularly in the case of sports. The professionals make it look easy to read a script while going through highlights but it is actually very difficult to time exactly what you are saying with what is going on on the screen because it is actually very difficult to read and watch a television at the same time. However, I loved every minute of this experience and cannot wait to get the chance to do it again soon. I cannot thank News 12 enough for this awesome experience.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Internship Experience at Sony Music Entertainment by Brittany Penichet

Depending on who you ask, some might say the music industry is failing, others might say, with artists like Adele; there will always be a music industry. To go into the entertainment industry, not just the music industry is already a risky move—since the entertainment industry is always changing. But for those who want to take that risk, it is better to go big or go home. That is why I decided to intern at one of the top three record labels in the world, and one of the most renowned companies worldwide: Sony.

One of the plus sides to working in an entertainment company like Sony, the office space is relaxed and casual. Additionally, generally the people working there mimic the office setting—meaning they are usually super chill and awesome to talk with. Since I worked in the music side of Sony, a lot of the office was decorated with pictures of the artists, as well as props the artists used, like 1D’s famous photo booth pictured below. As well as neat pictures made by well-known companies like Obey.

Like I said, deciding to enter this type of industry is a risk in itself; however, if you decide to take this risk, you won’t be disappointed with what you learn. I interned in the International Marketing department. Despite its name, I actually did more than just marketing; I was able to handle product information and higher level responsibility information. Of course this didn’t come in until later during my internship when I built a good relationship with my bosses and they knew that they could trust me. By working in this environment, I was able to practice and hone my “networking” skills, by not even realizing it. This environment was laid-back, so it was easy to build relationships with one another. Also, I was able to further my knowledge of excel, using analytic and organizational skills. Even though that sounds boring, I was also able to use creativity by helping choose quotes from major magazines for artists that would be later used for publicity etc. But all these types of jobs came to me because I always asked my three bosses if they ever needed help with anything, which showed I was willing to work and learn as much as possible.  


Doing internships, no matter what the industry/field, is important because it gives you real-world knowledge of what to expect in future jobs. School helps build a foundation for you to get internships, but school can’t teach you what your future job will be like. Only companies can, which means you need to intern. Doing an internship does take time and effort, but in the long run, it is worth it.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

VICE Summer Fellowship

Two lucky students will have the opportunity to intern at the VICE offices in Brooklyn for eight weeks during the summer (June 6 – July 29, 2016) and will have opportunities to engage with other media organizations, arranged by the Center for Communication. The fellowship will cover travel, housing, and offer a $5,000 stipend for each fellow.

While at VICE, fellows will receive individual instruction and guidance from award‐ winning journalists, producers, and editors. Fellows will also have access to VICE’s state of the art edit suites, production studios and will be encouraged to create and present their own work for review at the end of the program. The Center will also organize three On Location events for the fellows to serve as an introduction to the NYC media landscape.

The fellowship deadline is Monday, February 22 by Midnight EST. If this sounds like you, click here to apply!

Please send any questions about the fellowship to fellowship@centerforcommunication.org.