On the 10th of August, students on the Reading Internship Scheme were invited to Mojo’s to share their experiences on their RIS summer internships during a Summer Social event. Continue reading
Warner Bros. Studio is offering a 12-month Publicity Placement to all the 2nd Year Publicity and PR students out there.
If you are one of them and wish to build-up your CV, gain a new set of skills, and work for a renowned brand, take this offer into serious consideration.
You will work closely with the department Publicists and you will have a wide range of key responsibilities and objectives. These will include supplying publicity materials to UK TV, radio and print publications in line with our publicity strategy. You will also be responsible for distributing and analysing the daily press cuttings to the UK and US teams. You will also have the opportunity to work as part of the team on key projects, press events and premieres
You need the following abilities:
- Excellent (fluent) working knowledge of Word and Excel, and some experience of using databases and Powerpoint.
- Experience of using the internet for research purposes.
- Media Studies, Marketing or English undergraduates will have more relevant experience but this position is open to all who are interested in film and media.
- Should have solid GCSE and A level results.
- Must be well organised and disciplined with the ability to prioritise workload and use time effectively.
- Must be self-motivated and work with limited supervision.
- Must be able to communicate with people at all levels in a professional and mature manner.
- Must be analytical and pay close attention to detail including spelling.
- Must have a proficient and confident phone manner.
- Some previous work experience would be advantageous.
In order to perform these tasks:
- Go through the national daily papers and media monitoring email updates, to compile and highlight all of the key coverage on Warner Bros films and talent.
- Monitor and file all the Publicity materials that arrive from our US office.
- Work closely with the project publicists to ensure that all materials are up to date and in line with the Publicity strategy.
- Research all publications on an assigned subject matter. Contact those publications and collate all journalists details in order to despatch press materials.
- Liaison with agencies to provide materials and review content.
- Assisting with project publicists on briefing agencies and external partners
- Monitor receipt of merchandise for Publicity placement.
- Work with members of the team at press events and Premieres.
- Maintenance and upkeep of editorial media mailing list
- Analyse competitor publicity activities and campaigns.
- Monitor performance of select suppliers.
- Deal with telephone and email enquiries from the press and general public.
- Inform press of release dates and press materials available.
- Work with the project publicists to upload designated press coverage on to the FTP site.
- Work with the team to staff and manage screenings.
- Communication with media to secure and file screening reactions
- Upkeep and distribution of weekly publicity meeting minutes.
- Working with the project publicist on designated elements of tours and events.
- Organization and filing of magazines, newspapers and specific film coverage
To complete these projects you will need to liaise with company personnel both in the UK and US, by telephone, email and in person. You will need to be a confident communicator, have good research skills and follow through on projects ensuring their completion.
You have time to update your CV and write a convincing covering letter stating your suitability for the role until Friday, April 7. Email the materials you prepared to Naomi Walsh, at email@example.com.
The applications for UROP, the scheme offering research internships to undergraduates at the University of Reading, are closing today, March 31. This programme gives students the chance to participate in research projects led by academics, gain a wide range of transferable skills, and kick-start their career in the area of their interest.
Two of the students who participated in the scheme in 2016, Francesca McPeanne (Education) and Hamza Abu-Elmagd (Pharmacy), took their research projects further and, after being selected as overall winners at the Undergraduate Research showcase event last November, presented the outcomes of their research work at ‘Posters in Parliament‘ in Westminster during March.
The annual exhibition, hosted by University College London, showcases some of the best UG research in the country and saw 52 students from 27 universities display their research to a range of MPs and higher education policymakers. While Francesca’s project explored the controversial ‘bilingual advantage’ in word learning, Hamza’s work focused on evaluating stakeholder experiences of pharmacists in General Practice clinics. His poster was one of eleven research projects to be shortlisted for the overall Posters in Parliament competition on the day and was awarded joint third prize by the judging panel, which was made up of leaders in the higher education and research sectors.
A growing number of universities are engaging their undergraduates in research. Reading remains at the forefront with 2016/7 being another record breaking year for the number of UROP applications received and the number of projects being funded across the university.
If you were standing in the queue for the Summer Ball tickets on the cold 23rd day of March, you certainly noticed the Careers Gazebo. From 11-2pm the team bravely faced the wind, welcomed passers-by, and handed out hundreds of goody bags.
The gazebo was put up on the occasion of the Summer Sorted scheme. This Careers programme was created for you to gain professional experience during the summer. If you are interested in research projects, then UROP is the programme for you. However, you may want to build up your working experience; in this case RIS is the way to go. Get started and apply for the internships on offer because the closing date for the UROP opportunities is March 31 while some of the RIS vacancies will expire on April 4.
What are the benefits of doing a summer internship? Professional development is the main one. Add to it all the people you will meet and the insights into your area of interest. In the long run these advantages will increase your chances of securing the job you want after graduation.
Until then, seize the opportunities and make the most of your summer!
Owen Wright, Digital Marketing Executive at Intern Avenue
“Have you been put off internships because you think they are unpaid?
Unpaid internships are illegal. And they’re dying out.
If you, as an intern, are adding value to a company, you have to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. “Expenses covered” doesn’t cut it. Basically anyone who isn’t just on under-16 work experience, or shadowing another employee, should be paid for their work. Employers are now realising this and most of them are now paying their interns accordingly.
The Bad Guys
Some are still trying their luck. The Government don’t police it well at the moment, and some industries are worse than others (Fashion, I’m looking at you…)
An unpaid United Nations intern was infamously forced to camp outside their Geneva office as he couldn’t afford rent. The story raised its ugly head again recently, with the UN now under increasing pressure to change their policy. Last week, Ivanka Trump (that name just won’t go away will it?) caused outrage by tweeting about how to live as an unpaid intern, with an article written by her own unpaid intern. The fact that those from wealthier backgrounds are often the only ones who can afford to work unpaid seems to have been lost on ‘daughter-of-a-billionaire’ Ivanka.
However, with the bad press becoming stronger, and the House of Lords now pushing for the law to become tighter, fingers crossed all interns will soon be paid.
Okay, so why should I get one?
The importance of internships when starting your career can’t be overstated. Employers want to see experience on your CV, and interning is a great way to pad your resume out with that valuable experience. Once you have your foot in the door, it will make it so much easier to get that full time graduate job. Of course, if you impress the employer that hires you as an intern, chances are they will convert your internship into a full time job (or offer you a job after graduation if you are still a student).
The largest employers have realised that they can use internships as a 3 month long ‘interview’, where they get to see you in action in real working situations. After 3 months, they will know whether you are right for them, and so can hire you without the risk of it being a bad hire. Obviously, making sure you work as hard as possible in those 3 months will give you a great chance of securing that graduate job. 90% of PwC’s interns get offered a full time job upon completion, so it is a great way into these big companies.
Internships are also a great way for you to work out what kind of career you want. They can give you a taste of what is required to succeed in a certain industry, what your colleagues could be like and what the work is actually going to consist of.
I would encourage everybody to complete as many internships as possible. Don’t be put off by negative press or silly celebrities saying you should work for free – there are lots of fantastic paid internships available than can really enhance your CV and your long-term job prospects.”
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“The news is filled with gloomy predictions about youth unemployment and an unstable economy so the future looks pretty scary for today’s students. If you want to give your career a great start you need to work hard, get good grades, get a job with a multinational and your life will be sorted for the next decade or so.
Unless you choose to live in the past. The 21st century technological boom has changed the way in which the present works, and that includes recruitment and career progression. Nowadays we use Facebook as a personal CV and Twitter to communicate with potential employers; we have thousands of jobs only a click away; and we have the opportunity to work from the comfort of our own homes.
Much has changed for today’s worker and one of the most exciting transitions has been in favour of small businesses. Ever since Facebook’s success, more and more entrepreneurs are rising up to the challenge of setting up their own business and pursue their dream idea. Places like Sillicon Valley and London’s Tech City in Old Street have become famous clusters for tech lovers, geeks and bohemians coming to work altogether in start-ups and drive innovation forward.
The future is in the hands of these people and in the offices of these companies so this is where we should all be sending our job applications. And if you’re not sure this is what you want, the best way to test your start-up compatibility is by trialling with an internship. An entrepreneurial internship is what you need to boost your career prospects and pave your way into the start-up world. Grab your Enternship now“.
Rajeeb Dey, Founder & CEO of www.Enternships.com
Some students find they get more out of paid work than internships. Which would you choose?
This Guardian Article looks at the merits of working while you study versus the experience students can gain while undertaking an internship. Both paid work and internships are an excellent way of boosting your employability skillls but which option works best for you?
Creative competition offers a foot in the door at one of Britain’s biggest radio companies.
A radio advertising competition is offering the opportunity for a budding marketeer to get a foot in the door at British media & entertainment group Global.
The creative competition Creating Waves, now in its second year, is offering one lucky winner a work placement at Global, the media & entertainment group which is home to some of the UK’s best loved radio brands including Heart, Capital, Capital XTRA, Classic FM, Smooth, LBC, Radio X and Gold.
The Creating Waves initiative, which asks creative hopefuls to submit a 30-second radio ad script for the chance to further their careers, is run by personal injury advice service National Accident Helpline. The company has partnered this year with Global following the successful launch of the competition in 2015.
Beth Powell, National Accident Helpline’s Marketing Director, will be helping to judge the entries for Creating Waves 2016.
As well as the chance for an internship at Global, the winner will have their script made into a real-life ad for a National Accident Helpline awareness campaign by recording artists at the Global studios. Two runners up will also have their ads made to bolster their portfolios.
Last year’s Creating Waves winner, Michael Kettles, studied Creative Advertising at the University of Huddersfield. He says that winning Creating Waves has been great for his CV.
When asked what advice he would give to this year’s entrants, he said: “Imagine you’re talking to one person, right next to you. Would you scream and shout? Use overly complicated language? Keep it simple, be honest and try to have fun with it.”
You can listen to Michael’s winning ad here: https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/creating-waves/creating-waves-2015
To find out more and enter Creating Waves 2016, visit: https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/creating-waves
This summer the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) are offering undergraduates across the country the chance to take part in a full-time, paid internship programme in the competitive, yet exciting, world of recruitment.
APSCo work with some of the UK’s leading recruitment businesses. Following its success in previous years, the Intern Programme provides undergraduates the chance to spend 10 – 12 weeks, between July and September 2016, with the organisation learning all about the recruitment industry.
Open to all undergraduates here at the University of Reading, the internship will provide you with:
– An invaluable insight into the exciting, fast-paced world of recruitment.
– The opportunity to meet a wide-range of contacts and organisations.
– A pathway to put your CV head and shoulders above the competition.
– The chance to learn all the job-hunting ‘tricks of the trade’ from inside the recruitment profession.
– Pay at the rate of £270 per week for the placement period.
“I would highly recommend this internship to anyone and I will walk away from these 12 weeks with a very sought after skill set which I can now carry with me throughout my career.” – University of Reading Marketing undergraduate, APSCo Intern, 2015.
This is a brilliant opportunity to break into the highly-competitive industry of recruitment. The programme from APSCo could help you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs in the future, and also provides the opportunity for regular income during the summer vacation. An opportunity not to be missed!
For more information on how to become an APSCo Intern, please visit www.apsco.org/interns or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For those of you who are not familiar with Creative Access’s work, we are a charity that provides paid internship opportunities in the creative sector for young people from under-represented BAME backgrounds (Black, Asian and non-white Ethnic minorities). We aim to improve diversity within the creative world and address the imbalance in the sector by improving the chances of each of our candidates and helping them secure permanent full-time jobs.
Since launching in 2012 Creative Access has proudly placed 500 talented interns into the creative industries. By adhering to our motto, ‘Media cannot reflect society, if society is not reflected in the media’; we have generated hundreds of internships with more that 200 media partners across the UK in 13 sectors (advertising, book publishing, film, magazine publishing, marketing, music, newspapers, PR, radio, talent, television and theatre, museums & galleries).
Here at Creative Access, we make sure that our interns are equipped with all the knowledge and skills that are needed to have a successful career in the creative sector. Each of our interns is assigned a senior mentor at the company they are placed with. We also provide comprehensive training through our monthly masterclass sessions where they are encouraged to network with one another and our experienced panel of industry professionals. Our masterclasses have proven to be a huge success and have been hosted by the House of Commons, The Telegraph, the BBC and Google to name a few.
To date, 80% of our alumni have gone on to secure permanent positions in the creative sector. This fantastic achievement motivates us to continue our mission to ensure that under-represented communities continue to thrive in the creative world.
We are currently advertising a wide range of opportunities with companies such as Sugar Films, Google, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Harlequin UK, Radiocentre and National Theatre
You can take a look at our full range of opportunities here http://creativeaccess.org.uk/opportunities and register with us here http://creativeaccess.org.uk/register to receive regular email updates with our brand new internships.