A Day in the Life of a DePaul Art Museum Intern-Olivia Morris

I am a DePaul intern pioneer for all future marketing interns at the DePaul Art Museum. The first of my kind! It’s pretty awesome. Being on the business side of the art and museum world can be exciting, fun and rewarding. It takes excellent communication and organizational skills, a creative and open mind, and a willingness to try new things.

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I started at the DePaul Art Museum two years ago as a gallery monitor. I was asked a year later if I wanted to be the collections intern, and then stumbled/gracefully fell into the marketing intern position.  The administrative staff consists of Louise Lincoln (Museum Director), Laura Fatemi (Associate Director), Greg Harris (Assistant Curator), and Alison Kleiman (Administrative Assistant and Events Coordinator).  We have a small administrative staff, four interns (I am counting myself twice here), and twelve gallery monitors.

I started at the DePaul Art Museum two years ago as a gallery monitor. I was asked a year later if I wanted to be the collections intern, and then stumbled/gracefully fell into the marketing intern position.  The administrative staff consists of Louise Lincoln (Museum Director), Laura Fatemi (Associate Director), Greg Harris (Assistant Curator), and Alison Kleiman (Administrative Assistant and Events Coordinator).  We have a small administrative staff, four interns (I am counting myself twice here), and twelve gallery monitors.

My goal for the end of my ten weeks as the marketing intern has been defined as: raising awareness and attendance of the DePaul student community to the museum. With no one on staff that handles marketing exclusively, Alison has been focusing marketing efforts on the city of Chicago and the greater Chicagoland area. Hoping emails will get passed along to students through the faculty, putting up fliers around campus, and having an excellent social media presence has been an effective way to promote to students thus far. The marketing intern role is now exposing me to all different channels that students utilize within the DePaul community.

My daily tasks have been formed along the way after first defining my role within the museum based on their most pressing needs. I put up fliers around the Lincoln Park campus, and will be putting up fliers around the Loop campus in the next few weeks. I get to research and create content for our social media platforms. This includes researching artists that we have on exhibition and creating tweets about them, diving into our collection of 2500 art objects and picking weekly features for our Instagram account, and sharing events on our Facebook page.

My daily tasks also include adding events to the Events.DePaul.Edu page weekly, so they can now pop up on the ever-famous Campus Connect that all students are happily forced to utilize. I am also in the process of trying to get a campus wide monthly newsletter sent to all DePaul undergraduates. [Shout out to Kate Stevenson for getting the museum on the track to a newsletter soon!]

I’ve gotten to learn a lot about how a relatively small art museum runs. I’ve been exposed to how a museum’s collection is acquired, processed and stored. I’ve assisted in planning and executing 17 different exhibitions over the last year and a half.  And now as the marketing intern, I get to think about how to communicate effectively to a certain audience in a world that is saturated with people who are trying to do the exact same thing. To me, marketing is problem solving, creativity and innovation through a greater organization’s lens. You have to look at the big picture and the details at the same time. Marketing for an arts organization like the DePaul Art Museum is a great way to utilize both sides of your brain (getting class credit is a plus, too!).
This is my last quarter at DePaul, and I just hope that the next hundred marketing interns have as great of an experience at the DePaul Art Museum as I have.

Right now we have the exhibition We Shall: Photographs by Paul D’Amato on the first
floor and the exhibition Histories / Photographies on the second floor:

The DePaul Art Museum is free for everyone everyday, so stop in on a break between classes or just whenever!

And don’t be shy on social media! 🙂
Twitter (@DePaulArtMuseum)
Instagram (@DePaulArtMuseum)

Facebook (Facebook.com/DePaulArtMuseum)

Thanks for reading,

Olivia

A Day in the life of the City Church Chicago Intern- Jamie Anastasia

This internship is very different than most positions I have held in the past.  Since it is a Marketing internship for a non-profit organization, specifically a religious organization, it has given me a great opportunity to discover how to use my ideas and techniques in a new way to target diverse and broad markets.  There are approximately 35 employees and 150 active volunteers at City Church Chicago.

My title at City Church Chicago is Marketing/Creative Intern.  One of my main duties is to be in charge of planning and executing all marketing and promotional events within the church and throughout the city.  This includes hosting themed fundraisers, sports outings, mixers, and concerts.  These events raise money or awareness for the church and its philanthropic/community service endeavors.  One of the main initiatives for City Church Chicago this fall is Urban Hope, a community center that City Church Chicago opened in a neighborhood of the west side to provide children with a safe and positive environment after school.  There are 3-5 events per month and all of them benefit or raise awareness for the Urban Hope project.

The other side of my internship is working with the Creative Team at City Church Chicago.  This team designs all the social media, video recaps, building decorations, and helps promote the culture at City Church Chicago.  My day-to-day activities include assisting the Creative Director and Communication Director with completing any seasonal projects.  I assist with social media posts on Twitter and Instagram and respond to any inquiries for information on those sites.  Each week I edit and post podcasts of the weekly services on the website so that those who are interested can see what the church is like and those who are currently members can catch up on the current series if they have missed any services.

This internship has been extremely eye opening for me because I have never had the opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of any non-profit organization before.  Since I am assisting for marketing for a church, the ideal market is anyone and everyone in Chicago because anyone is welcome to come to the church services and events.  I am learning more about broadening content and creating several different versions of each post or ad that can appeal to different demographics.  I am excited to continue to learn more about how the marketing team functions in this organization.

A Day in the Life of a Language Stars Intern- Dylan Plachta

dylanlanguagestarsLanguage Stars mission is simple: “To revolutionize how and when American children learn foreign language to foster a future generation of multilingual Americans.” How the company goes about achieving this mission is not so simple.

My role in the process of changing the foreign language influence in America is not with recruiting hundreds of teachers from across the globe nor is it managing one of the 25 Language Stars centers throughout Chicago, DC and Baltimore. Nor do I work with the conversion team on increasing enrollments. But what I do impact is all of these departments. This is because I work in the marketing department as the marketing intern.As the marketing department we brand each center, promote our products and services through e-blasts, direct mail postcards and much more.

The marDylan 1keting department consists of three team members: the marketing manager, marketing director, and marketing intern. With three members to support 25 centers and all departments within the company there is plenty of work to complete each day. My responsibilities are recording and storing all the marketing invoices in the marketing budget budget. As well as reconciling the budget at the end of each season. I also list all of Language Stars events online and in magazines. Examples of Language Stars events are story times in a foreign language, kid expos, fairs, and much more. I also do most of the reporting for the marketing department. I form a Free Class Report each week to see how many free classes each center schedules as well as the progression of that free class until enrollment. I also maintain three competitive analyses that I created. One looks at other kids’ foreign language instruction companies, another looks at all kids’ enrichment programs, and the last details summer camps. Other reports I create and produce are seasonal reports that contain free class numbers, enrollments, and new inquiries. I am in the process of creating additional reports that will allow the marketing department to see how productive local marketing events are in terms of ROI. Finally, I am charge of ordering and shipping all of the promotional materials for each center (i.e. balloons, t-shirts, pens, flyers, etc.).

Through this internship so far, as I have been here since February of 2013, I have learned how use excel and many useful tools it possesses to create invaluable reports. Furthermore, I have learned how to work in a team and develop ideas that affect an entire company. Additionally, I have gained experience as freshman and now a sophomore that will be very beneficial to me in my future endeavors.

A Day in the Life of the Michigan Avenue Magazine Intern- Ana Faur

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This fall I have acquired an internship at Chicago’s premier source of city-life publication, Michigan Avenue Magazine. Having just celebrated their five year anniversary, Michigan Ave Magazine has become the leader of style, dining, living, and nightlife in the Chicagoland area. Michigan Ave Magazine is run by the production company Niche Media who also owns many other magazines throughout the nation. A few examples are, Ocean Drive Magazine in Miami, L.A. Confidential Magazine in Los Angeles, and Gotham Magazine in New York City.

The Michigan Ave Magazine office is center to the marketing and sales branches of Niche Media consisting of 11 positions- 1 President/ Publisher, 1 Editor-in-Chief, 2 Sales Assistants, 2 Account Executives, 1 Account Director, 1 Online Editor, 1 Associate Director, 1 Marketing Manager, and 1 Marketing Coordinator. On top of that, the company usually hires about 3-5 interns per season.

My job title at Michigan Ave Magazine is a Sales/ Marketing Intern.

My day-to-day activities at the office vary quite a bit- sometimes I am shadowing Sales Executives and meeting with clients to sign or renew advertising contracts and sometimes I am researching new marketing and branding techniques to get Michigan Avenue Magazine’s name out there to prospective clients (new businesses). A few other important tasks that I am responsible for at the office is transferring clients and other important people to the President’s contact database, organizing various company transportation, parking, and meal costs by month, and creating a database featuring competitors advertisements by Ad category, page length, and addresses.

When I am out of the office, I am required to attend company events. Some of the past events I have worked are the 5 year anniversary cover party featuring artist Michelle Williams, Super Chefs, September cover party featuring actress Ali Larter, and a charity event for family homelessness- Primo Classico Bri’Italia. These events take place at various hotels, restaurants, car dealerships, or nightclubs. They also usually include after-parties such as fashion shows. At these events, I usually assist with event set up and break down, work guest list, and follow photographers around and get captions. Post-events, I create event recaps. Overall, I am very pleased with my internship; I have the opportunity to work in many different aspects of business and everyday at the office as well as every event differs. It also provides an excellent networking experience- I could not have anticipated a better first internship experience!

A Day in the Life of the ACH Food Company Intern- Matt Zaruba

My name is Matt Zaruba. I’m a going to be a senior at DePaul University and I’m pursuing a degree in marketing with a concentration in sale leadership and I am also minoring in management. This summer I’m interning at a company called ACH Food Companies, Inc. ACH Food is a consumer packaged goods company and is a child company of Associated British Foods Inc. (ABF). ACH Food has many brands under its name, brands such as; Mazola Cooking Oil, Fleischmann’s yeast, Weber Grill seasonings, and many more. ACH Food Companies, Inc is located in Oakbrook Terrace, IL and is located in the Parkview Plaza.

Here is Matt's desk!

Here is Matt’s desk!

I will be working in the marketing department and will be assuming the duties of an assistant brand manager for the various brands and products that ACH Food produces. My day to day activities vary on most days but there are some routine duties I fulfill every day. On a typical day I will come into the office and will pull data from Information Resources Inc. (IRI) and analyze it. When analyzing the data I’m looking for trends or information that will help tell the story of a product in the market; whether it be showing growth in a specific region or seeing where there is a pricing sensitivity to the market. But like most jobs, there are various other activities that I’m engaged in at a work. For example one day I attended a focus group study in Chicago to see how well our commercials conveyed the message of our product. Other days I help the assistant brand managers with working on creative free standing inserts (FSI) and packaging for some of the new products that will be launching soon.  I also have been engaged in several sales meetings as well as segmentation and advertising meetings.

ACH Food Companies, Inc. is a relatively big company with 500-1000 employees working in the various locations throughout North America. There are corporate buildings in Illinois, Tennessee, Iowa and Mexico. ACH Food packages consumer goods for sale to business retailers and they also manufacture some of the brands that they own such as Mazola cooking oils. The main manufacturing plant for ACH Food is in Ankeny, Iowa.

Here is a focus group from Chicago!

Here is a focus group from Chicago!

So far working at ACH Food has been an amazing experience. I was nervous to start working in such a large office but I was give good direction and help by my co-workers. I was surprised the amount of responsibility and trust that my superiors and co-workers have given me and I have learned a lot of vital lessons from that. Working in as an assistant brand manager has helped point me in the direction of where I want to take my future career. I am learning a lot of professional skills from my co-workers and how to deal with clients and other professionals with troubling situations. I have also gained a lot of knowledge on the field of marketing in many ways ranging from advertising, sales, category management, packaging and many more.

A Day in the Life of the Prudential Rubloff Properties’ Intern- Tania Hollander

A Day in the Life of a Prudential Rubloff Intern

Hello all! My name is Tania Hollander and I am an intern for the marketing department at Prudential Rubloff Properties. In 2009 two centers of real estate, Rubloff Residential Properties and Prudential Preferred Properties, merged together to form what is know today as Prudential Rubloff Properties. Since then, Prudential Rubloff Properties has grown and prospered into one of the leading real estate firms in the Chicagoland area.

My day at the office beings at 9:30am, but I always check my work email while walking to the office to make sure I am caught up on anything I might have missed over the weekend. As I only work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday things occasionally come up on Friday and Mondays and I like to be ready when I walk in Tuesday morning. I usually have an email from my manager on what she would like me to work on for the day, but if not I stop by her desk first to see if there is a top priority task I must complete. If not, I head on over to my desk to start my computer and get ready for the day!

My day-to-day tasks are a bit confusing to explain to someone who is not in real estate but I’ll give it a try! Once my computer is up and running, the first thing I always do is make sure I have no new eCard requests from the agents who I assist. ECard’s are simple virtual mailing cards that I create for agents upon request. The eCards are quick and easy to make, but I always want to make sure the agents approve them before I send them out, which is the time consuming part. After checking for any new requests, I next look to see if I need to update any of the homes listings, prices and photos online through our internal database. It’s fairly simple but as there as so many homes being sold it can take a long time! After I complete those tasks, I have pending projects that I must attend to that range from creating a blog post for Prudential Rubloff’s blog or drafting a social media content plan for their Facebook and Twitter account.

Prudential Rubloff Properties has fourteen different offices located throughout Cook, Lake and DuPage County. Chicago alone has six different offices! I work at the ‘Mag Mile’ office, which is also known as the corporate office on Michigan Avenue. Today, Prudential Rubloff has grown to become a leading real estate manager in Chicago and has nearly 850 sales professionals and staff. It has grown quite a lot since 2007!

So far my internship has been great! Not only have I met many new and nice people, but also I have learned that there is much to real estate that I had not known about before. Also, working in the corporate office I have learned that there is much that goes on that is not seen with the plain eye. My internship has provided me with the inside look into how a business is run and has given me much more respect for people who have the usual ‘desk job’. I still have a month left to go and cannot wait to see what else I learn!

Prudential Rubloff is now hiring interns, if you want to apply send your resume to ksteven6@depaul.edu

A Day in the Life of the Millward Brown Intern- Fiona Ju

My Wonderful Internship in Millward Brown

This summer, I am working as a research assistant intern at Millward Brown.

MIllward Brown is a global company focused on brands, media and communications. It is part of Kantar Group, the insights arm of WPP plc, and the world’s second largest market research and consulting organization after Nielsen Company. It works with 90% of the world’s leading brands. The company was founded in 1973 and is based in Warwick, United Kingdom with a network of more than 75 offices in 55 countries.

Fiona Ju at her internship desk!

Fiona Ju at her internship desk!

It provides research-based consultancy services that help marketers to manage their brands; and focuses on specific assignments and supports marketing programs. The company also offers neuroscience techniques, such as implicit measurement and emotional priming, facial coding, and eye tracking that create a possibility to get inside the mind of the consumer; and conducts workshops that unlock and inspire brand ideas in customers.

Generally speaking, my daily job is importing and exporting data from Millward Brown’s database which is called Roster, the most powerful database in the world. Also I need to analyze the data based on my clients requests and act as a subject matter expert on software and tools related to data delivery, particularly in the area of PowerPoint and other potential tools for delivering data to clients. My team is working for Procter & Gamble and our job is to offer P&G whatever data they want for developing their business. I collaborated with the team everyday and create aesthetically pleasing templates for them. Because of the hundreds of products P&G offered to the public, our workload is very heavy, for most of times, I need to work on several projects simultaneously. However, I really enjoy the busy work because it makes everyday count for me.

The people who work there are very nice and they are all experts in marketing research field. They are very intelligent, highly motivated and hard working, usually they arrive in the office before I get there and I never saw they leave at the time when they should get off work. My colleagues are very accessible, and are willing to jump in and help. I do learn many from them.

I cannot imagine how lucky I am that I got such a superb internship as an international student. I cherish this job opportunity so much and I am trying to learn new things everyday from this intern position. As a graduate student who wants to find a job which is related to marketing research, it is definitely a great start for me to begin my career in the United States. My internship experience in Millward Brown is awesome and I am willing to tell all my friends that we can find a good internship so long as we keep trying and never give up!

–Fiona Ju

The Farmers Insurance Intern- Alexandra Rodriguez

A Day in the Life of a Farmers Marketing Intern

Alex Rodriguez and her boss, Lisa, marketing at Lincoln Ave Live Festival

Intern Alex Rodriguez and her boss, Lisa, marketing at Lincoln Ave Live Festival

Monday: I walk in the door of Farmers Insurance at 10 am energized and excited for the day. Bella greets me first jumping around, barking, and excited that I have finally arrived. Lisa greets me and asks me to help her gather paper work and pamphlets ready we are going on a “field trip”, there is a 10:30 appointment with a condo association. Being the Agents assistant to sales and telemarketer she thinks it would be a good idea to see a sales pitch in action. On our way to meet the condo association we chat about were the insurance business will be in ten years and why she choose farmers over other insurance agencies. Once we arrive Lisa introduces us and begins, her infinite knowledge of the different types of coverage and what would be beneficial to the association astonishes both the members and I, they are sold. We then proceed to take measurements of the building as well as some pictures.

Once back in the office I begin my normal routine, filling X-date

Alex Rodriguez (Right) outside the Farmers Insurance office where she works as a Marketing Intern

Alex Rodriguez (Right) outside the Farmers Insurance office where she works as a Marketing Intern

s for prospective clients ( when their previous insurance is done so that we may give them a call and offer a comparison), finishing quotes for clients Lisa has talked to, and calling a list of prospective clients in order to offer them a comparison. After I have finished that Lisa and I go on our weekly run. Today we have chosen to introduce ourselves to Physical Therapist. I have prepared a list of physical therapist in our area and we head out. At our first office we introduce ourselves, tell the Therapist that we are local and offer them a special discount for what they do best being Therapist, we leave some goodie bags and we are on to the next office.

Although our office is not very big Lisa, Beth, and I reach a wide variety of clients from all over the city and even as far as Hinsdale. I have learned a lot about how to approach people who do not want to be talked to and also have met a lot of interesting people with in the short period of time working for farmers.

 

If you would like to learn about the internship opportunities with Farmers Insurance, contact Kate Stevenson, Ksteven6@depaul.edu

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Intern—Paul Han

This summer, I am working as a marketing intern at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra building

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra building

Since its erection in 1891, the Grammy-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been praised as one of the greatest symphony orchestras in the world. According to the influential British classical music magazine Gramophone, the Chicago Symphony has been ranked as the best American orchestra of the world’s greatest orchestras ranking.  The orchestra performs more than two hundred concerts every year around the world and a hundred fifty of them at its downtown home, the Symphony Center.  When not playing at prestigious concert halls, the orchestra commits time and effort in community engagement in Chicago neighborhoods.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is currently lead by the preeminent Italian conductor, Maestro Riccardo Muti.  Under Maestro Muti’s leadership since September 2010, the orchestra was awarded two Grammy awards.  A winner of numerous awards and honors, Maestro Muti was recently awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from DePaul University.

My daily work focuses around various large and small projects that I work on consistently, sometimes even simultaneously.   Although the workload is heavy,  I am enjoying being busy. The two major projects that I partake in are Morton East High School Research & Outreach, and FY12 and FY13 Student Ticket Buyer Research.

On the Morton East project, I am working with Director of Marketing and assist with researching the Cicero neighborhood for active community organizations, chamber of commerce, etc.  The purpose of this project is to promote the CSO’s September 18th community concert at the high school.  I am also responsible of managing poster and distribution that will take action in August.Link: http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=6018

As for my student ticket buyer research project,  I will do a complete survey analysis of how concerts’ characteristics (demographics, concert series with most sold, popular days of week, online vs. box office etc.) affect student ticket sales and the revenue.   Based on the result, I will make a report on how to maintain and bring in more student patrons to the CSO concerts.

Intern Paul Han pictured at his internship at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Intern Paul Han inside the Symphony Center where he interns for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Currently, there are about 108 musicians in the orchestra, who all are the very best orchestral musicians in the world. As of the size of the administration, excluding the President’s office, there are 16 departments and 100 administrators in the administration, a rare size for a symphony orchestra administration.  The Marketing Team has 7 members, who are not only some of the best orchestra administrators in the nation, but also very kind and welcoming individuals as well. Participating in weekly meetings with them and other department people inspire me to work hard to reach their caliber one day.

As a marketing major student who wants to pursue a career in orchestra management, working for an internationally-renowned institution like the CSO has been a dreamlike experience for me.    When I was looking for internships, I kept in mind that I want to find one that can help me succeed as a solid entry-level professional in any career–not just in arts management.  Luckily,  I am very grateful that I am “catching two birds with one stone”.

Like at every internship,  internships at the CSO are equally competitive as well(strong knowledge of classical music is certainly recommended!).  Being a team player with positive and open- minded attitude will certainly distinguish you as a strong candidate.

As I enter my Sophomore year in the fall, I am confident that being a CSO Intern will help me to develop into a better-prepared student in DePaul’s Marketing Program.

The Channel IQ Intern- Phillip Moss

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The setup at Channel IQ

Hello, my name is Phillip Moss and I am a Data analyst Intern at Channel IQ. Channel IQ is a marketing research company that focuses on data analytics. Channel IQ is an up-and coming company in the field of e-commerce. Our company looks at product and pricing data and creates specialized reports for our client companies.

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Phillip at his desk, working as a Research Analyst Intern

A typical day for me involves arriving at work at 9am and checking in with 3 account managers. I work part time for 16 hours a week so I don’t have an assigned account manager. Full time data analysts are given a specific account manager. I receive a client from one of the account managers (Go Pro cameras for example) and I would go to my computer station and log onto OnRamp. OnRamp is a program that we use to search the internet for the product pages that our client’s products are distributed on. We check to make sure that the company’s minimum advertised price (MAP) is being honored by other companies. Our job is to match the products online with the actual products that the client lists and to remove information that is irrelevant to the client. We focus on three main websites: Amazon, EBay, and Google. Each account can have anywhere from 100 to a few thousand products. I can go through 1 to 3 product accounts a day, depending on the amount of results that the program pulls for a given product. I have a lunch break in between at 12 each day. I can ask questions at any time, which I had to do a lot in the beginning as I became knowledgeable of both the program and the ways each account manager wanted the reports to be at the end of the process. I also do quality control for the accounts, making sure that the computer accurately collected the data after I matched it.

deskChannel IQ is a growing company. It has about 40 workers. It is difficult to know exactly how many workers are actually there because some individuals work remotely. We have two different departments, the technology department is on the 6th floor and the business operations section is on the 7th floor. All workers can communicate with each other through a program called “Pigeon” which allows for instant messaging. It is very effective in connecting the two floors and allowing each department to stay in touch with day-to-day operations.

I have learned a lot from this internship. I like generating reports for client companies. I also learned a lot about e-commerce pricing policies. I own an eBay business and seeing how companies manage online distributers was very interesting. I believe that my business will be able to grow as a result of the processes that I learned in this internship. Channel IQ also taught me to use analytical skills to make key decisions. I love working here!