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Advice for Internships By Samantha Lauro

Samantha Lauro

You Were Chosen For a Reason:

Every person has the quintessential, “I don’t know what I am doing” feeling when they start a new job. It is only natural, as you’re in a completely new environment consisting of client approval rather than grade percentiles. There will definitely be moments that challenge you and even make you question your chosen career path. Your most important asset is how the anxiety is managed, as what ultimately defines the situation is the end result. Therefore look at the long run rather than getting caught up in the moment.

Morning Routine:

I suggest treating yourself to a coffee, or general beverage/snack, at least once a week to keep your mornings interesting. This especially goes for those who commute; not only does it expose you to new locations around the city, but it also takes the mindlessness out of the daily routine. I am a self-proclaimed, or self-diagnosed, caffeine addict so to me this is essential.

What to Wear: 

Attire is important. It is the first impression people have of you and sets the tone. The rule of thumb is usually, dress a level beyond the position you are aiming for. I concur, but my personal thought is that one must gage the social climate and dress appropriately. In other words, integrate yourself with the office culture but maintain a professional appearance. If your place of work is on the casual side, I recommend mixing professional and dressed down pieces to keep the balance.

Going to a Work Event:

This is a great opportunity to get to know co-workers. Be social and make connections. It may be intimidating but I have found most people to be open and friendly, plus casual conversation is a great way to gain insight on the field you are embarking in. Be yourself and be genuine; at the end of the day a real relationship is far more important than a list of completed office tasks or superficial conversation. Enjoy yourself!

Stay Off Your Phone:

To become fully involved and connected with jobs and accounts one should avoid distractions. Put the phone down and get the full experience. Use 100% of your mental capacity and it will pay off with regard to work quality and work relationships.

Junior Associate Mentality:

Think of yourself as a junior associate rather than an intern. People will tell you not to sweat it because “you are only an intern” but I say rise to the occasion. Don’t give yourself a proverbial out. You are working at a real company and the work you do will have an impact in some way, especially if you elevate your thinking.


Pay attention to details and take notes. Observe and absorb the general information and the essence of the gathering. Note the interaction, strategy, attitude, posture, and language. There are so many external and intrinsic lessons to learn, as meetings show thought process, culture, and final result. Always have an opinion about what is being said, and try to contribute when appropriate. You never know when you will be asked about your thoughts, therefore, listening intently is key. Additionally, ask questions to show that you are attentive and interested in learning. If you are nervous ask questions after the meeting or through a follow up email.

When in Doubt, Go for It:

There will be quite a few times during an internship where the opportunity to go beyond what is expected presents itself. Many times it means putting oneself on the line or taking a chance. Admittedly, this is pretty scary especially in a new place. Personal examples of this included emailing my thoughts on an account after sitting in on a meeting, creating a POV, presenting an idea to an art director, and asserting my opinion despite the fact that it challenged the idea of another co-worker. Before every decision I contemplated whether or not I should act, and I went for it. I can say with confidence that it was worth it, as each became a personal victory despite varying degrees of success. Take a chance on yourself, it will pay off and show initiative.

Don’t be Afraid to Stay Late:

Staying late can be daunting. If there comes a time where you need to stay late to get something done embrace it; buckle down and get to work. You want to show your team that you are dependable and dedicated, therefore don’t run out of the office at 5:00pm on the dot. In the process of staying late you may even meet some coworkers who you would not have met during the day. Additionally, if you are working on a project for someone, always check with them before you head out for the day.


Commuting is exhausting and can be mind-numbing. A good percentage of the time I was passed out on LIRR, but for the days when my mind was left wandering I often searched for a way to pass the time. I suggest making a playlists to keep it fun; good music makes every situation better. I also recommend podcasts, as they are a great way to wake up your mind for the workday.

Time Management:

One will quickly realize that time is fleeting, especially if there is an abundance of work to be done. Stay on top of your work and things will run smoothly. Additionally, quality is essential so do not rush through your tasks at hand. It can be hard to say no to projects when multiple people come to you for help at the same time. If you think you can handle more work then go for it, but do not take on more responsibility if quality of work will suffer. It helps to know deadlines and be open; ask your supervisors when things are due and create an open dialogue. Lastly, keep a schedule to keep track of jobs.

Carry a Notebook:

I am a firm believer in carrying a notebook at all times during an internship. You can record what is going on, keep track of work and information, and have a daily account of your internship experience. It is also great for writing down ideas when inspiration strikes.

Work Quality:

Quality on one task can determine whether people will come to you for other jobs. Put in maximum effort. Also, do not be afraid to ask questions, as an internship should be about developing your skills.

Be Hungry:

An internship is a learning experience. Strive to learn as much as possible, and experience all that you can. Ask to attend meetings, look for work, volunteer, and enquire about opinions. Be assertive, in a mature way, and you shall receive.

Think Outside of the Box:

Creative thinking is valuable. As an outsider you do not have preconceived notions/stigmas from the industry and are not assimilated to the general way of thinking. Moreover, you hold a fresh perspective and come from a place of different experiences. Use this to your benefit and go against the grain. Also, some of the most wacky and outrageous ideas can be the best, or at the very least can stimulate thought, so make sure to speak up.

End of Internship:

Meet with your supervisor one last time before you leave to debrief. It can be a great way to gain valuable feedback on your performance and can showcase your progress. Be sure to thank your supervisor, as graciousness goes a long way.



3 Ways to give your business a boost

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1. Update that website to HTML 5 for responsive design and mobile

These days it can be tough to compete in business if you don’t have a website that’s well designed, up to date and formatted for mobile phones. If your website is more that five years old there’s a good chance it’s not developed with HTML 5 or responsive design. This means your website may not look correct on different browsers and devices. Pages may get cut in half, images don’t load and crazy scroll bars may need to be used to read content and click on buttons. Know the feeling? According to Wikipedia, “Responsive Web Design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones)”

Why Use Responsive Web Design?

The number of devices, platforms, and browsers that need to work with your site will continue to change. Responsive web design represents a shift in how websites will be built for at least the next ten years. Ignore this and your company will be at a disadvantage for delivering information, products and services online.

How can you update your website and mobile app without breaking the bank or paying developers?

Enlist a consulting company like Creative Village to manage the transfer of content and improve site design with a new HTML 5 responsive website with the revolutionary platform Creative Village will take the project management and design portion of the project off your plate and assure improved user experience, design and applications without having to complete excessive coding, testing or developing because we they partner with designers that are experts and offer support and updates to your site even after the project is complete.


2. Improve your talent pipeline by creating an internship program

Some of the benefits of having a quality internship program include reduced cost in pre-qualifying entry-level candidates, increased bandwidth for projects and training opportunities for staff that participate in the program. Companies have reported saving an average of $15,000 per hire when utilizing their internship program for pre-screening of future hires. In addition, it has been proven that employees who intern at your company will stay with the company longer than employees who never completed an internship program. Therefore employee retention rates are higher for companies that have quality internship programs. Creating useful and engaging learning exercises that prepare the intern to work at the company is important for both the intern host and intern to understand that a full-time position is never a guarantee when interning. This agreement and other important details of an internship program should be written and documented within the actual internship program and contracts signed by both parties.

Sound like too much administrative work to put together an internship program?

If so, check out the Quickstart Internship System. It’s a downloadable guide with templates for everything required to create a quality internship program.

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3. Provide online skills gap training for your staff

These days there are several online training resources to give employees a chance to develop new skills or brush up on current skills that have not been used in a while. With online training platforms such as and, employers can offer immense knowledge resources for small monthly subscription fees. Some resources like offer free access for some users. Some of the skills gap trainings available for free include Digital Etiquette, Google Apps and Twitter Ads. Totally captivating because the lessons are broken into short  videos followed by brief multiple-choice exam to help you recall the information. Grovo’s a great tool for any learner trying to learn or improve a current skill.


Career advice for engineering


Engineering is an exciting field that is always in demand. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether or not to pursue a career in engineering. 

Explore different sectors 

Engineers can specialize in many fields. Reading some job descriptions and looking at the websites of major firms can give you a better idea of what a job in a particular sector will actually entail. This can also make it easier for you to decide what engineering degree program will be best for your long-term career goals. Firms such as Transducer Techniques have found success by specializing in one sector of engineering. The company engineers state of the art load sensors that allow for better precision in fields such as manufacturing. Other exciting engineering sectors to consider include aerospace and automotive engineering.

Don’t be afraid to use your innovation and creativity

Engineers are thinkers. They are always looking for ways to create solutions. If you have a great idea, then there is nothing wrong with attempting to turn it into a reality. Some of the greatest innovations come from those that are not afraid to explore and think outside the box. For instance, Transducer Techniques started as an entrepreneur’s dream and found success by focusing on one specific aspect of engineering. Finding a niche market can ensure your success.

Explore employment with small companies as well as large

There are plenty of good opportunities with small to mid sized companies. A company does not have to be large to be extremely successful. Many people overlook these opportunities because they are determined to be employed by large firms. Small firms are also great places for those that lack real professional experience. If you are still a student, do not count out these smaller firms, as they can provide internship opportunities that can lead to better jobs later on down the road.

Recruitment fairs and networking are your friend

Websites and social media such as LinkedIn can be extremely helpful in networking with potential employers and other key people in your chosen sector of engineering. This can lead to many opportunities. Recruitment fairs or engineering trade shows are another valuable opportunity to meet firms face to face and find out what they are all about. This can help if you are still trying to hone in on which sector you feel most comfortable working in. Some firms offer several different sectors, so you may be able to work a bit in both.

Internships can make the difference

While a great education is important for employers, real hands on experience at an engineering firm can make them look at you in an even more positive way. Sometimes internships lead to full time employment at the firm that you intern at. These programs are very popular because they give firms a chance to recruit and nurture talented up and coming engineers.

Talk to experienced engineers

Talking to those that have been in the business for a long time can be valuable. They can give you insight into what is currently most in demand and what they find lacking in new engineers so that you don’t make the same mistakes.

Despite the challenges of this field, engineering can be a very rewarding career, and the wide variety of job opportunities in this sector ensures that there is sure to be a specialty field to suit your interests.


How to Prepare for Career Internships & Job Fair Season

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A new school year has arrived, fall is rapidly approaching and students across the country are getting ready to put on their best suits and fill the lines at internships and job fairs. For some students, they are readily prepared for these fairs and how to strategically tackle them. For others, this may be there first time and they may need a little help. Here are some great tips to use to tackle an internship and job fair…

Make a target list

A student who navigates a career fair well is a strategic student. Make a target list of the companies you are interested in. Your list should be separated into three parts based on the jobs and internships they are providing and your qualifications: your reach companies, your priority companies and your safety companies.

Your reach companies are those that you are highly interested in, but might not necessarily have a job offer for you or you don’t meet the qualifications. Your priority companies are the ones you are highly interested in and you meet the qualifications, and they are even looking to fill immediately. Your safety companies are those that slightly peaked your interest and you meet some of the qualifications.

Know your 30 second pitch

Giving a firm handshake and introducing yourself well is a way to leave a lasting impression. For the employer, the 30 second pitch, also known as the elevator pitch, is a way to see how well you can present yourself in a limited time and to see your level of professionalism. Your 30 second pitch should include who you are and what you can bring to the table. In an article on, the contributor states that the employer “will have their antennas tuned to ‘what’s in it for me?'”

Research companies

You just dropped your 30 second pitch mentioning what you can bring to the table and the employer is impressed. The next thing they want to see is how well you know their company. This is a career fair and you will have some students going from table to table dropping their resumes off without any knowledge of the company. Set yourself apart and do the research. If this is a digital marketing position, know there latest digital campaigns, know who the department director is and what they’ve done for the company. The more you know, the better.

Know the floor plan

One of the worst things you can do at a career fair is waste your time looking for that particular booth. As a student, you are juggling your class schedule, extracurricular activities and maybe even your work-study job. You want to be able to put as much time in speaking with employers and not getting lost. Most college career fairs provide a floor plan online or at the door. Take a moment to highlight where the companies that you want to visit are located. Visit your priority companies first and then your reach companies. Save your safeties for last.


How are you preparing for the career internships and job fair season? Leave a comment below!


Intern Spotlight: Bernadette Mahoney, Research Assistant at the Paley Center for Media


Bernadette Mahoney is a lover of music, pop culture and television. She dubs herself an “old soul” since she is so in-tuned with 80s and 90s culture. We had the opportunity to speak with Bernadette about her internship experience at The Paley Center for Media and how it aligns with her passion.

What are the steps you took to land your internship at the Paley Center for Media?

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, I researched any internship that pertained to media and entertainment. After thorough research, I connected with the head of the internship program at the Paley Center, Robert Eng, who connected me with Jane Klaine. I interviewed with Jane for the research assistant position and landed the internship.

As a research assistant, what is an average day like?

As a research assistant, my day is focused on knowing the big stories in pop culture and clipping news articles pertaining to television and new media to keep our research archives updated. For example, with the death of Phillip Hoffman, I had to gather all information surrounding the movies and television shows he starred in and the day and cause of his death. Any developing information needed to be included in the archives as soon as possible. The role of a research assistant is key in keeping the Paley Center up-to-date on everything in the media.

What specifically motivated you to go this direction in your career?

I have always been fascinated by pop culture. You would always find me watching award shows, countdown specials and the like. I am fascinated by how television and pop culture has a major impact on the lives of so many people.

What tips would you offer a young talent interested in getting into the media industry?

My biggest tip would be to never give up. The media and entertainment industry is a very difficult industry to break into and you have to learn to never give up, gain confidence and learn to take it as a journey. I would also tell young talent to get very involved. In high school, I was apart of The TORCH program, a program that exposes high school students to careers in communications and the arts. The program continued to develop my love for pop culture. By the time I entered college, I joined my college’s audio visual department. I never gave up, and I stayed involved with different programs and organizations that fueled my passion.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a television producer. Again, pop culture is so important to our society and I want to be able to influence it in that role. My internship at the Paley Center for Media has really helped me towards my dream job, because I have been able to look at media in different perspectives.

Are you an emerging talent, interested in media and pop culture? Connect with Bernadette Mahoney on LinkedIn and follow the Paley Center for Media on Twitter: @paleycenter


Creating Diverse Internship Programs


At colleges and universities across the nation, spring semester has been underway for a few weeks. With the arrival of spring semester comes the onset of employers looking to fill positions for their summer internship programs. As the job market and college student demographics are changing, so should your internship programs. Let’s face it, there is a 60 percent chance that the intern you hire today will be your entry-level employee tomorrow.

We have set aside some tips and strategies for your internship program to mirror the diverse marketplace, which in turn may increase your chance of creating a more diverse work environment.


Under the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) act, there are certain requirements companies and employers are suppose to fulfill based on diversity initiatives. However, with those requirements come the task of hiring prospective interns just to check certain boxes and to satisfy their audits. Appropriate research should be done to track where diverse intern applicants are coming form. For example, based on thorough research, a company may find they receive more diverse applicants at a particular conference oppose to the average career fair.

Go Beyond Traditional Recruiting Methods

While tradition is always great, sometimes it is necessary to break out of the box and develop new ways of recruiting. Partner with different career development companies, like us, that may have greater access to diverse talent. Break away from the old sit behind the table, college fair way of recruiting and embrace contests and social media. If you’re looking for a social media intern, maybe create a contest about creating a social media plan for one of the company’s clients and/or products. You can reach a large pool of diverse students that way and see their relevant skills all at once.

Establish a Mentorship Program

Partner with local high schools to establish a mentorship program. (Yes, I said high school). Starting early is an excellent way to increase and foster greater diversity. At the high school level, your company can allow juniors and seniors to shadow employers for a three-week time frame in the summer and throughout the school year build rapport with the particular employer. This way, by the time the student enters college there is a greater possibility that they are interested in your company and may even tell their college roommate or friend.

Along with these tips, check out our customized internship program service where Marc Scoleri provides employers with an assessment and evaluation of the business to supply your internship program needs.

Do you have a diverse internship program? Feel free to comment and chime in our tips and strategies.


Take-off with Ranae Heuer, Managing Director of Big Spaceship


Today, Creative Interns took off into the world of Big Spaceship – a digital creative agency in Dumbo, Brooklyn. You may know Big Spaceship as the agency that worked with Google to help people find what they love in a new way on the internet or as the agency that worked with Skittles to engage their audiences by giving the rainbow a voice.

Creative Interns had the opportunity to speak with Ranae Heuer, Managing Director of Big Spaceship who is responsible for the day-to-day operations and steering the company’s strategic vision. Ranae shares Big Spaceship’s creative DNA and company structure.

Creative Interns: Big Spaceship defines the digital age as the age of connection. How does the company create strategies based on connected innovation?

Ranae Heuer: A brand is the sum of its interactions and those interactions must provide value because today’s consumers are in control more than ever before. We like to think about things holistically – including helping our clients breaking down their own internal silos – to deliver solutions to problems that not only provide value, but deliver on the brand’s purpose as well.

CI: Creative is embedded in the Big Spaceship DNA. Does the company have different ways of fostering employee creativity?

RH: We don’t have anyone with “creative” in their job title. Everyone here is expected to be creative. With that said, the structure of our company is one way we foster creativity. We assemble a team to work on a client project and that team sits together. Many companies sit together based on department, but we don’t do that. We help to foster creativity and build off each other. Ideas get lost if you can’t talk about them right away.

Another way we foster creativity, is through “Hack Day.” We have “hack day” at least twice a year and we have a different theme each time. Our last theme was “Hack Big Spaceship” – recommending changes to make Big Spaceship a better place. Anything to promoting culture to improving workflow, to encouraging communication and innovation. One example is the PANIShhh quiet light one of the teams created. PANIShhh is a physical device that lets the crew know when a client is in-house so the music can be kept at a moderate level… clever isn’t it?

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CI: Being at the company for over five years, what is one major company accolade you remember and won’t ever forget?

RH: We have been recognized among the “Best Places to Work” by Advertising Age three years in a row and Crain’s New York Business two years in a row.

CI: Does Big Spaceship have an internship program? If so, how has your company benefitted from the internship program? How has emerging talent benefitted from the internship program?

RH: Yes, we typically have an intern in each discipline for each quarter. We treat our interns like any other contributing team member. Interns are able to roll up their sleeves and be apart of any client project giving them the opportunity to learn and do things. Currently, we’re working on putting more rigor into the internship program where interns are expected to take on a specific project and at the end present what they have learned.

Our internship program has been beneficial for both the interns and the company because through our internship program, we’ve found some of our best employees.

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CI: What tips can you offer a student, intern or recent graduate looking to enter the creative digital space?


  • Have a perspective. If you don’t have specific experience, how are you taking on that challenge yourself? Can you illustrate the skills you have that can allow you to work at Big Spaceship or any other digital agency?
  • Research and know the tools of your industry.
  • Attend industry events.
  • Know where you’re interviewing and dress appropriately.

For more information about Big Spaceship, visit and connect with the company via Twitter: @bigspaceship!


Ending Your Summer Internship

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As the summer days wind down and we prepare for fall, summer internships are coming to a close. You rocked your internship – especially given the internship tips we provided earlier in the summer – and it is time to end it with a bang. Here are some tips to end your summer internship the right way.

Ask for an Evaluation

What good is an internship if you can’t learn from it? Even if it isn’t required, ask your internship supervisor for an evaluation of your work all summer. With an evaluation you will be able to know the areas you did well in and what you may need to improve on as a growing professional.

Create a Portfolio

All summer you have been working on so many projects and you wouldn’t want this hard work to go in vain. Save all your projects and documents from the office desktop onto your personal drive so you have endless access to all your work from the summer. At the conclusion of your internship, you will be able to make a physical and online portfolio.

Send a Thank You

Many interns leave their internships without sending a mere thank you email to their boss. Be sure to thank all those who played an influential role during your internship – those at the company/organization you worked for and even anyone who may have helped you to land the internship. A thank you never goes unnoticed.

Stay in Touch

With all those relationships we encouraged you to build, it is now time to keep those relationships pass your internship. Stay in touch with those you have connected with at your office. Always remember your network determines your net worth.


Isabel Herrera: VH1 Production Intern

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Isabel Herrera was born and raised in Manhattan, New York and is a senior Television, Radio and Film major at Syracuse University. Throughout her educational career, Isabel has successfully aligned herself with different production opportunities working with PBS, HBO and now… VH1.

Creative Interns: How did you land your internship at VH1?

Isabel Herrera: I applied for the Vh1 position through the Viacom Company by submitting my résumé online. I listed three companies I thought would be ideal for me depending on my interests, skills sets, and order of preference. I chose Vh1 as my first choice, because I believed it would be an excellent place to learn about the television production process. A few weeks later, a Syracuse Alumna contacted me and we scheduled a telephone interview. I immediately followed up with him and within three weeks I was offered an internship in their Digital Production Department.

CI: What is a normal day like for a VH1 production intern?

IH: The Digital Production Department is one of the smaller divisions at the VH1 channel, and because of this I was able to learn a lot more than I initially expected. Another plus is that I was the only intern within the department, so I did not split responsibilities with other interns. My daily duties vary depending on my schedule. The days we are scheduled to shoot, I am on set assisting with equipment-set up, camera and audio check, emergency errands for the producers, and breaking down after the day’s wrap. On other days, I will help the producers with editing cuts, or select clips I considered to be useful for smaller videos of on-air shows. My experience at VH1 has been incredible, and so pertinent to the production background I am beginning to cultivate.

CI: What specifically motivated you to go into video and media production?

IH: After completing several internships with large media production companies, I’ve realized that my dreams of becoming a producer are not as far-fetched as I thought. My seed for motivation stems from a place that as a storyteller, makes me physically, emotionally and mentally invested into the career path I want to pursue.  I specifically chose production, because producers oversee the unfolding process of a vision from beginning to end, and that’s exactly what I really respect about this career. Sometimes, I step away from my work after a long day and really think “I can’t believe I’m really part of a such a cool job” and I want to continue to extend this feeling. So my motivation is the rush I feel when I am invested and part of a vision larger than myself.

CI: What tips would you offer an undergraduate looking to apply to a post-graduate internship or entry-level position in your industry?

IH: Undergraduates should look into smaller departments, because they often result in the most rewarding professional experiences. You will eventually get to the large position you want to attain, but it’s important to tend to the small steps NOW, while you’re young and still growing than backtracking at a later point in your career. Also, working in a smaller department will help you prove yourself to your boss and provide many more opportunities to step up to larger responsibilities. This can help you become much more independent and grant you the kind of professional growth you aspire to have. I also want to stress the importance of following up with someone after an interview, and being sincere with the kind of work you want to get into when you have the opportunity to do so. Never fill a position for the sake of its title, because you will ultimately end up with less that what you’ve bargained for.