Public Relations/Communications Winter Break Opportunity List

You can apply for opportunities through the Student Center, under the Center for Career Development, Winter Break Opportunities.

Applications are due by November 6 by 11:59 p.m.

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See what students have to say about their experience. Students Comments on the value of Job Shadowing and Career Networking Dinners.  Want to learn more about Career Networking Dinners?  See our blog post "Demystifying Career Networking Dinners"

Public Relations and Communications (Media, Advertising, Marketing, Publishing, Editing)

Networking Dinners:

Los Angeles, CA - Jim and Elizabeth Burgess, P'2020. Elizabeth is the Executive Vice President for Fox Netwoks Group and can talk about careers in the Entertainment field. Students should be local to the area, within driving distance, or already have plans to be in the area.

Stamford, CT - Anne Engel P‘2016, Marketing Consultant, Independent Consultant;  Mark Engel P '16 CEO, Rosco (International company in the theatrical/film lighting business).  Both of us have BAs from liberal arts colleges and an MBA.  Anne Engel P'16 spent 10 years in brand management at Pepsi-Cola and was a SVP at a promotion agency.

Gettysburg, PA - Kelly Alsedek ‘1970, Associate Director of Communications & Marketing - Retired, Lebanon Valley College

Philadelphia, PA - Jean Rodenberger '1989, Editor in Chief, F.A. Davis Company; Melanie Cann '1989, Publishing/Content provider, Staywell Publishing. Opportunity will be held one day during the week of January 9th.

Washington (or Arlington, VA), DC - Arielle Distasio ‘2012, Management and Program Analyst / PR and Corporate Communications Graduate Student, Department of Justice / Georgetown University. Other alumni co-hosts may include two recent graduates currently working in Business/Consulting  and an attorney with the Department of Justice. May also include PR/Public Affairs/Marketing if students are interested.

New York, NY - Eric Handler ‘1986, Vice President, Communications, YES Network;  RESUME REQUIRED - submit to tkurzawa@gettysburg.edu by 11/6 at 11:59p.m.

Job Shadowing:

Fran Cannon ‘1978, Executive Vice President, C 3 Real Estate (Location: Blue Bell, PA)  Shadow Description: I run a commercial Real Estate company that specializes in leasing and management of office buildings, shopping centers and apartment buildings. C3 Real Estate has both a commercial real estate firm and a telecommunications consulting firm. Work place is Business Casual.

John Castle, P'2018, President, Nissan United - TBWA (New York, NY). Shadow Description: The student will spend the day at the heart of one of Advertising's greatest global agencies, TBWA. Specifically, this day will be spent with the global team that works on Nissan. In the NYC headquarters, this student will be exposed to how the global operation works, and will also spend time with the global Social and Engagement team. This is less about "making ads" and more about seeing how a global team manages a worldwide network of agencies around the world.

Marcy Di Blasio ‘1985, Assoc. Director of Development, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice (Location: Marlton, NJ)  Shadow Description: Our office is a small yet mighty group of five Development professionals who raise over a million dollars each year to address costs to our patients and their families that are not covered by insurance. We conduct Annual, Planned, Major, and Corporate campaigns, concurrently as well as two large Special Events each year. We work cohesively as a team, and I think that a Gettysburg student could benefit a great deal from spending time in our presence, as well as that of the other staff members of Samaritan.

Mary K. DiUbaldo  P‘2019, Director of Development, Moveable Feast (Location: Baltimore, MD)  Shadow Description: Non-profit management. I run the fundraising dept. for a non profit with a 4 million dollar budget. We deliver nutritionally tailored meals to individuals with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life threatening illnesses. We believe that Food=Medicine. We specifically work with those who do not have access,affordability or ability to prepare healthy meals. Local students are encouraged to attend, as this is best as a multiple day experience (at least 3 days). A public policy major or marketing or healthcare might find this experience interesting.

Jack Duffy ‘1979, Vice President - Enterprise Business Solutions Service Management, AT&T (Location: Bedminster, NJ)  Shadow Description: Day includes spending time with me for 2 hours, visiting our Global Network Operations Center, a Telepresence Call with our HR recruiters and Director of Business Sales Leadership Development Program and finally time with at least 3 other executives. Seniors are strongly encouraged to apply (minimum 3.0 GPA requested).

Elaine Giuliano ‘1983, Features Editor, The Carmel Pine Cone (Location: Pacific Grove, CA)  Shadow Description: The student will come along on interviews and assist in research for articles for the week's paper. If the student's present on a Wednesday and Thursday, they may also observe and participate in production. Good photographers may find themselves with a photo credit. This is a great opportunity to observe operations at a successful weekly newspaper with 100% locally produced content — no wire stories. The Pine Cone is available online, and interested students should acquaint themselves with its style and editorial point of view before applying. **Interested students should be from California or already have plans to be in the area during January break.**

Helen Karchner P‘2019, CEO/co-Founder/Business Development/Expert Moderator, Karchner Marketing Research & KMR Research Studio (Location: Collegeville, PA)  Shadow Description: (taken from our internship program) Student will become one of our KMR TEAM Members. As such, your opportunity for learning and growth will be varied, with the multi-faceted projects we have ongoing.  You will have an opportunity to gain valuable experience. Marketing Experience: - Expansion of the KMR brand - Development of KMR brand subsidiaries - Growth of the new KMR Research Studio - Maintenance of current KMR clients - Cultivation of new/past KMR clients Marketing Research Experience: - Assist our Field Coordinator with commissioned research projects - Conduct desk research on various research topics and therapeutic areas - Cross check recruiting data gleaned against screener criterion - Take notes and/or shadow a moderator during active qualitative interviews - Transcribe interviews - Locate and identify applicable verbatim quotations - Create charts and graphs to support explanation of a study’s results - Monitor social media discussions - Manage various data bases - Create and design surveys - Provide graphic design support for final reports including pictures, diagrams, etc Participation within and support for various projects is proportionate to incoming research. The industry does experience seasonality, typically busier in the 3rd & 4th Q's. However, exposure to research methodologies, exploration into state-of-the-art digital techniques, and an opportunity to glean various research philosophies through attendance at industry presentations may be available. Moreover, continued marketing efforts are required to cultivate potentially new clients and re-engage current clients. We welcome ambitious, dedicated, insightful, and inspirational students. The only bad question is the one that's never asked! Communication is key to a successful internship! We usually work 12-14hr days each day

Lori Olbrys P‘2019, Executive Vice President, Recruiter, O'Hare & Associates (Location: New York, NY)  Shadow Description: I am an advertising/marketing recruiter so am happy to talk with students/help guide students who wish to pursue this career path. This would not really be to see what a Recruiter does, but to help anyone interested in the advertising/marketing field. Prior to recruiting these past 17 years, I spent ten years at Grey Advertising working on various Procter & Gamble beauty brands (Cover Girl, Pantene).

Brendan Ripp ‘1999, VP & Executive Vice President, National Geographic Sales and Partnerships, Fox Networks Group(Location: New York, NY)  Shadow Description: Brendan Ripp oversees National Geographic Partners' brand revenue across all platforms of its business, including National Geographic Channels, as well as digital, social, mobile, and print. He also leads the National Geographic Advertising Sales and Client Solutions' teams. Brendan Ripp's previous roles include President of Technology, Telecommunications and Finance Verticals and the VP   Publisher of Sports Illustrated at Time, Inc

Maggie Roberston, '2016, Digital Service Representative, NBC Sports Group (New York, NY). Shadow Description: NBC Universal is the ultimate media outlet, constantly pushing the boundaries in terms of technology, entertainment and effective content delivery. The NBC Sports Group contributes to NBCU's dominant place in the market with platforms like NBCSN and GolfChannel, and properties including the Olympics, Sunday Night Football, NASCAR, Premier League, the PGA Tour, and many more. Through this job shadow, students will learn the basics of digital advertising sales from a publisher's standpoint. The students will get exposure to strategic planning, marketing, ad operations, and inventory management. Must present license for entry.

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