As many of my classmates are, I too was worried about finding and working an internship. Even after landing an internship, the prospect of what the daily grind will actually look like is still daunting. I spent this past summer interning at Allied Integrated Marketing.
Allied Integrated Marketing is a full-service marketing and advertising agency, whose clients include most major movie studios. I applied and was accepted to their publicity and promotions internship, through Daniels Careers (check it out if you have not). I have previously worked an internship and a plethora of student jobs before that, and this internship was unlike any other working role I had previously experienced.
The Publicity and Promotions Intern works on a team of full time Representatives, on teams assigned to the various studios Allied represents. The daily responsibilities of working on these teams involve planning for and pitching promotional events and publicity outlets for upcoming films. This often involves contacting local businesses and organizations and offering them free movie tickets and promotional items, in exchange for their hosting an event themed around the upcoming film. While school is in session interns are often issued college specific directives from studios, enabling them to make the most use of their connections on campus.
Although cold calling can be a bit unpleasant at times, it is quite fun and easy to give out cool free stuff for sweet new movies. I was lucky enough to get to work for Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures during my time at Allied. This meant that I was able to coordinate and plan events for films from these studios. Although I was assigned to these studios I had the fortune of working on most of the big films this summer. I dressed as Frank from Sausage Party on local TV, worked Star Trek Beyond and The BFG booths at Comic Con, attended the advanced screening of Finding Dory and Suicide Squad, and attended several Film on the Rocks presentations to promote films such as Lights Out and Don’t Breathe. It was quite an adventurous internship!
The mandatory office hours at Allied Integrated Marketing are unpaid; however the interns do indeed have the opportunity to earn money. Interns are compensated for working advanced screening and events. Although the office work may not be paid, the aspects of the job that are paid are a blast. Working advanced screening of films, and attending events while handing out cool free stuff to promote the films is the most fun I’ve had in an hourly paid role. That being said it can be stressful at times. At certain events we are not announced or sponsoring, and occasionally are not allowed to distribute items or take photos. Handing out all the free stuff is fun, however you have to take photos of people with their newly acquired promotional items.
Despite minor social anxiety, there is not internship that provides better opportunities to have a blast in the capacity of your duties and advance your abilities as a professional businessperson. The lack of office pay is compensated for by the time the “full timers” on your team spend working with and teaching you. This role is ideal for any third and fourth year students majoring in Marketing, Communications, Film, or any business discipline. The skills learned in this role advance the interns professional abilities, through real world experience. The Promotions and Publicity Internship at Allied Integrated Marketing is a fun way to advance your professional abilities whilst catching some sweet flicks! Not only do I have another internship to add to my resume, I have a summer full of fun experiences for having had this internship.