NEW Option Courses for Spring 2017

The following courses will be offered during the Spring 2017 semester. The locations and times of each course are still to be determined.

Course Descriptions:

COM 473: Privacy and Surveillance in the Digital Era, TR 2PM-3:15PM, Professor Parry

Based on your cell phone history researchers can predict where you will be 24 hours from now. You can download and install software onto a computer to monitor and capture everything a user does. Nearly every thing you buy is recorded in a database. Corporations track every page view and click. Your email is easily read by third parties. Target knows when a customer is pregnant. Even the post office scans and digitally images every piece of mail it sends. It is impossible to not leave a digital trace, and all of these traces are being collected. In this class we will look at how our digital lives intersect with and effect our privacy. Is privacy dead in the age of constant surveillance? Should we even care? And who benefits from all this data collection? We will look to answer these question both on a technological level, what is possible, and a critical level, what does this mean for democracy and society. We will also seek to put this knowledge into practice, understanding and using what tools and techniques citizens can employ to regain privacy both in their lives as individuals and citizens.

COM 473: Crime, Justice, and Media, MW 3:35PM-4:50PM, Professor Lyons

Crime and justice have been in the news a lot in recent years, from videos of police-involved shootings to “tough on crime” speeches on the presidential campaign trail. Students in this course will learn how media narratives about crime and justice are shaped and how those narratives, in turn, have shaped public policy debates on issues like mass incarceration, policing and sentencing. We will examine several case studies, such as the “Central Park Five,” to better understand how narratives are shaped, consumed and perpetuated. A substantial part of the course focuses on devising media production strategies aimed at social justice issues in collaboration with vulnerable populations. We will do this by devising and producing projects for The Redemption Project (theredemptionproject.org), a multimedia site I founded with three incarcerated men that disrupts narratives about people in prison. This course has a substantial component outside of class that is required. Two visits outside of class – to Philadelphia’s “murder court” in Center City – and to Graterford Prison (about an hour away) are required. Transportation will be provided.

COM 442: Non-Profit Communications, MWF 1:25PM-2:15PM, Professor Wolff

Not-for-profit and community-based organizations rely on strategic digital communication to create positive social change. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of communication theories and practices while conducting research projects with local organizations through the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative. Those who complete this course will know how to apply a variety of social media theories and practices to help organizations achieve their communication goals. Students in the course will actively participate as a member of a project team to complete projects with clients in the Greater Philadelphia area and, from time to time, beyond. Local travel is required.

COM 402: Advanced Web Design, MWF 12:20PM-1:10PM, professor TBA

The class will be a mixture of web design theory and practical front-end techniques. Students are expected to have experience hand-coding websites using HTML and CSS, a basic understanding of using Git, and be familiar with basic principles of design such as color and typography. Topics covered will include: usability, accessibility, git, Javascript/jQuery, designing for content management, and using WordPress as a CMS. By the end of this course, students should have a solid understanding of the web design industry and modern web design techniques.

Content Assistant Internship Available with 4×3 Digital Media Agency

4×3, a digital agency located in Ardmore, PA has a Content Assistant internship available for the late Fall 2016 semester and Spring 2017 semester. The intern would be responsible for working directly with the content manager to create and implement marketing strategies: including original web content, social media campaigns, and writing newsletters. The individual in this position participates in branding discussions and assists in initial website content development as needed. This is a paid internship‚ with a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Qualifications and Expectations for Interns:

~ Great communication and interpersonal skills
~ Significant self-motivation
~ Detail-oriented
~ Ability to multitask, prioritize, and organize
~ Excellent writing skills (pertaining to social media, blog, etc.)
~ Interest in graphic design, website development, and marketing
~ Pending bachelor’s degree or degree in Communication or related field
~ Previous experience with SEO, Drupal CMS, and copywriting a plus

Please send resume and a writing sample to amysiano@4×3.net if interested.

Philadelphia Public Relations Association Networking 101 Event

PPRA, Philadelphia Public Relations Association, is organizing a Networking 101 event geared toward college students in Communication/Public Relations. The event is this Thursday, October 13 from 5:45pm to 8pm.

Event Description:

Four out of five jobs are secured through networking, according to a recent study. Indeed, what you know can help you succeed on the job, but who you know can help you get your foot in the door. But how can you practice networking in a way that is authentic and effective? Find out at PPRA’s annual Networking 101 event for college students and young professionals! The evening will feature keynote remarks from Justin Pizzi, vice president of sales and marketing at Saxbys Coffee. Come hear how networking helped Pizzi transition from college student to a major market television reporter to his current role as an executive for a growing consumer brand. Learn how you, too, can network to success! Following the discussion and Q&A session, put your new knowledge to the test during a speed networking opportunity with professionals from a broad cross-section of the communications industry, including agency, healthcare, sports & entertainment, non-profit, and more. Attendees will even have the opportunity to win raffle prizes, including one-on-one informational interviews, shadow days, and other coveted networking opportunities with Philadelphia-area communications professionals.

Register for the event here.

Opening for 2017 Spring Internship at Ceisler Media Relations Firm

Ceisler Media is a media relations and issue advocacy firm in Center City Philadelphia with additional offices in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. They are looking for interns for the spring semester of 2017 to assist associates with a variety of activities in their Philadelphia office.

Job Activities:

~ News monitoring
~ Doing research for clients
~ Making follow-up calls to reporters
~ Crafting messages for clients
~ Planning events
~ Attending meetings
~ Organizing news clips for clients
~ Drafting media advisories
~ Sending pitches to the media

Requirements:

~ Majoring in Communications, Political Science, Urban Studies, Business, or in a related field.
~ Entering either their junior or senior year (previous internship(s) required).
~ Interested in politics and what is going on in the area and across the state.
~ Strong writing skills.
~ Effective interpersonal and communications skills.
~ Able to work a minimum of 15 hours a week for the majority of their fall semester.
~ Completing the internship for school credit.

If you are interested, please email Elliot Griffin (elliot@ceislermedia.com) a resume, writing sample, and cover letter.

Next Level Video Fall Internship Opportunity

Next Level Video, an event production company, is looking for fall interns! Next Level Video provides coverage of elite high school sporting events across the country. This particular internship would last for two months. The job would entail working in environments such as the company’s office, the Navy Yard, and sports tournaments on the weekends. While New Level Video has indicated that their core business focuses on the filming of live action sports for college recruiting and highlight reels of athletes, they have a large emphasis on the pre and post production phases. Students will get hands on experience in planning event operations, sales, marketing, customer services, graphics design, and video production. This paid internship offers students with a great opportunity to expand upon the concepts and programs learned in Communication studies courses.

If interested, explore the linked job description provided by Next Level Video.

Philadelphia Parks Alliance Internship Opportunity

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance is looking for energetic and passionate
interns for the 2016-2017 school year. Founded in 1984, the Parks
Alliance is the voice of Philadelphia’s parks and recreation
users—advocating for and supporting one of the largest urban recreation
systems in the country. We want to make Philadelphia a healthy, vibrant,
and sustainable city for all.

The Parks Alliance is a fast-paced and lively 501(c)(3) non-profit that
welcomes big ideas and big personalities at our West Philadelphia
office. Our work is collaborative by nature and empowering by design.
The Parks Alliance is a place for people looking for real responsibility
and impact– not grabbing coffee or making copies.

Internships with the Parks Alliance are unpaid, but we can promise a
rewarding experience doing work that matters. During their tenure with
our organization, interns will divide their time between one or more
long-term projects in addition to day-to-day work.

Our work is varied, and we currently have projects in advocacy,
journalism, fundraising, photojournalism, marketing, communications,
program management, sustainability, law, research, public policy,
graphic design, urban design, GIS analysis, and community outreach.

If you are interested in working with us, please send a cover letter and
resume to Olivia Ortiz at olivia@philaparks.org
<mailto:olivia@philaparks.org>. For questions or inquiries, call
215-879-8159. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Phillies College Media Night

Interested in a career in journalism, public relations, Communications or broadcasting? Get career advice from current Phillie’s execs at Phillies College Media Night. Register here – http://mlb.mlb.com/phi/ticketing/group/splash.jsp?loc=collegenight

Dunkin Donuts – College Brand Ambassador Program

Ambassador Opportunity:

  • Semester-long opportunity to intern in a flexible environment for a national brand, while providing a knowledge base of regional marketing and event promotions

Program Goals:

  • To build long term brand loyalty starting with college-aged consumers
  • To drive traffic and sales for Dunkin’ Donuts in the Greater Philadelphia area
  • To increase Dunkin’ Donuts involvement on college campuses by developing key relationships

Brand Ambassador Requirements:

  • Current undergraduate student on one of the (6) designated campuses
  • Majoring in Business/Marketing, Communications and/or a related field
  • Proven involvement on campus through organizations, clubs and/or sports
  • Access to car/transportation (or within walking distance of local Dunkin’ Donuts)
  • Passionate about Dunkin’ Donuts (loyal guest, invested in the DD brand…LOVES Dunkin’!)
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated, charismatic & creative!
  • Proficient in Microsoft PowerPoint – provide deck of photos/descriptions for each deadline
  • Ambassadors must attend both introductory and wrap-up meetings at AMP Wynnewood

Job Description:

  • Serve as liaison on campus for Dunkin’ Donuts Greater Philadelphia, building and maintaining relationships with the following key departments (but not limited to):
    • Student Life
    • Residence Life
    • Greek Life
    • Intramurals
    • Admissions
    • Orientation
    • Campus Ministry/Philanthropic Initiatives
  • Work with campus organizations & departments to enhance Dunkin’s visibility on campus
    • Seek opportunities/events through campus departments for Community Cruiser (DD Sampling Truck) Coffee Break DDays
    • Opportunity to distribute $2 co-branded DD cards
    • Promote DD PERKS with partner-specific promo codes (trackable by semester)
    • Secure opportunities for mailbox stuffers
  • Take at least ten (10) pictures on campus with Dunkin’ product each month for use on Dunkin’ Philly social media outlets (We will mGift each ambassador to purchase product).
  • Attend at least three (3) basketball games (men’s or women’s) & stage DD pictures (when in-season), as well as other games/events as requested.

If interested, please email Melissa Yakim (my@alliancemarketingpartners.com)

The Hill at Whitemarsh Internship Opportunity

The Hill at Whitemarsh is seeking a bright, motivated, and hard – working individual for a communications internship within the Resident Services Department. The Communications Intern will have the opportunity to develop skills useful in an internal communications setting including, but not limited to graphic design, photography, copy editing, scheduling, interpersonal collaboration, and program development.

Responsibilities:
– Produce flyers, posters, and other minor publication materials as needed by the department
– Edit and proofread various types of copy
– Assist the Communications Coordinator with the production of the monthly newsletter (The View)
– Assist the Communications Coordinator with the production of the monthly activity calendar
– Assist the Communications Coordinator with the maintenance of the in-house informational television station and resident website
– Assist the Resident Services Department with various events and planning
– Photograph in-house events as needed (camera will be provided)
– Develop a proposal for a long-term communications related project to be completed by the Internship’s end.
Requirements:
– Candidate must possess strong written and oral communication skills
– Candidate must be able to work independently
– Must be enrolled in an accredited four year college or university, preferable with a major in the communications field (journalism, communications, etc.)
– Familiarity with Adobe InDesign (graphic experience is a plus, knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is a plus)
– Proficiency in Microsoft Office
– Candidate must be able to provide own transportation
– Candidate must be available to work at least 8 hours per week
Interested applicants should email Jon Vander Lugt at jon.vanderlugt@thehillatwhitemarsh.org with a resume and two writing samples attached. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 31, 2016.