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(minimum 200 characters per response, most accepted applicants submit 5-8 sentences)
MINIMUM 200 CHARACTERS PER RESPONSE, MOST ACCEPTED APPLICANTS SUBMIT 5-8 SENTENCES, ALMOST EVERYONE SUBMITTING MORE THAN 8 SENTENCES IS ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM
The Media Team is perhaps the most impactful in terms of leadership development. Most if not all of the interns joining this team are extremely shy or socially awkward. However, this role is designed to supplement the work of other interns. They work primarily with the Marketing Team (who typically lack advanced design skills) and, through this, the Media Team interns are able to refine their technical skills through how they communicate with the Marketing Interns. They also work with the Entrepreneurship team who typically have basic needs for a logo design or business card design. There is a strict design process for creating designs where Media interns get a chance to interact with members of other teams. The frequency of interacting with strangers has a big impact on these interns. Rarely (estimated at less than 1/10th of 1% of the time) will an intern every get an opportunity to meet with or do anything for a real client.
On the multimedia team, your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): gathering and creating content (photos and videos) to use in various marketing strategies. For those who will be working locally in or near the city of New Orleans, you will be expected to photograph Russell (if needed) as well as business locations that will be listed for sale in addition to your general body of content. For those working remotely, you will focus on providing more generic imagery and video.
This is a 120 day semi-structured program with milestones each 30 days.
The minimum commitment is 5 hours total per week.
As a multimedia intern, you will be working closely with a team of marketing interns. Therefore, communication and cooperation is key. Your goals together are to create eye-catching posts for social media, well-designed email campaigns, and videos to advertise Russell Bernstein’s services as a business broker. As you gain experience, you will be expected to train new interns on areas you begin to specialize in.
Key skills for multimedia specialists:
• A good eye for design, layout and detail
• Imagination and creativity
• Time management skills
• Organizational skills
• Analytical skills
• Problem-solving skills
• Communication skills
Skills (that means experience, not the software) that are desired:
• Video editing software (such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere)
Leadership, Supervision, Interaction with Others, and Software:
This is an internship, and it is only 5 hours per week unless you are OPT or your school program requires you to do more. Therefore, advanced software will NOT be used in the 5-hour program because advanced software usually demands greater attention-to-detail and allows for more options to be explored. In the 5-hour program, we will only use the SIMPLEST AVAILABLE software. In either internship program, you may use more advanced software, but both programs require you to provide it yourself. And, while the CEO has a degree in Digital Media from UC Berkeley and more than 20 years experience in digital media advertising and while you will receive high quality feedback about your design work, the internship will not provide supervision on how to use advanced software to achieve the goals of that design work.
It is also VERY IMPORTANT that you have clear expectations before applying and before accepting participation in this role, especially in terms of WHAT YOU NEED from an internship like this. Some interns in graphic design NEED interaction with other professionals and leadership, perhaps 10-20% from leadership, 0-10% interaction with other interns, and 70-80% interaction with other professionals. HOWEVER, this program is more like 10% leadership interaction, 0% interaction with other professionals, and 90% interaction with other interns. The internship program is almost entirely student run, and some graphic design interns just need lots of design work and very little interaction or leadership experience.
Determining which type of experience you desire is a very important decision. If you already have a lot of experience, you might be looking for more leadership experience, and then this would be a good opportunity for you. If you don’t have a lot of design experience, this would be a good opportunity for you. However, if you already have a lot of design experience and if you want more advanced design experience, then this would NOT be a good experience for you.
A minimum of 5 hours per week for 120 days.
$100 gift (discretionary, not guaranteed) may be given to unique interns who display above average leadership skills and passion for learning
• real projects with measured impact
• letter of recommendation
• eligibility for scholarship/grant for post-graduate degrees, certifications, or designations
• reimbursement* for real estate license education, exam, registration, insurance, etc. (please inquire for details)
Universities Requiring Unique Disclaimers:
see below for disclaimers from the following Universities:
This is a VIRTUAL / REMOTE internship. However, if your school requires you to visit a physical commercial location, it can be arranged for you to visit almost any Keller Williams branch that is convenient for you on a weekly basis. There is often extra space available in a friendly and professional atmosphere.
Elaboration on Expectations:
The ideal candidate will be a team player and have leadership traits with experience working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, both personally and professionally. There are other interns from other universities that you will work with. Collaboration is very important because this is an internship on a TEAM of other interns with varying levels of experience (both before they started the program and where they are now within the program). The focus is on your learning experience and the learning experience of other interns.
The concept of collaboration manifests in different ways, mainly because the learning experience of other interns will rely on your contribution and your ability to hold yourself accountable to actions and timelines that you set for yourself and that you agree to set with other interns. Time spent coordinating actions and having meetings also counts toward your time commitment.
You will work directly with the CEO, who also has an MBA, which makes it possible for interns to get course credit.
You will be asked to perform work on real projects with real deadlines. The challenge will not be to complete projects within a deadline but rather to communicate the intern’s inability to complete some or all of a project so that it can be completed by other interns or the CEO.
Intern will speak on the phone with the CEO and other interns once a week for 1 hour and more frequently if the intern is available. Communications will also be via email, GroupMe, and Google docs
Each task will be recorded in a task list that will record a variety of metrics including time spent, time to complete, etc, which is helpful for quantifying the level of impact on your resume
Flexible Time commitment aligned with intern’s personal and professional needs. For each task, the intern is asked to self-assign a deadline. If that doesn’t work for the Supervisor (a more experienced intern), it will be assigned to another intern or the Supervisor or CEO will perform the work. THE ONLY THING that the CEO desires is for the intern to communicate when he or she cannot meet a deadline with as much notice in advance of the deadline as possible.
Internship Duration is ongoing
This is an unpaid internship. However we do offer $100 upon completion of the program
The role is listed as an internship because it’s the student’s choice. The CEO does not want to make the promise of money if the student wants course credit instead.Many universities have an independent study program or courses to help accommodate course credit for internships
The course is likely 1-4 units based on the number of hours expected inside and outside the class per week. For example, a one-unit internship would mean a commitment of one-hour meeting per week and 1 hour of work per week
You likely need to get a professor at your university to sponsor your independent study. The purpose of this professor will be to approve the internship scope, activities, and goals and to help ensure that you are meeting those goals and that employers are not taking advantage of your time. Many business professors would be happy to sponsor you if you come into a meeting with them with a proposal prepared. The CEO will be happy to help you design that proposal.
Some universities do not require a professor to sponsor you, but they may require the direct supervisor of the employer to have a Master’s degree. Our CEO has an MBA, which will satisfy that requirement.
In the case of universities with this mechanism in place, unique considerations may have to be created, and the CEO is happy to speak with your career advisor about accommodating your school’s systems and protocols to get you the credit you deserve.
About the CEO:
The CEO, Russell Bernstein, is a Certified Business Intermediary AND a Certified International Property Specialist. The CEO is likely to be the only CBI in the world who is also CIPS. He has lived AND worked on 3 continents, traveled to +30 different countries, and studied formally in school (but is not fluent) 5 languages including (Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, and Korean). He has an MBA in Finance and International Business where he wrote a group dissertation on Sales Practices in Asia.
International Business is his passion.
In terms of education, he has 3 years of experience teaching not English as a Foreign Language but Critical Thinking skills in English as a Second Language to Korean students in Korea. For 2 years, he had been a head teacher at the main branch of a company with 1600 teachers nationwide that was publicly traded in Korea. During this time, he had also been on the Executive Council for the Association for Teachers of English in Korea.
When it comes to coaching multiple interns at once (noting the Top 10 languages requested), in addition to his teaching and leadership experience in large multi-faceted organizations, he also has almost a decade of experience in sports. He was the Captain of a Championship winning team in both high school and college, he taught clinics at every age group, and he even coached the Men’s Korean National Water Polo Team as well as Louisiana State University Co-Ed Water Polo Team.
FLSA Compliance Notice according to USDOL Factsheet #71
- The extent to which the intern and the employer clearly understand that there is no expectation of compensation. Any promise of compensation, express or implied, suggests that the intern is an employee—and vice versa. THERE IS NO PROMISE OF COMPENSATION. IF YOU GET YOUR REAL ESTATE LICENSE IT IS POSSIBLE TO NEGOTIATE A COMMISSION. HOWEVER, COMMISSION IS PERFORMANCE-BASED. YOU (AND WE) EARN MORE WHEN WE SELL AND YOU ( AND WE) MAKE ZERO IF WE DON’T SELL. PLEASE CALL TO DISCUSS GETTING YOUR REAL ESTATE LICENSE
- The extent to which the internship provides training that would be similar to that which would be given in an educational environment, including the clinical and other hands-on training provided by educational institutions. THE PROGRAM IS HEAVILY WEIGHTED TOWARD LEARNING. 20% IS FOCUSED ON TRAINING OTHER INTERNS, EXPOSING INTERNS TO LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ONE WOULD NOT BE EXPOSED TO WITHOUT ACHIEVING DIRECTOR LEVEL ROLES IN A REAL WORLD WORK ENVIRONMENT. 40% IS FOCUSED ON REAL WORK, AND 40% IS TIME SPENT WITH ME FOCUSING ON THEIR LEARNING. ADDITIONALLY, AT LEAST 20% OF THEIR TIME IS SPENT WRITING ABOUT THE ACTIONS THEY PERFORMED. EVERY ACTION IS RECORDED IN INCREMENTS OF 30-60 MINUTES, AND EACH ACTION MUST HAVE A LEAST 200 CHARACTERS DESCRIBING WHAT THEY LEARNED. THIS DATA IS ANALYZED STRICTLY AND THOSE ACTIONS MERELY SUMMARIZING SUBACTIONS WILL NOT BE APPROVED. THE CEO HAS BOTH TEACHING AND COACHING EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS A MBA. IF YOU ESTABLISH A FORMAL INTERNSHIP FOR CREDIT, YOU WILL BE GIVEN A GRADE AS PRESCRIBED BY THE UNIQUE INSTRUCTIONS OF YOUR UNIVERSITY.
- The extent to which the internship is tied to the intern’s formal education program by integrated coursework or the receipt of academic credit. THIS IS UP TO THE STUDENT TO ESTABLISH
- The extent to which the internship accommodates the intern’s academic commitments by corresponding to the academic calendar. THIS IS LEFT UP TO THE STUDENT TO DEFINE, AND OUR PROGRAM CAN BE TIED TO IT OR ALLOW FOR THE FLEXIBILITY TO DO MORE OUTSIDE OF IT. WE CAN ALSO ACCOMMODATE LAST MINUTE AND EARLY STARTERS WHEREBY THOSE STARTING LATE (FOR EXAMPLE AT A UNIVERSITY REQUIRING 120 HOURS IN 15 WEEKS BUT STARTING IN WEEK 10, THE PROGRAM ALLOWS THE STUDENT TO KEEP TRACK OF ONGOING WEEKLY PERFORMANCE IN AN EFFORT TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL.
- The extent to which the internship’s duration is limited to the period in which the internship provides the intern with beneficial learning. THIS IS LEFT UP TO THE STUDENT TO DEFINE. THE PROGRAM IS 120 DAYS. HOWEVER, SOME INTERNS DECIDE TO STAY LONGER. THE PROGRAM IS ALSO ONLY A MINIMUM OF 5 HOURS PER WEEK UNLESS OTHERWISE PRESCRIBED BY THE UNIVERSITY OR OPT OR CPT STATUS REQUIREMENTS.
- The extent to which the intern’s work complements, rather than displaces, the work of paid employees while providing significant educational benefits to the intern. MORE THAN 50% OF ANYTHING CONTRIBUTED BY THE INTERN IS REDONE BY THE CEO. THE FOCUS OF THE INTERNSHIP IS ON 2 THINGS. FIRST, THE INDUSTRY OF BUSINESS BROKERING IS SO SMALL THAT IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO RECRUIT EXISTING BUSINESS BROKERS WHO LARGELY WORK INDEPENDENTLY. THEREFORE, THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IS A RECRUITING MECHANISM TO EXPOSE THE INTERNS TO A POTENTIAL FUTURE CAREER IN BUSINESS BROKERING AND THUS THE POSSIBILITY THAT IT MIGHT BE A SUITABLE FIT FOR THEM AND SPECIFICALLY VIA THE DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE CEO’S PROGRAM. THE SECOND MAJOR REASON IS THE LONG TERM RELATIONSHIPS THAT THE CEO WANTS TO DEVELOP WITH GRADUATES WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN RETURNING TO THE CAREER IN THE FUTURE OR MAY SIMPLY BE A GOOD REFERRAL PARTNER IN COMPLIMENTARY CAREER PATHS
- The extent to which the intern and the employer understand that the internship is conducted without entitlement to a paid job at the conclusion of the internship. THE INTERN IS NOT ENTITLED TO A JOB AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE INTERNSHIP. EVEN IF AN INTERN GETS A REAL ESTATE LICENSE, THEY MUST STILL INTERVIEW WITH THE CEO’S BROKER OR WITH A BROKER IN THE INTERN’S CHOSEN STATE OF LICENSURE
Universities Requiring Unique Disclaimers:
If the student is interested in receiving academic credit, please contact the FAU Career Center. The FAU Career Center can provide advice on enrolling in the FAU Career Center’s Professional Internship Course or will refer to the student’s academic department if this is a better option.