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I’ve been getting a LOT of questions about internships in the past few weeks. Although it is very late in the game for next spring, I thought I would write an early post for those who are preparing for summer. Below I have provided internship programs in Boston which would be my top picks. These include organizations I have interned for, small businesses I admire, and large agencies I would nearly die to get my foot in the door. Also, Emmanuel’s EC3 portal and the Boston Business Journal both have extensive lists of organizations categorized by industry. Be sure to check them out for companies that reflect your interests. I hope this helps your search, and PLEASE DO ADD to Saintly Advice’s list!

Google Cambridge: I had to get this one out of the way. The extreme competition for Google internships makes this a pipe dream for most, but of course it is the ideal opportunity for those who are qualified. I don’t think I need to explain why, if you don’t already know don’t bother applying.

Boston World Partnerships: I can personally vouch for this non-profit located in the financial district. Founded by Mayor Menino, BWP helps business leaders worldwide understand and access Boston’s competitive advantages. It as created a global network of Boston professionals, similar to a college alumni network. Through my internship at BWP, I had the opportunity to interact with many of these Connectors, and expanded my network in the Boston economy exponentially. I also participated in core strategy sessions, created original online content for BWP’s information rich website, and supported the management of the Connector body among a host of other projects. If you care for a introduction to this organization, come out their Open Mixers which are hosted once every month. The next Open Mixer is December 14th and it’s free. See you there!

Hubspot: When I said I would nearly die to get my foot in the door this is the place to which I was referring. Hubspot is not only the authority on inbound marketing, they invented the term! Apart from mastering SEO, content marketing, engagement, and website optimization, they are also pretty freakin’ cool. Every Friday at 4:00 they host HubspotTv live from their office in Cambridge. The video podcast is entertaining as it is informative, and even if it wasn’t their refrigerator stocked full of Harpoon would lighten your mood. Keep tab on the Hubspot team by following them on Twitter: @Hubspot, and follow this List of Hubspotters

Mullen: If you asked me what marketing agency I would like to work for there would be no hesitation in my answer: Mullen. There is too much to say to fit in this post, so I insist you follow the link to their website to understand my admiration for Mullen. I would also follow @EdwardBoches and @StuartFoster, as they guide you through the proper leverage of content marketing, engagement, and social media. If you are serious about marketing, this (Hubspot aside) is the internship I would be after. However don’t put all your internship eggs in Mullen’s basket, because with over 600 resumes accepted per semester, competition is fierce.

Hill Holiday: Hill Holliday is another large marketing agency with a location in Boston. Don’t let my bias for Mullen fool you, this is an amazing opportunity and just as competitive.

Arnold Worldwide: With these three agencies (Mullen, Hill Holliday, and Arnold) the breadth of this post really can not do any justice. I merely have to refer you to their site for the majority of the information, but then again I guess that’s the point of this blog. Take my word, you want this internship.

Street Attack: Tucked away above Whiskey’s bar on Boylston is one of my favorite smaller marketing agencies, Street Attack. I heard of SA before my stint at BWP, but while I was there I was hearing about their work almost every other day. I love the company first for their creative and demonstrated ability to leverage Guerilla marketing, WOM strategies, and influencer marketing to effectively brand their clients. Secondly, I love their corporate culture. They were nice enough to invite me over for a “meet and greet” this summer, and upon entering the office I realized everyone, for the most part, was sporting jeans and t-shirts. Now, I can’t remember if it was a Friday, I shouldn’t assume that’s an everyday dress code, but I thought is was an appropriate depiction of the priorities in the office. Creativity is paramount.

Connelly Partners: I wish I found this marketing agency before I graduated. I stumbled across their website while rolling down the BBJ’s local companies list, and have been kicking myself ever since. The agency has a creative but fun corporate culture, as demonstrated by the website’s intro and company facts. Yet, their work is no joke. An internship here will provide you insight into branding strategies, account service, and competitive analysis. I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through you!

The Castle Group: A renown Public Relations firm, the Castle Group offers what appear to be a very solid internship. The people I have met from the Castle Group have been very smart, creative and personable.

Boldfacers: One of my favorite startups in Boston has to be Boldfacers. Located near the Fort Point channel, Boldfacers does Boston a huge service by highlighting young entrepreneurs, influencers, and those who are in the know.  Definitely check out their website to read some of these inspiring stories, even if you aren’t looking for an internship. Lisa Piermont, Founder and Editor in Chief, is also a joy. She’s personable, funny, smart, and endlessly creative. Also, I didn’t see anything on the site about internships, but there is contact information. I met one of their interns last semester, and was immediately jealous. I mean come on, they have a swing in the office!

Onein3 Boston: Headed up by Devin Cole, offers Bostonians from ages 20-34 information on financial security, networking opportunities, and government resources available to the public. It is definitely one of the most valuable resources available to our demographic. To say that Devin is connected is like saying the ocean is damp. He’s the go-to guy for many in Boston, and an internship at Onein3 would grow your network incredibly.

– Caleb Hutchings

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500 Boylston

As you begin to search internships for college credit, your first priority is dusting off that resume you’ve been neglecting. You’ve taken the required Internship course and refined your credentials a bit, but I would take a second look. There is an overwhelming source of cover letter and resume advice on Twitter, but since most of my undergraduate friends still have to join that network, I’m recommending an informational blog with local representation.

Boston Jobs Blog hosts a wealth of interviewing tips, resume editing advice, and recommendations for shaping your cover letter. I made the mistake of assuming my interviewing skills were up to par before going on some simple meet and greets. Trust me, don’t take practice interviews or interview preparation for granted. Constantly updating your resume to reflect your accomplishments rather than the “tasks” of your experience will also be the difference of receiving an offer or being passed by.

– Caleb Hutchings

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Twitter@SaintlyAdvice

Emmanuel is not on the forefront of social media, or close.  @Bostontweet recently had a competition on twitter to find which school represented the most on the micro-blogging site.  Emerson ended up winning the title while Emmanuel didn’t get a mention. Since we’re usually confused for them we might as well take a book out of their page.  

To turn this tide, Saintly Advice is now Tweeting new posts, events and INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES you won’t find on EC3.  A post on the benefits of Twitter, especially in Boston, is coming soon for all the naysayers.

– Caleb Hutchings

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Forget about May’s flowers.  This year, with April’s showers comes the Boston Cyberarts Festival!  After all, when you have the vibrancy of the nation’s first and largest all-media art event delivered to your city, who needs colorful shrubbery?  From April 24th to May 10th this biennial festival will celebrate Boston as the nation’s hub for the synthesis of art and technology.

The Boston Cyberarts Festival attracts artists from all across the globe to display their visual-art exhibitions.  These artists use diverse media and new technology to advance traditional methods of creating art.  Artists direct their exhibition towards identifying the influence of technology on art, and how it develops artistic practice.  Not only does this festival provide dynamic insight into this relationship, but the event also generates significant revenue for the city of Boston.

According to a study by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis, Boston’s last Cyberarts Festival brought over $2,300,000 to Greater Boston.  The 2007 festival also included 81 events and over 200 artists and professionals over a two week period.  Members of the event were attracted from all over the world including: Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan and Switzerland.  It is no doubt the 2009 Cyberarts Festival will only reinforce Boston’s reputation as a national and international leader on new media.

If you peek in the ground windows of Samuels & Associates’ new building at 1330 Boylston Street, you’ll see pieces of art scattered conspicuously around the space.  That is because it is the future home of CyberArtCentral, the festival’s visitors’ center and headquarters.  The space will serve visitors with information about events, sell festival merchandise and will also host a digital media exhibition.  With an ideal location next to Fenway Park, it is simply a matter of fortunate circumstance that the start of the Cyberarts festival shares dates with a three game home series between the Red Sox and New York Yankees.  Just be careful not to drop any Italian sausage on your brand new 2009 Cyberarts Festival T-shirt.

To keep tabs on the event before its opening you can reference the Boston Cyberarts Festival’s blog. Also, Stuff at Night, The Phoenix and Creative Contact have some great articles covering the featured exhibitions.

– Caleb Hutchings

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IFF Boston

The Independent Film Festival Boston is kicking off this April 22nd in theaters scattered across the city.  The 7th annual festival will be hosting films in Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre, the ICA and Coolidge Corner Theatre.  Prices are around $9 per ticket.  According to the site’s blog WINNEBAGO MAN, featured in this years schedule, was well received at March’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin.  Not to be a sap, but out of the 75 films featured in IFF Boston I’m leaning towards seeing 500 Days of Summer.  I don’t know why, might have something to do with it being first on the list, but I’m going to give it a shot.  I’ll let you know how it works out.

This also offers a great opportunity to volunteer, check out more information on their site.

– Caleb Hutchings

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On May 19th one of New England’s largest business expo’s is coming to Boston. What could make this New England Xpo for Business even better? Oh, yeah, IT’S FREE! Register now before you miss workshops due to limited capacity.  My intinerary includes workshops on international trade resources, perfecting your elevator pitch, increasing website traffic and optimizing social media.  The event also includes:

  • 400 Exhibits of Innovative Business Products & Services
  • 36+ Educational Seminars – Learn Strategies from Top Industry Experts Who Can Help Grow Your Business
  • Networking Opportunities with 10,000+ Business Professionals and Key Decision Makers
  • Two Live Tapings of NECN’s Must-See Show, CEO CORNER!
  • Comcast Business Class Cyber Café
  • AIM, Microsoft, FedEx and AMA Boston Chapter Educational Series
  • Business Resource Pavilion – One-Stop Shop Resource for Business Development Featuring 20 City, State and Federal Agencies
  • 2009 SBA Small Business Awards Reception
  • Demo Arena – Showcasing the Latest Devices and Services from AT&T, Blackberry, Apple and Windows Mobile

Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

When: May 19, 2009

For more information:
Click here to register for this event  or call 866.443.8368 for exhibitor info.

– Caleb Hutchings

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Social Boston Sports

So you aren’t any Garnett or Pedroia, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a court in Boston.  Thanks to Justin Obey, Boston World Partnerships Connector, there is a league where everyone is welcome.

Social Boston Sports is Boston’s premier sports organization for young professionals. Leagues include: Kickball, Softball, Flag-Football, Soccer, Cornhole , Volleyball , Bowling and Dodgeball.  And if that wasn’t enough, SBS also offers weekend adventures outside of the city and holiday celebrations.  Not to mention 80% of the pics on the website include a solo cup, for all of you who consider beruit to be a recreational sport.

– Caleb Hutchings

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