Internship Program Information
Public Relations Assistant
“The business side of music has always been an interest mine, as a music performance Major at the University of Rhode Island I felt as the experience I was looking for to be lacking. Interning at mixed media has been a great learning experience, we are given plenty of responsibility and are constantly using skills useful in the world of business and marketing. Mixed Media has helped me learn more about a job that I am interested in the future, as well as keeping me musically involved. Ginny offers a great experience here at Mixed Media Promo.” – John Celentano, URI ’16
“Interning at Mixed Media has been both an educational and fun-filled experience. Under the supportive guidance of Ginny Shea, I had managed social media posts for the firm as well as clients and reached out to radio and press companies. I’ll never forget the day I pitched a jazz journalist in France to review one of our clients’ CDs. A few days later, the writer replied back with a “yes” — a memorable moment because I never imagined I’d interact with a jazz journalist from another continent. Mixed Media was an eye opening experience because I was able to learn the small business side of public relations. Of course, there are other bonuses when working for Ginny. Trust me on this…she makes the best iced coffee. Overall, I’m glad I interned at Mixed Media because it has given me insight to the music industry, which is now a possible direction for my future.” – Jennifer Sanchez, Rhode Island College ’17
“I am a student at Berklee College of Music and I am studying music business. Being an intern for Mixed Media was helpful in learning the promotional side of the industry. At Ginny Shea’s office I had to be time efficient, organized and maintain a sense of priority. Promotion and network work together very closely. A highlight of mine was actually using some of my own connections to help promote the artists we worked with. I learned of several managerial/organizational websites I plan to use for my own career. The hours of work I put in flew by. There was always a task to complete and plenty of iced coffee to keep you awake! Thank you Ginny for the wonderful experience.”
– Helena Windmann
“An internship at Mixed Media provides a unique experience to learn the public relations skills you would in a larger firm but in a smaller more personalized setting. I am now proficient in WordPress, managing a database, promotions through email/social media, and sending out client reports along with many other useful skills. Ginny is a great mentor and I recommend this internship to anyone looking to gain real world skills and experience.” – Michael Carlino, Bryant’15
“My internship at Mixed Media was a very enlightening experience. Ginny allowed me to pursue my passion for digital marketing and social media, and use these skills to promote her clients. The internship was a well mixed hybrid of casual and professional, allowing students to remain productive and creative. In the end I took away a lot great memories and transferable skills I use in my current career ” – Jarred DiFazio, Bryant ’15
“When interning with Ginny Shea at Mixed Media I learned the ins and outs of managing, promoting, and marketing. As the Public Relations Intern I was able to promote Mixed Media’s clients in an array of ways, from social media to e-mail blasting and follow up phone calls to news reps and big time writers and promoters for established companies and magazines. Ginny is extremely knowledgeable and personal which made this internship not only insightful but fun! When looking for an internship within the communications field, I never really thought of pursuing public relations, but through my opportunity working with Ginny I found myself enjoying the field and would be in hopes to find a career doing PR. Thank you Ginny for letting me get my feet wet in this field, and I am looking forward to submerging myself into it as well.” – Molly Kazarian, RIC’14
“My internship at Mixed Media was one that I will not forget. It was a very unique experience that I can take with me throughout my career. Being the Public Relations intern I learned so many valuable skills that will be beneficial to me when I step into the real world. Mixed Media Promotions gave me the opportunity to use the skills that I already had, as well as learn new ones. Working with Ginny Shea one- on- one gave me such great insight into the world of Public Relations. She is an expert in the field and taught me what it takes to be successful. The amount of trust that Ginny confided in me was way more than I could have ever asked for, and it truly let me showcase my skills and abilities. I could not thank Ginny and Mixed Media enough for the knowledge and experience that I received. Thanks to Ginny, I can definitely say that I would like to continue the path of Public Relations and see what else this field has to offer!” – Casey Hutton URI’14
“My time interning at Mixed Media was both a memorable and valuable experience. I came into the internship knowing little about the field of public relations and left with a clear understanding of what it takes to run a successful public relations business. Working one-on-one with owner Ginny Shea allowed me to receive a unique firsthand experience unavailable at other internships. Instead of busying her interns with mundane tasks, Ginny expects her interns to participate directly in client promotion. I regularly assisted with email pitches, contact research, and social media campaigns. As an English major the internship allowed me to utilize my strengths as a writer, as well as allowing me to develop skills beyond what I learned in the classroom. I am grateful for the opportunities and guidance I received during my internship and believe I am now prepared to take my newly required knowledge and successfully apply it to future endeavors.” – Kelly Johnson, Providence College, Fall 2012/Spring 2013
“Being an intern at Mixed Media was a great experience that I will be able to look back on forever. I learned so much from Ginny and had a lot of fun in the process. Being an intern at Mixed Media is very hands on and there is always a challenge around the corner. With Ginny’s expertise and determination, the challenges are always tackled and are great learning experiences. The best part about being an intern at Mixed Media, besides the brownies and apple pie, is the responsibility level is higher than at other internships. Having this responsibility is a great experience that most interns are unable to get. I am grateful that I was able to intern at Mixed Media and I look forward to using what I learned here to succeed in my career.” – Benn Bellovin, Bryant University, Summer/Fall 2012
“When looking for an internship, no other stood out to me in the way Mixed Media did. I was intrigued by the clientele, website design and featured photos of Ginny with some celebrities like Liza Minnelli. As an animal lover, the selling point was when I read ‘We have a Mixed Media mascot. Students allergic to dogs please take note’. Not only did this appeal to me for my love of animals, but for its evidence of personality. In this line of profession, personality is one of the most important qualities and I can think of no one better to demonstrate this than Ginny. She is a mentor and friend who will teach you crucial tricks in the PR world, all while she offers you brownies, pie, and other delicious treats because she also happens to be a wonderful mother of two beautiful girls. I was able to be a stylist and attend a photoshoot of one of her music clients, which was not only fun, but educational. I also got the chance to help out at an art show, which had been a lifelong dream. As a singer, a Communications- PR major and Graphic Design and Visual Arts double minor, these experiences illustrate how many of my passions were fulfilled. Interning at Mixed Media was rewarding on many different levels and I will never forget how exciting it was when clients received press coverage. Ginny will help you network and offer you many more opportunities after your internship is complete, whether it is a job or a beautifully-written recommendation. I did not want to leave on my last day, but Ginny forever a friend.” – Kathryn “Kitty” McTeague, Roger Williams University, Fall 2011
“I learned a lot from you (Ms. Shea) and my time spent as an intern at Mixed Media Promo. The experience helped me grow my skills in the media industry and acquire beneficial hands on knowledge.” – Angela Williams, URI, Fall 2011
“My experience as an intern at Mixed Media Promotions is one I’ll never forget. The internship provided me with a very in-depth look into the PR world and offered me the chance to work first hand with many different clients on various projects. It was more than just tedious office work to pass the time. Ginny taught me the tools you need to be successful in promotion and was all too willing to listen to any insight I had to offer. I got to utilize everything I had learned from both college and the internship into my own assigned projects and see how successful they were. It’s one thing to just get any old internship over the summer, but to actually be able to work in a business like this is not something every college student has the chance to do. Thank you so much Ginny!” – Caitlyn Darcy, 2011 Mixed Media PR Intern
“Working for Mixed Media was one of the most educational experiences I have ever had. I was really able to see first hand how a successful PR company is run and was able to apply what I learned in school in a real work setting. I really enjoyed working with Ginny as she prepared me for what to expect in a professional work setting after college. Interning for Ginny has prepared me for a successful professional career in PR more than any class could have.” – Chris Goldsmith, 2011 Mixed Media PR Intern
“I am so happy to have had the experience of interning at Mixed Media. I learned a lot about working at a PR company and now I feel better about heading into the “real world”. Ginny is a great mentor and I thoroughly enjoyed learning from her. I was able to practice my people skills, social media endeavors, and website work. It was a valuable experience to take what I learned in college classes and apply it to the internship. Now, I can apply what I learned in the internship to the next chapter in my life. Overall, this internship gave me the ability to dabble in something I enjoy and for that I am thankful!” – Devery Tracey, 2011 Mixed Media PR Intern
I interned for Ginny over summer 2010 and had a unique and educational experience. Ginny gives you tons of creative freedom to try out your own ideas and offer your own insight. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Ginny’s media database is extensive and she let’s YOU contact the media personally. You also never know who you will meet, Peter Facinelli for example! If you want an internship where you won’t be making copies and getting coffee, Mixed Media is a perfect fit for you. Thanks! -Brit
“I have learned a lot working for Ginny. She handles a lot of different promotional ventures which keeps things exciting. I have been promoting everything from charity events, musicians, to movies. I even met Peter Facinelli from “Twilight” and watch him film some scenes for the movie we have been promoting…” -Brittany Onesti, 2010 Mixed Media PR Intern
Mixed Media’s well-established internship program provides top caliber students an exceptional opportunity to explore and learn all aspects of publicity in a home-based business. Interns gain valuable knowledge and insight of the music industry, and importantly, make contacts in the media in this competitive field.
Interns can be assigned to various clients, working closely with the owner Ginny Shea to assist in daily PR work including:
Compiling/packaging CD promo packages, creating electronic press kits and digital downloads via Dropbox for client feature story/review/airplay
Writing news releases and email pitches
Coordinating promotional bulk mailings to targeted mailing lists for traditional press, TV and radio
Setting up digital downloads on SoundCloud/Dropbox
Designing monthly newsletters and press release blasts on MailChimp
Video uploads to YouTube
Mixing social and traditional media (press, radio, TV, internet) promotion campaigns
Follow up calls, social media messages, faxes, emails, postcard mailings for all packages mailed, campaigns average 6 weeks
Arrange interviews for artists with newspaper journalists, radio show hosts
Compile guest lists, arrange on-air CD/ticket giveaways, radio station ID’s/”drops”
Manage company’s online database, website, posting/blogging, client newsletters
Retrieve story links, lay out/design add to website client page, email them to client
Assist with the planning of record release parties/performance showcases/guest list compilation
Attending live performances/shows in area, strategic meetings.
Maintaining/updating the company website, utilizing Hoot Suite to schedule/post to our/client’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
Attending live performances/shows in area, strategic meetings.
Monthly upload of new release details (album, track, audio data and assets-art, booklet, sales sheet) to online distribution portal for online DSPs (Spotify, Amazon, iTunes)
Requirements For Applicants
Work schedule is 12 hours per week minimum commitment. Interns are assigned a fixed regular schedule based on their available hours. A set schedule allows interns to become familiar with projects/their responsibilities each week.
We look for star interns, students with a bright, positive attitude, intelligence, and potential. Other key qualities appreciated in our best interns are commitment, motivation, organization, responsibility, and professionalism. In addition, they are hardworking, personable, outgoing, fun, energetic and friendly, and therefore make a good fit and contribute to the great work atmosphere of our office. Candidates should be entering their junior or senior year of college.
We offer the opportunity to observe, learn, ask questions, and be integrally involved in the business. Many former interns who demonstrated talent, interest, desire and ability to contribute to the success of Mixed Media have been hired for part time staff positions. If you excel, and we have no current openings at the time of your graduation, we will be pleased to do whatever we can to help you find your first job in the industry.
The goal of the program is to expose students to a small business and all aspects of promotion so they can determine their own abilities and interests, and pursue their first career position having acquired knowledge, understanding, and confidence here.
Credit is at college discretion (for example we’ve had students work 12 hours per week and earn 3 credits.)
- Free Cds
- Admission to client concerts
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
For consideration, please email a cover letter along with your resume to:
Thank you very much for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you, and wish you the best of luck.
Unfortunately we are unable to assist with accommodations for out of town students.
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