The Power of Community: NY Creative Interns — A Year In Review

As we look back on all we’ve accomplished together in 2012, we couldn’t be more proud of the community that has formed around our organization. Our community is our organization, and we’d be nothing without you all. The past year has proven that a network of talented people with shared goals and mentors (peers and professionals alike), is an extremely powerful thing.

We’d like to take some time to look back on the highlights of the past year and end with some exciting news regarding 2013.

Hundreds of young creatives attended not one, but two installments of our full-day conference, Find & Follow Your Passion. We were floored by the speakers who were willing to take the time to become mentors to our community, including our opening keynote speakers Josh Siegal and Tina Roth Eisenberg.

keynote Josh Siegel 30 Rock Writer - Producer

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Other speakers from the conference and beyond included creatives from Penguin Publishing, Twitter, Travel Channel, The Guggenheim, charity: water, BBDO, and many more.

“I really enjoyed how the speakers were very candid, nothing was sugar-coated.” — Find & Follow Your Passion Attendee

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We hosted dozens of events at top New York City companies and organizations like Birchbox, AOL92nd Street Y, School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, and The New School.
Photo by Stephanie Mauro

We get you in the same room with top creatives who seem out of reach, but they choose our community as a place to share their stories, lessons learned, and come to our events to meet promising young talent, you!

We launched our Job Board as a better way to share opportunities with you. The internships and entry-level jobs are hand picked and companies have to apply to get listed; making sure you’re only seeing the absolute best opportunities in New York City. 
We are still humbled that you were just as excited as we were about the launch.



We’ve connected our community to opportunities; to find jobs and internships, meet mentors, and to collaborate and connect with peers who are going through the same transitions and struggles.





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We are constantly learning. Hundreds of people attended our various hands-on events about social media and networking. We now offer our workshops as live virtual events and people from all over the world tune in (including Sheena Parmar of London who stayed up until 2:30am for Hustle 101: Networking for Recent Grads).

NY Creative Interns working on their LinkedIn pages

Our advice for going From Intern to Full-Time Employee in 8 Steps was featured in Mashable and our group was highlighted in The College Guide to Mixing and Mingling in New York City.

NY Creative Interns July 2012 Mixer Networking

This was the first NY Creative Interns event I attended, and it certainly won’t be the last! I left the mixer feeling motivated and inspired by both my peers and the many opportunities that I learned ARE, in fact, out there.
—Sara Hupp, Web Editorial Intern at O, The Oprah Magazine


It was our second time at Internet Week and we were thrilled to find out our panel, How To Thrive on The Internet, received more RSVPs than any other session at Headquarters (it was standing room only!).

NY Creative Interns Internet Week New York 2012

In addition to some of our favorite authors donating copies of their books to Find & Follow Your Passion like What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, Making Ideas Happen, and Life After College, we partnered with Julie Clow, author of the Work Revolution on her book launch party.

NY Creative Interns volunteers The Work Revolution

We truly believe that networking is like making friends and we were reminded by the story of Audrey Chow, who was referred through NY Creative Interns to an opportunity to work on a feature length film produced by Thora Birch, in which she then got more than ten of her friends gigs on the production as well.



Maureen Choi Marie Claire

Our community gives back. Speakers have recruited through our job board, had informational interviews with attendees, and those who attended events as interns have offered their guidance as newly employed creatives.

We’re Just Getting Started.

Our plans for 2013 include more live virtual events with our amazing speakers, the launch of a membership program, Find & Follow Your Passion featuring a keynote from Gary Vaynerchuk, and of course, a variety of great events each month.

Lastly, we’re going to change our name. We will always believe in the power of internships, but our community has grown beyond just interns. Our programming is designed for anyone young, ambitious, and creative, and we want to make sure that’s known through our name and branding. Stay tuned!

We’re thrilled for the year ahead. Did we miss any of your favorite moments, events, or speakers? What would you like to see next year?

Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Emily is Founder and CEO of FindSpark. Passionate about the power of social media and networking; Emily has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences, and events including The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Mediabistro's Social Media Bootcamp, Time Inc, Columbia University, and New York University, among others. Emily is also an adjunct professor, teaching social media and career courses at multiple colleges. Learn more about having Emily speak at your next event and follow her on twitter @EmilyMiethner.

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