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.
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
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.
— Justin Gignac (@justingignac) August 24, 2012
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).
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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, 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.