Progressive Public Affairs
111 West Washington, Suite 1920
Progressive Public Affairs is a lobbying and communications company in Chicago working to change the world, one law at a time. We'd like to get into video as a tool for reaching hearts and minds. The intern will work on conceiving, shooting and editing relatively short pieces (3 - 10 minutes) to be distributed on our platforms and through client platforms (their websites and social media). If you have creative ideas for using video to advance the progressive agenda (like helping to elect Democrats or convincing people to support progressive causes like high speed rail or ensuring every American is registered to vote or convincing people that we spend way too much money on the military), this is the internship for you. It's based in our Loop office and is available this summer and this fall. Self-starters do best, so if you have an entrepreneurial spark, this internship can grow into a job as we convince clients to pay for the work after they see how amazing it is.
We've got some ideas for the types of short video pieces that clients and potential clients would be interested in (including independent efforts to convince viewers to vote for Democrats, issue-based pieces to explain why they should support particular progressive causes and mini-documentaries that demonstrate the good things that some elected officials are doing by explaining the positive impacts of laws or initiatives). Once we come up with the assignment that the intern also is excited about, the intern takes it from there. They shoot it, they edit it, they finish it. We'll provide input as requested, but the intern is the creative force (which is pretty cool). Then we will work on getting it distributed through as many channels as we can, because if no one sees it, who cares, right? If we can pull off a few of these, there's a decent chance we can land some clients to pay for the work as we go.
You must have the ability to shoot your own video without the need of a crew. You also must have the ability to edit your own stuff. We don't have professional grade equipment. It's all on Macs. We won't be putting this on television, just the web and social media, so we don't need to be much better than a Flip camera. If you have your own equipment, great. And you must have the ability to work on your own without much hand-holding.