Thursday
Aug312017

The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) 2018 internship programs

The backbone of the AJGA is its internship program. Each year we employee 100 interns to help us run our junior golf tournaments and/or work in-house at the AJGA National Headquarters. Our internship program is an excellent training ground for tournament operations and media relations. We hire and train hard working, motivated and positive problem solvers who make a difference in our organization and the industry.
 
The AJGA is committed to helping our interns further their career goals both within our organization and with our partners within the industry. We would love for you to share our internship opportunity to groups you are connected with. Students may visit www.ajga.org/careers for the online application.
 
A few important items to note:
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age by the start of the internship (dates are on the website).
  • Deadline Dates: Spring Internship – November 7 & Summer Internship – January 10 – The sooner an application is submitted, interviews and decision making process can begin.
  • We are encouraging those that apply indicate they found out about the internship through the “Diversity Taskforce” on their application.  
  • Golfers and non-golfers are invited to apply.
 
We look forward to working with you and growing the industry.
 
Best, 
Lauren Shelly
Director of Recruiting, American Junior Golf Association
Sunday
Aug272017

#AgencyLife: Can You Handle it?

August 25, 2017
 
So much can be learned in the classroom, but when you are given the opportunity to join a once in a lifetime trip, you realize that there is much more to be learned beyond the books. Of course, I can go to class and learn the 4 P’s of marketing, how to write a business plan, or the basics of accounting, but do textbooks allow you to tour companies and speak to executives?! It is not every day that millennials get to go face-to-face with such well-known companies, break stereotypes, and change the conversation. 
 
The National Millennial Community was given the opportunity to speak to employees of all levels and listened to the many different stories and paths taken to get to where they are now. Textbooks paint a vague picture when it comes to working in an agency, but it is only upon visiting a company that you learn about the individual paths, challenges, successes, values and company culture. It was interesting to learn how some people went straight into the positions they planned for after graduation, whereas others, started in different areas and worked their way up into their desired roles.
 
 
Textbooks do not teach you about the cons of an agency: extreme stress, coffee addictions, long hours, and the amount of dry shampoo bottles people go through because they don’t even have time to wash their hair! Textbooks also do not teach you about the rush of adrenaline you get when you finish a project, the feeling you get when a client compliments your work, or even company happy hours!
 
Almost everyone who spoke noted that “the agency life is not for everyone” which made me question… is the agency life for me? In a classroom setting I would never think to even question if the agency life was for me or not. Learning about the different experiences and day-to-day tasks opened my eyes to the agency world. 
 
Without the experience and relationships I gained in Chicago with the National Millennial Community, I would not be able to say with confidence that I am ready to take on the hustle and bustle we call the #agencylife.

 

Friday
Aug182017

Millennial Republicans: A Political Death Sentence?

August 17, 2017
 
 
I looked around me as the National Millennial Community members sat down for the first meeting of the trip. We were so excited to visit NBC Chicago! As a third-year public relations student at the University of Florida, my classes often overlap with the journalism courses. Because of the crossover, I was ready to give my opinion and participate in a discussion about current news and how millennials perceive it. Much of the discussion focused around ‘fake news’ and which news stations we trusted and watched.
 
As we went around the room, I found I was the only community member who said I watch, and trust, Fox News. As other National Millennial Community members said they put their trust in CNN (more left-leaning), I felt I was the only one on the other side of the spectrum. In this era, I feel that as a millennial, it’s a death sentence to be a right-leaning thinker. Voicing a conservative opinion in this progressive day can be extremely difficult. Because I define myself as a ‘millennial republican,’ I feel sometimes as if my opinions are invalidated and misrepresented; as I did in this meeting.
 
Being a millennial republican, to me, includes being fiscally-conservative, but still believing in equality and things like gay marriage. I believe in strict immigration laws, but I also agree that women should have the right to choose. I left the conference with a fear that the republican party is on its way to being extinct.
The night after the conference ended, I received an email from another member; one that probably was the most harsh toward Fox News in the meeting. In his email, he stated he was proud that I voiced my opinion, even if I was the odd one out. He thought that it must’ve felt terrifying to be a right-leaning millennial in a room full of left-leaning people. He commended me for my bravery, and I thanked him for his sincerity and respect toward me and my opinions.
 
It's vital to share our thoughts, although clearly polarized, in order to change the conversation surrounding millennials. Being a republican is not a death sentence. Being a republican is just another opinion! This experience opened my eyes up to a long-standing fact: Sharing a different point of view is essential to growth and development.

 

Wednesday
Aug162017

The Oprah fan who really wants to save the world, one article at a time!

 
Quick admission before I introduce you to D’Anthony. I was a little nervous about meeting him before our session last month. I interacted with him once over a “Community call” and he appeared to be an extremely serious and busy guy.
 
To my surprise, the first thing he said when we met was “You’re soon going to feel that this is less of my interview and more of yours, but trust me, that’s okay”. Within 15 minutes, he took over the conversation with stories of work, his home state of Alabama, and of trying new places around New York city; I sensed I was up for an interesting conversation. But by the end of two hours, I knew that he was a person who wakes up happy and excited for the work he is doing, for the change it brings about, and the sense of fulfillment it gives him. And that’s when the conversation went from interesting to illuminating!
 
If D’Anthony’s journey had to be conveyed in one quote, it would be “I never dreamed of success. I worked for it” by Estee Lauder. A simple guy from Alabama who moved to New York City with a dream to work in a big PR firm. But if you think this is another small-town story in NYC, boy you are wrong. He knew the big move would mean an insane amount of hard work, considerable time and effort for networking, and quite a few disappointments. So he spent two months connecting with the right people, using his network of friends and family to line up interviews and coffee chats. It’s amazing how such a simple idea of laying out your groundwork can make for a very important lesson when looking for a job.
    
    
His most interesting interview experience was with a company that took him through three rounds of interviews, offered him a role and bypassed the formalities of having a candidate formally accept the job offer. The CEO literally took him at the end of their chat and introduced him to his future "teammates". To D’Anthony, this was disorienting but also slightly insulting. Why would a company just assume that he would say yes? More importantly, was he going to stay? Or was there a way to respectfully say no and keep a relationship alive? Bugged by these tricky questions, he focused on the one thing that was at the heart of the situation – did he like the role? Turns out, he didn’t. “It’s easy to get swayed by the first offer that comes your way and say yes. But unless you like the role, it just won’t feel right”. So, he ended up calling and graciously rejecting the offer and kept looking till he found the right one.
 
Today, he does Digital PR at Cohn & Wolfe and has discovered his true calling in the field of medical PR. From managing Live Twitter conversations to launching multi-platform campaigns, it’s evident D’Anthony lives on social. Ask him about the clients he works for and you will see a strange sparkle in his eyes. Using his strengths to promote pharmaceutical products that cure illnesses like diabetes, makes him feel like there’s a larger purpose to his work. He goes to bed thinking about how his work can impact lives and that only makes him work harder. Just like his role model -- Oprah Winfrey -- he wants to make this world a better place. And to me, he seems to be doing a very fine job!
 
Quick learnings from D’Anthony’s experience
 
Set yourself up for success. Especially when moving to a big city. Reach out to people, industry experts, school professors, and friends. Use LinkedIn. Schedule coffee chats. Set an agenda, fix a timeline and treat job hunting like a real job.
 
Research and more research. Find out everything you need about the role, company, and industry. Also, do some deep thinking to truly know what you want. Don’t settle for the first job you are offered. Wait and see if you’re convinced if this is what you want. If you’ve done your background work, you will have fallback options and won’t be desperate to settle for whatever role is available.
 
My biggest takeaway: No matter what career, industry or role you choose, find that drive -- that passion-- that gives meaning to your work. For D’Anthony, promoting healthcare is his way of contributing to a cause that will benefit lives across the country and even his family back home. And that makes the struggle all the more worthwhile.