Wednesday, November 30, 2011

We're Hiring an Intern!

We're Hiring an Intern!

But we don't know who yet... So if you're a college student with a passion for entrepreneurship and developing the knowledge economy, looking to get some excellent (paid) experience, build a portfolio for future full time employers, and interested in working directly with some of Columbia's top leaders, take a look at the listing below and let us know if you're interested in joining our team for a few semesters. 

As if being paid to be an intern isn't enough, I'll do all the paperwork necessary to get you some class credit as well. Want more hours in the summer? We can handle that. We like the idea of you working more. Because we're slave-drivers here... But not really. Despite the formality of the listing below, we're pretty fun. We just want someone to help share the fun we have with the world like we did with these guys:

You can't tell me the President Pastides "fist-pump" ever gets old.

Position Description – Marketing & Communications Coordinator Internship

Deadline: We will make an offer no later than January 5th, 2012. Candidate should be available to begin orientation on or around January 9th, 2012.

Availability: 10-20 hours per week, Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm. Some evening work (5pm-8pm) may be required for events and programs. No weekends. 

EngenuitySC, a public/private 501(c)3 non-profit, is seeking qualified student candidates to provide program support for outreach projects tied to marketing and communications efforts in the greater Columbia, SC region. These efforts are focused on entrepreneurship, economic development, and community building and will give the selected candidate a highly visible portfolio of work and an opportunity to connect with high-level community, business, academic, and government leaders in Columbia.

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in entrepreneurship, economic development, or community development; have a thorough understanding of Columbia’s business and cultural environment; and will be available 10-20 hours per week during the semester, with the possibility of full time work during the summer period. Candidates looking to develop a portfolio of highly visible projects across an array of industries, those with a passion for realizing Columbia’s potential to be a world-class city, and those with a genuine desire to support entrepreneurship (or to be an entrepreneur themselves) will benefit most from their time with EngenuitySC and be most successful in this position.

About The Organization:
Headquartered in Columbia, EngenuitySC is public/private partnership formed to develop and grow the South Carolina Midstate’s knowledge-based economy by fostering an environment where entrepreneurship, innovation, and the creation of knowledge are fundamental elements of the region’s culture, identity, and economic development strategy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Work directly with Marketing & Communications Coordinator to execute community events and create digital and print marketing and communications materials.
  2. Assist with the creation and distribution of communications for events, programs, and activities through print, online, verbal, and graphic mediums.
  3. Provide updates and content management for program websites and web-based communities.
  4. Collect and manage data and news pertaining to client and stakeholder interests in the public and private sector. Conduct supporting market research as needed.
  5. Assist with the development and distribution of collateral materials for client-based marketing and communications efforts.
  6. Assist with event planning for community-based programs and meeting planning and execution for clients.
  7. Maintain the mission and message of each client program in all mediums while identifying opportunities for collaboration.
  8. Additional administrative tasks as needed.


Applicants should have a strong background in at least 2 to 4 of the listed qualifications. They do not need to have skills in all areas to be considered. We will tailor the duties and responsibilities for the position to fit your strengths and interests.

  1. Sophomore or higher with relevant educational background in business, economics, marketing, communications, journalism, public relations, event planning, and or media arts.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Experience in developing and maintaining a coordinated online presence in social media communities, light website content management.
  4. Experience in marketing, drafting press releases, writing copy and digital newsletters
  5. Experience with event planning/execution for minimum of 40 attendees.
  6. Proficiency with Microsoft Office 2010 (Publisher skills preferred).
  7. Ability to identify, analyze, and present relevant information in a concise manner.
  8. Strong attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.
  9. Strong written and verbal communication skills and professional appearance.


  1. Experience with Constant Contact, Mailchimp, or similar electronic newsletter platforms.
  2. Experience with graphic design.
  3. Experience with HTML coding.
  4. Available for employment for 1 calendar year or longer.
  5. Experience with community-based programs and initiatives.
  6. Interest in economic development and awareness of activities in the local and regional economy.
  7. Interest in entrepreneurship, business creation, and technology (Ideally sciences, IT, and or energy).
  8. Availability after hours, at least once per month (2nd Tuesdays)

This position is a paid position at $10 per hour. As an intern, you will gain broad understanding and exposure to economic development, the knowledge economy, research and development, entrepreneurship/commercialization, industry clusters, and business consulting; make invaluable connections to high level leaders in the Columbia community; and build a portfolio of marketing and communications and tangible project management experience.  

This position will report and be accountable to the Marketing and Communications Coordinator (a.k.a. Project Coordinator). Other projects may be assigned upon request by the remainder of the staff.


  1. Reliable transportation, preferably a personal vehicle. Mileage for any out of town travel will be reimbursed.


  1. Create a portfolio of experience distributed to nearly 10,000 followers over various media outlets including The State, Columbia Regional Business Report, 3500 newsletter followers, and 1000 social media followers.
  2. Meet, connect, and work with Columbia and the state’s top leaders in business, government, academia, and community and economic development.  
  3. Close mentoring by a small staff of young and vibrant community leaders.
  4. Atmosphere open to input and new ideas.
  5. Competitive wage and flexible hours. Opportunity for increased hours during summer employment.
  6. Supervisor will complete work necessary to help student receive academic credit for this position.
  7. Mileage (fuel) reimbursement for travel.

Application Instructions
Please send the following items to Frank Avery at Please list “Marketing & Communications Coordinator” in the subject line.

  • Resume (PDF or MS Word format)
  • Cover letter with specific feedback in response to the required and preferred qualifications and highlight any additional beneficial experience not requested. (PDF or MS Word format)
  • Graphical class schedule for spring 2012. (We understand your schedule may change between now and mid-January.)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

TEDxNewEngland | The Future of Nuclear Power: Getting Rid of Nuclear Waste

For the first time in decades, there are an abundance of new designs for nuclear power reactors -- ones that are safer, more powerful, more portable, and even ones that produce hardly any nuclear waste. From the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Dr. Richard Lester and Graduate Students Mark Massie and Leslie Dewan will talk about the evolution of nuclear power in the United States, and directions that the industry might take in the future. They will also describe new technology that solves two of the biggest problems with nuclear power -- Safety and Waste Disposal.