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EDUCATIONAL EVENT: April 22, 2021,

 So You’re Looking for an Internship 

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In the publishing industry and in many other fields, internships often serve as a gateway to one’s career--and, at the very least, are a great learning experience. But landing an internship isn’t always easy, especially with an increasingly competitive job market and other barriers to entry. So if you’re looking for an internship, where can you start? What should you know? 


Join Rochon Perry, Founder and Queen Bee of Cedar Grove Publishing,a Black woman-owned company, and Michelle Phan, former intern and now full-time publicist at North Atlantic Books, as they offer their tips, resources, and best practices on how to get an internship and how to make the most of your internship experience. Hear from both the hiring perspective and the intern perspective. The webinar will be split into two parts, and there will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end. 


In the first half, they will discuss:

  • How to approach the job search--what to look out for and where

  • What employers are looking for in applicants 

  • Resume/cover letter + interview tips

  • The importance of networking

  • The importance of stretching beyond your comfort zone

  • Effective and professional communication 


In the second half, they will cover:

  • What to do once you’ve landed an internship

  • Setting goals and determining how you’ll achieve them

  • How to best use the resources you’re provided 

  • What internships can lead to 

Our Panelists:

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Michelle Phan is an assistant publicist at North Atlantic Books. After graduating with a B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara, she moved from enjoys to the Bay Area, where she has found life to be expensive but pleasant. In her free time, she enjoys reading Asian American literature and taking walks around Berkeley, where she currently resides. Michelle is on the Bay Area Women in Publishing's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

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Rochon Perry is co-founder of WRTB, LLC, which consists of Cedar Grove Publishing (book company) and Articulate Fish Media Group (digital marketing and media), along with her partners Rebecca Sims-Nichols and Gloria Davenport-Wilson. With the tagline Every Book is Somebody's Story, Cedar Grove Publishing's books celebrate diversity, and being true to yourself while overcoming adversity to achieve success. Previously, Rochon was an Art Director for a local San Francisco television station. She also worked on the White House Access to Capital for Small Business campaign, Bishop Desmond Tutu's first tour upon his release from prison, and has helped independent comic book companies and non-profits launch new marketing and publicity campaigns, curated cartoon exhibitions and been an Eisner Award judge. Rochon is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, Institute for Comic Studies, CALIBA, Bay Area Independent Book Publishers Association, People of Color in Publishing, the Children's Book Council and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She is also the recipient of several awards, including an award for news content from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). She is on the board of Bay Area Women in Publishing, and co-chair of the Education & Professional Development Committee.

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