[RESULTS FOR BATCH 2]
When in Manila has witnessed a number of milestones lately. We reached two million followers on Facebook. We launched new wings on Facebook: Style and Beauty, People, Tech, Pets, Food, Funny, Adventures, and more. We’re producing more videos and going live weekly. We also launched the When in Manila Meet the Team blog series in an effort to engage with the readers on a more personal level.
Now, we’re happy to announce another exciting move for us: we’re finally accepting interns!
We’ve gotten inquiries in the past from students who want to intern with us. Internships are promising opportunities for students to get hands-on learning experiences while still in school. It’s a great way for them to know more clearly what career track they’d want to take.
Personally, joining When in Manila is the one of the best decisions I’ve ever had as a college student. I was able to apply the things I learned in class to whatever work I was doing for When in Manila. In the same way, I was able to integrate lessons learned in When in Manila to classes I was taking in college. I wrote about the five ways joining When in Manila changed my life in this blog post, which I hope many students would be able to relate to.
This internship program was carefully designed to be flexible, fun, and very hands-on. It’s also very important to us that the tasks assigned to you match your skill set and your own personal passions and advocacies. This is why we’re asking you about these as early as the first phase of the application process. (You’ll know what I mean once you read the Google Form.) We want to cultivate an environment and a community where the content producers find excitement and fulfillment with what they are doing.
Given our wide reach, your output would reach a very wide audience. Even after you do your internship, the content you produce would remain uploaded and fully credited to you, which would therefore contribute to your own online portfolio.
You will receive firsthand training from the WhenInManila.com admins. You will also have an option to accomplish some of the work at home.
To apply, please accomplish this Google Form on or before January 7, 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions
1.) My course isn’t related to Marketing or Communications. Could I still apply?
Definitely! As long as you possess the appropriate skills, we’d love to have you on board. But please note that if you’re doing this internship as part of your school requirement and you’re currently taking a course that is unrelated to Marketing and Communications, it is your responsibility to talk to your professors and program advisers if your internship hours would be credited.
2.) I’m not a college student. Could I still apply?
Yes! This internship program was initially designed for college students, but we had a number of inquiries from high school students and graduates who want to intern with us. We are open to accepting interns who are not college students. However, please not that this is not a paid internship. This is something we want to be upfront with as early as the application process.
3.) OJT/Internship is required in my course for junior students, but I’m still a freshman/sophomore. Could I still apply?
Yes! But this could be tricky. Are you planning to take this internship as a credited course? (Meaning, are you planning to intern now, and have it credited next year or next semester?) Or do you plan to take this as an uncredited internship? (Meaning you could definitely write it in your resume and have us write a recommendation letter from you in the future, but it won’t be credited as units in your school?)
If you plan to take this as a credited course, it would be up to you to talk to your profs/advisers about it. I had a friend who took her internship the semester before it was required. She tried and failed to have it credited during the semester where she officially enlisted for the internship. She had to take her internship all over again–this time with another company.
Of course, she benefitted from all the learning experiences from two internships.
But we want to avoid unexpected problems with the crediting of your internships. If you are planning to have your internship credited but are not yet in the sem/year required for Internship/OJT, please make sure to ask permission from your professor/program adviser. It would be best to have their written permission just to be sure that you won’t have problems in the future.
If you are planning to take this as an uncredited internship, go ahead and apply!
4.) Not a paid internship?! So what do I get out of this?
Good question! Let me enumerate them. These are some of the perks of a WhenInManila.com contributor:
i. Love of storytelling
Some of our contributors just love sharing stories and are looking for an outlet.
ii. Big audience
Imagine spending hours writing an article, only to find that just two people have read it (you and your mom). We get MILLIONS of readers per month, and we also promote your article on our social media accounts, which also have millions of followers, fans and readers.
iii. Lots of freebies
Our writers enjoy invites to the most expensive restaurants, where they get to bring their whole family or group of friends and treat them to a free meal, all in exchange for a review. Our other senior writers also get free phones, clothes, gadgets, bags, accessories, shoes, and more. All in exchange for a review of the brand / product.
iv. VIP events
Our writers get invites and VIP access to the biggest and most exclusive events. From front row access to concerts, sporting games, clubs, bars and other top events, our writers usually get the red carpet treatment. We get invites to grand openings of the most prestigious brands and restaurants, VIP tables to the biggest clubs, media passes to the hottest music concerts and invites to press conferences with the top stars.
v. Learn to write / blog / SEO and more
We train each of our writers in the most professional and up-to-date ways to increase readership to their own blogs. We train them to be pro-bloggers and how to write better. We also teach many Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tactics that will ensure more readers to their blogs.
Many of our writers have gone on to create successful blogs of their own or get great digital media jobs from top global agencies. Which brings me to my next point…
vi. Great professional experience for your resume
Our writers have gone on to get top positions at top global and local firms. The experience of writing for a top online magazine and digital brand is one that can translate to a better job for you with top companies.
vii. Meet new people
You get to meet amazing, driven and interesting people as you feature new events, restaurants, concerts and more. You’ll meet young entrepreneurs starting out new businesses as well as seasoned veterans willing to show you a thing or two about what they do. But other than just meeting people through interviews on your features, you’ll also be part of our community and meet other writers, photographers, travel junkies and adventure seekers like you. You’ll also gain access to a huge interconnected network that we at WhenInManila.com share throughout our thousands of features in and around Manila.
Your profile will be posted on each article that you write. You will see your by-line with your name and photo at the beginning of each article, along with your full profile at the bottom of each article. Moreover, your profile will be added to our list of Authors and Contributors here – http://www.wheninmanila.com/authorspage/
Those are the perks of a WhenInManila.com contributor. But there are additional perks for interns, the most important one being the direct and intentional mentorship with the admins. We brainstorm on projects together with your co-interns. We craft your online portfolio together. We hold special events like workshops, training sessions, networking sessions, and more that are exclusive to our interns.
One of the first things we’ll do is to talk about your advocacies and your dream projects, and together, we’ll strive to make those dream projects come to life.
5.) Am I expected to go to an office? Could you describe what the work schedule would be like?
No. We want to make this as flexible as possible, especially since we understand that you’ll be juggling internship duties and other kinds of school work. We wouldn’t want to waste your time asking you to go to the office after your school hours (imagine the traffic and the transpo expenses!) if you could do your work at home or anywhere you want.
We designed the internship to be output-based. One of the things that Vince, When in Manila’s founder, always emphasizes is the importance of working smart instead of simply working hard. If you find a smart and efficient system of finishing an article in two hours instead of four, go for it!
Just to give you an idea what we mean by output-based, let’s say you apply to write for us.
An article like this (“How to Start a Blog: 10+ Helpful Tools and Tips”) would be credited as five hours. After making twenty articles that are similar to this, you’d already be done with your internship!
BUT we highly recommend adding more variety to your internship program, so you’re encouraged to collaborate with interns from other teams such as the Marketing Team, Photography Team, Graphics Team, and Videography Team. You could also cover events, visit museums, go on walking food trips, and more! As early as now, some of the admins are already excited to collaborate with the interns! (Myself included! :)
The possibilities are endless. You’ll receive the list of the tasks you could do and the corresponding number of hours that will be credited to you once you are officially accepted as one of our interns. We want to make it as exciting and enriching as possible.
Also, if you have a dream project that would require more time and effort than what is written in the table we’ll send out to our accepted interns, you have the option to request for more credit. Just email us a pitch prior to working on the article.
6.) What’s the minimum number of hours?
When in Manila would be spending a considerable amount of time and resources teaching, mentoring, setting up accounts, et cetera. If, for example, you commit only 50 hours of internship, this might mean that majority of the hours would be used up on the setting up instead of the actual work. Naturally, you could exceed 100 hours. 100 hours is just the minimum.
7.) How long do I have to finish 100 hours?
Until March. At the end of March, we would publish an article with a list of the “graduates” of the second batch and their works.
8.) Why did the “Marketing Team” option disappear in the Google Form? Will you not have a Marketing Team for your second batch? :(
Not anymore. Our marketing interns for the first batch were amazing! However, unlike the Photography, Videography, Writing, and Graphics Team, it was harder to assign tasks to the Marketing Team. WhenInManila.com started out as a community blog by storytellers. People shared stories whenever they wanted–just for fun. Almost everyone was either studying or had a day job. We didn’t have a Marketing Team or a concrete plan on how to work with brands. This often means that our methods for marketing are different depending on the client and the campaign. This also means that the job description for interns under the Marketing Team was also not as concrete with those from the other teams. But as a testament to their resourcefulness, our interns from Marketing set up their own projects and tasks and started volunteering for tasks under Photography, Writing, Videography, and Graphics. We later realized that it wouldn’t make sense to set up a Marketing Team, only to assign them to tasks for Photography, Writing, Videography, and Graphics.
If you have questions or concerns that were not addressed in this post and in the Google Form, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the volume of emails I get, I do have a special request: please review this blog post, the comment section, and the Google Form thoroughly to make sure that your questions were not addressed yet.
In case you’re interested to get to know about the company, here are some facts about us. WhenInManila.com gets up to and over TEN MILLION (10,000,000+) IMPRESSIONS PER DAY based on an audit by a globally leading digital marketing firm. This included over SIX MILLION (6,000,000+) direct views per month on our website, along with our social media outlets which have very active communities of TWO MILLION (2,000,000+) Fans on Facebook.com/WhenInManila, 100,000+ Followers on Twitter.com/WhenInManila and 175,000+ followers on Instagram.com/WhenInManila, which from these alone already garner over 50 million social media impressions per week. We were recently ranked within the 100 MOST VIEWED SITES in the Philippines by Alexa as well as ranked among the top blogs in the “100 Pinoy Blogs that Matter” list.
If you’re interested what you would get out of this internship, this might help!