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Holiday entertainment in Indy is just around the corner

November 26, 2014 | by Jessica Redden

As the holiday season sets in and colder weather is around the corner, we have some great alternatives to staying inside with a cup of cocoa (though let’s be honest, we’re all about that, too). Check out some exciting shows just around the corner in Indianapolis this season!

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir will present four performances of the annual Festival of Carols December 7 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis, and December 20-21 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The 200-voice choir brings the audience timeless holiday songs highlighting the magic of the season. Following sell-out runs in both 2012 and 2013, Festival of Carols continues to be a tradition in Indianapolis each holiday season. Grab tickets before they’re gone at indychoir.org. (And, grab your copy of their latest Christmas CD – The Best of Festival of Carols, Vol. 1 is available at indychoir.org or on iTunes!)

Based off the popular holiday comedy film, ELF: The Broadway Musical is the must-see show about Buddy the Elf, an orphan child who mistakenly climbs into Santa’s bag and is transported to the North Pole. After growing up and realizing that he is actually not an elf, Buddy travels to New York to find his true identity while helping others to remember the true meaning of Christmas. A show for the whole family, ELF will be at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre December 16-20. For tickets and more information, visit
oldnationalcentre.com.

Mannheim Steamroller will present the best the holiday has to offer this season. The group will perform live for one performance only in Muncie, Ind., at Emens Auditorium on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. This year also marks the 30th Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category. Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.  The show features classic Christmas hits and multimedia effects in an intimate setting. In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry.

Happy Holidays from the Bohlsen Group family to yours!

Rachel

3 lessons that prepared me for a career in PR

November 21, 2014 | by Bohlsen Group

By Rachel Forsyth

“What do you want to do after you graduate?”

If you asked me this question 10 years ago, I would have said an author. Now, as an intern for the Author Publicity Services team at Bohlsen Group, I’ve come full circle.

Born and raised in Naperville, Ill, I had no idea what to expect when I moved to Indianapolis. I jumped into my communication classes at Butler University as a wide-eyed Journalism major. Almost immediately, I realized the public relations field is where I really belong. A major switch, countless challenging classes, and four internships later, I’m confident that the PR world is where I belong.

Over the past four years, I have been pushed to evolve from a panicked freshman to a confident senior. In my fourth year at Butler, I have taken a variety of courses on public relations – but nothing has compared to my internship experience here at Bohlsen. Here are a few things I’ve learned as a Bohlsen intern:

  1. Don’t be afraid to work. Especially in the PR field, I think it really is key to get as much “real world” experience as you possibly can before you graduate. Within hours of walking in the door on my first day, I was writing strategic content for the Author Publicity Services team. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to work on more than 70 different accounts, with my work garnering attention from media outlets like The New York Times.
  1. Not being chained to a desk all day is a beautiful thing. At Bohlsen, we’re encouraged to use the brainstorm room (read: comfy couches and chalkboard walls), lounge areas, and soundproof pitch booths designed specifically for pitching over the phone. Interns switch desks periodically in order to better get to know everyone in the office.
  1. You get out of it what you put into it. Consistently putting time and effort into a project will take you far. So will asking questions and being resourceful.

The bottom line is, at Bohlsen Group I’ve found a place where my work is not only valued, but (gasp!) it is actually used. Bohlsen Group is bursting at the seams with supportive, intelligent, and talented people. They set an example for interns, providing great advice and constructive criticism whenever it’s needed.

Rachel Forsyth is a senior at Butler University majoring in strategic communications

Vanessa Staublin

Five things you’ll learn while being an intern at Bohlsen Group

November 20, 2014 | by Bohlsen Group

By Vanessa Staublin

For the past 14 weeks, I have interned with the Entertainment + Events team at Bohlsen Group. As my time here is dwindling to a close, I thought it would be a good time to look back at the many things I’ve learned here. Although I’m not looking forward to leaving at the end of the semester, the things I have learned here will always stick with me. So here’s a quick rundown of my top five takeaways from my internship at Bohlsen Group.

  1. Working with real-life clients is pretty cool. In the past few months, I have worked on numerous projects for real life people. There weren’t any made up situations or scenarios and I actually got to work with real, breathing clients. It made the internship so much more real and made me work harder knowing it was not just an assignment I was going to turn in, but also something that would really be published.
  2. There’s only so much you can learn in a classroom. I have amazing professors at Butler University. I learned to take what I learned in the classroom and apply it here at Bohlsen, and vice versa. My writing skills have improved immensely while interning here and that shows in my classwork at school. Many lessons learned in the field can’t be taught in a classroom.
  3. Making connections is key. Connections are everything. Knowing the right person can lead to an amazing opportunity. With that being said, I learned to create good relationships with my coworkers and other people I work with outside the office. There have been several times where I had to call the same person at a news station for different projects and my previous work with them made it easier to get reconnected quickly. It’s important to create a good relationship with people you’re going to interact with often. You never know if you’re going to cross paths again.
  4. There’s always something new to learn in social media. I thought I was good at social media before my internship started. But after the first week or so, I quickly found out that there were several key components that I was missing. Over the last few months, I have learned how to effectively use social media and even think that way when I’m outside the office. I also learned and strengthened my skills in different programs promoting and using social media. Leaving here, I am more confident than I was before in using effective social media and will be able to use that knowledge for the rest of my life.
  5. An internship will make you a better communicator. I am wrapping up my internship here with confidence that I never had before. Before starting, I was unsure what I was doing or where I was going with my majors (journalism and strategic communications), but I now know that this is for sure the path I want to go down. I’m confident with the decisions I make and the conversations I have with clients. The tools and lessons I have learned at Bohlsen have made me a more effective communicator inside and outside the office.

Interning at Bohlsen is something I have dreamed about doing since my freshman year of college, and now, as a junior, I’m finishing up my time here. I still think it’s amazing how lucky I’ve been to intern here and can’t believe how quickly my time here has come and (almost) gone. If you’re looking for a great internship, full of hands-on projects and the same responsibilities as everyone else in the office, I definitely encourage you to apply to Bohlsen Group. The things I have learned here are something I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Vanessa Staublin is a junior at Butler University majoring in journalism and strategic communications.

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Bohlstering My Education and Career

November 19, 2014 | by Bohlsen Group

By Erin Burke

Working at Bohlsen Group has been a remarkable learning experience. Before I started here, I didn’t have any PR experience or any hands-on experience at all when it came to dealing with real clients. As soon as I became part of the Events and Entertainment team, I was given tasks that actually make a difference, as cliché as that sounds. I was doing work that my bosses would have been doing if I weren’t there. When I created something, they were appreciative and actually gave me feedback on my work. I have heard so many horror stories of internships at other companies where the interns simply to do busy work, but that was definitely not the case.

I was directly dealing with the promotions of events all over the country and creating press releases and media alerts to send out. I wasn’t just watching somebody do something; I was actually doing it myself. Because of all the writing that I do on a day-to-day basis here, I can tell that my writing has improved in quality and in the amount of times it takes me to get to something that I would actually consider quality.

I wanted to work for Bohlsen originally because I had seen how they interact with their interns and with each other. The entire office treats each other like members of a team; they aren’t afraid to ask for help from others or to take on more than their fair share of work. When the full-time employees interact with the interns, they don’t talk down to them, but instead genuinely care about what they can contribute to a project and take pride in being able to help them grow.

Before working here, I never thought that I would be the kind of person who would want to be working as much as possible. I enjoyed school, but I was never big on work outside of classes because the concept of grades did not motivate me. What motivates me is seeing how what I do can impact others and create a change or make a difference. After working here, I can see that happening, which motivates me to want to work on more tasks on take on greater responsibilities.

As I finish up my time here at Bohlsen, I have been able to do just that. Besides handling Events and Entertainment projects, I have also been working with a publicist to get a better handle on what that is like and I have been given the same leeway as I have been used to; the documents I create and the information I compile isn’t just looked at, it is looked at, critiqued, and used for the client to create a successful campaign.

Reflecting on my time here has made me realize how lucky I am to be able to work with such an amazing group of people. The atmosphere here makes coming to work so much more than just coming to a job or an internship. Being here is about being creative and giving your all to your work, not because you have to, but because you want to.

Erin Burke is a senior at Butler University majoring in recording industry studies

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5 reasons I’m thankful to be a Bohlsen intern

November 18, 2014 | by Bohlsen Group

By Ellie Price

Preparing for my senior year at Franklin College as a journalism and public relations major, I knew that I wanted to intern at a PR agency. The fast-paced, collaborative atmosphere seemed perfect for me. Spending the semester here at Bohlsen Group as a public relations/marketing intern has confirmed that I love working in a PR agency.

I’ve completed a variety of internships in journalism and graphic design, but none of them have been quite like my time at Bohlsen Group. My writing skills and ability to think creatively and meet deadlines prepared me for this internship, and now that I’m here, I have the opportunity to write strategy documents and assist with public relations projects for real clients.

Here are five reasons I am thankful to be an intern at Bohlsen Group this semester.

Real-world experience

We’ve all heard stories of interns having to fix jammed printers, organize files and pick up bagels for their employers. Bohlsen Group’s internship program is nothing like that. Even though I am an intern, I feel like I have been able to contribute to the successes of live campaigns.

This internship complements my journalism experience and coursework at Franklin College. By interning at Bohlsen Group, I am gaining real-world PR experience, which is much more valuable than learning in a lecture.

Emphasis on learning

As a part of the intern experience, everyone at Bohlsen Group understands that this is a learning process. During my first few days, the intern coordinators explained Bohlsen Group’s process and writing style to me. And as I complete assignments, publicists take time out of their busy schedules to critique my work. This feedback has been essential for my continued growth and improvement.

Opportunity to work for unique clients

As I work on materials for independently published authors, I always am learning something new. It makes each day exciting and different.

Upbeat agency atmosphere

Working with people who enjoy their jobs leads to a fun atmosphere.

Foundation for the future

This internship has prepared me for a career in the public relations industry when I graduate from Franklin College in May. It has allowed me to understand what working in a PR agency is really like. And because I have been able to work on a variety of assignments, I am prepared to take that next step.

Are you interested in interning at Bohlsen Group next summer? Learn more about the program and how you can apply here.

Ellie Price is a senior at Franklin College majoring in public relations and journalism.