Although the DCI application process was certainly not painless, I learned a lot about what employers are looking for in candidates. Like job applications in the real world, each prospective intern goes through an online application, interview, and probation process. For me, this fall was my first time applying to DCI, so the process was especially nerve-wracking at times. Luckily, I was accepted! Here are some tips I have for future interns:
(from left: Lawrence Sung, Joyce Pang, Mirai Nagasu, Sandi Khine)
One of the best parts about being in DCI is all the wonderful opportunities I am presented with. Not only does our press pass grant access to front stands and different events for free, we are presented with unique and special opportunities. Last year, the Podcast Team had the chance to interview Mirai Nagasu, a record-breaking Olympic figure skater from Arcadia, for our Keepin’ It Arcadia podcast. I was thrilled that I could even meet such an inspirational person from our hometown! After getting home, I reviewed the interview tapes and I was struck with horror. The microphone wasn’t plugged in all the way, resulting in 10+ minutes of pure static. Even though I curse myself every time I think about this incident, I’ve learned one of the most important lessons of my life--to always double-check and make sure you have a backup plan. Through learning experiences such as these, DCI continues to teach me important lessons to carry through my professional life.
Competing in her own cross country race, Arcadia Unified School District Digital Communications Intern Grace Lee manages to cover other races at the same meet through responsible planning and quick thinking. Although it's impossible to snap photos while she's running, she works around a tight schedule to maximize coverage. Intrigued by how she pulls of such a feat, I asked her about her typical experience and how she prepares.
In the midst of college application deadlines, seniors find themselves busy balancing schoolwork, applications, and extracurriculars. If you find yourself in a similar situation, don't give up hope, for there will be a happy ending. In this blog post, senior Sarah Wang (Class of 2019) reminisces on her thrilling experience covering Arcadia High's graduation.
Every year, Arcadia Unified's Digital Communications Interns (DCI) prepares an amazing assortment of special access, prizes, and activities for the Staff Appreciation Night, which takes place at an Arcadia High football game and was established to thank all the fantastic employees who work for the Arcadia Unified School District. Features range from VIP passes to standing in the field area and from Chromebook laptop and gift card giveaways to free candy for the kids. This year's registration area featured free tiny golden footballs and DCI stickers, a face painting table, a photography booth complete with posters for each school site, and a video interview station. Various DCI members drew school names in calligraphy with chalk onto the walkway, adding to the festive decor of the night.
Of course, none of this could be achieved without the help of the DCI interns. To accomplish such a wide variety of tasks, numerous groups were created, with each intern assigned to a specific role such as photography, registration, and videography. Here's what the DCI interns had to share about the experience.
Instagram Team assists the Arcadia Unified School District's public relations/communications efforts by updating the @arcadiaunified Instagram account. Our district's Instagram account was given a nod from Buzzfeed as one of the Top Ten Instagram accounts in the world, and we aim to keep it that way! We divide our responsibility for posting to our account into shifts, so one intern takes care of all the posts and captions per assigned day
Podcasting is unique. I like to think of it as a low-maintenance Youtube channel since it doesn’t require a video component; you can focus solely on getting your message out, whether it’s a specific topic or simply talking about your experiences. A podcast can be about anything that interests you. In fact, topics you may consider peculiar actually might make the best podcast episodes because they are often intriguing and thought-provoking.
Sound appealing? If you’re interested in creating your own podcast, then keep on reading.
Ever since the idea of turning student-led presentation posts into blog posts was conceived last year, there's been quite a lot of confusion about the process. This post shall serve as a guide to teach interns how to properly convert a Google Slides presentations to a Blogger post.
We are very proud of DCI's own Darius Jing, who is headed to Yale in the fall, as he recently earned a $20,000 college scholarship courtesy of Foot Locker. Darius spent two years as an intern, along with many other leadership roles on campus, and volunteer work in the community. Watch this inspirational video below about his surprise scholarship announcement and his wise advice for students. Way to go Darius! Check out our distinguished alumni here!
DCI takes to the digital airwaves! This past semester DCI launched a new student podcast which is hosted, produced, and edited by DCI students. As of this post, there are ten episodes and nearly 500 downloads already. Podcast team member Kelly Li wrote an article about the new venture which was published in the Arcadia Patch. You can read the full story here, and you can listen to all of the podcast via our podcast page.
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