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Guest Blogger: Q&A with BALLROOM BASIX™ Founder Sidney Grant

Learn more about the inspiring inner city school project and apply to several internship opportunities that will help you make a difference!  Expand your skills as a Development and Fundraising intern, a Media Services intern, or a Programming intern by applying through NYU CareerNet.


Founder/Artistic Director Sidney Grant gets a thank-you hug from one of his BALLROOM BASIX™ students, “Miss Angela” from PS114Q in Rockaway, whose school was severely damaged in Hurricane Sandy



Before we talk about your inspiring inner city school project, BALLROOM BASIX™, I have to ask you how got your your nickname: Dr. Dance. It’s fantastic! Can you tell us about it?

Years ago I was at a dinner dance on the Upper East Side, seated next to none other than the famous sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Our first dance together was a foxtrot. As we were gliding across the floor, she asked me what I did, and I told her that I teach connection to young and old alike through Ballroom and Latin dancing, and went on to explain my philosophy about what an incredible contribution this connection can make in the lives of those who experience it. When the dance finished, she looked up at me and exclaimed, “You, sir, are the Dance Doctor!” The next day I registered the name at City Hall — and the rest, as they say, is history.

A history that includes being named “New Yorker of the Week” on NY1 news last summer, and being nominated for “New Yorker of the Year” in December! Why do you think that was?

I am grateful to have a dedicated BALLROOM BASIX™ team that recognizes the magnitude of our mission, so the honor really reflects our combined efforts. The bottom line is that we live in a day and age where all of us — but especially children — are increasingly desensitized and depersonalized by technology: e-mail, texting, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. It was this fact that lead Academy and Tony-award winning actress Marcia Gay Harden to lend her voice as our celebrity spokesperson.

Sadly, face-to-face interaction is such a rare commodity nowadays, and I think the producers at NY1 recognized how vital a program like BALLROOM BASIX™ is as a creative conduit for respectful physical interaction among young people, at a critical adolescent age. The NY1 press clip includes interviews with two of the middle schoolers from our pilot school that captures the effect of our dynamic 2-month program quite poignantly. Click to watch: http://youtu.be/jkEcGFEW1Qg

You recently did a demonstration up at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. The student journalist who covered the story quoted you as saying, “We need to put the ‘civil’ back in ‘civilization’ ” Can you elaborate?

Manners have largely disappeared from society, and one of the hallmarks of our culture is civility. As a result, bullying has become epidemic in our schools. BALLROOM BASIX™ is a creative way to transform “girls and boys” into “ladies and gentlemen.” We use a specific script whereby every student has to ASK for and ACCEPT the dance. “Tradition Position” (linking arms to escort a partner on and off the stage or gym floor), is required of ALL students. This is just one example of manifesting our memorable motto: “Making manners matter…every move we make.”

I love the alliteration! And schools must too, since what you’ve achieved statistically since your inception as a not-for-profit three years ago is nothing short of extraordinary. Can you share with our students some of your accomplishments?

Gladly. I actually began the project 5 years ago in a single school, PS 180, in the Morningside Heights section of Harlem. It was their first year extending beyond elementary school with a 6th grade class, hence the name Ballroom BaSIX — which is also named for the six steps of the box step). We spent the next two years developing and refining our unique, non-competitive methodology — which both educators and parents agree is the healthiest way to have the greatest benefit for the greatest number of children. And since my syllabus is rotational, it ensures that EVERY child will dance with EVERY other classmates EVERY class. That’s a real game-changer when it comes to peer relationships — in an engaging and entertaining way, of course.

After two years, and an additional Harlem school, BALLROOM BASIX™ was accepted into NYFA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, thereby becoming an official not-for-profit entity. In 2011, we transitioned to FCNY, The Fund for the City of New York, and have been a Partner Project of theirs ever since. In those two years, thanks to the support of private donors who believe so strongly in our work, we achieved the unthinkable: 1,000 schoolchildren served!

Incredibly, in this past 2012-13 school year, we MORE THAN DOUBLED that number, serving an additional 1,800 students in over a dozen schools in Harlem, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn! What’s more, we enjoyed our first regional launch in Hudson, NY last fall through Obama’s Greater Promise Neighborhood Project. Consequently, as a fledgling not-for-profit that is expanding rapidly, we need interns to work alongside our team as we grow.

That’s impressive short-term growth! So exactly what kind of qualities are you looking for in an intern?

Reliability. Compassion. Authenticity. I have no doubt that the academic qualifications of an NYU intern will be outstanding. But an appreciation for the significant impact we have on each and every child we serve is critical. Our entire team believes wholeheartedly in this premise, and so we want like-minded interns who recognize the power of our transformational programming.

I would ask every candidate, regardless of which position they are interested in, to think back to a time in their own childhood when they felt ostracized or rejected, and recognize that BALLROOM BASIX™ — as the only noncompetitive initiative of its kind — is designed to instill inclusiveness and cooperation by getting kids arm-in-arm, hand-in-hand and eye-to-eye — with “fun, fitness & fancy footwork!” If this resonates strongly for the applicant, then we encourage them to contact us. Hard-working interns who truly appreciate our mission will undoubtedly discover a mutually rewarding experience that will serve them at NYU and beyond.

To learn more about BALLROOM BASIX™, please visit their website at www.ballroombasix.org.

Primary Wave Music

My name is Melody Sohayegh and I am a music enthusiast. As a third year student at New York University’s Stern School of Business, I plan on working in the music biz and performing at your local coffee shop. I am a people person, fashion lover, humorist, and New York native.

After nearly twenty-five job interviews, I landed myself across the street from my college dorm room into the arms of Primary Wave Music. I just finished up my second year at NYU Stern and decided that my twenty years working outside of the music biz were about to come to an end. I needed a way in, and I found it.

I landed a position working in music publishing, and immediately felt like a part of the hard working team. On my first day, I was put to work; but this was no ordinary “please, a light mocha frap” kind of work. I watched over five hours of television, closely examining and reporting on the music used in some of todays most watched and acclaimed shows. It was not only enjoyable, but also extremely instructive. From there on, my workdays only got more interesting. I sat in on meetings with head executives, who license music from legendary artists and bands including Steven Tyler, Hall & Oates, Chicago, Def Leppard, Nirvana, and Earth, Wind, & Fire. I now work with our catalog on a daily basis, conducting music searches for films, commercials, television shows (you name it, we’ll license it). I get to listen to music every single day, and I have learned how to search for placements under time and monetary constraints. My musical ear has only become more refined, and my knowledge about the types of licenses required to publish our music grows everyday.

Right now, I continue to work in multiple fields of the music industry. Although I am technically a publishing employee (I use the word employee, because I do not feel like a regular intern), I have a hand in both the marketing and management functions at Primary Wave as well. I routinely research up and coming artists, looking for opportunities to make both the company and its artists grow professionally and personally.

I am focused on building a greater understanding of how to refine a music search, and how to create a lasting and meaningful relationship with my superiors who treat me with the utmost respect and offer me honest leadership. With artists like CeeLo Green, Busta Rhymes, LP, The Airborne Toxic Event, and The Boxer Rebelion under our belt. I am confident my knowledge can only go up!

I love music, and Primary Wave knows good music! Today is Independence Day, and the office is closed. I hope everyone is jamming out to their favorite songs. Cheers, and God Bless America!


In just a few short weeks at Primary Wave, our knowledge about several facets of the music industry has grown immensely. Each day of our internship, we find ourselves gaining real work experience in the music industry. We have been very busy working on creating one-sheets for Primary Wave’s talented management and publishing clients, highlighting their careers for radio and music publications. This task alone allowed us to cultivate our design skills as well as learn key aspects of an artist’s career that are important to others.

Because Primary Wave is an inclusive company, there are various opportunities to interact with members in other departments. Primary Wave allows interns to freely communicate with their entire staff, including some of the industry’s top executives. Our availability to everyone gave us the opportunity to delve into topics such as music placement, brand marketing, and artist relations. In addition, we have played a key role in listening to catalogues of their accomplished writers trying to find potential hits that may have been overlooked throughout the years.

In the coming months, we are truly excited to continue to accomplish work that makes a difference to the company as a whole. We believe we have already gained much from this internship, and this is only the beginning.  We look forward to completing what has already been a very rewarding summer.

-Jacob C.  and Jennifer B.

In Case You Missed It: Day in the Life Weleet

At Weleet we’re looking for self-starters who embrace the opportunity to use social media to connect with and build an engaged and dynamic community.
If this is a culture and company you’d like to help build, please click here for Marketing Intern or here for Software Development Intern.

Beat the Summer Heat & Dress for Success at Your Next Interview

Now that final exams and graduation have passed, the job search is heating up – literally.

Summer has officially graced us, and many of NYU’s newest graduates and students on summer hiatus are seeking out jobs or summer internships.  Many of you may be wondering how to dress professionally in the extreme heat once you receive a coveted invitation for an interview.  Check out our tips below to beat the summer temperatures with style and professionalism at your next interview.

(If you need some inspiration for career wear or motivation to apply for opportunities, check out our style suggestions and awesome fashion-industry job postings above. Just scroll your mouse over the image and select the green dots!)

1.  Dress formally even if the office environment is casual.  Try career wear in lightweight materials that will keep you cool without compromising the professionalism an interview demands.

2. No showing skin!  Women remember that sleeveless tops (tank tops, tube tops), short skirts, or low cut dresses or shirts should be avoided.  Men and women should always avoid shorts.

3. Integrating your bright and colorful summer accessories in the form of ties, camisoles or socks can be great, but interview outfits/suits in dark colors convey that you are a serious job candidate who is capable of looking the part as well as acting it!

4. Accessorize with jewelry (small) pieces that won’t overpower your interview look.  If you are in a creative field this is a chance to show your style and creativity!

5. Make sure your shoes are comfortable and business appropriate.  Avoid any footwear in the following categories: open-toed, flip-flops,  too bright, or casual.  You never know how conservative the interviewer is and what they may consider a faux pas, so erring on the side of caution is key.  Let your words do the talking-not your outfit.

6. Be well-groomed.  Women: Do not let your makeup or hair be a distraction to you or the interviewer!  Makeup and nails should be both neutral and natural, and hair best when it is pulled away from your face.   Men: Make sure your haircut conveys attention to grooming or care.

7. Interview purses or briefcases should be big enough to hold your resume and essentials, but not big enough to look like you’re going away for a long weekend!

8. Do a “sit test” in your suit/outfit to make sure it and you are comfortable.  If not, seek other options.

9. Iron or dry clean your interview suit/outfit.  Nothing says you are unprepared and unprofessional like lots of wrinkles or dirt spots!

10. Details matter on your resume, in your interview, and in what you wear- so be mindful when choosing your outfit!  When in doubt, check-in with your career counselor, and consider visiting our Pinterest boards for some insight and inspiration!

#InternConfessions: How to Socialize at Your Internship

Janel Abrahami, Steinhardt ’14

One of the most important things to be aware of when first starting at a new internship is the company culture.  Are you working with a team that often goes out to lunch together, or do they bring food back to their desks to keep working? Do they share stories about their weekends, or keep conversations strictly professional? Each company and department has a different nuanced social code, so be perceptive from the start in order to get the feel for your team’s structure.

Once you’ve figured out the social climate and you’re ready to jump in, heed this rule of thumb: when first socializing at your internship, try to carry yourself one step more professionally than the rest of the team. Start making non-work-related conversations carefully and at times when co-workers are not busy, like in between meetings or in the company kitchen. Friendly and approachable can still be professional, and good supervisors will make you feel like part of the team from the get-go.

Like the winter holidays, summer is a prime time for company gatherings: potluck lunches and barbeques among the most popular this time of year. If you’re invited to one of these gatherings in advance, it would be nice to contribute something to show that you are invested in the team and grateful to be there. Keep it simple but thoughtful: desserts and finger-foods are virtually fail-proof. If you’re interning in the city, excellent desert options include Baked by Melissa and Billy’s Bakery.

After setting out your BBQ contribution, get ready to socialize! These get-togethers are meant to be asides from daily work conversations, so feel free to talk about your other interests, hobbies, passions, and weekend plans- just keep the language work-appropriate (and check for food in your teeth)!

Janel Abrahami is a rising senior at NYU’s Steinhardt School, majoring in Applied Psychology and minoring in Media, Culture, and Communication. She is interning in the communications department of an Israeli skin care company in Tel Aviv this summer.


Secrets to the PR Job Search

In case you missed the Recruiter in Residence Mock Interviews with Affect PR on Tuesday, April 30, the NYU Wasserman Center @ SCPS and Regina Nisita, HR Manager at Affect PR, are bringing you tips and tricks to navigating your PR Job Search!

1.     Cover Letters Matter:
Hiring managers will often use the cover letter as a writing sample for a PR position. Cover letters convey your writing style and ability to communicate ideas, which are all essential in the field of PR.

*Quick tips:

  • Ensure that your spelling and grammar are correct. Be relevant and concise.
  • Be able to specifically discuss your career and academic interests in writing.
  • Connect the dots between how your goals align with that specific company or PR agency.
  • Tailor your cover letter to match key skills and experience highlighted in the job description. (The job description is your cheat sheet! The company is telling you exactly what they are looking for in a candidate!)

2.     Connect Your Past Experiences to the Job:
Make the interviewer’s job easy! When sharing examples during interviews, show how your experiences and skills are applicable for that specific position.

*Quick tips:

  • Share relevant academic projects or coursework during the interview if you lack professional PR experience. Ensure you tie it back to the position and show how skills you learned during graduate school are valuable.
  • Don’t just tell a story. Connect your professional experiences directly to the company goals, department needs, and position requirements.

3.     Know What YOU Want:
Sharing that you have a passion for PR is not enough! Support that passion with real-life examples

*Quick tips:

  • Outline your short and long term career goals before you conduct an interview.
  • Discover where you fit in the PR industry (i.e. PR Agency, in-house PR, boutique PR firm, internal or corporate communication department).
  • Understand the differences between working in various PR-related fields and assess how your strengths allow you to succeed in your chosen area.
  • Arrange one-on-one informational conversations to learn more about the PR industry and gain valuable professional advice. Seek out mentors that can help you along the way.

4.     Research the Company:

*Quick tips:

  • Understand the company’s values, mission and strategic goals before even applying to a role. Tailor your resume, cover letter, and information shared in an interview to show you are a fit for that specific company culture.
  • Know their clients, areas of expertise, and PR strategies. Determine how your past experiences can add value at that specific company.
  • Identify specific ways that your graduate degree in PR and Corporate Communication offers an unique point of view to an organization or department.

5.     Become Part of the Industry:
Take advantage of industry-specific resources and professional associations.

*Quick tips:

  • Join PR Professional Associations like PRSSA, PRSA, and NYU PR League to connect to similar professionals.
  • Network, Network, Network. Relationships are key, and professional associations sponsor conferences, seminars, and evening networking events as well as offer student membership discounts.
  • Use social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, and connect with previous colleagues, professionals, classmates, alumni, and faculty to expand your network in the PR field.

Interested in working at Affect PR? Apply through NYU CareerNet, Job Postings 885423 & 885371

Striking the Balance: Exams | Internships

To be a college student is to have exceeding amounts of pressure to “make it work” in and out of the classroom. Living in New York, this pressure is multiplied x100 and it means entering into the grueling arena that is the city, and competing against the most ambitious, talented, and experienced individuals in the world. At NYU, every student is in a rush – with their Prada sunglasses and venti Pike from Starbucks in hand, they muscle their way to class through the stampede in Silver. Taking lecture notes and responding to emails simultaneously, they quickly dash through the doors at exactly 10:45 AM, and head to their internship in SoHo.

The amazing thing is that this routine is so normal – it’s rare, almost blasphemous to have free time. Every second counts more than ever in today’s culture and when you’re not in lecture or studying in Bobst, you better be interning and making the right connections. This task, like everything else in life, is much easier said than done. When I began interning at the educational nonprofit, College For Every Student, in the fall I thought that I would be able to get straight A’s while making deep inroads within the organization. By the second round of midterms, I was left feeling burnout and uninspired. I was conflicted with where I should place more time and effort: school or work?

After what seemed like an eternity living on the lower levels of Bobst, I realized that school does come first, but that a balance can be struck between it and working/interning. We each arrived at NYU to gain an education and our performance in the classroom reflects our overall work ethic and passions. Therefore, when it comes to midterms and finals, we can’t cut ourselves short of the studying time we need – better yet, we need to learn how to divide our time effectively.

What does that mean? For me, it requires being organized and prompt for school and work. I never miss a lecture and I push myself to take extensive notes and participate in class so that I don’t feel the need to catch up while I’m interning. What helps is that I read or review material when I take the train to whichever school I’m conducting a site visit. It may only be 15-20 minutes, but that time adds up and doing this has helped me better focus on my tasks at hand when I get off the train.

I’m a very direct person and I believe honesty is the best policy. When I know that I have a big assignment or exam coming up, I remember to inform my Program Director that I’ll have to change my schedule around. This has never been a problem for me because I do this ahead of time. When the semester starts, fill in your academic calendar and base your work schedule on those openings – I think your boss will appreciate your organization and honesty, and respect what you put forward. If he does, you’ll have a clearer understanding of your time and how to use it to effectively gain experience in your field of interest, while staying on top of your classwork and passing those exams!

Andy C. Ng
Gates Millennium Scholar & Ambassador
Junior Program Director, College For Every Student
New York University | 2015 | BA English, Urban Ed. & Social Entrepreneurship

In case you missed it: Day in the Life Flag Travel

Yesterday, Marie Cerise guest tweeted from her day as a Corporate Travel Intern. Find out how her day went by clicking on the logo below!

Interested in what Marie had to say? Want to work in a similar position? Applythrough NYU CareerNet for the Flag Travel – Corporate Travel Internship!

Deadline: Thursday, March 14th
To apply, click here.

For more Days in the Life, follow us @NYUWassEmployer! And, for more career related advice, follow us @NYUWasserman!

Food for Thought: Career Paths in Food and Agriculture

The Food Movement has finally arrived. Across the United States and around the world, key sectors in our food system are witnessing unprecedented advancements, creating new jobs, and bringing critical issues to the forefront of public debate. Have you considered a career in this growing industry?

Jobs take root at the local level. The farmers’ market is the new town square, and local food systems have never been stronger. On-farm jobs have diversified and expanded to meet increasing demand for local and specialty crops, especially with Organics and non-GMOs. Other opportunities focus on construction, information technology, or telecommunications in the context of rural development. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs in urban areas are addressing problems with hunger and nutrition, access to fresh fruits and vegetables, water management, waste disposal, and countless other concerns for the 21st Century.

Global trade makes for global careers. National governments engage one another through environmental and food safety standards, agricultural subsidies and tariffs, food aid, and much more. At the same time, multinational corporations shape supply chains while religious and charitable organizations carry out disaster relief and international development projects. Many of the most exciting jobs in our food system are just emerging from these global networks, and manifesting as new opportunities at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

We must work at all levels to realize sustainable change. FoodPolicy.us is a multimedia platform designed to foster a broad-based dialogue about our food system in the hopes of creating a united front for change. We offer a space for people from diverse perspectives to address the challenges we face in making our food healthier and our production and distribution systems more sustainable. From our Washington, DC headquarters, we work to bridge the gaps between local innovators, national leaders, and international policymakers. We hope you will help us to grow this movement.

For more, follow FoodPolicy @FoodPolicyUs and on their Facebook.

Join the movement! Apply to be a Blogger & Social Media Intern for FoodPolicy.us.

FoodPolicy.us is seeking a team of up to four undergraduate interns for the spring semester to help maintain its blog, and to grow its audience through social media and campus outreach. Interns will spend the majority of their time researching and writing blog posts about pertinent news in the food and agriculture sectors; this may include coverage of local events such as panel discussions, political rallies, congressional briefings, and pop-up restaurants.

Apply now NYU CareerNet!

Job ID: 884884

Funded Internship Award Spotlight:

Tanzila Ahad

School: CAS
Internship:U.S. House of Representatives – Congressman Tim Walz’s Office

Why you chose your internship:

I chose to apply for this internship because as a politics major I have always been interested in political affairs, especially domestically. I am at the nation’s capital to study away this Fall and was really hoping for an eye/mind opening experience to see behind the scenes of how our government works.

Where you hope this internship leads:

My goal is to one day become a local congresswoman or become a diplomat to Bangladesh on behalf of the US. This is the perfect stepping stone for me to figure out and see what specifically in politics I am really interested in before jumping into a career post grad.

How you knew this was the right internship for you:

This internship perfectly compliments everything that I have learned in the classroom both in the New York campus and here in Washington, D.C. I knew that by the end of the internship, it would be a meaningful/educational experience for me because it would help with future career options and give me a better idea of which way to direct my political career interest.

Hardest part of an unpaid internship:

It is challenging to balance my internship of 20 hours a week plus taking a full 18 credit load of classes, but it is harder when the internship is unpaid. It can be difficult to make ends meet when there are many unavoidable expenses.

Best part of an unpaid internship:

I was deeply appreciative, and blessed and honored, to be awarded NYU’s Funded Internship Award for the semester. It relived a huge burden off my chest and helped cover costs while I pursued this amazing internship.

What about you?

Have you secured an unpaid internship at a not-for-profit, government agency, arts organization, or other industry that does not traditionally pay its interns?

Applications are now available for this $1,000 grant on NYU CareerNet.

Application Deadline: Today, February 26th

Click here to apply now!