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The 2013 Summer Intern Projects

Written by NPC on June 27, 2013

Since its inception, New Perspective Communications has provided internship opportunities to the students and recent graduates of the college and universities in our region. This summer, we are pleased to welcome four Production interns, one Post-Production Sound intern, and the first-ever advertising and PR intern.

During the summer, our interns collaborate, research, create, and produce an “intern project,” a two-to-three minute video showcasing non-profit organizations. This summer, the interns will create videos for three outstanding organizations.

The first project will tell the story of the Trisomy 18 Foundation, a group we have discussed at length on this blog before. Production interns Valerie Train and Jessica Owoc will be heading the charge for this video. In order to create a powerful piece, the interns will collect interviews with various families and physicians in Pittsburgh.  Victoria Miller, the President of the Board and Founding Executive Director of the Trisomy 18 Foundation, specified that all of the videos that the foundation currently have contain a very solemn, sad tone to them. Although sometimes this tone is necessary to convey the grave nature of Trisomy 18, Victoria asked the interns to create a concept that would reflect a more uplifting, positive side to those affected by the disease and illustrate the need for additional research in this field.

The second project is focused on the 2013 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Production interns Nick Velonis and Colin Shepherd will set this project into motion. For those unfamiliar with the event, the Vintage Grand Prix’s mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds to help provide resident care, treatment, and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region.  As a result of the generous support and contributions from their sponsors, and the dedication of their volunteers, the group has been able to donate $3.2 million to two deserving charities: the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.  The video will be a fun, fast-paced piece that features the sponsors behind the long-running event (since 1983, to be exact), the racers, and the volunteers that put the entire event into motion.

Finally, PowerUp Pittsburgh is an initiative to accelerate the commercialization of technology in order to create jobs in the Pittsburgh region. With help from the Urban Redevelopment Association of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and many others, PowerUp Pittsburgh will create micro-documentaries that highlight local entrepreneurs in order to connect them with corporate partners that will help them gain a foothold in the region.

Twenty locally based tech companies have been selected to participate in the program, offering a slew of technological innovations across a broad range of industries geared towards simplifying life for individuals and institutions alike.  Producing the documentaries for these companies is Tras Watts, who is ecstatic to be on board with the project. “I’m a Pittsburgh boy, born and raised, so when the opportunity to highlight and help my city presented itself I was eager for the opportunity. It might not be common knowledge, but Pittsburgh is a hotbed for technology innovation and my goal is to get the word out about it.”

Want to follow the NPC interns as they create these pieces? Become a fan of us on Facebook, where we’ll be posting weekly progress updates, and check back here in August for the final products!