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The Black Sheep is Taking Over

Want to join our young media group and our quest to dominate colleges across the country? Throughout your time with us, you'll gain invaluable experience and create amazing friendships, setting yourself up for success for the future.

You'll Get Real Experience

Everyone who joins The Black Sheep gains real-world experience in editorial, sales, and marketing years before their peers in the same field. This isn't a "get me some coffee" position; it's a "hands-on, work hard, play hard and love every second of it" position.

Set Yourself Up For The Future

It doesn't stop once you graduate, either. Nearly all of our full-time employees worked for The Black Sheep in college. If you prove to be a kick-ass member of your campus team and we have an opening, you're first in line to come work for us in Chicago.

open positions

As Chief Campus Editor, you will oversee all aspects of content creation—idea generation, article construction, editing, and article marketing—of The Black Sheep on your campus. Ultimately, you are responsible for making sure you have the best staff in place to create and promote the best local, timely, relevant, funny content possible. In turn you will receive training and support from your corporate-level National Campus Editor. Must be an undergrad student.

 

Primary Responsibilities:
• Conduct regular meetings with the staff to brainstorm content ideas—print, visual, audio, or video—pertaining to upcoming, relevant on-campus events
• Establish clear deadlines for when content needs to be submitted and when content will be posted.
• Edit and post content in a timely manner to the best of your ability.
• Establish means by which you and your staff can market finished articles through various social media outlets.
• Oversee the creation of 3 to 4 print issues each semester.
• Overseeing a local Social Media Manager tasked with the online dissemination of content pieces in a timely manner to relevant parties.
• Moderate and actively participate in a private, business-oriented staff-only Facebook group.
• Conduct local job interviews.

 

Benefits:
• Gain experience 5-10 years before your peers with a young, growing media company that is dedicated to ensuring you succeed.
• Develop and enhance your coaching, delegating, motivating, and creative skill sets.
• Be a part of the core team responsible for launching, developing, and growing The Black Sheep on your campus, an experience that cannot be matched through any other internship.
• Advice and feedback on resumes, cover letters, and interview skills.
• Be considered for a full time position immediately after graduation.
• This is a paid position.

 

 

Time Commitment:
5-7 hours a week.

 

This paid internship (see details below) provides motivated, hard-working and socially active individuals the opportunity to learn core communication, networking and marketing strategies on an individual level while simultaneously working closely with the local Black Sheep team to help promote our print (in select markets), digital, social and guerrilla marketing platforms. We also offer internship credit and the opportunity to grow within the company!

 

New Business Development Manager

*Position is paid based on qualified leads + commission for sales that corporate manager closes (not the student); this position does not involve direct sales to local businesses.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Seek out, approach and build relationships with new potential advertisers around the campus area and gauge their need/interest in marketing to students on campus
  • Spread “The Black Sheep love” and get local businesses excited about who we are and what platforms we offer to effectively reach the students
  • Gather new business leads and gauge interest of those leads on a local level; serve as a liaison between these businesses and The Black Sheep local and corporate
  • Work with our corporate management team for professional mentoring
  • Attend weekly team meetings and participate in local events/ sponsorships

 

Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate
  • Minimum 10 hrs/ week during 9am-6pm Mon-Fri
  • Located on or near campus
  • Excellent presentation, communication, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to WORK HARD and be persistent
  • Self-motivated and organized individuals
  • Actively involved in campus organizations; socially active in general
  • A good sense of humor; MUST love College and The Black Sheep!
  • Marketing/ Communications experience preferred
  • Transportation preferred

 

 

As the Guerrilla Marketing Manager for The Black Sheep, you will oversee marketing and distribution efforts for both The Black Sheep and our partner clients. Ultimately you will build brand awareness for The Black Sheep and our clients through paid strategic marketing campaigns customized for your campus. These activities will include organized street team sessions, targeted distribution throughout the campus community, promotional events on campus, and other activities focused on dorms and Greek life.

 

Primary Responsibilities:
• Hire and manage a marketing team of 3-5 students under you to help ensure successful execution of all marketing activities for both The Black Sheep and our clients.
• Organize and execute street teams, dorm storms, classroom/Greek announcements and other strategic marketing efforts for The Black Sheep and our clients.
• Build and manage an efficient distribution plan to distribute 3-4 print issues of The Black Sheep per semester on and around your campus.
• Attend staff meetings with your local team.
• Provide weekly reports and feedback on each week’s marketing activities to the National Marketing Manager.
• Continually seek out new distribution locations while also meeting with necessary people for access within academic buildings, dorms, etc.

 

Benefits:
• Gain experience 5-10 years before your peers with a young, growing media company that is dedicated to ensuring you succeed.
• Work with national and local brands on strategic marketing campaigns customized for your campus.
• Develop and enhance your coaching, delegating, motivating, and creative skill sets.
• Be a part of the core team responsible for developing, and growing The Black Sheep on your campus, and experience that cannot be matched through any other internship.
• Advice and feedback on resumes, cover letters, and interview skills.
• Further develop needed skills through a custom focused internship during the school year or next summer.
• Be considered for a full time position after graduation.

Through Twitter and Snapchat the Social Media Manager will be asked to grow and maintain a strong, local student following on his or her campus, then use that audience to promote The Black Sheep to readers and fans through regular, humorous, original online interaction. This is an unpaid position, but Social Media Managers can gain class or internship credit.

 

Time Commitment:
Social Media Managers can expect to spend about 3-4 hours a week scheduling tweets, following and unfollowing, keeping the account active, and attending weekly meetings. Additionally, Social Media Managers will be asked to produce Bi-monthly Snapchat stories to share with our audience.

In short, student writers write entertaining, social, and above all humorous content for The Black Sheep across all platforms. Writers will be expected to contribute one article (approximately 500 words) each week. Beyond writing, writers are to attend content meetings held every week. This is an unpaid position, but Staff Writers can gain class or internship credit.

 

Time Commitment:
Writers should estimate spending 2-4 hours per week writing and attending the weekly meeting. These requirements will be higher if you are applying for internship credit to ensure you meet your school’s requirements.

***This position is located in our Chicago Offices only***

*We are only accepting applicants for this position that can begin working immediately. We will be accepting applicants for the summer position come March*

The ideal candidate for this position is flexible, organized, and just wants to get the job done!  We’re the fastest growing collegiate media company, and we need someone to help in multiple areas of Social Media Management including content creation, recruitment and overall social media account management. We need you to be organized, communicate well, and have an awesome sense of humor because we’re a pretty funny company.  

 
In this internship you’ll be directly overseen by our National Social Media Manager to learn how to manage a growing company’s social media accounts, and the best ways to interact with a target market. You’ll also get experience in understanding and analyzing Twitter analytics and how to implement company-wide changes based on these. You should come into this internship with a great grasp of how Twitter works, but you’ll leave the internship with a wide array of knowledge on how to use Twitter to expand the network and reach of a business.
 
This isn’t a “get me some coffee” position; it’s a “hands-on, work hard, play hard and love every second of it” position. We’re looking for someone who is able to take directions and complete tasks with high quality and efficiency. Above all, attention to detail is incredibly important when working with multiple different social media accounts at once. There will be days where you’ll need to shoot out dozens of tweet ideas for multiple different campuses, so ability to craft original, engaging, hilarious tweets like a pro is hugely important. 
 

We are flexible when it comes to scheduling, however it is required that you are available to work from 10am – 3pm CST at The Black Sheep’s offices in River North for at least 2 days out of the work week, one of those days being a Monday. Minimum work week of 15 hours/week total over the course of two or more days while working from The Black Sheep’s corporate offices in River North.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insight into Social Media analytics – from how and when content best performs to catering content to a specific audience.
  • Learn how to grow a social following in the college-aged demographic from the Business-To-Consumer standpoint. 
  • Learn how to create, manage, and execute a content calendar for multiple accounts at different schools across the nation.

Skills/Attributes Should Include:

  • Creativity and Sense of Humor
  • Knowledge of popular culture
  • A love for college culture
  • Knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Social Media
  • Great communication
  • Ability to multitask like a pro
  • Solid research skills

Payment:

  • $12/hour