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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.
• Overseeing a local Social Media Manager and Video Production Manager to ensure they are meeting weekly goals.
• 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.

 

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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

 

 

Do you have at least 2000 followers on Instagram/Twitter and love to post on Insta / Twitter / Snapchat / Facebook? Awesome, come join our Campus Influencer Program! We’ll send you free swag from national brands + fun shirts we design, you get get to keep everything as long as you post about it, and you get paid on any purchases made by your loyal followers through your unique referral link. You’ll also have the opportunity to get paid for posting branded messages from national clients like FX, HBO, Hunter Boots and others. 

Time Commitment:
How long does it take to put on a cool shirt and take a fun pictures? 10 minutes? 

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.

 

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Video Production Manager

Video Production Managers will be asked to collaborate with the National Video Manager in the corporate office to outline and execute a video production schedule that sees new campus-focused videos released in 2-week cycles. Video Production Managers will be involved in all campus-based elements of production, from planning, to shooting, to editing, and distribution of video.

Video Production Managers are not expected to own high-end video and audio equipment, but will be expected to utilize available rentals from universities and shops, when necessary.

We also offer internship credit and the opportunity to grow within the company.

Please note that we require a 3-4 hr/ week commitment per week during the school year.

Responsibilities:

  • Production of locally shot 2-minute comedy videos on a 2-week cycle.
  • Editing of video based on feedback from National Video Manager.
  • Submission of final cut of video by established deadline.
  • Using social media to share published videos.
  • Helping recruit new members to the video team.
  • Attend local weekly meeting with the rest of The Black Sheep
  • Weekly phone conversations with National Video Manager based out of corporate offices in Chicago, IL.

What we’re looking for:

  • Comfortable front-of-camera presence.
  • Video editing familiarity (iMovie or equivalent is acceptable. Adobe suite or equivalent is a bonus.)
  • Willingness to incorporate feedback from National Video Manager.
  • Ability to work as a member of a video team.
  • Outgoing personality.
  • A strong sense of humor.

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 weekly Snapchat stories to share with our audience.

 

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Social Video Creators will be asked to remotely collaborate with a National Social Media Manager in order to create a minimum of 2 short videos per week for the Instagram Stories feature, as well as short videos about spontaneous and buzzworthy events as they happen on your campus. The content will be specific to your school in addition to being humorous, quickly filmed, and easily-produced. Social Video Creators will be in charge of all elements of production from conception, to planning, to shooting, editing, and publishing the clips to Instagram. 


Social Video Creators are not expected to own high-end video and audio equipment, but will be expected to utilize available rentals from universities and shops, when necessary. For most projects, a smartphone camera and access to a computer with basic video editing software will suffice This is an unpaid position, but Social Video Creators can gain class or internship credit through this role.

 

Time Commitment:

Social Video Creators should expect to work 3-5 hours per week.


Responsibilities:

  • Create a minimum of 2 videos per week for Instagram Stories, specifically concerning your school/college town’s current events and trends. Each video will range from 30 seconds to 1 minute in length. Videos will be easy and quick to film with little to moderate editing. They will focus on campus trends, events, traditions, and scandals.
  • In addition to the 2 required videos described above, Social Video Creators are expected to create quick Instagram Story videos about any buzzworthy events as they happen. Although these events are not planned or expected ahead of time, they should be covered in a creative and humorous tone within 24 hours on Instagram Stories. 
  • Brainstorm campus-specific video ideas through a weekly call with a National Social Media Manager as well as in your campus team’s weekly meetings, in addition to selecting video ideas from a pre-made list of prompts.

  • Retain a firm grasp on the latest internet trends (memes, music, movies, tv shows) and current events on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Reddit.

  • Similarly, it is imperative that you keep up with the latest current events and trends at your school.


Requirements:

  • Must have a great sense of humor as well as the ability to recognize why jokes and memes are funny to others, not just yourself.

  • Must have access to video editing software — iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, or equivalent. Must also have or be willing to gain a general knowledge of how to use this software through screensharing sessions with a National Social Media Manager. Additional software access is a plus (Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects).

  • Comfortable filming self and others in a public setting.

 

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.

 

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