Interested in Documentary Film? Available July 12, 2012 near Concord, NH? Read on….

Below is an email received by the Career Services Office at Dartmouth College; If you’re free on July 12, 2012 & close to Concord, NH, sounds like a great way to get some experience…not to mention your name in the credits.

“We are offering radio-TV-film and communications students the opportunity to work on a documentary film that is being produced this summer in every state capital and several other locations in some states.  If students would like to work on the film crew, we would be delighted to have them.  They will not be paid, but they will receive experience and will be listed in the closing credits.

This film project is unique in many ways.  The movie is being filmed in all 50 states and DC in a 143-day road trip covering 16,508 miles (surely a first).  Over 750 people will be filmed, and the project will produce one documentary film, and over 750 videos, including testimony for every state legislature and the U.S. House and Senate.

If you have students who would like to participate, please have them email their resume to, and indicate which day(s) they will be available.

…. We will film in Concord [NH] on July 12, 2012.  The students will need to arrive by 8 am and work until 6 pm.

We hope some of your students will join us.”


William M. Windsor


 Whistleblower Productions

If you are interested in the dates for other parts of the country, please email and I will provide the itinerary for you.

Career Blitz: Communication


  1. FILM:  Lynda Obst Productions – Development Intern 
  2. Digital Library at Dartmouth –  POST-GRAD Internship
  3. LucasFilm – Internships – Singapore & Bay Area
  4. The ABC Studios Production Associates Program – POST-GRAD
  5. Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
  6. Simon & Schuster’s –  Associates Program (Publishing 12-18 mos.) POST-GRAD
  7. New England Film – Jobs & Casting Calls
  8. AOL Marketing – Summer Media Intern (Baltimore)
  9. APCO Worldwide – Healthcare Communications + Health Policy – POST-GRAD
  10. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors – 1)Story Intern 2) Computer Science Intern


1.  FILM:  Lynda Obst Productions – Development Intern: 

A film production company based at Sony Pictures. (THIS SIDE OF THE TRUTH, HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN TEN DAYS, CONTACT, ONE FINE DAY)The Intern reception, reading, covering, development research and prep work for film and TV projects, assistant support, and light errands. Ideal candidates are team players with a positive attitude and strong work ethic, as well as excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills.  Car & Laptop required, mileage reimbursed. Flexible from 2-5/days a week for this semester.  Unpaid.  (This internship is also available throughout the year). Send resume & cover letter to and note “Internship Position” in the subject line. Lynda Obst Productions, Internship Coordinator, 4024 Radford Ave., Bungalow 10, Studio City, CA 91604

2.  Digital Library at Dartmouth –  POST-GRAD Internship 2012-13:

The Edward Connery Lathem ’51 Digital Library Internship provides an opportunity for a graduating student or recent graduate of Dartmouth College to spend a year learning Digital Library production, delivery, and assessment technologies and processes.  Paid, full-time internship with benefits (July 2012-June 2013).                    DEADLINE: APRIL 9  (Mon)

3.  LucasFilm – Internships – Singapore & Bay Area:

4.  The ABC Studios Production Associates Program – POST-GRAD: 

The program lets candidates experience many different areas of the multifaceted, corporate side of production, including: Production Management; Production Finance; Post-Production Management; Studio Crafts Management; and Production Business & Legal Affairs.    Click ‘Download Application’

* ONLY APPLY between MARCH 16-MARCH 30

5.  Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting:

Screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing fictional work for film or television.Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally.  DEADLINE: MAY 1

6.  Simon & Schuster’s –  Associates Program (Publishing 12-18 mos.) POST-GRAD:

An entry-level rotational program involving participation within one of the following areas: Adult, Children’s Publishing (including but not limited to Editorial, Publicity, Marketing, Subsidiary Rights, and Managing Editorial), Digital, or Corporate Communications. Tap into for an online application. Attach your resume and cover letter – should include area of interest; departments and division.

7.  New England Film – Jobs & Casting Calls:

8.  AOL Marketing – Summer Media Intern (Baltimore)

Support the development and execution of digital and OOH marketing campaigns effective in driving consumer adoption and the growth of AOL brands/products. Participate in the daily management of existing digital media marketing campaigns. Assist the Marketing Manager and/or Senior Marketing Manager in completing in-depth performance analysis

9.  APCO Worldwide – Entry to Junior Level Healthcare Communications + Health Policy Professionals – POST GRAD

APCO Worldwide, “2011 Large Agency of the Year” and one of the ‘Top Places to Work in PR’ by PRNews, is seeking a entry to junior-level communications and policy professionals for its healthcare and health policy practices in Washington, D.C. The APCO team includes experienced health care specialists with diverse backgrounds who collectively give the firm a comprehensive understanding of the issues, politics and players who shape the healthcare industry and health policy. Entry to junior level individuals are responsible for supporting a range of high profile, globally recognized organizations with strategic communication campaigns, issues management and policy analysis.

Apply Online:

10.  Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors – 1)Story Intern 2) Computer Science Intern:

DEADLINE:  MARCH 15   – Unpaid.   14-20 hours per week and will report directly to the Senior Deputy for Communications.

The Communications Department of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas seeks the following:

1) STORY INTERN: Writing stories based around a specific topic, event, or issue for the Supervisor’s website.  Ability to write stories quickly and reliably is a must.  Department is chaired by former LA Times Editor and includes former LA Times IT analyst and film, tv, and documentary producer.  For a student interested in writing, public policy, journalism, and media.

2) IT INTERN:  Development and implementation of special web-based project – depends on interest and experience, but may include coding (HTML, JavaScript, Flash, Perl, PHP, or mySQL), IT project analysis, data entry, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, WordPress, new media, and web development, and participation in special IT projects. Unpaid.   General intern tasks: Updating and expanding the media list. Preparing scrolls and updating content on the Supervisor’s blog and Facebook page. Attending community events with the Supervisor.

*Send Resume, Cover Letter, Unofficial Transcript (Word copy from Banner) and contact information of References to Lisa Richardson (see below) via   Lisa Richardson, Senior Deputy for Communications, Los Angeles County – Board of Supervisors, 866 HOA, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA      900211


Communications Career Digest: October 7th, 2011



1.) Marketing vs. Advertising – Defined
2.)  Public Relations Internship – Paid
3.) Graduate Newspaper Fellowship and Apprenticeship for Minorities
4.) Editorial or Design Internship – International
5.) Newspapers-Magazines-Radio/TV – Online Resource
6.) Public Broadcasting – Jobs & Internships
7.) Environmental Journalism
8.) #1 Film School
9.) Careers for Writers
10.) Marketing Fellowship – Post-Grad



Marketing: The systematic planning, implementation and control of a mix of business activities intended to bring together buyers and sellers for the mutually advantageous exchange or transfer of products. It includes advertising, market research, media planning, public relations, product pricing, distribution, customer support, sales strategy, and community involvement.

Advertising:  The paid, public announcement of a persuasive message by an identified sponsor; the presentation or promotion by a firm of its products to its existing and potential customers. Advertising is only one piece of the marketing strategy/process. It’s the part that involves getting the word out concerning your business, product, or the services you are offering. It involves the process of developing strategies such as ad placement, frequency,  etc. Advertising includes the placement of an ad in such mediums as newspapers, direct mail, billboards, television, radio, and of course the Internet. Advertising is the largest expense of most marketing plans, with public relations following in a close second and market research not falling far behind.

2.) Public Relations Internship – Paid – MWW Group, Chicago:
Internships across areas such as practice areas; Investor Relations, Public Affairs, E-Business and Technology, Crises Communications, Media Relations and Consumer Marketing.      

3.) The Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship and Apprenticeship for Minorities:
A 30-month program for students who have majored in subjects other than journalism as undergraduates. Students study newspaper journalism on the master’s level at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, followed by a paid professional apprenticeship.

4.)  Editorial or Design Internship – Anthem Press – London:
>Editorial –may include editorial or marketing research, some work on book proposals and manuscripts, web content editing and administrative support
>Design – work may include book cover design and designing print and online marketing material

5.) Newspapers-Magazines-Radio/TV – Great Online Resource – NEWSLINK:
Search by location and type

6.) Public Broadcasting – Jobs & Internships – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB):

7.) Environmental Journalism – Grist:
An independent green news source.  Want to be a contributing writer?   Also has internships.

8.) #1 Film School – The American Film Institute (L.A., CA):
The Hollywood Reporter’s inaugural list and ranking of worldwide film schools called AFI Conservatory “among the most selective film schools in America”.  The list was developed with the help from entertainment industry insiders, including executives and filmmakers, as well as film school graduates. Schools were rated based on a range of criteria such as alumni, cost, facilities, industry access and strength of faculty.

9.)  Career Opportunities for Writers – (7-day lending from Career Services)
A collection of job descriptions within categories such as newspaper and news services, magazines, television, radio, book publishing, arts and entertainment, business communications and public relations, advertising, federal government, scholastic/academic/non-profit institutions and freelance services/self-publishing.      FYI…Within the Dartmouth Career Network, there are 103 alums are Writers! Learn about this career by doing an “information interview” with them to get a better understanding how to pursue this profession.

10.) WPP Marketing Fellowship – Post-Grad:
Rotate in 3 one-year assignments through WPP companies, (branding, marketing, advertising, direct marketing, media investment, public relations, etc) around the world    DEADLINE:    NOV. 10


Jethro Rothe-Kushel ’03: The Film Prophet

The Film Prophet

by Julia M. Plevin ’09

There is something supernatural about Jethro Rothe-Kushel ’03. Maybe it stems from the fact that he shares a first name with biblical Moses’ father-in-law or that he was a religion major and his most impactful class was called “American Prophets.” That he got his start as a filmmaker on Pharaoh’s Streets only adds to the prophetic air that surrounds him.

“Pharaoh’s Streets” was the name of the documentary that Rothe-Kushel made the summer after his freshman year at Dartmouth. Inspired by a Sociology class called “Urban Blues” about homelessness in downtown Los Angeles, Rothe-Kushel applied for a grant from the College for money to make a documentary on the subject. Upon receiving the grant, he took the project very seriously. He became fully committed to his documentary and ended up working on it through the following year, taking it to film festivals around the globe.  It was this one project and the idea that something he created could have an impact on people even when he was not around that made him decide to take filmmaking “from a small little hobby to a life mission.”

While Jethro knew he wanted to do something with movies, he majored in religion because it was a topic he wanted to explore. He does see a connection between movies and religion and did his final paper on the movie Fight Club. He also believes that in “some weird way, movies do share a similar purpose to religion,” reasoning that movies are like storytelling to large groups of people. Films become ritualized and communities exist around the stories. “These days,” he says, “people grow up more on movies than on stories in church, synagogues, or mosques.”

A native of Silver Lake, Los Angeles, Jethro grew up around cinematography. Many of his friends had parents in the film business and he had had some experiences on a set before college. Far away from sunny Los Angeles, Jethro continued to explore his interests in cinema and new media while at Dartmouth. Groups on campus, such as Milan and Sheba, paid him to create small videos that could be sent through blitzmail. In 2000, there were videos on the Internet, but it was not yet common to send movie clips over blitz.

Six years out of college, Rothe-Kushel is already well on his way towards his “life mission.” After graduating, he received a grant to do a film on religious rituals. From there, he first got a job as an unpaid Production Assistant for a short film. He was next recommended to do the same job for a feature film.  He walked into an office one week before production, to a first time director who had spent his days doing effects for The Ring and Fifth Element, but did not know the first thing about directing a feature film. This gave Rothe-Kushel an opportunity to take on more responsibility. He started to work with the director and became an Associate Producer. From there, he has produced films and television and directed several MTV music videos. He also has worked as “the new media guy” for non-profits, helping them create content and strategize. He makes breaking into the industry sound so straightforward and easy. He alludes to karma as he says “it all started from volunteering my time.”

Rothe-Kushel understands that the film industry is very challenging because lots of people want to make movies or be involved in documentaries. Professor Jim Brown in the Film Studies department told him that succeeding in the film industry is less likely than making the NBA draft because it is challenging and hard to navigate. While Rothe-Kushel seems to have weathered the journey quite well, he notices that in entertainment and media, there is “no one along the way who has really taken me under their wing.” Therefore, he was instrumental in the creation and development of Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association (DAEMA), to create a community of Dartmouth alums. To bridge the gap of Hanover to Hollywood, he created mentorship and internship programs.

Rothe-Kushel recommends that Dartmouth students interested in this field should “run away if they can,” but provides advice if the student has the same higher calling that has motivated him. First, the student should work to build a community of people she respects professionally and, of course, get involved with the Dartmouth alums in entertainment. Rothe-Kushel acknowledges that the financial aspect is hard to overcome because it is a challenge to find the money to support projects. He takes on the role of Benjamin Franklin as he advises aspiring producers to save at least ten percent of every check. Additionally, it is important to become familiar with the technical aspects, such as editing programs, cameras and lighting, and literary aspects, especially being able to understand how to craft a story.  Most importantly, he adds, is to have good “emotional intelligence” so that “you can motivate people and manage yourself.” If you can motivate yourself and others, you will “achieve your goals in films or anything.”

Rothe-Kushel does have goals for the future and keeps challenging himself. Next on the list is to direct a feature movie and continue to direct music videos. As a freelancer, he has to take his own advice and build community around him. He claims he has no one looking over his shoulder but himself, but that does not seem to be true. There seems to be a higher power watching over him and helping him to achieve his life mission of impacting people now and for many generations to come. Inspired by other writers, life experiences, music, art, and God, Rothe-Kushel will continue to create films with a lasting impact.