Intern at UCOMM

Staff and Organize Union Rallies

Interns document what the message is and help create it as well; everything from media relations, member turnout and managing the social networks.

Update Content and Writing for Activism

Interns learn to write and update content on modern mobile websites and stage emails that are read by tens of thousands of people.

Meet leaders, learn real life skills

UCOMM is the premiere Union Communications Consulting Service in the Northeast. You will meet people who you read about in the news, you’ll rub elbows with the troublemakers, and the decision makers.

Interning at UCOMM Communications provided me with opportunities and experiences that no professor and no classroom environment could ever teach. UCOMM gives you a taste of everything - from the radio show, to going on location for photographs, audio interviews, and video footage, there is something new every single day. That's the part I loved the most, the fact that each day offered a new task. I created videos, audio, wrote copy for the radio show, edited the social media pages, and even lined up a guest for the radio show. UCOMM requires a dedicated communicator, one who doesn't take short cuts, one who is willing to learn as much as possible. Hard work seriously pays off, the skills I learned over the summer will carry with me for the rest of my college career and my professional life. I've met so many people, and learned so many things and the skills and experiences are incredibly valuable. Above all else, UCOMM helped me build up my confidence, which is the most important part of being a communicator. The progress and growth I made is exponential. UCOMM will help enhance your talents, and solidify you as the great communicator you are striving to be.

Jackie Warren
Communications Major / Business Minor
University at Albany

Since joining the UCOMM team in 2013 I took the lead with UCOMM's social media presence. While this is still a learning environment, it has been a great experience to be able to leverage the power of social media to accomplish goals set forth by organized labor. Social media has grown to be a communications tool used by all generations and it continues to educate and direct the conversation of the masses. I'm also tasked with covering press events and producing content that truly matters to working people.

Paul Ruban
Media & Communications Major
SUNY Old Westbury

This is a great internship opportunity. Since I have started I have gained a great amount of experience that I could not get anywhere else. I am learning new things every week. I joined the UCOMM Communications team as a videographer but that isn’t the only experience I received. I have learned how to update websites, communicate better, talk on the radio and become a better writer and am now aware of social activism. Something different happens every day and the office is always lively. This is a once in a life time experience that you can only get from interning with UCOMM Communications.

James Marks
Media Studies
University at Buffalo Graduate

A note from Kris LaGrange

If you are selected to intern at UCOMM, get ready for the unexpected. Every day is different, we have daily, weekly and monthly deadlines, we service over 30 different labor unions spanning 4 states in the public sector, private sector, law enforcement and education. We manage multi-monthly ad campaigns using various different platforms. You will be pushed to work fast, work accurately, multi-task and be creative. We will enhance your current skills, teach you new ones, and help build your confidence to succeed in a demanding and thankless world. Visit UCOMMworks.com/internship to learn more.

If interested, send resume and cover letter to LaGrange@ucommworks.com. If you have any writing samples, graphic art, videography, etc.., please feel free to share that with us.

My Internship at UCOMM

School may do a fine job of giving you an education; unfortunately nothing really prepares you for the real world other than actually working in it. There are no textbooks that tell you how to work with different types of people, or how to think on your feet. At UCOMM Communications, you learn just that. This is an environment where you get to dip your toes in a little bit of everything. There were days I spent learning how to format emails, and others where I spoke to high-ranking union leaders.

Sitting behind a computer screen is not the only thing to do at UCOMM. One of my favorite things was go to rallies. I would run around like crazy, with a camera in one hand and a phone in the other. I took pictures and videos that could be seen all over the client’s websites. I also used my smartphone to update social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

Being the child of a union member and leader gave me a step-up in the world. I know how important unions are to working families. They are a group of hardworking people that selflessly give to each other every day. UCOMM really understands just how important that is. Being able to attach my name to a piece of work and have it be published was another astonishing moment. When my pieces appeared on UCOMM Blog, I knew that thousands were reading it, in real time!  It’s an extraordinary emotion to see my name next to important titles that people would see.

There will never be another experience like UCOMM Communications. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be part of a team that could multi-task and tackle any problem. I learned how to think on my feet and work on the go. I gained real world experience that I will be able to use for the rest of my life, in whatever direction life takes me. -Katie Hogan