Project Management Intern

JOB LOCATION

Chicago

OVERVIEW

Admit it: you’re the “herder” in your group of friends–the one who takes charge, makes plans, coordinates, and generally directs everyone forward to the night’s activities. You’re the most organized person you know. And you’re probably that person who hates to be late. That’s why you’re the perfect Project Management Intern. You’ll be assisting in the coordination of multiple projects within a given brand or client (potentially across multiple) or on a singular, complex project. You’re there to help us ensure projects meet or exceed internal team and client expectations, adhering to your new favorite mantra: “on-time and on budget.”

 

A little bit about the VSA Summer Internship Program: If you’re looking for another bullet point on your resume, look elsewhere. At VSA, like much of what we do, we take our internship program seriously. Which means our interns work on “real work,” with real meetings, deadlines, and business challenges from our brands and clients. This is the education you won’t get in a classroom. Consider it career practice, with the freedom to learn, make mistakes, refine, question and tag along. You’ll work with an individual mentor and supervisor in a unique cross-disciplinary environment focused on brand, communications, marketing and digital. As part of the larger program, you’ll take part in intern meetings, team outings, activities and initiatives (can you say networking?). And yes, it’s paid, with an hourly rate, for 40 hours/week, on-site. It starts June 4th. Bet you can’t wait for summer.

 

Note: this position is part of VSA’s Project Management Practice.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • You will help set up meetings and document team activities, make schedules, take meeting notes, create agendas, and the like.
  • You will also help document the project team’s approach, deliverables, schedule and tools to deliver the project within established constraints.
  • You will help coordinate client signoff documents at key points during project.
  • Get ready to collaborate; you’ll work with hiring managers to oversee hiring and resource requirements; internally to support other PMs; and with Client Engagement and Project Managers to produce accurate financial reporting.
  • Since dropping the ball is not your style, you’ll help coordinate and maintain project documentation including status reports, invoices, change orders, project schedules, budgets, and “post-mortem reviews.” (We’ll explain.)
  • You will collaborate on the content and presentation of key client deliverables as required to ensure relevancy, strategy, quality and timeliness.
  • You’ll following standard policies and procedures, recommending improvements as appropriate.
  • You will be reviewing all client SOWs for financial accuracy and grammar/spelling.

QUALIFICATIONS

Apply if you…

  • Recently graduated from an accredited school or university
  • Can handle multiple, diverse tasks simultaneously
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Have on-point organizational and time management skills
  • Are a team player, ready to assist with internal teams and clients
  • Know how to identify problems and recommend potential solutions
  • Are familiar with timeline management software such as SmartSheet
  • Proficient in MS Office and Google platform and apps
  • Are people-passionate (especially when the people are kind and ego-free) and you’re ready to jump in and get sh…er, stuff…done