For the Summer of 2021, six students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas were given the opportunity to intern at Positivecasts. From roles like blog writer to podcast producer, this team of interns have been given a great opportunity to develop their skills and learn new ones as they completed their tasks throughout the semester. As we go into fall, they are wrapping up their duties and preparing for new interns to take over. Here are the things they have learned throughout their internship.

Faiona Cobb – Blog Writer and Podcast Outreach Coordinator

Faiona Cobb is a psychology major going into her senior year at UNLV. She has been the blog writer and podcast outreach coordinator for Positivecasts and plans to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in May of 2022.

How did you find out about this internship?

“I found out about this internship through Jenna Heath, Director of Student and Community Engagement at the College of Liberal Arts at UNLV. She sent out an email stating all of the available internships for the Summer of 2021.”

What drew you to this internship?

“I feel like this was not the most traditional internship to take as a psychology major. However, I was really intrigued by how this company centered around positivity and mental health. I thought this was a unique opportunity for me to combine my passion for writing and research, learn more about social media marketing, and utilize my knowledge of psychology.” 

“I also appreciated that Dez was a young woman running her own business. It was inspiring to me as a young woman who also wants to possibly pursue my own business in the future.”

What are your roles at Positivecasts?

“My roles at Positivecasts are blog writer and podcast outreach coordinator. Every two weeks, I authored a blog on the Positivecasts website using WordPress that had to do with mental health or podcasting tips.” 

“I would also create the graphics for the blogs using Canva. I was in charge of posting the Positive AF podcast to the blog and creating the graphics for that, as well. Both the blog and the podcast would be crossposted to Facebook.” 

“For podcast outreach, I was assigned a client and was tasked with finding podcasts for them to be on so they could share their work. So each week, I would find podcasts using Stitcher that I felt fit my client and would place them on a spreadsheet. Then, I would reach out to the podcast hosts through email or social media to see if they were interested in my client as a guest on their show.”

What skills do you feel you brought to the internship?

“I feel that I brought my creative writing skills and my knowledge from pursuing my psychology degree. The blogs centered around mental health came more naturally to me. I feel I was able to deliver my advice in an effective and professional way due to my experience in writing multiple page papers for my psych classes.”

What were your favorite parts of the internship?

“My favorite part of the internship was blog writing and making new friends. I was expecting to enjoy writing for the blog because it combined my two passions, writing and psychology. But, I didn’t expect to make so many friends throughout this internship. It was great to bounce ideas or vent to my fellow interns because they were going through similar challenges. They were also there to encourage me and cheer me on when I succeeded.” 

“I also really enjoyed the small graphic design I did. Even though it was basic introductory graphic design, I enjoyed finding a picture and making sure everything lined up and then seeing the final product.”

What were the most challenging parts of the internship?

“The most challenging part of the internship was the podcast outreach program. I was new to using social media as a way of connecting and networking, which is why I took this internship to get more experience.”

“However, because it was summer, a lot of podcasts weren’t looking for guests until the fall so it was difficult to place my client onto shows. Sometimes I would send out 20 messages and only get 3 responses which could be frustrating at times. But, I’m proud of myself for not giving up and trying all the possible avenues for this particular role.”

What have you learned throughout this internship?

“Throughout this internship, I have definitely learned time management and self-discipline. Because this internship is so flexible, I had to learn to carve out times that would strictly be for completing my tasks. I also learned that talking and collaborating with my fellow interns made the experience a lot more enjoyable.”

What is your advice for future interns?

“My advice would be to have time management skills and effective communication. Before this internship, I had no idea how to use Canva or WordPress or what crossposting was. Now, I feel I am pretty savvy in all three because I asked Dez (our internship site leader) or Jag (a previous intern) for help whenever I needed clarification. This is also a very autonomous internship, so having the discipline to carve out times of when you’re able to work on your tasks is essential. Most importantly, reach out to your fellow interns, as we all helped each other throughout our time together.”

Kristian Frias – Social Media Content Producer and Researcher

Kristian is a journalism and media studies major with a concentration in sports media at UNLV.

How did you find out about this internship? 

“I found out about this internship through Dr. David Nourse. He provided a list of internships that he thought were fantastic opportunities for journalism majors who needed help finding internships.”

What drew you to this internship? 

“Honestly, after talking to Dez, I just felt the positivity and, you know, just her uplifting spirit. I felt how passionate she was to spread a great message to people who might be going through hard times or just need an extra push to succeed though their own realm of challenges. So, I think just her great attitude is what really drew me to be a part of this internship.”

What are your roles at Positivecasts? 

“First, I research and learn more about the ins-and-outs of podcasting, how it started, and the behind the scenes stuff. I more recently became a social media content producer for the fabrics company, SOFI.”

What skills do you feel you brought to the internship?

“I feel like I brought my positive energy. I always try to be the best that I can and always want my teammates to be the best that they can. I try to be calm and composed but also very energetic and passionate in things that I do. In life, you have to try and love the things that you do because when you love them, it doesn’t feel like work. So because this is something that I want to do later on in life, I want to try and be the best at it.”

What were your favorite parts of the internship? 

“My favorite parts of the internship were for sure the team meetings. I just really enjoyed being able to converse with everybody and see how we all experienced the same things from week one to twelve. Figuring out how we were all going about our week and how we were going to work things out. We had a really diverse team that are really good at different things and together we are a great unit.”

What were the most challenging parts of the internship?

“Just trying to comprehend everything like why one thing was successful and why the other failed. How can I do things differently but also maintain my own voice within the realm of podcasting? There’s so many out there so how do you stand out and word this message for people to understand it? It’s really intriguing and complex but it’s well worth it in the end to connect the dots.”

What have you learned throughout this internship?

“I try to tell myself that it’s okay if something is not perfect because I like to think of myself as a perfectionist. It really helped me out when Dez would tell me that my work was really good or gave me critiques because it encouraged me to try different things or word things differently. It was nice to have a supportive push behind me. So, I learned to increase my confidence in my skills and what I had to offer.”

What advice do you have for future interns?

“I would say to go into it with an open mindset. The most important thing is to be willing to try, and be willing to do the work. You want to learn and do the best that you can because at the end of the day, that’s all you can do. Of course you want everyone to look at your work and be like ‘oh that’s amazing’, but you yourself have to tell yourself that you are a talented person. So my main advice is to be open to everything because you never know what you’re going to like.”

Janetsa Keovorabouth – Content Developer  and Podcast Outreach Coordinator

Janetsa is going into her senior year at UNLV in the Fall of 2021. She is majoring in English and videography. She is also a book blogger where she reviews books by POC authors for #ownvoices. You can find her on her blog Januisance.com.

How did you find out about this internship?

“I found out about this internship through the internship supervisor, Jenna Heath. She posted a listing for summer internships and I was looking through the list and I found Positivecasts.”

What drew you to this internship?

“I like how Positivecasts is all about spreading positivity and mental health awareness and it just looked fun. The requirements about having blogging and editing experience made me feel like ‘oh my god, they’re looking for me!’ So, it just piqued my interest.”

What are your roles at Positivecasts? 

“I am a content developer. So, I produced an episode of the PositveAF podcast hosted by Dez. I created the graphics for the Positive AF podcast Instagram, as well. I am also a part of the podcast outreach program where we reached out to different podcast hosts to try and get our clients on their shows. It entails a lot of researching and trying to find the right fit for our clients.”

What skills do you feel you brought to the internship? 

“I think I brought my editing skills. To edit the podcast episodes, I didn’t know how to use GarageBand so I incorporated my own editing knowledge to edit the podcast episodes. I also feel like I brought my research skills to try and get clients onto shows.”

What were your favorite parts of the internship?

“My favorite part was the team meetings because I liked talking to everyone. I also really enjoyed editing podcast episodes.”

What were the most challenging parts of the internship? 

“The most challenging part was trying to find podcasts for the outreach program. Trying to find shows that pertained to each client was difficult because they all bring a different set of skills to the table so it’s just hard to find what suits them.”

What have you learned throughout this internship?

“I learned that you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help and to talk to fellow interns because they’re very fun and nice to talk to. They can also help you with your tasks and it’s fun to collaborate.”

 What is your advice for future interns?

“My advice would be to try and pace yourself, be positive, and take this opportunity to make friends.”

Breeana Maus – Social Media Manager and Podcast Outreach Coordinator

Breeana is a pre-med student going into her senior year at UNLV. She is getting her bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in neuroscience.

How did you find out about this internship?

“I found out about this internship through the College of Liberal Arts. Jenna Heath sent out a list of summer internships and this is the one that caught my eye.”

What drew you to this internship?

“The name Positivecasts really drew me in, actually. And the fact that psychology was a major that was recommended. I thought it was meant to be.”

What are your roles at Positivecasts? 

“I am a social media manager and an outreach coordinator. So, I manage the Positivecasts Instagram that provides information about mental health and positive quotes in general. For outreach coordinator, I find podcast hosts that are willing to have guests on their shows for individuals who reach out to Dez to get onto podcasts.”

What skills do you feel you brought to the internship? 

“I try to be as encouraging and positive as possible, especially towards the other interns because we all have our days. I want to be able to help everyone as much as I can. I feel like that’s a huge skill that I provided as well as communication.”

What were your favorite parts of the internship?

“My favorite part of the internship was being able to have creative input on things pertaining to social media. I feel really lucky that I was given a responsibility that I feel passionate about. I feel I was able to add my creativity with my posts. I not only followed a template, but I was able to create my own template.”

“I also like seeing everyone’s faces during the meetings. It felt more personal and I liked knowing that there were other humans there.”

What were the most challenging parts of the internship? 

“The most challenging part was when I was taking classes at the same time towards the middle of the internship. It was getting harder to manage my time but I fixed it by setting a specific time for this and for schoolwork.”

“Another difficult thing was trying to find people on the same page for the outreach program and finding podcasts that were actively looking for guests on their shows. That was probably the most difficult thing because you can send out 30 emails at a time and only get 2 people.”

What have you learned throughout this internship?

“I learned about teamwork and how important networking is. Learning how to work with other people and accepting help was a huge thing for me. I like to work alone usually, but knowing I have other people to stand with and stand by is really nice.”

“I also learned how to communicate effectively through email. Having to communicate with podcast hosts to connect them with my clients was a whole new learning curve because I have never done that before.”

What is your advice for future interns? 

“This internship is very flexible, so be able to communicate effectively and know what you want out of it so you can communicate it to Dez. All you have to do is take a deep breath and set your own pace. Make sure you’re getting your tasks done before your deadlines. This internship has been a wonderful learning experience and I really enjoy the flexibility. I had to make sure I took little breaks to focus on my mental health.”

“I would also recommend communicating with Dez as well as fellow interns because they’re wonderful people. You’ll meet new friends and you can also make new learning experiences and new memories as you meet new people. Make sure to learn from your mistakes and work on improving your strengths because you might learn new skills.”

Alan Nunez – Podcast Outreach Coordinator

Alan Nunez is a senior at UNLV, majoring in journalism. He enjoys reading, writing and listening to music in his free time.

How did you find out about this internship? 

“Dr. David Nourse sent out a mass email to all the journalism students who were interested in a summer internship. I applied to a lot of them and waited to see who would get back to me and Dez responded on the same day.”

What drew you to this internship?

“I saw that her podcast focused a lot on positivity and self care and that seemed interesting. This internship seemed a lot more modern than the other ones listed and dealt with things I wanted to take on.”

What are your roles at Positivecasts? 

“I am a part of the podcast outreach program where I send out emails to get our clients onto podcasts as a guest. I spend a lot of time researching and finding contact information for these podcasts.”

What skills do you feel you brought to the internship? 

“I had a rocky start and had to work through some personal issues, but I was able to persevere through that and get what I needed to do later on down the line. I hope to have brought hard-work and determination to this internship.”

What were your favorite parts of the internship?

“The whole thing has been pretty awesome. I enjoyed meeting Jag and attending the team meetings. It’s been fun working with such an interactive and hard-working group of people. Being a part of a group and getting experience in what I want to do later in life has been my favorite part.”

What were the most challenging parts of the internship? 

“The internship itself wasn’t too challenging. The work was doable, I just had my own troubles in my personal life that made it difficult to complete my tasks in the beginning. Once I started becoming more active in the internship, the most challenging part was just trying to get replies from podcast hosts.”

What have you learned throughout this internship?

“I have learned that everyone goes through things and there’s no excuse to not see something through. Even if you aren’t the smartest or feel like you’re not the hardest working guy, try and have that perseverance and willpower to stick with it. In the end it’s better to try your best ‘till the end than to just give up all together.” 

 What is your advice for future interns? 

“Just take it seriously. Don’t take the opportunity for granted or take advantage of the flexibility or Dez’s kindness. Be on top of your work and try to be the best intern you can be.”

Nathalia Trujillo – Podcast Producer and Account Liaison

Nathalia is a journalism student with a concentration in audio and podcasting. 

How did you find out about the internship?

“The internship coordinator for urban affairs sent out an email with a list of internship opportunities for the summer and fall.”

What drew you to this internship?

“This internship is exactly what I’m studying. As soon as I saw it was a podcasting company, I just knew this was it. I knew I would get the most out of it.”

What are your roles at Positivecasts?

“I am a podcast producer for a men’s health podcast called Dad Bod Podcast. I am also an account liaison with the Love Yourself Foundation who also have a podcast. For both podcasts, I do quote art and audiograms for their social media. I also edit and distribute the podcasts. For the Dad Bod Podcast, I actually create the social media posts and schedule them.”

What skills do you think you brought to the internship? 

“Definitely knowing how to edit audio, which I had already done in classes a lot. So, when it was needed for me in my role, I knew it wouldn’t be too difficult for me.”

What were your favorite parts of the internship? 

“Building the foundation for my skill set in what I want to do in the future has been the best thing. I know that it’s really important to have a good foundation in whatever one is pursuing and this internship has allowed me to do that. It confirmed that I want to go into production and editing as a career.”

What were the most challenging parts of the internship?

“I think creating my own workflow and routine for how I want to do things and figuring out my process for editing the podcasts. Also, choosing what was going to go into the graphics and stuff like that because you obviously have a specific taste and you don’t know if it matches the branding for the projects you’re doing. Luckily, I never got any feedback that I had to change anything.”

What have you learned throughout this internship? 

“I’ve learned the basics of distributing a podcast as well as social media graphics. I also learned how to manage my time really well. For the past month or so, I’ve been doing more than one podcast a week. So, pacing myself with work and knowing I have a deadline has made me learn how to manage my time efficiently.”

What is your advice for future interns? 

“Definitely ask a lot of questions pertaining to what you’re interested in. Also, because I was so focused on getting my work done, I wish I had talked to my peers more because everyone seems great.”

As you can see, we had a diverse set of students interning at Positivecasts this summer. They’ve all been given the opportunity to cultivate their skills while embarking on tasks they’ve never done before. Overall, Positivecasts is a flexible work environment that promotes growth, allowing its interns to learn more about themselves and their prospective career paths.

Want to read about more internship experiences? 

Check out the Spring 2021 Internship Experiences blog with Krystal, Jag, and Sofia

Interested in starting a podcast?

Read on about Podcasting Tips for Beginners with Nikitta Foston

Need more positivity and motivation in your life? 

Check out the Positive AF Podcast with Dez Decosta.