RF|Binder 2021 Associate Program for Graduating Seniors
The company has opened applications for its 2021 Associate Program, a full-time position starting summer of 2021 for anyone seeking to start a career in strategic communication. Hampton University students are encouraged to apply. Applications can be found here. A company FAQ is below. Any additional questions on the Associate Program can be directed to Talent@rfbinder.com.
Frequently Asked Questions: We took the most frequently asked questions from Associate candidates, and sent them to our employees who have been in the Program in previous years. These are their answers in their own words.
What does a typical day look like for an Associate?
Working as an associate is like working at a dynamic start-up -- no day looks the same, but you'll get a world of experience wearing different hats. From building relationships with key media contacts on your own, to thinking through social media strategy and being an integral part of the team on calls and in meetings, you'll have your hands full. Day-to-day responsibilities include:
· email correspondence · drafting pitches · media monitoring · research projects · brainstorming · building social content calendars · sourcing and communicating with influencers · media list building and outreach, securing media interview/stories · content development, including blog posts, press releases op eds, newsletters, and recaps · staffing and organizing experiential marketing events · general account team management (trackers, timelines, etc.)
What is your favorite thing about working at RF|Binder?
There is an air of empathy of RF|Binder. It's what allows curiosity and passion to guide what we do -- every voice, at any level, is heard and taken seriously.
· We are an independent, majority woman-owned business
· The people who work here.
· I love that RF|Binder makes me feel like I play an important role here even as an Associate, and that personal career growth is at the forefront of all the experiences here.
· We have a relatively flat structure – everyone is willing to roll-up their sleeves and contribute, regardless of their title.
· Our clients!
· In the Associate Program, you have other Associates to bounce ideas off of, problem-solve with, and relate to. Many Associates become life-long friends thanks to the program.
· You really have the opportunity to build your career at RF|Binder. If you have a vision for where you want to go and what you want to do, your team and leadership will support you on your journey there.
How would you describe the culture at RF|Binder?
RF|Binder has a positive, collaborative and entrepreneurial culture where people are excited to come to work every day, collaborate with their colleagues, be passionate about what they are doing, focus on driving impact to their clients, and are curious and eager to learn in order to grow on a personal and professional level as well as to positively impact their teams and firm. Here's how some of us describe our culture:
· Collaborative. Everyone in this office is always eager to instruct, assist and connect in ways that strengthen not only the work we do and the teams we're on, but our individual characters.
· We believe in "doing life" together to build community. RF|Binder encourages events, clubs and activities outside of day-to-day work.
· Hungry. Our employees drive impact for our clients while also taking advantages of opportunities for growth in their own careers.
· The culture is all about cultivating curiosity and constantly learning something new.
I'm still choosing classes for my final semester. Were there any classes that gave you valuable skills for your work as an Associate?
At RF|Binder, we are seeking individuals with an array of experiences and perspectives. No specific coursework or concentration is required to work here. That being said, many of our team members suggested the following classes could be helpful:
· Film & Media Studies
· Digital Asset and Graphics
· Any class where you're writing a lot of essays -- most upper-level Comms classes have long-term writing assignments that make you develop a strategy/approach, research a topic and then condense that information.
· Entrepreneurship -- they'll get you thinking outside the box!
· Presentation Building or Public Speaking
· Classes that require a lot of research or that teach you research-based skills/tools (i.e. Simmons, MRI, LexisNexus, etc.)
· Psychology and Sociology courses
· Political Science
· English and History Courses
· Foreign Languages
What are the most important skills and qualities for an Associate?
· Be a sponge. Listen to everything and write it down.
· An Associate is someone who can multi-task, is focused, is a strong writer and communicator, is personable and has a willingness to learn.
· Being proactive is key--raising your hand, checking in with managers, and approaching every challenge with a proposed solution. Make it known that you're there and excited to roll up your sleeves, ask tons of questions, and never be afraid to volunteer to take a stab on an assignment, no matter how hard it may seem. This is the key to becoming an integral team member.
· The ability to adapt and learn quickly.
· Resilience! It takes patience and hard work to succeed, as well as an attention to detail.
· I appreciate honesty and those who advocate for their time and passion. We grow and improve as a team when every person, no matter their position, is able to provide feedback.
· Learn how to manage your time, but don't feel like you need to do it alone.