Last week at Discovery involved a variety of different projects. I started off the week helping my supervisor finish our must current Request for Information (RFI) that focused on professional development and leader evaluation. I also helped the education sponsorships team by calling participants in the Young Scientist Challenge, a partnership between 3M and Discovery, to remind them of the upcoming deadline. The contest ended on Friday, and now the judging begins to select the finalists and eventually the winners. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and a trip to the 3M headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To find out more about this competition, you can visit this link: http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/
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This week involved coordinating another RFI (Request for Information). This specific RFI is the first of 5 documents from the same organization that is attempting to simply the RFI/RFP process for schools and providers. The first RFI focuses on growth opportunities for teachers and leaders. I have also been reading and summarizing some legislative bills for my supervisor, since part of her position focuses on education policy.
Last week my supervisor and I worked closely together to finalize our most recent RFI (Request for Information). Wednesday was a busy day as we were constantly receiving new edits from everyone involved, and it was my role to assist my supervisor in implementing the edits correctly and consistently so that we met our deadline. This RFI was a bit more challenging than the last one since it included 5 separate responses for each digital product. This week we will most likely be finalizing another RFI that focuses more on professional development and leadership.
I also had a few informational meetings. I spoke to the Director of Corporate Relations and the VP of Corporate Communications who both provided me different insights into their roles in Corporate Communications. I also met with two employees from Discovery Creative, an in-house creative agency that supports all other departments in producing ads, banners and other creative products.
One of the most informative parts of my week was attending the resume workshop held by the Campus Connect team, where we met with several human resources recruiters who spoke to us about the do’s and don’ts of interviews and resumes and then met with each of us individually to perfect our resumes.
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This week my supervisor and I worked on compiling everyone’s responses into a first formal draft of our latest RFI (Request for Information). Since all RFIs and RFPs (Requests for Proposals) come in different formats, they can be time-consuming. This specific one came in a multiple choice and short answer combination format, which at first seemed like it would be easier than our last RFP, but it seems to be much more difficult securing the exact answers for all the questions. However, we hope to finish the first draft by tonight and start the second one tomorrow.
I also worked on drafting responses to the next RFP that we will be working on. With so many schools requesting new technology, there are numerous RFPs being released every week. Since they are very tedious, Discovery Education must only select those that its products fit best. I really enjoy pulling the language from my RFP library to fit the responses to the school or district’s questions, because it is almost like putting a puzzle together. The difficult part comes in when we share the document to other employees for edits and have to make sure that everyone’s edits are included in the final document.
This week in my informational meetings I met with several people from Domestic Distribution and learned about sales, marketing and the digital services they provide. I also met with someone from the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) account management team and he gave me a presentation of the website and told me about all the exciting events they hold for teachers to come together and share their ideas. To learn more about the DEN go to this website: http://community.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm
This week at Discovery was full of excitement! My supervisor and I started working on the two most recent Request for Proposals (RFPS) and are almost done with one of them. This process is always time consuming as it is a team effort in trying to collect the information from all the proper experts and plug it into the final document. We also worked on polishing the RFP library and will be meeting with the Director of Marketing for Education again soon to polish it further.
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Although we just finished our most recent Request for Proposal (RFP), Discovery Education is always bustling with activity! Besides organizing the RFP library this week, I assisted one of the account coordinators on the sponsorships team. Since the “Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge” deadline is coming up, I was assigned to call participants and remind them about the deadline. This contest encourages students k-12 to identify an environmental problem and create a solution. The specific requirements are different for elementary, middle and high school. To find out more about the challenge and the great prizes, you can visit this website: http://www.wecanchange.com/.
This week at Discovery, I had informational meetings with two people in my department. First I had a meeting with one of the managers for the partnerships/sponsorships section of Discovery Education (DE). I networked with her, since I helped her judge the “Explore the Blue” essays. She was very helpful in describing the role of the partnerships and sponsorships team. Basically, DE partners with various companies (Siemens, 3M, etc.) to sponsor contests for students. Some of the current ones include the 3M Young Scientists Challenge and the Siemens We Can Change the World contest.
During my second week I got together with one of my AU friends for lunch who interns for Animal Planet. It’s really motivating to connect with some of the other interns and see how their internships at Discovery are going too.
One of my ongoing tasks this semester will be to add previous and ongoing RFPs to an RFP library, so that all of the descriptions of Discovery Education’s (DE) products and services are organized in one place and can easily be accessed when writing new RFPs.
My name is Amber Yothers, and I am a senior in SOC majoring in Public Communication and French. This semester I will be interning at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring, in the Discovery Education department. I will be working with the Director of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to help draft RFPs (Request for Proposals) and public policy for schools. (More …)