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Internships

Page history last edited by Steve 9 years, 6 months ago

Page start date:  December 16, 2010

Update March 26, 2011:  ODU has allocated two internship positions for PeaceFest 2011 - to start in September and go through late November.

Update December 19:  started adding some responsibilities and skills required...

Update January 6:  team meeting to refine

Update January 7:  share with university partner

 

http://guides.lrc.tulsacc.edu/content.php?pid=134114&sid=1404674v  Best educational resources / groups in Second Life.

 

INTERNSHIPS

 

In conversation with a potential university partner, Peace Train is going to propose some job descriptions, success criteria and a supervision model that will allow the university to post these as internships - internships drawing from a range of academic and performance disciplines.

 

DRAFT JOB DESCRIPTIONS

 

1)  Live Performance Coordinator:  

This is a person who will work to source, orient and book performers in Second Life.

Responsibilities include:

- Vetting and contacting performers in Second Life

- Contracting with performers for specific time slots, managing schedule confirmations, changes and cancellations

- Performer orientation to the events that are planned

- Provision of orientation materials (e.g. notecards with sim locations, contact info, links to relevant material, group

  invites, etc.)

- Establish performer stream preferences (ensure performer has location stream info. if not using their own) and coordinate with Broadcast Technologist as necessary.

- Provide list of performers with related stream information to event staff

- Establish and maintain an online calendar (e.g. Google or Spruz)

- Coordinate with other members of this team, as decided and agreed.

- Coordinate messaging with other members of the team, as reviewed by supervisors.

 

Skills required:

- Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills

- Knowledge of Second Life and / or selected platforms

- Attention to detail, patience, persistence, and multicultural awareness

- Excellent time management

 

2)  Environment - Object Designer / Builder:  

This is a person who is skilled in building spaces in Second Life - creating / sourcing images, creating textured objects, some scripting, managing to prim count, etc.   A creative communicator of the Peace Train event and mission.

Responsibilities include:

- Working with core team to identify structural and functional needs related to the events

- Constructing objects as needed, including scripting, animations, and texturing (e.g. givers, tip jars, hover text on objects, simple animations)

- Create the objects for distribution (e.g. 'freebies') and manage the collection of those from external sources

- Managing construction prim counts

- Working with images to create textures

- Create specific immersive display / experience spaces for the designated beneficiary organizations

- Bringing a creative opinion about the participant's experience

- Researching 'best in class' locations in Second Life and learning from those

- Coordinate with other members of this team, as decided and agreed.

- Coordinate messaging with other members of the team, as reviewed by supervisors.

 

Skills required:

- In depth knowledge of building toolset in Second Life

- Moderate knowledge of scripting, and ability to learn

- Terraforming

- Creative approach to developing 3D environments

- Ability to outsource (e.g. find freebies, buy prefabs, etc.) effectively

 

3)  Broadcast Technologist:  

This is a person who can work with streaming technologies both within Second Life and on the Internet through such services as Blogtalkradio, and can run the media channels during live events.

Responsibilities include:

- Identifying the appropriate technologies (e.g. in SL, Shoutcast, Nicecast, Winamp, Blogtalkradio, Ustream, Skype, etc.) that will enable broadcasting of live audio and/or video of events planned

- Identifying and testing appropriate recording technologies in order to secure media files from events planned

- Sourcing, setting up and testing the 'channels' for broadcasting

- Working with the core team to propose solutions for the events planned that maximize the reach of those events

- Being the Technical Producer during live events

- Coordinate with other members of this team, as decided and agreed.

 

Skills required:

- Excellent communication skills

- Curiosity, interest in and experience with internet broadcast technologies

- Troubleshooting

 

4)  Artist Coordinator:

This is a person who coordinates those who have graphical art (2D or 3D) to show in Second Life.  This person coordinates art auctions, sales or showings for events associated with Peace Train.

 

Responsibilities Include:

-Develop relationships in the artists communities in second life, developing a long list of artist contacts.

-Coordinate with all members of the event team (Musical performance coordinator, Sim Designer, Event Coordinator, Social Media Marketer and Public Relations Officer)

-Coordinate with other members of this team, as decided and agreed.

-Coordinate with silent auction expert including providing copies of art, photographs of art/artists, information note cards and other items needed in the auction kiosks.

-Make sure that artists' work is well publicized by encouraging artists to provide promotional materials to pass to other members of the team.

-Visit Second Life Galleries and attend art openings to familiarize oneself with Second Life art and artists.

-As applicable, source gifted artists working outside Second Life to participate in PeaceFest, including potential real life sales.

- Coordinate messaging with other members of the team, as reviewed by supervisors.

 

Skills required:

-Strong aesthetic sensibilities

- Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills

- Knowledge of Second Life and / or selected platforms

- Attention to detail, patience, persistence, and multicultural awareness

- Excellent time management

 

 

5)  Event Coordinator:  

This is a person who will manage the planning and scheduling of various events to be held - either in Second Life or in other venues.

 

Responsibilities:

- Publicize events on SL events Schedule

- Source sims (locations) in Second Life for all PeaceFest events (art, music, discussions)

- Prepare sim space for events (dress the stage)

- Coordinate group invitations as needed with sim owner as liaison to double check group invitations as needed

- Coordinate a team to do in world notices before and during events.

- Coordinate with other members of this team, as decided and agreed.

- Coordinate messaging with other members of the team, as reviewed by supervisors.

 

Skills required:

- Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills

- Knowledge of Second Life and / or selected platforms

- Attention to detail, patience, persistence, and multicultural awareness

- Excellent time management

 

6)  Social Media Marketer:  

This is a person adept at social media technologies (at a minimum, Second Life, Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress) who will plan for and use those channels to promote events.

Responsibilities Include

- Work with core team to develop and maintain website

- Coordinate with PR officer to publish press releases on web, twitter, FB and SL

- Compose and send regular updates through social media channels on PT related activities

- Compose and send social media updates during events

- Post event website updates with photos and write ups

- Coordinate with other members of this team, as decided and agreed.

- Coordinate messaging with other members of the team, as reviewed by supervisors.

 

Skills Required

- Moderate website development and maintenance skills

- Excellent written communication skills

- Knowledge of twitter hashtags, developing followers and management of FB friends

- Working knowledge of twitter and facebook functionality

- Working knowledge of Seconf Life Group Notices, SLURL's and landmarks

- Ability to gather and process information from cross-functional teams

 

7)  Public Relations Officer: 

This is a person who will be the point of contact for both virtual and real media sources, and will write press releases and conduct media tours.

Responsibilities Include

- Developing a list of inworld and RL media contacts

- Writing targeted press releases for distribution

- Schedule interview and press tours as necessary

- Point of contact for all media inquiries

- Track and provide links or copies of PT related articles

- Coordinate with other members of this team, as decided and agreed.

- Coordinate messaging with other members of the team, as reviewed by supervisors.

 

Skills Required

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills

- Outgoing and energetic go-getter

- Ability to source bloggers, inworld media and RL media contacts

- Ability to conduct web searches for PT related articles

- Detail oriented and professional

 

8)  Volunteer Coordinator:  

(TBD) - someone to coordinate with virtual and RL volunteer sources as desired.

 

 

SUPERVISION MODEL

 

Beginning assumptions to be discussed:

- Peace Train core leadership will work with University-designated supervisors to coordinate on and share supervisory responsibilities.

- The details of the model will be refined collaboratively with the university partner.

- The supervisory period would run from the date of intern orientation through a post-event after-action-review meeting (date TBD)

 

Ideas for Peace Train supervision of interns

- Peace Train leaders meet with each intern to go through job description, cover expectations, talk about skills / resources needed, and the process for contact / support.  They also schedule regular touch points, and decide on how those meetings will happen (e.g. skype, phone, in-world, etc.)

- Peace Train will organize and require interns to attend an orientation seminar online.

- Regular coordination meetings; perhaps weekly or bi-weekly, depending on the timeframe in consideration.

- Metrics for success will be agreed around project outcomes (e.g. number of hits, blog statistics, donations generated, new volunteers enlisted, etc.).  These metrics, in combination with the subject matter learning metrics contributed by the university partner, will provide quantitative data with regard to performance.  We would of course also anticipate that there may be qualitative data collection with regard to the perceived value and success of the experience for the interns, for the university programs involved, and for the Peace Train members involved.

- Data collection can take the form of weekly or monthly evaluations - e.g. Peace Train and University supervisors complete brief status update forms (e.g. simple zoomerang or survey monkey surveys, or other methods).  We would propose the use of a TEAM WIKI and require interns to post updates on progress there so that all supervising members can monitor across the project.  

 

University Partner ideas:

(tbd)

 

 

Models to consider for mixing RL and virtual events:

http://musicisland.spruz.com/videos.htm

http://www.globalkids.org/#/our-programs/digital-media

 

Comments (2)

Steve said

at 6:26 pm on Jan 6, 2011

Locations in SL for Peace Train: Lady Vale for location of Peace Train Station; Cedar may be good for coordinating meetings.

Steve said

at 6:27 pm on Jan 6, 2011

Peace Train station is the center of the hub, and spokes may lead to Cedar, ODU, Four Bridges, etc.

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