Stepping Behind the Scenes

June 14, 2022
celebrity red carpet at special event
Lubin student Camiryn Simpson '23

Camiryn Simpson

Class of 2023

Currently Studying: MBA in Marketing Management

Current Internship and Title: Public Relations Intern at FerenComm

Past Internships: The Black TV & Film Collective, The Swing Agency, and The Moxie Agency

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Camiryn Simpson first found her passion for entertainment in front of the camera as an actress. She eventually found her love for the business side of the industry, too. Camiryn is now on the path to achieving an MBA in Marketing Management from the Lubin School of Business, and thanks to on-campus club, she was introduced to FerenComm, where she's spending her summer going to red carpets and press events as an intern.

How has the Lubin School of Business helped you prepare for your current internship?

I believe being an MBA student at the Lubin School of Business gives me an advantage in any interview because it is a prestigious degree from a dual-accredited business school, next to Wall Street. Getting a business administration degree, regardless of your concentration, means that you are not only knowledgeable in your field, but you are knowledgeable in all areas of business, such as marketing, management, finance, and accounting. This is usually a huge plus to employers because it shows you are multifaceted, intellectual, focused, and determined to learn. My rigorous MBA classes at Pace University strongly prepared me for my current internship within the business side of entertainment. My current employers expressed early on that they really like that I am getting an MBA and that they respect my drive.

My rigorous MBA classes at Pace University strongly prepared me for my current internship within the business side of entertainment. My current employers expressed early on that they really like that I am getting an MBA and that they respect my drive.

What attracted you to this internship?

FerenComm is an entertainment publicity agency that has major television networks and streaming services as clients, including Disney, ABC, Netflix, Hulu, NBCUniversal, Apple TV, AMC, and SONY. My career goal is to become a PR/marketing executive in entertainment and FerenComm offers the opportunity to work for multiple entertainment television networks at once.

Describe what a typical day looks like as an intern at FerenComm.

At FerenComm, a typical day involves doing clip reports and scanning essential press files for our television clients. I do market research, compile press kits, build and update media lists, and produce press materials to publicize television shows and movies that our clients release. I also attend red carpets, press day events, and publicity events where I interact with talent and press.

What has been the highlight or most enjoyable aspect of your internship so far?

My favorite part of FerenComm's internship is that I frequently get to attend red carpets and television premieres. My favorite red carpet was the Disney '22 Upfront, where I did publicity for Disney, Hulu, ABC, Freeform, and Marvel. I got to see celebrities from my favorite TV shows, like the Kardashians, the cast of Grown-ish, and the cast of Abbott Elementary.

How has this experience shaped or impacted your career goals?

This experience solidified my passion for the entertainment industry and my excitement to one day market entertainment as a full-time job. I am an actor, so I always loved television from the talent side, and I learned that I love the business side of television, as well.

How will this experience impact your next semester at Lubin?

This experience will impact my next semester at Lubin because moving forward, my marketing, communications, and business skills will be even stronger. The skills I am learning in my internship are very valuable, and I think it will help me excel in my classes. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and expect this streak to continue with my new business knowledge. I am also a proud executive board member of TEAM Pace - The Entertainment and Arts Management club at Pace University. Last year, I was the Officer of Administration, and this year, I will be the Officer of Marketing. My FerenComm internship has given me the experience of marketing entertainment content and I will use this knowledge in my new position with TEAM Pace. I am also the new Assistant Residential Marketing Director for Residential Life on Pace's New York City Campus and I will use the marketing skills I am learning in my current internship when I start that job in July.

Do you have any advice for other Lubin students who would like to pursue an internship in the future?

Network, network, network and get involved on campus in clubs related to your career! The people you meet in clubs are not just friends with like-minded interests, but they are your network. Learn from each other, support each other, and don't be afraid to reach out to people that have an internship you are also interested in. I also recommend contacting panelists from career events or executives in the companies you want to work for. After hearing about FerenComm's internship program through a school club, I emailed the CEO directly with my resume. I was really excited when she responded, and it ended up working out!

Connect with Camiryn:

LinkedIn: Camiryn Simpson
Instagram: @camiryn_
Twitter: @Camiryn_MBA
Facebook: Camiryn Dorlinn