Featured on Mar 19, 2012
"Your smile is a messenger of your good will. - Dale Carnegie"
A lifetime lover of bringing creative people together, in December of 2010 Emily Miethner founded NY Creative Interns, the largest and most active Meetup for interns and recent grads in New York City. The group has organized over 25 events for more than 1,350 attendees and is producing their first-ever conference on April 21, Find and Follow Your Passion. The event will feature speakers from Etsy, Kickstarter, foursquare, MTV, Mashable, BBDO, The Guggenheim, Google, charity: water, and more. The organization's mission is to help creative college students and recent grads find internship and job opportunities through their events.
Emily also works full-time job as the Community Manager at RecordSetter.com, the new home for world records. The New Yorker calls it “a Web site that is to the Guinness World Records as Wikipedia is to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.” The RecordSetter database hosts over 13,000 world records submitted from 65+ countries, making it the largest collection of world record videos on the Internet.
Her past employers include Sterling Publishing, Gawker, Flavorpill, and Time Out New York Magazine. Emily is also a Skillshare teacher and on the board of Techies Give Back. She's also a huge fan of peanut butter and not wasting a moment on pessimism.
- Title: Founder, President of NY Creative Interns, Community Manager at RecordSetter.com
- Age: 24
- Location: Astoria
- Contact: @emilymiethner
What are the day-to-day responsibilities of a Community Manager at RecordSetter.com?
Some of my tasks at RecordSetter include managing outreach to communities who'd love our platform (like jugglers or gamers), managing communications with events we're involved in (like Comedy Central's "Match Game" where we set the record for Most People Dressed as Charles Nelson Riley), and increasing the amount of engagement on our site (like encouraging one time record setters to set another record). That all involves lots of emails, phone calls, and social media outreach. I'm also in the midst of planning our first ever RecordSetter World Record Day, taking place on April 28.
What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up on?
I'd have to say going out and meeting people. I make a lot of time to not only organize my own events through NY Creative Interns but to be involved in other communities and conferences. I'm a total conference geek. Some of my favorite Meetups and events have been through CM Meetup, Internet Week, and Columbia's Social Media Weekend.
What inspired you to found NY Creative Interns? What challenges have you run into setting up the first ever conference, Find and Follow Your Passion?
When I was still in college at Hofstra University I became a resource for my friends because of my internship experience, helping with resumes and giving networking advice. I also started the first ever career event for Fine Arts students at my school called "Not All Artists are Starving, A Night of Networking," which was definitely a baby version of NY Creative Interns. Once I graduated I knew I wanted to create something that would emphasize the importance of internships and mentorship before graduation; because those were things that helped ease my transition from college to the "real world."
Our biggest challenge with Find and Follow Your Passion is probably narrowing down our speaker list. There is an insane amount of amazing creative people with super inspirational stories in New York City, it's hard to only choose about 30. But we're thrilled with our line up and are already looking forward to planning the next Find and Follow Your Passion Conference so we can bring even more people on board.