At the Community Arts Center, I get to see the ins and outs of all different sorts of shows and events. After being the Concert Chair at Lyco, I felt I had learned a lot, but interning at the CAC has shown me that there is always something more to learn. Carla and Rob are having me work with people in every department, from the Box Office to Backstage. This internship is one of the most exciting and interesting opportunities that I could hope for.
Where is your internship?
Community Arts Center in Williamsport, PA
How did you land the internship?
I first attempted to get an internship at the CAC at the beginning of my junior year. However, they kept telling me that they had no need for an intern at that time. I inquired every semester, and finally for my last semester (and after a call from Anne Landon of the IMS department), they offered me an internship, which would involve every department at the CAC.
Favorite part of the internship class?
I enjoy the different speakers that have come in to tell us about different topics, such as Social Media and Interviewing Tips.
How did the internship help you for the future?
The internship is allowing me to see how a venue works from every angle. After this experience, I will be better qualified to work in a venue like this in the future.
Are there any things that you learned that you didn''t expect to learn?
I am learning more about the different types of demographics that live in Williamsport. From the different shows that I have seen so far, there have been very different crowds drawn to each.
What do you do on your internship?
I help out the various departments of the CAC helping them with the different tasks they assign me. I’ve worked on marketing, show analysis and research, backstage production, and other tasks.
What is the most important thing you learned so far?
So far, the most important thing that I have learned is that work relationships can be very important. Being able to talk with other people in the office can facilitate the work and be in the best interest of everyone.
How has the internship connected with your classes?
The internship has connected to my classes through the marketing aspects so far. I have worked on advertisements, as well as distributing promotional materials around the community.
What advice do you have for students considering an internship?
I would tell them to find something that you have a legitimate interest in. If you are not interested in the industry, then you won’t like the work and then it won’t be a good experience.