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Student Internship in the Arts

BEFORE I EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT APPLYING FOR A STUDENT INTERNSHIP:

I was 16 years old when I visited Wharton Center for Performing Arts for the first time.

It was an April evening, and my mother and I had just taken a tour of MSU’s campus. We were both excited to end the day with The Phantom of the Opera –at Wharton Center. 

I was in awe. We walked into the Sierra Lobby, ascended the grand staircase, and interacted with student ushers in brightly colored ties.

Motioning in their direction, my mother smirked and said, “You know, you could work here one day.” I smiled as the orchestra began, and my first Broadway musical began.

MY TIME AS A MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS INTERN:

Looking back five years later, the age-old saying really is true: Moms are always right. Wharton Center is my second home, and a space I was creatively challenged and rewarded. Working with Wharton’s marketing team for my student internship has taught me why the performing arts are worthy of applause.

At the end of each day, I left more knowledgeable about performing arts administration and exceedingly excited to come back. With their hands-on approach to learning, my abilities and skills were expanded in everything from web design and social media promotion to analyzing marketing statistics and fostering community partnerships.

Most importantly, I gained the new capability to not only face problems but tackle them head-on, while maintaining my individuality.

I am extremely lucky to have been mentored by an incredible, and experienced group of individuals. The Wharton team (and my fellow interns) welcomed my questions, pushed me to stretch my creative limits, and offered a bit of extra encouragement when I needed it.

WHAT I LEARNED AND NEXT PROFESSIONAL STEPS

My student internship with Wharton Center has been the most incredible, educational experience. Although my time at Wharton was shortened due to COVID-19, I am exceedingly grateful for every lesson and opportunity.

I truly believe, with the current COVID-19 circumstances, it will only make witnessing live performance more powerful and enlightening when Wharton opens its doors again.

In the meantime, as I walk towards my future in marketing, I do so with an appreciation for the art of the stage cultivated by Wharton Center.

-Ellie L.

To learn about student internship opportunities at Wharton Center, visit our website.

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