Pursuing a passion for the arts
Dance has always been a significant part of my life and an important part of who I am. I knew in high school that pursuing dance professionally wouldn’t be an option for me, but my love and passion for the art form would never subside. When I came to orientation the summer before my freshman year, I was given a packet that highlighted impressive places that Loyola students had interned at. The Joffrey Ballet was on the list and I remember thinking how amazing it would be to gain professional experience from a world-renowned ballet company. Throughout my first two years at Loyola I was given the tools and assistance to figure out how to achieve my goals. I had older friends to look up to that had landed their dream internships and jobs and I had an array of professors and advisors to help me fine tune my skills.
I ended up applying for a development internship at The Joffrey Ballet the summer before my junior year. It was totally a shot in the dark. I had no previous development experience, I really didn’t know what development was, and I never had an internship. However, I did have a lot of transferable skills and the passion for the industry to sell to this potential employer to get me the position. In my interview, I came prepared with a portfolio of relevant projects done through my classes such as Retail Marketing and New Media. My interviewer was impressed with the caliber of work Loyola students were creating. I began my internship there a month later.
Dr. Stacy Neier Beran has been a huge influencer in my career path and time at Loyola. She is a marketing all-star and is so passionate about the field. Her passions for marketing and her students have shown me how much it pays off to love what you do. She’s been an irreplaceable mentor in my Loyola experience.
I’ve been an intern at The Joffrey Ballet since August 2014. I’ve helped execute three large fundraiser events, learned how to use the donor database, and worked with the prestigious Women’s Board. I’ve gone to many performances and am constantly reminded of the magic and importance of dance. I’ve developed professional relationships and connections that I know will help me in finding future internships and jobs. It’s weird to think about how I jumped into such a small and specific industry so early in my education; however, I know that through my projected degree from the Quinlan School of Business that there are many opportunities for me.
Employer: Joffrey Ballet
Title: Development Intern
Graduation Date: May 2016