“We love music deeply, but why? Put simply: music makes lives, shapes lives, expresses all shades and stages of life – and even saves lives.”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru
Hi, I’m Hannah. I’m an enthusiast of books, superheroes, and all things theatre. Currently, I’m the marketing intern at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts. To preface, I’m a senior in high school and I found this internship through a local youth internship placement program, Connected Lane County. When I was assigned to the Hult Center, I was elated. It was the best possible outcome considering my love for both business and theatre. Through my time here at the Hult Center, I’ve gained first-hand experience that has shown me how both of my passions can exist harmoniously.
For the most part, my day to day tasks reside mostly online. I help run the Hult Center social media accounts and focus on creating content. Along with social media, I also spend some of my time working on different campaign ideas.
With my plans to major in business after high school, I wanted to take time during my internship to find what area of business I’m most passionate about. With so many possibilities to pursue, my supervisor has given me the opportunity to explore the different departments within the Hult Center. Every day I’ve met with someone on the team and learned about their profession. I’m so glad to have gotten a quick glimpse of what goes on in departments such as finance, ticketing, and more. Not only have I been able to focus on marketing, but I’ve been able to branch out and learn about the different roles played in the business world of the performing arts. It’s been greatly impactful on the decisions I plan to make in the future regarding my career goals.
During my time at the Hult Center, I’ve observed a large sense of community. I have noticed how people will encourage others and help them achieve their goals. I have noticed how people genuinely care about the well-being of their coworkers. These people are so passionate about what they do that the atmosphere can’t help but be warm and accepting. Here at the Hult Center, I have felt like my ideas were heard.
There seems to be a common goal between the Hult Center staff; they want to help the community. Each person cares deeply about the city and wants to make a lasting impact on people’s lives. It doesn’t matter what role a person plays within the process, they are helping to create art. They are the reason that so many people are able to come to the Hult Center and experience this sense of belonging.
What I’ve Learned
While I have learned how to navigate a spreadsheet and how to make an ad, I have also been imparted with some great advice. Every person I’ve talked to has left me with some sort of knowledge to help me navigate through not only business but life. Here’s some of the advice that was the most impactful to me.
- You will make mistakes. It’s ok to make those mistakes as long as you own up to them and take actions to fix them.
- Always ask questions.
- Be willing to learn and use every opportunity you have.
- Nobody is going to stick up for you better than yourself, so don’t be afraid to speak your mind.
- Be kind and make connections.
- Listen to others because most of the time, they just want to be heard.
This internship has been the best moment of my summer. From the opportunities to the people, I am incandescently thankful for my time here at the Hult Center. I have realized that if you want to succeed in this industry you can’t only love the arts but you have to love what the arts can do for others.
Signing off, Hannah
Do you want to be our next intern? Reach out to our Education & Engagement Department.