I’m back again with another round of introductions to some of this summer’s wonderful interns! Meet Reed, Arianna, Dominique, Rhemé, Libi, and (me) Lindsay. We come from all over the U.S. and from a variety of departments within Wolf Trap. You’ll find some downright poetic descriptions of life at Wolf Trap and some pretty ambitious career aspirations below…
Job at Wolf Trap: Multimedia Intern
Where do you go to school? Indiana University of Pennsylvania
What are you studying? Communications Media
What made you interested in working at Wolf Trap? A fellow visual artist told me about the program here. Arts and especially arts education are very important to our culture, and these things are swiftly falling by the wayside. I wanted to capture the spirit of the arts and share it with the internet generation!
Favorite Wolf Trap concert of the summer so far? Brandi Carlile was amazing! I went in with a mild appreciation of her and left enthralled with her talent and stage presence. She really had a lot of fun on stage and was genuinely excited to be there (she said playing Wolf Trap was a life-long dream).
Is your Wolf Trap internship what you expected it would be? Did you have expectations of what it would be like coming in? The internship is truly awesome. It’s better than I expected. Interns aren’t getting coffee and making copies here. We get real experience in our fields in a great environment. Supervisors are relateable and appreciative, and they encourage and value input and ideas from all interns.
If I could have any job in the world… Wes Anderson’s cinematographer.
Job at Wolf Trap: Advertising & Group Sales Intern
Where do you go to school? College of William and Mary
What are you studying? Marketing and Music
What is the craziest/hardest thing you’ve had to do as part of your Wolf Trap internship? Run Group Sales for the day! I had to understand the entire ticketing system, craft e-mails to customers, and (the hardest part) talk on the phone with people all day answering questions and helping them purchase tickets. Group Sales requires a lot of patience, composure, and energy! You’ve got to have those communication skills that everyone’s talking about. :)
Is your Wolf Trap internship what you expected it would be? Did you have expectations of what it would be like coming in? No, it’s better than what I expected it to be. I’ve experienced and seen almost every aspect of marketing from Advertising and Group Sales. I’ve learned different ways to think, brand, and market both a venue and a show. Wolf Trap gives you so much opportunity to meet, learn, and experience how a business is run. I’ll never forget this summer!
If I could have any job in the world… I would be working either in California or internationally for Interscope Records or a big music venue as the head/director of marketing. Ah, that would be awesome.
Job at Wolf Trap: Program and Production Intern: Hospitality Supervisor
Where do you go to school? SUNY University at Buffalo
What are you studying? Arts Management
What made you interested in working at Wolf Trap? The commitment to diversity, its close proximity to Washington D.C., diversity within the programming, the Josie Bass Career Development Program for African American Students, and that the internship program is paid. :)
What are you working on? I am making sure artists are able to eat when they come for their shows and that all of their hospitality needs are met while at Wolf Trap.
Is your Wolf Trap internship what you expected it would be? Did you have expectations of what it would be like coming in? This internship has exceeded my expectations on many levels. Literally all employees are supportive of interns and their career goals. The open door policy allows for limitless opportunities for interns in regard to learning about Wolf Trap and the performing arts field in general.
Job at Wolf Trap: Major Gifts Intern, Development
Where do you go to school? University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
What are you studying? Voice Performance and Performing Arts Management
Favorite Wolf Trap concert of the summer so far? Seal with Macy Gray. We stood out in the rain to watch the concert so the energy of the audience was really cool. And both Seal and Macy Gray gave fantastic performances and were so engaging with the crowd.
What are you working on? I am mainly working on the planning and execution of the upcoming Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Chairman’s Dinner which is fast approaching.
Favorite song at the moment? “If I’m Any Closer” by Seal or “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Sorry, I’m not sorry.
If I could have any job in the world… General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera or Executive Director of the New York City Ballet
If I could live anywhere in the world… A nice apartment or home in New York City with a place somewhere in the south to take breaks from the city life. A quaint home somewhere in France would be ideal...You’ve gotta dream!
Job at Wolf Trap: Finance Intern
Where do you go to school? Wake Forest University
What are you studying? Accounting and Psychology
What made you interested in working at Wolf Trap? Growing up just down the road, Wolf Trap has always been an important part of my life. Although I had heard wonderful things about the internship program at Wolf Trap, I never thought it would be a possibility for me—someone who had very little arts background and was majoring in accounting. When I did some more research, however, I saw that there were internships available in marketing, development, and even finance.
Favorite Wolf Trap concert of the summer so far? My favorite concert so far was probably RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. Even though it, ironically, rained that night, it was still a fantastic and unforgettable concert!
Favorite food? Tortilla chips from Chipotle…yum
If I could have any job in the world… It would be getting paid to be a professional “pinner” on Pinterest (I’m obsessed). Tied with that for first place would be working in finance or development for a non-profit.
Name: Lindsay Sheridan
Job at Wolf Trap: Marketing Intern
Where do you go to school? Luther College in Decorah, Iowa
What are you studying? Music major, Management minor
Is your Wolf Trap internship what you expected it would be? To be honest, I can’t even remember exactly what my expectations were coming in. Whatever they were, I’m sure this internship has exceeded them. The environment and the types of shows we sell are radically different from anything I had previous experience with – which has been fantastic! Also, the sense of community between the interns has been so much fun.
Favorite song at the moment? “The Story” by Brandi Carlile
If you could have any job in the world… My standard answer used to be “executive director of an orchestra”. Now I say I will be a leader in the world of the arts, whatever that might mean. If someone had told me six months ago that I would be launching a local music series with a business partner come September, I would have been shocked. Right now that’s the job I want. Who knows what will come next!