Time well spent for intern
I’m the kind of person that has things planned out way ahead of time and I knew for a long time that I wanted to get some experience as an intern during the summer of 2012. As a media studies major at Emerson College (Boston), a lot of my time in the classroom is focused on the business of film and television — but this summer I wanted to spend some time in another field that I’ve always loved: theatre.
Ferris Bueller once said, “The question isn't ‘what are we going to do,’ the question is ‘what aren't we going to do?’ ” To me, this quote effectively sums up how I felt at the start of my time at Proctors. I wasn’t sure where my internship would take me, but I knew that I would be quite busy!
I’m happy to report that my time at Proctors was not spent fetching coffee or doing any other cliché intern duty: I was treated as a full member of Proctors’ marketing team. I was in all the meetings and I was a part of every discussion. Getting to see the professionals at Proctors in action was truly inspirational. They take their jobs very seriously, but at the same time make working a blast.
The most fulfilling part of the internship for me was working with the Marketing team on the tremendous Capital Rep production of “Ella.” A good bulk of my time this summer was spent working on this show – from spending out emails to super-connectors, discussing ticket sales and promotions in our Marketing meetings, or getting out the word each week at Jazz on Jay. I was even fortunate enough to sit in on WNYT’s Elaine Houston’s interview with "Ella" star Tina Fabrique.
Being in Albany for the opening of "Ella" really tied the whole experience together for me. The show was amazing and the standing ovations showed it. But the best part was the feeling that all of the hard work behind the scenes had paid off.
I wouldn’t be at Proctors without Marketing Manager Sara Hill. Her love of a good show and a good time made my internship not only a lot of fun, but really educational. Sara always made sure I was included in any goings-on and that I got an opportunity to experience everything that Proctors had to offer. She really wanted my time at Proctors to be worthwhile, and she made it just that.
I’m also very grateful that I was paired up with my fellow marketing intern Paige Tutt (Life experience and pretzel rods -- a Proctors intern bids farewell!). Being able to figure things out with a partner and bounce ideas off each other really added a lot to my time here.
Many college students may have a hard time picturing what life is like in the “real world,” but my time at Proctors helped me see the big picture. The staff at Proctors is a dedicated bunch. I want to express my appreciation to everyone in the office who reached out to me with a task, allowing me to try out a ton of new things.
I recommend that every student spend some time as an intern before graduation. If they can find one even half as beneficial as Proctors, it will be well worth the time.
John Dentinger, 19, resides in Clifton Park. He is working toward a degree in media studies from Emerson College and will be flying out for a semester in Europe this fall.