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Mann Center for the Performing Arts
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Shannon Capasso

Major: Communication Arts & Sciences
Minor: Theatre
Hometown: Yardley, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I originally learned about this experience through Network Simplicity, and then explored it further on the Mann's website.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My internship experience has been very hands-on. I have a few supervisors that I complete varying tasks for each day. Some of these tasks include emailing and/or calling donors, creating invitations for our events, creating schedules for our volunteers--the list goes on. I work here full-time, including time during the work day and also at our concerts in the evenings. My specific position is Communications & Volunteer Management Intern in the Development Department, but I also work with the Special Events Manager on many tasks.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacts me academically in many ways. I have to communicate effectively with not only my department, but also donors and volunteers that choose to be involved with the Mann. My experience here can help with my Communication Arts & Sciences Major. Also, working at a venue/theater is great experience to add to my Theatre minor!

Because the Mann is a non-profit organization, I am getting insight on the world of non-profits, and how they operate differently than your average business. 

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I want to go into events, and I would love to work for a non-profit. Because the Mann is a non-profit organization, I am getting insight on the world of non-profits, and how they operate differently than your average business. Everything here leads back to the events we have at our venue and for our donors, so I am also gaining useful experience that way.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would definitely recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students, because the supervisors here make sure the interns are immersed in every part of the business, not just the specific role they applied for and received. We have meetings with the heads of every department, including the President and CEO of the Mann, to learn what they do and how they have gotten where they are today. This is so useful for any student, especially if they have a broad major and are looking for a specific path to take.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

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