My journey with the Pittsburgh CLO began in May as I picked out my best work attire and paired it with all things pink, because after all, a girl oozes confidence in pink. Before I knew it, I was standing on the sixth floor of the Benedum Center and was staring at dark red walls, show posters and theater-esque lighting. I was impressed. I took a deep breath, reminded myself how much Waynesburg University had prepared me for this moment and hopped off the elevator. I was soon greeted by a smiling Aja Jones, public relations and marketing manager at Pittsburgh CLO and my new boss.
This summer was a wonderful whirlwind. Pittsburgh CLO’s Summer Season offered six shows, and I saw each one about three times each (cue the relentless show tune singing). Working as the public relations and marketing intern, I gained a profound respect for theater, and I am grateful for that eye opening opportunity. My office hours were Monday through Friday 9 to 5, but I also worked many nights during the week as well as some weekends. The theater world is hard to categorize as “typical,” so I was constantly learning many new aspects of public relations and theater.
Some of my favorite assignments were:
- Attending every dress rehearsal and taking notes for the executive producer
- Attending Pittsburgh Today Live interviews at KDKA
- Pitching story ideas to Pittsburgh newspapers
- Planning the Opening Night Cast Party for each show
- Taking pictures at the social media display during shows
- Writing press releases and web stories for the shows
Waynesburg University prepared me with all of the essential tools and the proper mindset that I needed to succeed in my internship. Many of my courses, such as Public Relations Writing and Production, Special Event Planning, Creativity Theory and Introduction to Theater, among others, helped me immensely. My professors always urge my classmates and I to get out of our comfort zone and try something new. I am forever indebted to this University for everything it has instilled in me and for forming me into the professional I’ve aimed to be.
I learned a lot about myself this summer, as a person and a professional. I learned that my integrity is a lot stronger than I thought, and I don’t give myself as much credit as I should. I realized that it is so easy to be consumed by doubt, but I must learn to have faith in myself and my work because, at the end of the day, I will always find a solution.
Thank you, Pittsburgh CLO, for the summer of a lifetime and thank you, Waynesburg University, for enabling me to pursue my dreams.