Thanks to the generosity of the Bergami Family and the UNH Division of Student Affairs, eight UNH undergraduate students received a stipend to cover expenses related to their unpaid internship experience. The eight recipients will be reflecting on their internship experience over the course of the summer. This entry is from Luca Mochi, Music Major, who is interning with New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
My internship with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra this summer has been an amazing experience because I learned so much about the field of arts administration and how orchestra work, about other peoples’ work styles, and about my own strengths and weaknesses.
During my internship, I learned how I work with other people and which type of supervision style and work environment I perform best with. I got to work with supervisors from different departments, and each supervisor had a slightly different work style, because of this I learned that I work best with someone who allows me to go my own way. I worked with a supervisor who micro-managed me and it proved to be quite frustrating and unproductive for me. As for work environment, I loved working in the office because everyone was laid back and there was an extremely friendly atmosphere. Honestly, at first I was skeptical to be working in a cubicle, but after just the first week of being there, I quickly realized that the work environment is what you make it.
Over this summer, I was able to get an inside look at some of the job that I have always dreamed about and some jobs that I never even considered. Being able to talk to people from all of the different departments really helped my better understand marketing’s role in an organization, as well as of the other departments’ responsibilities, I even got to sit down and chat with the CEO of the NHSO about what she does for the symphony! Because I was able to experience and observe the operations of each different department in the symphony, I definitely have a better idea of which careers are out there in arts administration and what their responsibilities are. I learned so much because of my internship this summer so I will probably look for other internships at art organizations while I am still a student.
I believe working in arts administration, particularly as marketing specialist, would be a good fit for me because it requires an appreciation and understating for music and arts as well as the skills and knowledge to carry out different business procedures. I never considered the possibility of me becoming anything more the just being part of a marking department, but because of my internship, my eyes are now opened to all of the possibilities within arts management, I could even become the CEO of an arts organization.
I will absolutely use the knowledge I have accumulated over the summer in my classes, and even in the clubs that I participate in, at the University of New Haven. I am excited to be taking social media marketing class next semester because I have learned a lot at my internship about that very topic and I am looking forward to applying that knowledge to my class. Next semester I am on the E-Board for a few different clubs and I am really interested to see if I can apply some of my new marketing knowledge to help publicize club event more effectively.