About eleven months ago I was sent a link from a friend through Facebook. She knew that I was looking for an internship and that I wanted it to be someplace that was interesting. The link was to the Weinberg Center for the Arts Fall Internship Program. Like most Frederick natives, I was familiar with the theater. How could I not be? It has been a cornerstone of the arts community in Downtown Frederick for as long as I can remember.
I was granted an interview and then to my amazement, was offered the position as the Weinberg Development Intern. The first few weeks were filled with the usual new job jitters and tutorials on the ins-and-outs of running a not-for-profit arts center. I was given tasks from research projects to ‘thank you’ phone calls and worked closely with my supervisor, Rebecca O’Leary (who is, I should add, wonderful at her job with the added benefit of being a phenomenal person).
A week before the end of my fall internship (in late December) I was offered the opportunity to extend my internship to the spring semester. I’m still not sure whether this was because of my work or to spare the pains of finding a new intern, but I balanced ego with probability and deciding it was both, happily accepted. I have learned so much during my time at the Weinberg about both Development and Marketing for a non-profit. I have been a part of community outreach, event planning, grant research and writing, while assisting with the management of press releases and advertising.
Now I’ve reached the end of my internship, I can say that I have enjoyed the hours spent here and that applying for the internship was one of the best decisions of my life. If anyone reading this has an inclination to apply for the internship, I urge you to do so. Being an intern at the Weinberg Center provides hands on experience in the management of a non-profit with the added benefit of being a member of a wonderful team of people that keep the theater going.
The value of the arts and humanities in any community is incalculable and through the years I have been able to witness this first hand. Frederick has grown a great deal thanks to the strong community of artists and supporters of the arts. My work as an intern at the Weinberg Center has brought me even closer to understanding the inherent value of the arts. The Weinberg Center truly is The Jewel of Frederick and I am overjoyed to have been a part of that legacy.