Despite the large variety of backgrounds among the interns, one thing seems to be common – they are excited to be here and love their Wolf Trap experience so far. Check out this first interview installment highlighting some of this summer’s interns, including thoughts on their jobs and answers to important questions like “If I were a sandwich, I would be…”
Name: Victoria Lightfoot
Job at Wolf Trap: Public Relations Intern
Where do you go to school? Alumnae of Georgia State University What are you studying? I recently received my B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and minor in Hospitality Administration
What is the craziest/hardest thing you’ve had to do as part of your Wolf Trap internship? Pitch calls for “Face of America: Spirit of South Florida”! It can be very nerve-racking to call someone you don’t know and try to convince them to tell such a complex story! But in the end, I was able to secure some coverage and also get more comfortable with pitching to the media.
Favorite Wolf Trap concert of the summer so far? I have two… Broadway Rocks! with the NSO was excellent! The music selections were fun and had the crowd up and moving and the vocalists were beyond amazing! The other was Seal and Macy Gray – they both had tremendous stage presence! They choose great songs to cover and they were both really into the music.
If I could have any job in the world… I would have my own Public Relations agency specializing in non-profit management.
If you were a sandwich, what would you be… the No. 10 Hunter’s Club from Jimmy John’s! Roast Beef with mayo, tomato, a little lettuce and avocado and french bread! MHHHMM!
Name: Emily McHugh
Job at Wolf Trap: Special Events intern
Where do you go to school? I completed my Bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, and just finished graduate school at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
What are you studying? Vocal Performance
What made you interested in working at Wolf Trap? I have been attending shows at Wolf Trap since I was a child, so it has always been special to me. I had previously spent two wonderful summers as a seasonal hospitality employee for the Program & Production department as well. I was dying to return!
What are you working on? I assist with planning our various Wolf Trap member events, major fundraisers, and corporate rental events. Specifically, I am helping with our Wolf Trap Golf Tournament, The 2012 Wolf Trap Ball, the Face of America: Spirit of South Florida premiere events, Club 66’s second annual ROCKtoberFete, and various Member Appreciation Nights, Theater Parties, Chairman’s Dinners, Opera rehearsals, and NSO Invited Rehearsals.
Is your Wolf Trap internship what you expected it would be? Did you have expectations of what it would be like coming in? This internship is just as exciting, challenging, and rewarding as I expected it to be! I work with the most amazing women in this department, and I get to interact with the friendliest patrons around. I learn something new about Wolf Trap every day.
If I could have any job in the world… I would be a marine biologist and study large sea creatures like sharks, whales, and dolphins. A total lack of scientific skills precludes me from this career, but when Shark Week rolls around I like to indulge my imagination.
Name: Catherine Hann
Job at Wolf Trap: Special Events Intern
Where do you go to school? The University of Kentucky
What are you studying? Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration with an emphasis in Music Performance
What is the craziest/hardest thing you’ve had to do as part of your Wolf Trap internship? Carry our solid wood podium while wearing a dress and heels! If I have to break a sweat, I might as well look awesome while doing it.
Favorite Wolf Trap concert of the summer so far? A Prairie Home Companion. When Garrison Keillor got 7,000 people to sing in harmony, it sent chills up my spine.
Favorite food? Cobb Salad from Sweetleaf. I’m really going to miss Sweetleaf when I go back to Kentucky.
If I could have any job in the world… Play trombone in the Saturday Night Live band.
If I could live anywhere in the world… Anywhere east of the Mississippi. Sorry West Coast folks, I like watching my TV shows at the intended hour.
If I were a sandwich, I would be… the Bacon Turkey Bravo from Panera. I don’t know what kind of magical flavors go into making that bread, but it’s the most amazing sandwich ever.
Name: Michelle Melton
Job at Wolf Trap: Education Intern
Where do you go to school? James Madison University
What are you studying? Theatre & Communications, Sciences, and Disorders (undergrad program for Speech Therapy)
What are you working on? I am currently preparing and organizing for the Summer Institute, a five-day institute for teachers who will be participating in the Early Childhood STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Learning Through the Arts. This is the latest initiative for the Wolf Trap Institute Early Learning Through the Arts.
I kind of hate this question, but I have to ask – is your Wolf Trap internship what you expected it would be? Did you have expectations of what it would be like coming in? Even though I had researched about the internship and heard such great things about it, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was ranked as one of the best internships and now I completely know why. This is the best internship you could ever have. I am not lying when I say that. The people that work at Wolf Trap care about you and help you not only grow as a professional in the business world, but as a person.
Favorite song at the moment? "Payphone" by Maroon 5
If I could have any job in the world… one at Wolf Trap or as head of a camp that I create for children with speech, language, and hearing disability that incorporates the arts.
If I were a sandwich, I would be… a Chilean sandwich called an Ave Palta, which has chicken salad on it and avocado mashed up on wheat bread slices.