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Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management Internships and Career-Related Experience


Pictured are Point Park SAEM majors at Live Nation's First Niagara Pavilion. | Photo by Chris Rolinson (L-R) Dana Drewniak, Alexa Umana, Nicolette Jones, Keenan Parrish and Meg Davis interned at First Niagara Pavilion throughout summer 2015.

Internships and other hands-on opportunities in the SAEM program give students the chance to gain experience with event management companies, talent agencies, film studios and more in locations like New York City, Los Angeles and internationally, as well as in Downtown Pittsburgh. Learn more about these internship and career-related experiences from the SAEM students featured below.

Pictured is Brittany Bishop, SAEM student and new media intern for the Pittsburgh Penguins. | Photo by Olivia RukBrittany Bishop

New Media Intern for the Pittsburgh Penguins

"My career goal is to work for an NHL team in their new media department and be able to do what I am doing now as an intern, but for the rest of my career. I think my SAEM classes have already helped me. Everyone wants to know more about the major and they think it is an amazing program. I’ve already met so many incredible people in the program."

Read about Brittany's experience.

Pictured is SAEM student Amber Montz who worked as a stage manager for the Raleigh Convention Center during summer 2016. | Photo by Emily KubincanekAmber Montz

Stage Manager for Raleigh Convention Center events (Summer 2016) 

"My duties were to contact the bands and coordinate with their production companies, help load bands in and out of the venues, keep the performances on schedule and take care of all the bands and their production teams’ needs and requests … The faculty at Point Park really focus on making sure you know what you will need to know for your future career and are always there to help."

Read about Amber's experience.

Pictured is SAEM student Molly Knepper. | Photo submitted by KnepperMolly Knepper

Production Assistant for Launch Music Conference and Adventures in Wonderland
Street Team Member for Fearless Records

"My SAEM classes have prepared me in so many ways. I’ve learned that no matter if it is a simple job or major job you must pay attention to every detail — I have Professors Paige Beal and Teresa Gregory to thank for this."

Read about Molly's experience.

Pictured is Emily Maxwell, SAEM student and special events intern for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. | Photo by Shayna MendezEmily Maxwell

Special Events Intern for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

"They say that in a nonprofit you wear many hats. I was able to put on every hat that I was asked to wear because of the experiences I have had in my SAEM classes."

Read about Emily's experience.

Pictured is Angela Thomas, senior SAEM student and journalist for Stage Right Secrets. | Photo submitted by ThomasAngela Thomas

Journalist for Stage Right Secrets

"With an SAEM degree, there is so much you can do with it. I’m focusing on entertainment and the music industry. I would love to work for a record label either on the marketing team or as a publicist."

Read about Angela's experience.

Pictured is SAEM student Sean Dillon, media relations intern for the Pittsburgh Penguins. | Photo by Chris RolinsonSean Dillon

Media Relations Intern for the Pittsburgh Penguins

"In one of my SAEM classes, I wrote a press release that I ended up using almost word for word in my internship. Additionally, my classes in sports management have taught me how to work professionally with athletes."

Read about Sean's experience.

Pictured is SAEM and multimedia double major Stone Swiess, who works for PensTV. | Photo by Ryan LoewStone Swiess

In-Game Entertainment Video Producer for the Pittsburgh Penguins

"Point Park has given me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone to chase jobs. Do everything you can to get involved at school, and then branch out and apply the things you've learned in a professional setting."

Read about Stone's experience.

Pictured is Evan Pearson, SAEM major and promotions intern for Pioneer Records. | Photo by Victoria A. MikulaEvan Pearson

Promotions Intern for Pioneer Records

"My main responsibility at Pioneer Records is getting our artists booked at a variety of different events. These events can be small music festivals, clubs and other local music venues."

Read about Evan's internship experience.

Pictured is Colten Gill, a junior sports, arts and entertainment management major and summer events intern for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. | Photo by Victoria A. MikulaColten Gill

Marketing and Special Events Intern at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership 

"I work with the marketing and special events managers and VP of marketing to publish a weekly newsletter promoting events going on Downtown. In addition, I help manage the PDP's social media accounts, which have more than 50,000 followers."

Read about Colten's internship experience.

Pictured is Töve Johnson, sports, arts and entertainment management student and intern for Attack Theatre. | Photo by Chris RolinsonTöve Johnson

Administrative/Production Intern at Attack Theatre

"My current internship responsibilities involve researching how websites are built, working with html code and understanding how Attack Theatre’s current website works. I’m also discussing design ideas for Attack's new website with the executive director and marketing director and working with third party vendors."

Read about Töve's internship experience.

Pictured is Mary Beth Cartier, SAEM student and special events intern for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. | Photo by Victoria A. MikulaMary Beth Cartier

Special Events Intern at Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

"I decided to move back to Pittsburgh to attend Point Park University specifically for the sports, arts and entertainment management major. I knew that this major would not only teach me business skills, but would also give me the specific tools needed for running a venue and doing marketing for shows."

Read about Mary Beth's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM student and Pittsburgh CLO intern Amber Flevaris. | Photo by Victoria A. MikulaAmber Flevaris

Gene Kelly Awards Intern at Pittsburgh CLO

"When I decided I wanted to work in the entertainment management industry, I looked at many different schools, but Point Park stood out to me the most. I was sold by Point Park’s city atmosphere, its breadth of knowledgeable professors still working in the entertainment industry, the uniqueness of the SAEM major and the close proximity of the Cultural District to campus."

Read about Amber's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM student and Pittsburgh CLO intern Logan Farren. | Photo by Victoria A. MikulaLogan Farren

Gene Kelly Awards Intern at Pittsburgh CLO

"All of my classes at Point Park have helped me to develop my organizational and professional skills … The SAEM curriculum encourages students to network and converse with professionals so I already had solid experience in this area. I think that is one of the greatest assets the program offers its students. "

Read about Logan's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM major, dance minor Brooke Perkins at her internship at the Andy Warhol Museum. | Photo by Chris RolinsonBrooke Perkins

Marketing Intern at the Andy Warhol Museum

"I liked how coveted the jobs in the sports, arts and entertainment industries make for a competitive atmosphere among my peers. In a way, these jobs are just as highly regarded as the material they promote."

Read about Brooke's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM student and Heinz Field intern, Troy Johnston. | Photo by Jim JudkisTroy Johnston

Event Operations Intern at Heinz Field

"Freshmen in the SAEM program are required to complete 24 hours total of independent job shadowing. This forces the student to make connections and network on his or her own to acquire the proper hours. My shadowing was done at Heinz Field. I credit the shadowing I did freshman year in the SAEM program to landing this internship because it allowed me to make a connection I have maintained for four years."

Read about Troy's internship experience.


Pictured is SAEM student Alexandria Delancey at Phipps Conservatory. | Photo by Jim JudkisAlexandria Delancey

Part-time event assistant at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

"It’s a great learning experience being an SAEM major. The professors do such a good job at giving us helpful advice and showing us all of our opportunities regarding jobs and internships. I’m a transfer student from the Community College of Allegheny County and I am very happy with the SAEM program and all that it offers."

Read about Alexandria's experience.


Pictured left to right are Point Park SAEM students Evan Schall and Craig Woolridge. | Photo by Jim JudkisEvan Schall and Craig Woolridge

Account service interns for New Perspective Communications

Schall: "Our big project as interns was to create a promotional video for the nonprofit organization, Pittsburgh Cares."

Woolridge: "My media management class with Dick Roberts, president of New Perspective, was the reason I obtained this internship."

Read about Evan and Craig's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM student Karley Ferlic. | Photo by Chris RolinsonKarley Ferlic

Completed internships with The Jim Rome Show, “The Real” talk show pilot and The Ellen DeGeneres Show

"The SAEM classes have prepared me with what to expect in the work force; both business and SAEM classes helped me learn how to conduct myself in the office and understand common vocabulary used in the industry."

Read about Karley's internship experiences.

Pictured is Stephanie Driscoll, an SAEM major and marketing intern for the Mario Lemieux Foundation. | Photo by Jim JudkisStephanie Driscoll

Marketing intern for the Mario Lemieux Foundation

"My ultimate goal is to pursue the marketing side of the sports industry, but I am open to all of the different possibilities and opportunities offered in sports and beyond. Learning to be open to jobs you honestly didn’t expect is one of the added benefits of the SAEM major."

Read about Stephanie's internship experience.

Pictured is sport, arts and entertainment management student Adam Valen. | Photo by Jim JudkisAdam Valen

Marketing intern for Altar TV and Drusky Entertainment

"Ideally, I see myself working in live entertainment and concert promotions. I attended the Pollstar Conference in Los Angeles with the SAEM club this past semester. It was a great experience and inspired me to pursue work in L.A. after graduation. If you have an interest in live entertainment, you would definitely be interested in the SAEM program at Point Park."

Read about Adam's internship experience.

Pictured is Rachel Winkler, sport, arts and entertainment management student interning for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. | Photo by Em Watson, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow DanceRachel Winkler

Ticket services and marketing intern for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

"When I told my mom that I was applying, she got so excited and began telling me stories of how my grandparents used to take her to see dance performances there when she was growing up. After I was offered the internship position, I went to the SAEM faculty for their opinions. Professors David Rowell and Teresa Gregory praised this opportunity and I am pleased to have listened."

Read about Rachel's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM student and intern for the Altoona Curve, Samantha Lynn. | Photo by Emily EricksonSamantha Lynn

Associate intern in marketing for the Altoona Curve

"I’ve had countless opportunities to gain hands-on experience and meet with professionals currently working in the industry. The SAEM professors are always willing to help in any way possible to see their students succeed. Being a part of the SAEM club has also allowed me to gain hands-on experience in planning and executing events as well as attend professional conferences such as Pollstar Live! in Los Angeles."

Read about Samantha's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM major and intern for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Evan Schall. | Photo by Jim JudkisEvan Schall

Media relations intern for the Pittsburgh Pirates

"Ideally, I would like to get a job in sports, either in baseball or hockey … I believe I have done a good job of getting my foot in the door (at least in Pittsburgh) so hopefully I will be able to find a career doing what I love."

Read about Evan's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM and dance double major Hannah Finch.Hannah Finch

Intern for the company Walking Thumbs

"This experience is an amazing resume builder and I learn something new every day.  I'm excited to see what connections and possibilities I am yet to discover."

Read about Hannah's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM student and Disney intern Ashley Dobransky.Ashley Dobransky

Disney College Program intern

"Now with Disney’s training, I will have a great company to list on my resume and an entirely new set of skills in place for my next job. Overall, the parks and recreation industry is a fun way to learn the basics and interact with people from different cultures."

Read about Ashley's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM student Megan Hoffman.Megan Hoffman

Marketing intern for the Pittsburgh Steelers

"As the marketing intern, many phone calls come to me so I must serve as the 'voice' of the marketing department. People call with questions, complaints, and seeking general information, so I need to know how to properly answer their questions and where to direct their inquiries.  Also, I organize company sponsorship listings from the previous season and assist with events going on at Heinz Field.  A number of different tasks can come up during my workday, so I always have to be prepared to complete them."

Read about Megan's internship experience.

SAEM student and music industry intern Max Kovalchuk. Max Kovalchuk

Intern at Stage AE and College Marketing Representative for Sony Music Entertainment, Pittsburgh

"I realized this would be a great opportunity for me to get more involved and it would also be a way for me to see what it actually takes to put on concerts."

Read about Max's internship and work experiences in the music industry.

SAEM student Chelsea Smith is a marketing intern for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.Chelsea Smith

Marketing intern at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh

"My key responsibilities include sending out donation requests, updating and commenting on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's social media pages and helping out with whatever shows I can."

Read about Chelsea's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM student Cena Chovanec, intern for the Pittsburgh Public Theater.Cena Chovanec

Intern at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh

"I help plan and set up for many events the theater holds for its high donors and VIP members. I also help with the preparation of various grant applications. The work I am involved with is very vital to the theater."

Read about Cena's internship experience.

Pictured is SAEM student Trenten Derryberry. Trenten Derryberry

Marketing intern at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh

"The Pittsburgh Symphony is allowing me to learn so much in regards to selling single tickets, subscriptions and the field of marketing."

Read about Trenten's internship experience.

More internship and career highlights from SAEM students and alumni:

Joseph Adams
Megan Beavis
Nick Ceraso
Amelia Johnston
Bryanna Kiselauskas
Bret Kunash
Jeff Morgan
Amy Schlierf
Nicole Townsend
April Weber

Read what students think.  Can you get a job in this field?  You bet!