I found my internship at a rooftop party hosted by Larry Fitzgerald in Phoenix, Arizona. The route to my internship was very unconventional, but a story worth telling.
I am a senior at Temple University majoring in Advertising on an art direction track with a minor in entrepreneurship. I am deeply rooted into the fine arts, beginning my college career at Tyler School of Art. Although art is no longer my major I still find myself creating pieces and curating art shows. I have been a part of shows in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Atlanta. I have always been accustomed to using my art not only as a tool to express myself, but to get into rooms I would other wise have no business in.
It was my junior year and I was stressing about finding an internship for the summer. I am a firm believer in putting our desires into the universe watching them come onto fruition (backed up with hard work of course). I met an entrepreneur named Rashaad Lambert of Sporty Marketing when he was speaking on a panel. As soon as the panel ended I rushed to him explaining how I need a summer internship. He told me to email him but I didn’t feel confident about my resume at that time and I promised myself I would not send it out until I knew it was up to par.
I was invited to volunteer at Larry Fitzgerald’s Celebrity Softball Game in Phoenix that following April. Of course I would not have attended without bringing a custom painting for the all start athlete. As the weekend went by it was to my surprise that I ran into Rashaad accompanying Chill Moody, an Philadelphia artist he works with. He was a player on one of the celebrity baseball teams. At this point I just finished perfecting my resume and could not stop bragging about it to everyone I came into contact with, so I knew I had to connect with Rashaad before I headed back to Philly. It was at an after party once all the festivities completed that I finally got a chance to mingle with everyone who was part of the event – a rooftop party alongside celebrities including Jordin Sparks, Terrell Owens and Larry Fitzgerald just to name a few. I found myself boasting all night long about how beautiful my resume was. Looking back I might’ve been a been a bit obnoxious but you know what they say… “you miss 100% percent of the shots you don’t take”.
I finally got a chance to converse with Rashaad after showing about six people my resume and he immediately mentioned Felicia D. Harris, a good friend of his who owned a marketing company. He told me to send over my resume and he would forward it to her. I wasted no time, emailing my information before I stepped foot out of the party. The very next morning I received a call from Felicia about an internship position. We scheduled a meeting for the position for the very next day. I hopped off of my flight from Philadelphia, took a couple of hours to recuperate, and went straight to the interview.
I am now interning at HiTouch enterprises, a small marketing company specializing in event planning, branding and fundraising for nonprofits. This experience taught me three things:
- Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.
- Don’t be afraid to show someone why you deserve what you want.
- Don’t be afraid to network at any moment, take advantage of every opportunity presented to you.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt
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