Guest Blogger: Kelly Cecora, Marketing/Digital Communications Intern

The Lakeside Leadership Academy (LLA) welcomes a new class of interns to Lakeside Chautauqua.

Recruitment for this popular internship opportunity began in the fall of 2013 when the LLA Planning Committee assessed last year’s program and reworked many positions to accommodate Lakeside’s growing needs.

A third Journalism/Newspaper Editor Intern was added this year to handle the volume of stories needed for the Lakesider newspaper.

The previous Advancement position was split into two specific internships, one with a focus on Advancement Events and the other on Advancement Communications.

Finally, an Events/Project Management intern was added to the Conference/Event Planning staff to help with the increasing number of internal events Lakeside hosts every summer. In the spring, members of the committee recruited applicants at job and internship fairs. More than 100 applications were received from the committee’s efforts.

Some applicants were first-time Lakesiders, while others had been visiting the Chautauqua com­munity their entire lives.

Over the past month, the 13 new interns have quickly adjusted to the fast-paced nature of the Chautauqua community by coordinating Memo­rial Day weekend events and pre­paring details for several upcoming projects.

The LLA program provides op­portunities for interns to grow in their career paths by developing valuable skills and hands-on learn­ing experiences, as well as providing networking connections.

In addition to these added benefits that Lakeside Chautauqua provides, LLA interns are given a stipend, free housing and a season Chautauqua Pass/Auto Pass to participate in all of the
Chau­tauqua programs.

There are few internships avail­able that combine professional work experience, Chautauqua program­ming and life on the lake.

This year’s 2014 Lakeside Leadership Academy Class includes:

Jonathon Adams ’15, Cedarville University – Accounting/IT Support

Mary Beth Bewley ’15, Cedarville University – Conference/Event Planning

Kelly Cecora ’15, Marietta College –Marketing/Digital Communications

Maria DiBiasio ‘15, Ohio Northern University – Conference/Event Planning

Layne Gerbig ‘17, Kent State University – Advancement Events

Dakota Harkins ’14, Toledo University – Educational Programming

Halee Herionimus ’16, Ashland University – Journalism/Newspaper Editor

Kathryn Kellar ’15, Muskingum University – Journalism/Newspaper Editor

Brittney McDonagh ’15, Ohio University – Accounting/IT Support

Allison Moon ’14, University of Dayton– Advancement Communications

Audrey Mungovan ’17, Miami University – Youth Music/Education

Janelle Patterson ’15, Marietta College – Journalism/Newspaper Editor

Brooke Sargent ’14, Capital University – Arts/Entertainment Management

Jessica Switzer ’15, University of Mount Union – Events/Project Management