Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

UNO Graduate Student Interning with Kennedy Center

Hayley WestphalHayley Westphal

University of New Orleans graduate student Hayley Westphal is participating in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' nationally recognized internship program. Westphal, who is pursuing a master's degree in arts administration, is spending the spring 2014 semester in Washington, D.C. as an intern in the development department's special events division.

Westphal, who received her undergraduate degree in art history from LSU, plans to graduate from UNO in August. Prior to her internship at the Kennedy Center, she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Kappa Chapter, and a member of the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre for seven years. She was chosen to perform with the Martha Graham Dance Company. She also interned with CityDance in Washington, D.C. in 2010 and with LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts in summer of 2013 in its development department.

As the special events intern, Westphal contributes to the overall event planning, coordination, and organizational efforts of the Kennedy Center, while interacting with internal and external customers, departments and organizations. She is learning how to produce event-related printed materials, design invitations, compile and track guest lists, choose menus, select design décor, choose floral arrangements, work with external clients and contracts, and assist with room setup and break down.

"The experience has been wonderful so far," Westphal said. "I've been able to meet and work with amazing people, as well as take on the responsibility of planning my own special event dinner for Kennedy Center donors."
The Kennedy Center internship program is recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the "Top 100 Internships" in the United States.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is America's living memorial to President Kennedy. The nine theaters and stages of the nation's busiest performing arts facility attract audiences and visitors totaling three million people annually. Center-related touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts welcome 40 million more.

Opening its doors in September 8, 1971, the Kennedy Center presents the greatest performances of music, dance, and theater; supports artists in the creation of new work; and serves the nation as a leader in arts and arts management education. With its artistic affiliates, the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera, the Kennedy Center's achievements as a commissioner, producer, and nurturer of developing artists have resulted in more than 300 theatrical productions, and dozens of new ballets, operas, and musical works.


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