I’ve just started working on a project I am REALLY excited about! I’ve found a way to take my love for and knowledge of country music and put it to use for the School of Communication Studies. But first, I’ll start with a brief description of my previous internship and what I hope to do in future to pull this story together.
This past summer I had the incredible opportunity to intern in the Development Department for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. I lived in the awesome city for two and a half months and woke up loving the job that I got to do every day. I worked with a talented team who taught me so much and continue to generously help me with my future goals. The Development department works long hours performing a variety of activities to ensure the financial stability of the Museum. Every project I assisted with and worked on gave me an even greater appreciation for the industry.
After graduating in May, I hope to move back to Nashville and dedicate my career to promoting and supporting the country music industry. It has always been my biggest passion, and I always knew it was something I wanted to be strongly involved in. Getting to know the industry and Music City a little better is just one of the huge rewards of completing an internship with the Hall of Fame.
While working at the Hall of Fame, I learned of a Kent State connection that stems from one of the most important figures in today’s country music industry. Ed Hardy, president of the board at Country Music Association (CMA) and Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, former president of Great American Country, along with many other titles, is a graduate of Kent State University! Graduating in 1971 with a degree in General Speech, I knew this would make a great story for Kent State.
Now interning for the School of Communication Studies, one of my tasks is recognizing the success of students, faculty and alumni, so I brought the story idea to my supervisor’s attention. She suggested that I move forward with this idea, and reach out to CMA and request an interview with Ed Hardy. Knowing the magnitude of his success, I was very excited, but almost a little intimidated.
Moving forward, I reached out to CMA, sent in some questions, and finally, they were received by MR. HARDY! I can’t wait to receive his responses, and put together the perfect story on a career I admire. Achieving half the amount of his success would be rewarding to me. I look forward to putting this piece together, and conveying his story to the school.
Check back soon for an update on this story!