Intern Name: Brittney Ayers
Major(s): Global Business Leadership
Title/Place of Internship: Intern at Ms. Melinda's Dance Studio
How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.?
I worked at Ms. Melinda's when I was a sophomore and really enjoyed dancing. I thought it would be a good idea to ask Melinda about interning at her studio. As I learned more and more about my experience in the dance studio, I realized I wanted to make my own and learn the work ethics of owning my own business.
What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.?
I was responsible for teaching a variety of classes, such as ballet, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, jazz, and jazz funk. I was in charge of the social media pages and creating new content to allow recognition for the studio. I worked in the office, with schedules and managing different task job, such as rhinestoning or working on an excel spread sheet. I cleaned the studios, such as mopping, cleaning the mirror and bars for ballet.
What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience?
The most beneficial aspect of my experience would probably be the behind the scenes work in the office. I learned a great deal of what its like to own your own company and how stressful times can be without planning in advance. I also believe working with other coworkers on choreography has helped me grow as a dancer and as a teacher, to come up with creative new things to put in dances or exercises in class.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.?
The most surprising thing I experienced through my internship at Ms. Melinda's would be realizing how much behind the scenes there was in running a studio. For example, sales, revenue, and profit, we provide s service for dancers and if someone is unhappy with that service they will lose profit. You have to learn how to adapt to customers and understand what they want to get out of their experience at the studio.
How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future?
From my internship, I can learn from what I experienced by providing new working tools in my everyday life. Being on time, being present in my environment, having a positive attitude, showing leadership and confidence, being involved in group discussions, speaking up or sharing opinions, being creative, and mostly, enjoy working with others. Using these tools, I can enjoy my life and going to class by being well prepared for what is to come.
What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience?
Be prepared to be on your feet and know how to work with people. Make sure you are equipped with dance or moves, working with kids, and being positive. You are sponsoring a brand of what service you are providing.