Tieanna Graphenreed

The Beginning

I was sitting at Panera having lunch when I got the call. We exchanged pleasantries and I listened calmly as she explained she “never does this over the phone” and “prefers to do this in person.” I resigned myself to accepting that I hadn’t gotten the job and being thankful for the amazing interview experience and wonderful people I met—that’s when Lauren Minter, Advancement Director at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, offered me a paid internship position as Advancement Assistant. I accepted without hesitation, and I started the next day.

My first week was a blur of paperwork and organizing my first bulk mailing, but the best way to learn is to jump in head first. I have already learned so much about the inner workings of marketing and communication efforts encouraging community members to “Experience RiverCenter.” The RiverCenter team treats me as an equal and are unafraid to task me with responsibilities. In the three weeks I have been working there, I have completed one bulk mailing and three flycard mailings. I am now working on the upcoming month’s newsletter and getting RiverCenter onto Google Adwords with my Social Media Analytics (MKTG 4138) team.

Every day I am excited to go to work, further the mission of RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, and see how it pushes me farther toward my goal to become a professional grant writer.

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