A New Way to Groove: an Intern Reflection
by Program Assistant Skylar Rea
Back in March, I was living in Brooklyn, NY, searching for opportunities that would give me more experience in the events field. I came across a DC Jazz Festival posting for 2017 Event Management Internship. I was a tad bit reluctant to apply because I had graduated in 2009 and didn't know a thing about jazz, but, something in my gut told me to apply, and to my surprise, I was selected! I packed up my belongings and moved back to Washington, DC. I was given my assignment during orientation and hit the ground running the first day of preparations for the DC JazzFest. I set up marketing meetings, scheduled brochure distributions, collected logos from partners, and much more to prepare for DC JazzFest events throughout June. We worked non-stop to make sure the festival was a success. In the midst of the hard work, Executive Director Sunny Sumter would encourage us to look at the performances, and they were not lying when they referred to jazz as the universal language. I have never seen a crowd with such an eclectic demographic in one place. I stared in amazement as I watched Jacob Collier's performance. He played every instrument without breaking a sweat, and the crowd danced to the sound of his music. He was not the only outstanding performance; there was also Robert Glasper, Black Violin, Lalah Hathaway, Pat Metheny, and much more. Overall, I had the most rewarding experience with the DC Jazz Festival. I have learned about event management and become a fan of jazz. I cannot wait for 2018's DC JazzFest!