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Ravinia Festival

Production Assistant

May - August 2021 • Highland Park, IL

What I liked

I really enjoyed getting to work in a variety of different areas. I worked on a number of different special projects, including social media, music library archives and digitization, stage management, audio/video recording and production, and event planning. This allowed me to explore different areas and find what I truly enjoy doing.

What I wish was different

Nothing, it was a really positive experience!

Advice

Be open to stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying new things.
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Production Intern

May - September 2018 • Highland Park, IL

What I liked

I enjoyed the hands on nature of the internship. This role is essential to the running of the festival. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in arts administration

What I wish was different

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Production Intern

May - September 2018 • Highland Park, IL

What I liked

I like the in depth hands-on experience I get from behind the scenes of concert production. As a production intern, you really are the star of the show and it doesn't run without you (you'll certainly feel that for the duration of your 4 months there).

What I wish was different

Everything including expectations are laid on the table in the very beginning however be prepared for your random FT scheduling. Very few days will be short but they'll mostly be extremely long throughout your entire summer. If you have additional commitments during the summer or trips then it's not for you yet.

Advice

Be ready to work hard and take pride in everything you do- trust me it's worth it.
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Group Events and Sales Intern

May - August 2018 • Highland Park, IL

What I liked

I enjoyed being so involved in the event planning process. I was able to work directly with clients and help them out any way they needed.

What I wish was different

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Development Intern

February - September 2018 • Highland Park, IL

What I liked

I liked the friendly work environment and up-beat nature of their work. I learned a lot about non-profits and what goes into an organization like Ravinia. My professional skill set has definitely improved after my months with them... And free concerts are always nice :)

What I wish was different

Nothing! Everything was perfect!

Advice

It is always important to work hard because you never know who's watching.
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Production Intern

June - August 2017 • Highland Park, IL

What I liked

1) Great opportunity to meet performers from all genres (classical, pop, classic rock, Broadway, etc) and work with visiting touring/production teams. Interaction with Chicago Symphony Orchestra while they are in residence. 2) Firsthand insight into the inner workings of a venue, as interns are situated backstage. 3) Internship is never monotonous, as each intern is responsible for different tasks on any given day. 4) Interns treated as peers by production staff, despite the sometimes menial labor required. 5) Friendly staff, open environment, great location.

What I wish was different

Because of the hectic nature of the position, there was little time to learn the details behind various roles required to run a music venue. Production interns frequently interacted across departments, yet I was not able to pinpoint what staff members (or even departments in general) were fully responsible for. Hoping to begin a full-time career in the music industry in the coming year, I was a bit disappointed by this. That said, there was a week of info sessions available, that provided a very general overview of some of the facets of working at a music venue, which I did appreciate.

Advice

To perform this internship well, you will have to be completely flexible and patient with your time--Be prepared to work at any hour of the day (really, I had to come into work at 3am on more than one occasion). Be prepared for your hours to change last minute, as musicians are almost never good at sticking to schedules. With a fast-paced, variable internship such as this, it is difficult to know your schedule too far in advance, and impossible to account for the delays and setbacks that come from working in the music industry.
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Production Internship

June - September 2017 • Highland Park, IL

What I liked

Getting the opportunity to work with and around so many talented people was an extremely fun and creative experience.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to work more often, there were many interns within the production team.

Advice

There is a wealth of professionals from many different fields within Ravinia; work hard and have fun.
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Gate Staff Worker

June - August 2018 • Highland Park, IL

What I liked

I really enjoyed working with people and working around amazing music. Exciting environment, flexible hours.

What I wish was different

More training for dealing with difficult patrons, better accommodations for the disabled and minorities.

Advice

Long hours and not very much pay, but great music and the patrons for the majority are very fun to work for.
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