Krystal Wilson ’15 knows that realizing her dream of a career in the theatre will require dedication, sacrifice and hard work. It will also take something else – experience. A theatre arts major and arts administration minor from Bronx, N.Y., she has already held internships with the Epic Theatre Ensemble and Dia Art Foundation. She is hoping to land yet another one.
Wilson, shown here, recently joined hundreds of Le Moyne students in attending the College’s Service Opportunities and Internship fairs. It provided them with a unique opportunity to learn how they can live the College’s Jesuit mission by giving back to the community and gain professional experience that will be invaluable to them when they graduate from Le Moyne and begin to search for their first post-college job.
“We wanted students to have a chance to learn about all of the opportunities that are available to them outside of the classroom, whether it is with a business, nonprofit, or cultural or social justice organization,” said Patti Bevans, director of career advising and development. “As a result of last year’s fair, more than 50 students received internships, and this year our goal is to do even better.”
More than 150 students completed an internship during the 2012-13 academic year, up from 80 the previous school year. During that same period, Le Moyne students performed more than 27,000 hours of service, helping Syracuse residents file their tax returns; rebuilding storm-damaged homes in New Orleans; caring for the sick in Ghana; and teaching English to children in Ecuador.
The 2013 Service Opportunities and Internship Fair came as the College is launching Ignite, a comprehensive career development plan that engages students in the process of choosing a profession by encouraging them to ask questions such as: Who am I? What are my passions and skills? Where do my talents meet the world’s needs? As part of Ignite, students were invited to attend a session prior to the fair to train them how to make the most of the opportunity to meet with prospective employers. Among the organizations represented at the fair were AFLAC, BNY Mellon, the FBI and the Rescue Mission.
Wilson, who spoke to representatives of several companies, including Cumuluus Broadcasting Co., said it was all part of the process of helping her to reach her end goal – a career in theatre.
“I am really looking for something that will allow me to be hands on and to grow so that I am able to support myself doing something that I love.”