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In order to get my degree in fashion merchandising, it is a requirement to complete an internship. And as hard as it is to believe, I am at that point in my college career. My internship is at a company called TalentPlus Universal, which was originally intended to be solely a summer thing. But, I am excited to say it has been extended into the fall! I am glad that they like me enough to keep me. I first found out about this internship opportunity back in February when I was at the National Association for Campus Activities conference in Boston. I spoke with a TalentPlus representative at a booth that was set up at a fair, and applied as soon as I got back home to St. Louis. My first official day was May 15.

TalentPlus Universal is an agency that is only located in St. Louis (in the Central West End, to be specific). There are four divisions within the company: TalentPlus Entertainment, Centro Models, TalentPlus Commercial, and TalentPlus Production Services. The agents at TalentPlus represent talent, which includes musicians, comedians, models, actors, hair/makeup stylists, and more. They are responsible for getting the talent bookings and handling their marketing. There are only 12 employees, plus three interns. It is like a family around the office because everyone works so closely with one another. There is even a TalentPlus pool party coming up. I’m really looking forward to that and getting to know everyone better outside the work environment.

Honestly, I can say I learn something new every day I am there. So much goes on between all four divisions. And I’ve never been in a setting such as this before, so it’s like a new world to me. Luckily, I’ve had the opportunity to see the way each division operates. I primarily work with Entertainment, analyzing and handling client social media and marketing. Within the Commercial division, I’ve helped film videos and edit them myself. This was a completely new and very exciting experience to me. Last, but not least, most days I work on my projects while sitting at the front desk. While there, I answer phone calls, process payments, and greet and direct visitors. I especially enjoy greeting models when they come in for photo shoots and model scouters traveling from other major fashion cities. There is definitely never a dull moment at TalentPlus!

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As those of you who’ve read my blogs know, I’ve been involved with the St. Louis Science Center since May.  I began as an intern there months ago in May the week after school got out for the summer, and in August I transitioned from an intern to a volunteer (with a nice, three-weeks-before-school-started break in between).  Every first Friday of the month, the Science Center has what is called – you guessed it! – First Friday.  This is a campus-wide event during which the museum stays open late.  Visitors can eat dinner at the Fizz Factory concession stand, catch an Omnimax film and a Center Stage show, and partake in various table-top activities that share a central theme.

I’ve been wanting to go to a First Friday event since June; however, I always happened to be busy on those Fridays (and inevitably free on the Fridays prior to and immediately following the “first” one).  But last night, I finally made it to the event.  And let me tell you – it was definitely worth it.

I took my parents to see the adorable new film “Born to Be Wild,” which tells the stories of two women – one in Kenya and one in Borneo – who are saving the lives of orphaned elephants and orangutans.  After that, we saw a special Center Stage presentation by the St. Louis Zoo that talked about the Zoo’s efforts to save endangered Hellbender salamanders (which, by the way, are native to Missouri) and penguins.  Later on, we saw my friend, Sara, holding one of her friends, an owl from the World Bird Sanctuary.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first First Friday.  I absolutely love the Science Center, and being able to go there after hours is always fun.  Next time you’re looking for inexpensive fun, I’d suggest that you make room on your calendar for a First Friday event.  It won’t let you down.

PS – Be sure to check out the upcoming First Friday events in addition to other fun happenings at the Science Center! http://www.slsc.org/AdultProgrammings/FirstFridays.aspx

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