Over the past 10 years, BVTLive! has partnered with the Communication Studies Department at West Chester University. More than 30 students have interned at the award winning entertainment company, and have learned valuable skills that have helped them in their successful careers.
BVTLive! is a local Chadds Ford based entertainment agency that is led by West Chester University Alum, Kurt Titchenell. The company manages twelve party dance bands, as well as award winning jazz, pop, classical, and specialty acts. BVTLive!’s bands perform at high end weddings, galas and other events. Booking and managing over 750 events a year, BVTLive! is recommended by most Philadelphia area hotels, private clubs and other venues for their spectacular entertainment.
While interning at BVTLive!, interns focus on the marketing and media aspect of the company. Interns will often help manage the official BVTLive! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn accounts. They also receive a chance to write news stories and blogs for the website and attend different events that BVTLive!’s bands perform.
Students gain an understanding of a work environment while applying administrative, communication, event planning, and marketing skills. Former BVTLive! interns have gone on to work at QVC, Victoria Secret, The Maury Show, Tierney, local newspapers and other public relations agencies.
We asked former interns, Maddie Ball, Nick Gremminger, Jason Mandragona, Meghan Kennedy, Lesley Abrams and Callie Smith to tell us about their experience at BVTLive!, and how the skills they learned helped them in their future careers.
Maddie Ball completed her internship at BVTLive! during the spring semester. After working at BVTLive, Maddie is preparing to start her internship at QVC this summer in their Community Affairs department. She said in regards to her time at BVT “The skills I learned at BVT, as well as experience I gained was extremely valuable and helped me prepare for the corporate world”. Maddie Ball is planning to graduate early from West Chester University and is excited to start her career with the skills she learned at BVTLive!
Nick Gremminger is a junior at West Chester University and has interned at BVT for 9 months. When asked about his time at the company, Nick said “ I came in as a novice college student, and BVTLive! has helped me gained the skills to be successful as a young professional”. Through working at BVTLive!, Nick gained valuable experience working for TapSnap, a photo entertainment system, that has recently partnered with BVTLive!. By networking and creating relationships with TapSnap, Nick was an essential part of creating the partnership. Nick is graduating in the spring of 2015, and plans have a career in sales and marketing.
Jason Mandragona is a recent graduate of West Chester University. Jason interned for BVTLive! for a year, starting in the fall of 2012 and graduated in 2013. Jason is currently working for BVTLive! as the business development manager for the company. After interning for BVTLive!, Jason thought it was necessary to have someone in the office to manage the marketing department. When asked about his time as an intern, Jason said, “It was the most essential part of my undergraduate degree. The eclectic skills and responsibilities I learned along the way prepared me for the business world, giving me an advantage over most college graduates.” Jason is also the supervisor for the internship division and trains all interns in their tasks at BVTLive!.
Meghan Kennedy also completed her internship this spring and is continuing on by interning at The Lancaster New Era Newspaper in the summer and in fall has plans to intern with Boyd Tamney Cross Public Relations agency, a medium-sized public relations and marketing agency in Wayne, PA. Meghan said “BVTLive! not only taught me more about public relations and social media but it is the reason I received my new internships opportunities for both the summer and the fall. I am thankful to have worked for such a kind and influential group of people”. Meghan is planning on graduating in the spring of 2015 from West Chester University.
After recently getting back in touch with former intern Lesley Abrams, BVTLive! was delighted to hear how well she was doing working for Victoria Secret in New York City. Lesley is currently an Internet Merchandiser at Victoria Secret and says “The experience and confidence I gained from working on BVT’s website was more than I could have ever hoped for, and it is one of the main reasons I was able to get the job that I am still at today”. She continued to say “Kurt and everyone at BVTLive! are truly caring people who want to help their interns gain as much experience as possible”. Everyone at BVTLive! wishes Lesley the best in her future endeavors.
Finally, BVTLive! heard back from Callie Smith who interned with BVT in 2012 for 6 months. After Callie’s time at BVTLive!, she continued on to work Boyd Tamney Cross, and from there is now working for Tierney Communications, which is a top full service public relations, and advertising agency in Philadelphia. In regards to her time at BVTLive!, Callie said “BVTLive! was a crucial internship for me. I learned so much from Kurt and the rest of the people involved with BVTLive!. I’d recommend this internship to any motivated Communication Studies student”. Callie was asked to stay at Tierney as the assistant to the COO at Tierney and will later transition in to Public Relations department full time.
BVTLive! wishes the best to all of their former interns and is very proud of what they have all accomplished. Kurt Titchenell said “ I love to help students anyway I can, and they help me as much as I help them. I always like to give back to the school and to help students jump start their careers”.
The internship offered by BVTLive! gives students the opportunity to learn skills that many entry-level job positions require after graduation. BVTLive! is always interested in students applying for the position and accepts resumes year round.