Sunday Spotlight: Lakeside Leadership Academy – Education/Programming

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomed 14 Lakeside Leadership Academy (LLA) interns to the grounds in early May. Since then, they have been hard at work experiencing Lakeside, taking on challenges and advancing new projects within their work environments.

We would like to introduce this summer’s Educational Programming Intern, Youth Education/Music Intern and Arts/Entertainment Management Intern to the community.

Meet the LLA Education and Programming interns:

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Dakota Harkins
Position: Educational Programming Intern
School: University of Toledo, 2014
Major/Minor: Double Major in History & Anthropology
Hometown: Canal Fulton, Ohio

Why did you want to intern at Lakeside Chautauqua?

I chose to intern at Lakeside Chautauqua because it provided professional experience in many of the areas I enjoy and allowed me an opportunity to be in this rare community environment for a summer.

What’s your greatest accomplishment at work, so far?

My greatest accomplishment so far has been learning the style and format of the Lakesider newspaper so that I am able to write for the Education pages.

What are you looking forward to doing most this summer at Lakeside?

I am most looking forward to beginning my professional career in such a welcoming place and hopefully learning how to sail this summer.

Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?

In 10-15 years I hope to have my master’s in public history and to be living with my own family near my siblings and parents.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I started for four years playing volleyball at the University of Toledo.

 

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Audrey Mungovan
Position: Youth Education/Music Intern
School: Miami University, 2017
Major/Minor: Early Childhood Education (Major) with Music Performance (Minor) in Viola
Hometown: Delaware, Ohio

Why did you want to intern at Lakeside Chautauqua?

My family has a cottage at Lakeside, and I have been coming to spend my summers here since I was 8 years old. I absolutely love the atmosphere, people, purpose and all that is offered. I could not imagine spending my summers anywhere else.

I learned about this internship when I was younger and always told myself I would do it since I have always wanted to be a teacher. This internship is perfect for the career I wish to have in the future. I knew it would be a wonderful learning experience working with great people in a place I love, doing what I love.

What’s your greatest accomplishment at work, so far?

My greatest accomplishment so far at work would have to be planning and leading Memorial Day weekend Children’s Church. It was the first youth program I led at Lakeside, and it was a great learning experience, as well as fun.

I got to see the various age ranges of kids, and I was able to get my feet wet in leading programs before the Lakeside season began. I am most excited that the kids each wrote and decorated a card to give to the nearby veterans home in honor of Memorial Day. The kids did a great job thanking the soldiers for all they have done and for all they continue to do.

What are you looking forward to doing most this summer at Lakeside?

I am looking forward to being able to be creative and to share my new ideas and topics for the children’s programs here at Lakeside. I cannot wait to be able to teach/lead the youth programs that I was once a part of as a child, as well as introduce my own program, Lakeside Landmarks, to the kids.

Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?

In 10-15 years I can see myself pursuing my love for teaching either as an elementary school teacher, or as a Naturalist/Outdoor Educator for children and their families in a park system. I hope to be starting a family and keeping up with my love for music by being a part of a regional orchestra, or starting my own small music ensemble where I end up living.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I got to play my viola in Carnegie Hall with my high school orchestra, and it was such an amazing experience.

 

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Brooke Sargent
Position: Arts/Entertainment Management Intern
School: Capital University, 2014
Major/Minor: Music Industry (Major) with Business Management (Minor)
Hometown: Sandusky, Ohio

Why did you want to intern at Lakeside Chautauqua?

The Career Development Center at my school recommended that I apply for this opportunity and the more I learned about the internship and Lakeside itself, I kind of fell in love with the idea of spending my summer here. It’s rare to find a music industry/programming internship where you get to experience so many different events and concerts in such a short period of time. It’s really the perfect learning opportunity.

What’s your greatest accomplishment at work, so far?

My greatest accomplishments at work so far are just being at the programming and helping out in whatever ways I can at different events. Arts administration/programming work is something I’m really interested in for the future. It’s great to gain that hands-on experience and start developing those think-fast problem-solving skills.

What are you looking forward to doing most this summer at Lakeside?

I’m really excited to try new things and embrace the Lakeside Chautauqua experience. I can’t wait to bring my family and friends here to show them all of the fun things to do.

Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?

I have a very broad vision of the future, and I will be very happy with any work I can get within the music industry. Ideally, I’d like to be somewhere in California working for either a theater, an orchestra or a music publishing company. I could also see myself in a range of other places though; Nashville, Seattle, and Boston, just to name a few.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I play a lot of instruments. My primary instrument is oboe, but I have also played clarinet, saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone), English horn, piano and guitar.

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