I did not know about the Entertainment Management program when I transferred to the University of Montana. I did not know anything about the entertainment industry either. I happily stumbled upon what has now consumed the past two years of my education. The UMEM program offers students an inside look into a business industry no one really looks at. I have been given many opportunities to meet different people in the business and work with them on inside projects while gaining firsthand experience. I have interned with the Red Lodge Songwriter Festival, helped create, market and distribute a record album with Switchback Records, and have participated in the Vegas Music Summit, Montana Music Summit and the IEBA (International Entertainment Buyers Association) Conference. All of these giving me hands-on experience and an expansive network of professionals in the industry. The UMEM program helped me figure out what I wanted to do as well as gave me lifelong friends and outrageous and unforgettable memories.
I just finished up the online courses, Event Management and Principles of Entertainment Management I (BMGT 401 & 402) and wanted to personally thank you for both of the courses this summer semester. I thoroughly enjoyed both classes, as they were so different from any other business class I have taken thus far at UM. The layout of the classes were awesome and the content was great as well. I will definitely suggest these classes to my colleagues.
I began my internship at the Missoula Downtown Association in June and have truly enjoyed every second. I have learned so much about the importance of community events and have worked diligently with the staff to make sure there is always something exciting happening downtown.
One of my favorite parts was supervising the Out To Lunch concert series in Caras Park. Bands from all over came to perform at this free event and I was thrilled to be a part of it every Wednesday afternoon.
Being the Art Show Director for the 10th Annual River City Roots Festival was one of the highlights of my summer and allowed me to apply all of the knowledge I've gained from the UMEM, Missoula Independent and now, the MDA to an exciting portion of the landmark festival.
I strongly encourage my fellow UMEM friends to pursue internships in Missoula because they are filled with relevant hands-on experience and most importantly, are exciting and fun!
Entertainment Management is committed to providing real-world learning opportunities to our students. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To find out how an internship can qualify for academic credit, please contact College of Business Internship Director Kathleen Tarkalson at email@example.com or 406-243-6771 and see the Internship Program website.
Internships can be found in local companies and multi-national corporations. Here are some select employers who are hiring UMEM students:
The UMEM office is located on the lower level of the Gallagher Business Building in GBB L02. The office is a resource for our students and our instructors and a base of operations for UMEM.
Computer workstations inside the office offer access to entertainment industry websites such as Venues Today, Pollstarpro.com and Celebrity Access. This computer access is available to students in the program who have purchased their course pack from The Bookstore.
Come by and check it out! It's a great place to study, work on group projects and meet other students.