Hello! It’s time to take center stage and introduce myself. My name is Cass, and I am the summer 2021 intern for the Egyptian Theatre. I am a senior at Northern Illinois University, graduating in December with a degree in Psychology, a degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Services, and a certificate in Nonprofit and NGO Studies. When I begin adulting in January of 2022, I would like to pursue a career in child welfare or international relations, preferably with a nonprofit or NGO. The nonprofit sector captivated my attention because nonprofit organizations are mission-driven over profit-driven, collaborative, and have work that is different every day.
Since I was a child, I have appreciated live theatre. From attending the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with John Williams to Wagner’s Ring Cycle to the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker to Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton to the live shows at Walt Disney World, my family has fostered the self-expression and rich culture of the performing arts. I was ecstatic when I found out I could work with the Egyptian Theatre for my nonprofit and NGO internship. COVID-19 has had crippling effects on the theatre, and I firmly believe that as a community we need to invest our time, money, and talents into reconnecting the performing arts to showcase culture, strengthen community, and provide a unique outlet for entertainment.
This summer, I will be working on strengthening the partnership between the Egyptian Theatre and Northern Illinois University. The NIU student population is vital for the businesses of DeKalb and the culture of the community. I would like to establish a foundational relationship between the Egyptian Theatre and the major student-run organizations across campus. By connecting with students at NIU, the Egyptian Theatre will reach a wider young audience to contribute to the health of the performing arts industry.
Thank you to the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and the Egyptian Theatre for making this summer internship possible. I love the energy and vibrant culture of the staff and environment at the Egyptian Theatre, and I am excited to connect my passion for the arts with the culture and history of the Egyptian Theatre. I would also like to thank the Nonprofit and NGO Studies faculty and staff for leaving a significantly positive impact on my education through real world experiences, individual attention, and providing me with outlets to explore my passions.