Prestigious Wolf Trap Internship Propels Mason Patriots to Success
Posted: August 20, 2014 at 5:02 am, Last Updated: August 25, 2014 at 9:10 am
By Jamie Rogers
Ian Mostrom was right where he wanted to be this summer—taking photographs of celebrities at the famed Wolf Trap venue.
George Mason University had two interns at Wolf Trap, who competed with 1,000 people for the 33 coveted slots that Princeton Review named as one of America’s top 100 internships. Mostrom and fellow Patriot Alex Interlandi did different jobs at the venue but both came away with hands-on experience that they can take into the workforce.
Mostrom, who graduated this spring from George Mason, interned as the house photographer for Wolf Trap’s Communications and Marketing Department in Vienna, Va. He spent the summer photographing the performances of Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Cee-Lo Green and others.
“I’ve never had the clearance to shoot big-name performances,” says Mostrom, who has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in photography. “It was a great experience for me.”
He was able to rent a high-quality telephoto lens from Wolf Trap to shoot the performances, giving him that professional edge. “They gave me the full opportunity to get the photos they needed and what I can use for my portfolio,” Mostrom says.
But it wasn’t all about the stars. As an intern, Mostrom says he was charged with capturing the Patron Experience. “It’s a laid-back, fun experience,” Mostrom says of patron visits to Wolf Trap. “You bring your own chair, you bring your own drink; it’s what you make it.”
Mostrom, a Springfield native, plans to return to Mason for the new Master of Science in Management program. He says he hopes the degree will help him manage the business aspect of being a photographer.
Interlandi, a senior at Mason, worked in development for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, assisting the major gifts team in securing annual gifts of $25,000 or more. She also wrote two grant proposals totaling $30,000, Interlandi says.
“This is the first [internship] I’ve walked away from and said, ‘Wow, this is what I want to do.’” Interlandi, a music major and arts management minor, says. “I’m still able to keep the music and keep the arts in my life without performing or teaching. I think I’ve found my niche.”
Interlandi, who was adopted from China when she was 15 months old, also received the Wolf Trap Multicultural Initiative Award, which helped the Connecticut native pay for living expenses this summer.
Interlandi says the 12-week internship has spurred her to seek a career at a nonprofit arts organization in a position similar to her internship she hopes, where she focuses on stewarding donors and being a face of the organization.
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