Three Black Hills State University students recently received prestigious internship positions.

Mauli Delaney, senior speech communication major from Mitchell, recently accepted a stage apprenticeship position from the Sante Fe Opera in Sante Fe, N.M. Delaney’ duties will include skilled workmanship in all areas of stage operation including load in, running, storage, and maintenance of scenery in a safe and efficient manner. She will be on a crew of 24 with only five other females, who are all expected to work 6 to 7 days a weeks with 80-100 hour work weeks. The season runs from May 24 through Aug. 29, a total of 14 weeks with no guaranteed time off. The apprenticeship is a paid position that also provides housing. “This is an amazing opportunity, and I cannot wait to start,” notes Delaney.

Andrea Haugen, junior English education major from Spearfish, received an unpaid directing internship at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn. Her duties will include shadowing two directors as they open and close a show. Haugen will also have the privilege of seeing a script created and the process that goes into turning a book into a theatrical production and how the process starts. Her internship has already started to some extent as she participates in conference calls and is included in production emails.

Katrina Salitros, sophomore mass communication major from Vermillion, has recently accepted an internship at the Home Shopping Network (HSN) in St. Petersburg, Fla. HSN offers a summer internship program every year and 21 interns are selected for the program. Salitros will have the opportunity to learn all of the aspects of live TV, from pre-production and production to post-production editing. She will also learn how to operate the cameras, sound boards, and lights, as well as build and create all of the sets. “I am very excited about this great opportunity,” says Salitros.

The Internship Program at Black Hills State University presents an opportunity for students to obtain University credit hours by obtaining short-term employment in a position that relates to the student’s chosen field of study.
Hands-on work experience integrates the student’s classroom conceptual learning with practical employment. Throughout the internship, these work experiences complement and reinforce the student’s theoretical knowledge acquired from textbooks and lectures. The internship program is designed to provide not only practical experience but also a detailed evaluation of the intern’s performance. This detailed evaluation provides timely feedback that will improve and enhance the student’s employability as well as provide direction and planning regarding the student's career choice.