Internship Spotlight – Kelly Paschall, MGM Resorts International

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Kelly Paschall is double majoring in Business Management and Marketing and will graduate in May 2019.  She interned this summer for MGM Resorts International as the Corporate Entertainment HIP Intern in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of the internship was the hands-on experience I got and all the opportunities that came long with it. I worked in the booking department and was hands-on with all of MGM’s entertainment venues. I also had the opportunity to shadow other aspects of the entertainment department such as work operations for the ACES basketball game, guest services for a UFC fight, ticketing for Kevin Hart, and front of house for Stevie Wonder. Through my experience I definitely found a passion for booking and operations in the entertainment industry and with MGM.

If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: For the summer, I was assigned one big project to work on throughout my 10 weeks with MGM. The project was to create a pitch deck for a U.K. based boxing company, called Matchroom, and make a convincing presentation for the company to try and get them to have its boxing matches at MGM properties. Halfway through the summer, my executives had the meeting with Matchroom and used my pitch deck that I made, and I was fortunate enough to sit in on the meeting. After the meeting, Matchroom liked what they heard and we were able to move on to the next steps. I spent the second half of the summer working on the next steps with Matchroom in hopes to have its boxing matches come to MGM.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Students who are looking for internships in the entertainment industry it is important to just put yourself out there and network. MGM Resorts International had a booth at the Eller Expo and I was able to go up to them and talk to them about their entertainment department and get more information from there and I continued to follow-up with them. Throughout this summer I had the opportunity to meet people that work in all aspects of entertainment and I was able to make a connection with them. I would email them and stay in contact with them so they would remember who I was, I would also set up one on ones with people that I would meet just so I can learn more about the industry. Making connections is important and will definitely help get in the entertainment industry.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller prepared myself greatly for this experience, especially through first semester of Eller. BCOM 314 definitely had the most impact on me and what I learned in that class and from all the group work I was able to apply over summer. I had to work on presentations and work in teams frequently over summer and was well prepared for it because of my experience with BCOM and Eller as a whole.

Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided resources for me to secure housing and/or find a roommate.