Meet The Kiss-Terns: Kallie!

July 31, 2019

Hi everyone! My name is Kallie Olear and I have spent this amazing summer interning at Entercom with the promotions department. I am a senior at Mercyhurst University pursuing a degree in Communications and I am loving every minute of it. Before I continue my last year at school, I am looking back on this summer which makes me wonder where the time has gone. It seems that it was just yesterday I was wearing my Kiss the Summer Hello shirt, gearing up my fanny pack, and putting on the all access pass for the first time. Now that it has been a few months since then, I have realized how much experience I have gained working with promotions from the first event to the last and I couldn’t ask for a better internship.

With the promotions department, I immediately was already being put out of my comfort zone by calling people I didn’t know. I will be the first to admit that it makes me quite nervous because I have a tendency to talk to fast and fumble over my words. However, after making many phone calls I started becoming more comfortable.  I even volunteer to do the phone calls now because I actually enjoy them and I never thought I would say that…ever. I have also realized how much the promotions department is responsible for when it comes to the major events. I feel like you forget that someone out there has to laminate passes, write out meet-and-greets, make and cut out lanyards, and even fold t-shirts. These are all tasks I have completed and though my hands were cramping after writing all the Why Don’t We meet-and-greets, I still thought it was cool that I got to write them.

After preparing all the small details, I finally got to work the real events. From Kiss the Summer Hello and Kerfuffle to other events like Starry Night in the Garden and a Golf Tournament. Experiencing the many different atmospheres and the different jobs that needed to be accomplished. By working in different atmospheres, I learned how to adjust to the people around me. An example would be that the KTSH concert was a younger teen crowd compared to Starry Night which was a more formal adult venue. Some of my jobs included transportation assistant (extremely important with the larger concerts), checking in VIP, chipping contests, and assisting vendors. The work put into these long days has been an eye-opening experience and seeing first hand behind the scenes made this internship unforgettable.

I can’t begin to say how much Entercom has exceeded my expectations this summer.  I have learned what it is like to run into complications and the time and patience needed is crucial. My communication skills as well as my professionalism has grown, making me excited to see what life has in store for me after college. From starting out as a nervous and easily star struck intern (literally speechless in front of Ava Max), to a developing confident intern moving forward and I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities I have been given.