Remember when Barack Obama was nominated for president? Johnson & Wales University alum Barbara does; she was there, interning at the 2008 DNC.
The best part? Barbara proved she thrived in event management, working crazy hours at Denver's Pepsi Center to make the DNC a success. Before she graduated, she was hired full-time.
Barbara Young ’10 From Seattle, Washington
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"I Have to Work Here!" It was love at first sight when Barbara visited Pepsi Center. Roaming the 19,000-seat mega-venue, she imagined working Denver Nuggets games.
"One of my earliest memories is singing the Monday night football song with my family,” she says. It was destiny. She thought, “I have to work here."
JWU Professor Opens Door to Internship Back on campus, she raved about the center to her professor, Stephen Pyle.
"He’s been a phenomenal mentor," Barbara says. Sure enough, he called her before the DNC was even announced.
“I have this internship,” he told her. “Are you interested?” “Experience of a Lifetime” at the DNC The next few weeks were the most intense of Barbara’s life. The center was transformed. Media tents filled the lot.
Each day, she raced to meet the DNC’s facility needs. At night, she worked private parties and events for Obama.
“I didn’t get too much sleep,” she laughs. “There were some of those nights where you pretty much stayed there, and went home to take a shower!”
"It took us all a couple of hours just to get on property, because each of our cars were individually searched. You thought, 'Oh great, I get to get a few of hours of sleep, I’ll relax.' No!"
Crazy Job, But You Can Do It Will you be our next intern at the 2012 DNC, right down the street from our Charlotte Campus? Go for it, Barbara says — it’s definitely worth it! “I went through it, too,” she laughs. “You’ll make it. You’ll be just fine.”
How do you turn your DNC internship into a career? Ask Barbara: she did it in downtown Denver's events industry. read more