Anderson University junior Tyler Dague, a communication arts major with an arts journalism cognate, will be interning this summer in New York City at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Dague will be working with their Visitors Services Department, giving tours of the facilities, providing pre-show and post-show briefings, working on public relations materials for Lincoln Center's summer festival, and assisting with events.
Dague, originally from St. Clairsville, Ohio, is one of only four students from across the nation to be selected for the internship program at Lincoln Center. He competed with students from major universities such as Columbia and New York University and was one of 13 students invited to Lincoln Center for a personal interview.
"I can't think of a more deserving student to receive this prestigious internship than Tyler," said Dr. Jeff Wright, Dean of the College of Arts. "Tyler is a gifted writer who works tirelessly to keep the arts in a prominent place in journalism. He will fit right into the artistic community at Lincoln Center, and he will represent AU well."
Dague shares this internship aligns with his future career goals in arts administration and policy along with a desire to freelance. He shares that his intent is to "advocate for opportunities for all to experience high-quality arts programming."
His work in admissions as a tour guide for the past three years helped prepare him for the internship required for the Lincoln Center Visitors Services Department. He also served as the student coordinator for admissions' first-ever Admitted Students Weekend this year that provided him firsthand experience in coordinating and presenting for a major guest event.
Dague also credits his faculty advisor, Dr. David Baird, professor of communication, with writing a letter of recommendation for the internship and the Center for Public Service for assisting with housing and transportation.
"AU has prepared me in many different ways to undertake this new journey in my life," said Dague. "The communication arts department has given me many opportunities to showcase my talents and pursue leadership within journalism. This internship allows me to take advantage of all the aspects of my AU career that I've enjoyed, and I couldn't be prouder that AU helped me get there."
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.