Millbrook grad wins dream internship at Kennedy Center

Alena Beasley

Alena Beasley flew all the way to London and back before discovering her dream was in Washington.

A spring intern at the Kennedy Center, the 22-year-old former Frederick County resident said she applied last summer after returning from oversees, but figured the chance of working there was a long shot.

Then after four months of waiting, she learned on Thanksgiving Day the internship was hers.

“I feel like [London is] part of the reason I got selected for this internship,” she said in a recent phone interview from Washington.

A senior at George Mason University, Beasley is studying event management and plans to graduate next month.

“The Kennedy Center has given me that arts background that I never had before,” she said.

“I am open to all opportunities. I have been looking throughout the U.S. and internationally, and honestly I’m just ready for anything,” she said.

At the Kennedy Center, she and 29 other spring interns assist various departments through the National Partnerships office, a subdivision of the Kennedy Center Education Department, which a news release from the arts and music venue stated provides leadership and professional learning through conferences, educational seminars, online opportunities, resources and technical assistance.

Beasley works in the educational department with the National Partnerships team planning events and conducting conferences. She said she needed two internships to complete course requirements at George Mason and chose the ones she did in part to gain widespread experience.

The London internship was part of a study abroad program George Mason partners on with Anglo Educational Services. The internship drew students from various majors, and Beasley said she qualified by having good grades, submitting writing samples and acing her phone interviews.

While studying in London, she took a British culture historical class at the University of London on Mondays and Fridays, and interned Tuesday through Thursday.

Excited for the future, she said she would advise others seeking internships not to limit themselves.

“[They should] do what they love, but not be afraid to explore it in a new light.”

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com