In February, UNI Bachelor of Liberal Studies major, Sharla Brunsvold had the opportunity to brush elbows with big-name celebrities, thanks to her internship with the exclusive Night Before Oscars event in Los Angeles.
The event was a fundraiser for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, an organization that aims to provide support to workers in the entertainment industry. Brunsvold, a senior, is the first out-of-state student to be selected for the internship.
Brunsvold helped prepare for the event leading up to the big night by assisting in facilitating the festivities. Back home on the UNI campus, Brunsvold works as an event coordinator for Maucker Union on campus, a job giving her experience in the logistical work event planning arena. The Night at the Oscars event was on a much bigger scale.
“The event itself was an entirely different experience,” Brunsvold said. “The talent I met at the event is unreal. with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, I truly didn't understand how monumental this was until after the event.”
Brunsvold also interned with a Minneapolis event management company, where she had the opportunity to work as event staff for the 2018 Super Bowl.
“The opportunities [UNI has] given me are second to none,” she said. “They have allowed me to grow as an event coordinator and as a person.”
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