Placement: Marymount University and Hungarian American Coalition, Washington D.C.: June 25 – September 15, 2017
The objective of Orsolya’s internship was to learn about marketing tools for cultural events, theater management, use of social media, grant-seeking techniques, sponsorships etc., as these methods are still in their early stages in Serbia. So apart from her regular meetings at the Faculty of Communication and Media Sciences at Marymount University (Arlington, VA), Orsolya spent one month in New York City getting experience in theater production, stage and design production, promotional methods for cultural events including exhibits, lectures and conferences. She also attended Hungarian Communion of Friends’ ITT-OTT conference in August helping the Bocskai Radio with the production of interviews and short film clips. In September, Orsolya attended the 62nd Hungarian Scout Festival in Cleveland and became familiar with the operation of the Hungarian Heritage Museum.
“My expectations were greatly exceeded, and I tried to get up as early as possible and go to bed as late as possible to extend my days. Competition is very intense in the US, as everyone needs to constantly prove that he or she is the best for that position, and because everyone does this I felt constant motivation. While I was in the US, this momentum stuck to me, and now it drives me even more in my work at home”.
Orsolya Gazsó holds a graduate degree in Communications and Media Sciences from the University of Szeged, Hungary. She is originally from a small town in Vojvodina, Serbia called Bačka Topola (Topolya). Prior to her internship in DC, she worked as a program coordinator and PR manager at Kosztolányi Dezső Theatre in Szabadka, Serbia and she was also the creator and editor of a weekly 30-minute-long Hungarian radio program entitled “Let’s talk” at Radio Novi Sad, in which she interviews everyday heroes and people with interesting professions and achievements in their own fields of interest.