Internship Spotlight: Hannah Hudson, Arizona Arts Live


Hannah Hudson '24 BSBA (Business Management) was a Student Events Intern at Arizona Arts Live in Tucson, AZ.

What was the process of getting this internship, job, or summer experience?  

I met the director of Arizona Arts Live through the university’s programming board, the Wildcat Events Board, and connected with him over LinkedIn. After connecting, we set up a few coffee chats to talk about campus events and he offered me a summer internship with Arizona Arts Live.

What was a typical day like?

I would arrive between 9:45am-10:00am. I would then work on my task list for the day. This could include event marketing, content creation, organizing promotional materials, and contacting local venues. I would leave around 4:00pm or 5:00pm. When there would be a show, I would arrive for soundcheck and then help with cleanup and break down. 

What was your favorite part of the experience?

My favorite part of the experience was being able to work on HOCO Fest, a music festival located at Hotel Congress. I was tasked with campus engagement, which focused on creating buzz for students and marketing. I was able to attend the festival as well and work a promotional booth for Arizona Arts Live. 

If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: 

The big project I was tasked with was an engaging summer content series. I had full creative freedom with assistance from my supervisor, and I decided to create a ‘10 Things to do in Tucson for Under $10’ Instagram Reels series. It was a really fun and engaging project. I enjoyed being able to see all the interesting things around town that people could go enjoy for less than ten dollars.  

What did you learn?

I learned about show planning, event promotion, and creating a content series. 

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar experience, or advice for future students to be successful?

My best advice would be to always network! Even a simple introduction or LinkedIn connection could turn into an amazing experience, internship, or job.

How did Eller Prepare you for this experience?

Eller definitely helped me feel more confident in connecting with professionals and networking. 

Did you feel supported by the company or organization you worked with? 

Yes! Arizona Arts Live was very supportive and inclusive. They would always encourage my creativity and support my ideas. If needed, working from home was no problem. Their number one priority was the health of their employees. They also offered me professional advice and helped me grow as an individual.