With the help of an E&H alumni connection, an Emory & Henry junior will be spending the summer in a dream internship, working for the Academy of Country Music in Los Angeles.
Christina Druen of Nelson County, Va. majors in mass communications with minors in business management and music. Currently, Druen is involved heavily on campus as the director of EHC-TV, president of the Choral Department, secretary of Alpha Psi Omega, and member of Students for St. Jude, and manager of the Theatre Department House.
Druen has always wanted to work within the music industry. Last year at Founder’s Day, her opportunity arose when 1991 E&H graduate Erick Long, senior vice president for operations and events at the Academy, visited campus and was honored as a distinguished alumnus. During his visit he spoke with Druen about her career ambitions and preparations. That meeting led to the internship.
Emory & Henry's liberal arts education has provided me with a wide variety of skills I need to go out into the workforce. I, also, cannot stress how important it is to connect with alumni. We have successful graduates from all over who want to help.Christina DruenStudent
Druen said the internship will involve many tasks, but she hopes to apply her time and skills as much as possible to design and video work.
And she will get a taste of what to expect this Sunday, April 19, when she works as part of the crew with the 50th anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas. The event will be hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, just some of the stars she will likely encounter during her dream summer internship.
Earlier this spring, Druen was honored with a silver award from the Southwest Virginia chapter of the American Advertising Federation for her work on a video promoting the Kickstarter campaign for the music band Annabelle’s Curse.