Alumna, Janelle Hopkins, recruits MSU students in the AD+PR department to join her Meridian Entertainment team
By: Amber Cooper
When it comes to being a pro in the live event industry, Meridian Entertainment is one of the best organizations around. From consultation to marketing, management, programming and more, Meridian Entertainment does it all. With offices in Lansing, Monroe, Traverse city, and Kalamazoo, Meridian is a Michigan-based company that produces events throughout the United States. Meridian has worked with several different major artists and have had contracts with many different entertainment venues, such as Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Meridian Entertainments hard work has not gone unnoticed, in 2017 Meridian was a Talent Buyer of the Year nomination recipient.
MSU alumna, Janelle Hopkins, was an intern for Meridian Entertainment during her time as a student at MSU. After graduating in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in advertising management, Hopkins kept in touch with her advisors at Meridian Entertainment and her persistence landed her a job as a talent buyer there.
“My biggest challenge after graduating was finding a job, I would spend hours filling out job applications, but ultimately what helped me land a job was the fact that I stayed in touch with the directors from my internship. I always reached out and said, ‘hey Merry Christmas, I’m looking for a job by the way’ and it end up working in my favor.”
Hopkins has been using her position at Meridian to provide internship opportunities for MSU students in the Department of AD+PR.
“The ideal intern for Meridian Entertainment is someone who is self-motivated and works well in a hands-on environment,” said Hopkins. “When I’m searching for interns, I’m looking for someone who isn’t afraid to take initiative and do things on their own.”
Meridian Entertain has continuous positions open for interns at their Lansing location, there are usually about 10-12 interns at a time. At Meridian, students have the opportunity to be hands-on in the production of events and concerts. Meridian interns write press releases, coordinate interviews between artists and multiple media partners, research artist availability, amend contracts, and more.
Students interested interning with Meridian Entertainment should visit www.meridianconcerts.com to learn more.