Anyone who knows senior creative writing major Kasy Long knows she is a huge Lucille Ball fan. In December 2015, she saw an opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to intern in the communications and marketing department at the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy in Jamestown, N.Y. In January 2016, she was selected to be a summer intern, and her dreams fell into place.
As soon as her junior year at ONU ended, Kasy traveled to Jamestown and jumped right in to a bustling operation in the midst of planning the 25th annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival featuring comedians Lewis Black, Brian Regan and “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. In addition, The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum was preparing to display new exhibits in the form of actual “I Love Lucy” costumes and props it received from Universal Studios to celebrate the show’s 65th anniversary.
When she wasn’t writing press releases or promotional copy, transcribing audio files, or delivering promotional materials for the festival around western New York, she was sitting in on conference calls with CNN or posting to the National Comedy Center’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
After her incredible experience at the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy, Kasy hopes to obtain a job in communications and marketing for a cultural museum. Her involvement in ONU’s school newspaper, The Northern Review, helped her realize her interest in journalism and communications.
“I love to promote unique and interesting events or organizations; thus, working for a museum would allow me to go to work each day and promote an institution that is very involved in community engagement.”
Kasy credits her ONU education for preparing her to do the work required of her this summer, and her lifelong love of Lucy for making it a dream come true.