Highlights from the West Coast EXPLORE! Trips

The UCSO led a group of students to the West Coast to visit the Entertainment Industry in Los Angeles and several hot companies in Seattle, Washington.  Hear what students had to say about this experience:

“The Kelley Explore LA trip should be a requirement for any student who is even remotely considering a career in the Entertainment Industry. The faculty advisers set up some fantastic meetings with entertainment industry professionals, and these professionals offer some incredible insight on launching your career into the industry, whether that is in music, film, or any entertainment medium.” – Michael Higgins

“Thank you so much for all your hard work and coordination in putting together this Seattle Explore trip! As it comes to a close today, I can definitely say it has been one of the greatest and most valuable experiences of my life. I really learned a lot and felt like I was able to make some meaningful connections! Thank you for giving me and my classmates this incredible opportunity.” – Nathaniel Prather, Kelley 2020

To recap, 15 students went to Los Angeles and 21 in Seattle.  All students were extremely professional and well prepared…core qualities of a Kelley student.

Los Angeles – Entertainment site visits:

  • 180 LA – Advertising Agency
  • Ticketmaster/Live Nation/House of Blues
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Disney –  owns a variety of companies including ABC, ESPN, Disney Channel and Freeform, Disney Consumer Products, Disney Distribution Stores
  • Creative Artist Agency
  • United Talent Agency

Seattle – company site visits:

  • Microsoft
  • Amazon
  • Nordstrom
  • Starbucks

We also hosted an alumni reception in Seattle with 31 alumni attendees.  The students and alumni enjoyed networking with each other.

By Thao Nelson
Thao Nelson Senior Associate Director Thao Nelson