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Interested in becoming part of our team? The Parade Company is currently recruiting a 30-Week Event Intern for our May-December Internship.

30 Week Intern Responsibilities
May-December 2017

The Parade Company offers a well-rounded internship that touches on all aspects of the event industry.  Interns will be involved in budgets, marketing, sponsorship, communication, planning, coordinating, logistics, event management and sales.  Below is a sample of the scope of work interns will be involved with throughout the 30 weeks.  This is a full-time internship working on average 8:30 – 5 Monday through Friday with a few Saturday’s and late nights during event time.

The Parade Company is a non-profit organization that produces family events for the community.  There are 12 full-time staff members and over 1000 volunteers that work on events year round.  We consider interns part of the team and develop them into leaders.  To learn more about The Parade Company visit

Ford Fireworks Rooftop Party

  • Merchandise for all activities and games
  • Phone Orders | Return Inquiries
  • Vendor Communication
  • On-site; set-up & tear down, will call, etc.
  • Pre and Post Event Logistics, timeline
  • Manage table tents, table numbering, event program
  • Work with Marketing on signage; in-kind & sponsor
  • Assist with activity and craft selections
  • Work with volunteers who will be managing the activities and give-a-ways at the event
  • Post event tax letters

General Summer

  • Assist with the following:
    • Rivers Days 10k & 5k (June 10)
    • Summer Arts Program – Kids Camp and Parade
    • Cruise in Shoes 5k (August 19)
    • Prepare for fall activities – creative brainstorming (Parade, Hob Nobble Gobble, Studio Events)
    • events that The Parade Company is contracted to produce

Distinguished Clown Corps

  • Schedule Fittings
  • Assist with packet mailing, assembling packets, etc.
  • Assist with Distinguished Grand Jester Event; mailings, vendor contracts, set-up & tear down
  • Assist in registration fulfillment; payments, ticket orders, costumes, itineraries
  • DCC Photo Book | Scrapbook

Distinguished Clown Breakfast

  • Plan, coordinate, execute breakfast for the members of the clown corps and family (600+ attendees)

Hob Nobble Gobble presented by Ford

  • Merchandise
  • Phone Orders | Return Inquiries
  • Sit in on bid proposals | planning meetings | sponsorship | creative
  • On-site; table assignments, décor, greeting guests, will call, give-a-ways
  • Work directly with the CMU students that assist with production
  • Pre and post event logistics
  • Mailings & assembling invites
  • Event photo recap book

America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Ford

  • Research groups for Specialty Units & Dance Groups
  • Gather insurance, waivers, completed information from each unit (marching bands, dance groups, community service)
  • Assist with unit leader meetings, reporting information, etc.
  • Manage dance team banner carriers
  • Develop Parade Day line-up book for unit marshals (float, costumes, number of marchers, music, etc.)
  • Assist VIP Coordinator w/ transportation, travel, hospitality, interview schedules, golf cart driver training (VIP & BODs), etc.
  • Costuming; fitter packet, Parade Day make-up artists
  • Float music; select 2-3 songs per float, work with team on formatting
  • Help with volunteer choreography orientations at the studio


  • Preview Party (set-up & tear down)
  • VIP Pancake Breakfast (set-up & tear down)
  • Assist with Skillman Float Design contest and press conference
  • Neighborhood Thanksgiving Dinner at The Parade Studio coordination assistance
  • Helping out where needed – sponsorship fulfillment, mailings, answering the phone, help keep office area tidy, greeting special guests at the door, volunteer projects, etc.

Please email resume and cover to Jessica Kaminskas |

Resumes will be accepted until the position has been filled. Click here for the downloadable PDF of the Event Intern Responsibilities.

The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation is governed by key civic and corporate leaders representing the primary industrial, retail, automotive and institutional organizations that define the greater Detroit community. Their active involvement ensures that America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van remains a vital part of metropolitan Detroit’s cultural community.

  • Executive Committee

    Daniel J. LoeppChairBlue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
    Eric LarsonImmediate Past ChairDowntown Detroit Partnership
    Matt HowellTreasurerDeloitte
    Anthony T. MichaelsPresident & CEOThe Parade Company
    Rod AlbertsDirectorDetroit Auto Dealers Association
    Van ConwayDirectorVan Conway & Partners LLC
    Matthew P. CullenDirectorRock Ventures
    Bud DenkerDirectorPenske Corporation
    Deborah I. DingellDirectorD2 Strategies
    Linda ForteDirectorComerica Bank
    Ryan MaibachDirectorBarton Malow
    Sean MoranDirectorMorgan Stanley Wealth Management
    Sandra E. PierceDirectorHuntington Bank
    Robert G. RineyDirectorHenry Ford Health System
    Zan NicolliCounselDickinson Wright

    Board of Directors

    Larry AlexanderDetroit Metro Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
    Margaret AlleseeCommunity Philanthropist
    Timothy B. AshleyPNC
    Dale AustinCommunity Philanthropist
    Beth ChappellDetroit Economic Club
    John CullenJones Lang LaSalle
    April DonaldsonStrategic Staffing Solutions
    Marla DrutzWDIV
    Bill EmersonRock Holdings Inc.
    Warren C. EvansWayne County
    Patrick FentonRainbow Child Care Center
    John FikanyQuicken Loans
    Ron GantnerPlante Moran
    James GrahamFord Motor Company
    Ray HarrisNederlander
    Tricia KeithBlue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
    Debbie KenyonCBS Radio
    Thomas J. LewandShinola
    Dennis Mannion
    Faye Alexander NelsonDTE Energy Foundation
    Tom O’BrienWJR
    Francine PeguesCommunity Philanthropist
    Vivian PickardCommunity Philanthropist
    Lauren RakoltaDevon Facility Management LLC
    Gino RoncelliRoncelli
    Sydney RossGreat Lakes Wine & Spirits
    Matt RossettiRossetti
    Peter SchweitzerCommunity Philanthropist
    Paula SilverDTE Energy
    Roland TrombleyComcast
    Gretchen ValadeDetroit Jazz Festival
    Debra A.VanElslanderArt Van/Community Philanthropist


    Tony Michaels
    President & CEO
    Jessica Kaminskas
    Chief Operating Officer
    CarolAnn Barbb
    Director of Events
    Alex Fedirko
    Assistant Art Director
    Arlene King
    Director of Costuming
    Doug Kurtis
    Turkey Trot Race Director
    Kim Lowell-Leverett
    Director of Volunteer Services & Tours
    Kathleen Molloy
    Special Events Manager
    Don Morris
    Sr. Director Event Ops
    Sharon Morris
    Tour & Project Specialist
    Cristina Rus
    Director of Adminstrative Initiatives & Big Head Corps Manager
    Eric Schmitt
    Art Director
    Kari Shepley
    Sponsorship Activation & Project Manager
    Shambhavi Sriharsha
    Director of Finance
    Scott Stein
    Appearance Manager, Facility & Operations
    Marvin Thomas
    Director of Facility Operations
    Sarah Swanson
    The Fulkerson Group
    Sponsorship Director
    Bill Hadden
    Media Matters Group
    Heather George
    Lovio George