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2020 Internship Position Opportunity Available

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 Saturdays and late nights during event season.

The Parade Company is a non-profit organization that produces family events for the community. There are 16 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.

Ford Fireworks Rooftop Party presented by Ford

  • Merchandise for all activities and games
  • Phone Orders | Return Inquiries
  • Vendor Communication
  • On-site; set-up & tear-down, will-call
  • 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:
    • River Days 10k & 5k
    • Summer Arts Program – Kids Camp and Parade
    • Cruise in Shoes 5k
    • Prepare for fall activities – creative brainstorming (Parade, Hob Nobble Gobble®, Studio Events)
    • Auxiliary events that The Parade Company is contracted to produce

Distinguished Clown Corps®

  • Schedule Fittings
  • Assist with assembling and mailing packets
  • 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
  • Attend bid proposals, planning, sponsorship, creative meetings
  • 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 Art Van

  • 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
  • Manage dance team banner carriers
  • Develop Parade Day line-up book for unit marshals (float, costumes, number of marchers, music)
  • 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 the team on formatting
  • Help with volunteer choreography orientations at the studio


  • Preview Party (set-up & tear down)
  • Pancake Breakfast (set-up & tear down)
  • Assist with Skillman Foundation Float Design contest and press conference
  • Assist as needed – sponsorship fulfillment, mailings, answering the phone, help keep office area tidy, greeting special guests at the door, volunteer projects,

Please email your resume and cover to Jessica Kaminskas at Resumes will be accepted until the position has been filled.


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
    Robert G. RineyVice-ChairHenry Ford Health System
    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
    Eric LarsonDirectorDowntown Detroit Partnership
    Ryan MaibachDirectorBarton Malow
    Sean MoranDirectorMorgan Stanley Wealth Management
    Sandra E. PierceDirectorHuntington Bank
    Matthew J. SimonciniDirectorLear Corporation
    Zan NicolliCounselDickinson Wright

    Board of Directors

    Larry AlexanderDetroit Metro Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
    Margaret AlleseeCommunity Philanthropist
    Timothy B. AshleyPNC
    Beth ChappellRediMinds Company
    Diane CharlesArt Van Furniture
    John CullenJones Lang LaSalle
    April DonaldsonStrategic Staffing Solutions
    Lynette DowlerDTE Energy Foundation
    Marla DrutzWDIV
    Bill EmersonRock Holdings Inc.
    Warren C. EvansWayne County
    Patrick FentonRainbow Child Care Center
    John FikanyThe Fikany Group
    Ron GantnerPlante Moran
    James GrahamFord Motor Company
    Ray HarrisNederlander
    Tricia KeithBlue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
    Debbie KenyonEntercom
    Thomas J. LewandShinola
    Dennis Mannion
    Faye Alexander Nelson
    Vivian PickardCommunity Philanthropist
    Lauren RakoltaDFM Solutions
    Gino RoncelliRoncelli
    Sydney RossGreat Lakes Wine & Spirits
    Matt RossettiRossetti
    Paula SilverDTE Energy
    Roland TrombleyComcast
    Gretchen ValadeDetroit Jazz Festival
    Debra A.Van ElslanderCommunity Philanthropist
    Alexis WileyCity of Detroit


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