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Interested in interning for us? The Parade Company is looking for an Event Intern for the 2019 Event Season!

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. Please click here for the full job description and sample of the scope of work that the internship offers.  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 Internship runs from May through December 2019.

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. Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Jessica Kaminskas at Resumes will be accepted until the position is 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
    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
    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