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Sponsorship & Marketing Fall Internship

This position operates on The Parade Company’s normal working hours of 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.  Additional hours, late nights, and weekends are required and may occur spontaneously and without prior notice.  This position is a 40+ hour a week position.

This is a fall internship beginning September 4, 2018, through December 14, 2018.

Key Position Objectives

  • To provide assistance to the Sponsorship Activation & Program Manager in the following areas:

Grandstand Ticket Sales

  • Compile and record all grandstand ticket orders via, electronic, phone and written requests
  • Keep accurate records of ticket sales and section placement
  • Coordinate ticket fulfillment and mailing to purchasers
  • Assist in coordination of delivery of group sales tickets to corporations and organizations
  • Answer questions regarding grandstand tickets
  • Coordinate ticket pick up Will Call pickup event day
  • Provide weekly reports for sales compilations per section
  • Maintain supply inventory
  • Complete year-end report including total sales, customer list, and placement totals
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Attend sponsor orientation sessions at Parade Studio and Sponsor locations to convey event details to corporate marchers
  • Assist in material distribution and field questions by sponsors and marchers
  • Maintain sponsor fulfillment chart with current contacts and activation
  • Assist in coordination of Sponsor Breakfast on Thanksgiving morning
  • Coordinate in-kind donations as required
  • Assist in the creation of post-event wrap up books for sponsors and donors
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Assist Parade Staff at all Parade Events with information table set up, general event needs, and greeting
  • General assistance in Parade Company marketing needs and distribution
  • Assist in maintaining and organizing Studio Store and all merchandising fulfillment
  • Assist in the creation of collateral material for Parade Company programs as needed
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to engage in front of a large group of people
  • Experience in dealing with diverse audiences
  • Available to work evenings and weekends with extended hours around key events
  • Proficient on Office suite of products
  • Graphics skills desirable but not required (Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, etc.)

Please email your resume to Kari Shepley, Sponsorship Activation & Project Manager, at


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
    Tom O’BrienWJR
    Francine PeguesCommunity Philanthropist
    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.VanElslanderArt Van/Community 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
    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