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New Downtown Springfield Association intern Rachel McGrath
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McGrath joins DSA team, more internship opportunities available

October 25, 2018


Rachel McGrath is like a lot of students who move to Springfield for college. She learned about the Downtown Springfield Association thanks to a fantastic fall festival.

“My first experiences with DSA was attending Cider Days with a few girls from my dorm, who are now my roomates,” McGrath, a St. Louis native, said. “I’ve had such great experiences with the events and small businesses in Springfield, so I wanted to have a more active role in the community.”

That role will be events intern for the DSA. McGrath will support all things related to Rated SGF Film Festival logistics. She started Oct. 24 and will be assisting the three-member DSA team through the end of March.

It’s the first internship for McGrath. She is studying administrative management and psychology. She plans to graduate from Missouri State University in May 2020.

“I’m hoping to improve my skills in financial planning, public speaking, project management, and logistics coordination,” McGrath said. “And even though it’s not technically a skill, I’m excited to get to know Springfield and the people in it a little better!”

DSA offers multiple internships

The DSA has several internship opportunities available for college students. They include a spot on the Rated SGF team as a social media intern. The successful candidate will work 10-15 hours per week and assist DSA staff in marketing Rated SGF. Think you’ve got what it takes? Here’s the full job listing and information on how to apply.

Art lovers might want to join the Artsfest team as an intern. The DSA, in partnership with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, is looking for help in three areas:

Artsfest makes art essential to the lives of those living in Southwest Missouri by showcasing talented artists and their creativity in a community-centric festival. Thirty-nine years strong, this outdoor event hosts more than 120 artists on the beautiful Historic Walnut Street in Springfield. With more than 20,000 attendees, Artsfest prides itself on Midwestern hospitality for artists.

Those Artsfest internships are also 10-15 hours per week and run from January through May. That means your time at the DSA will overlap with McGrath. She loves movies, as you might expect from a film festival intern.

“Some of my favorite movies are ‘(500) Days of Summer,’ ‘Frances Ha,’ ‘Marie Antoinette,’ ‘Princess Cyd’ and ‘I Tonya.’ I’m also always accepting movie recommendations.”

Preparing for the future

McGrath has volunteered at The Magic House in St. Louis. She wouldn’t mind working for a museum after she finishes her college education.

“My dream realistic job is working for an art museum or another nonprofit organization doing outreach for children and families,” she said. “My dream unrealistic job is a travel writer.”

If that travel writer dream comes true, McGrath could start by sharing the positive experiences she’s had in the Queen City of the Ozarks.

“I love how easy it is to feel at home in Springfield. Whether I’m getting coffee with a friend, shopping at small businesses, or just taking a walk downtown, I always feel welcome in the community,” she said.