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Intern Spotlight: Alise Lanay Sellers

Intern Spotlight: Alise Lanay Sellers

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This summer Mosaic has partnered with Grow Detroit’s Young Talent to create youth-based summer jobs. Young artists from across the entire Metro Detroit area wanting to get a chance to work with Mosaic applied. The young artists chose from a list of jobs and selected which job they wanted to apply for. After being accepted, they went through a three-day training and orientation program to prepare them for the hard work ahead. Every week we will feature an intern to get insight into their internship, their learning curve, and their experience.

Alise Lanay Sellers is 17 years old and is going into her senior year of high school. She is a Main Stage singer with Mosaic. Mosaic’s Main Stage program immerses young artists, 12-18 through a year-long performance-based training program. These same young artists act as ambassadors for Mosaic and the city of Detroit. She has been singing for Mosaic for 5 years and even though she loves performing she has an even bigger passion for helping other; when she goes to college she plans to major in social work and minor in African American Studies.

"Mosaic has taught me professionalism and helped me
discover my passion in life. My passion is helping people."

Jessica Byrd (JB): What is your job title?

Alise Lanay Sellers (ALS): I am a communications intern.

JB: What does your job entail?

ALS: I am basically working with Jessia Byrd, who is the communication manager and manages our social media. Jessica works with marketing Mosaic to the community. In short, I am learning marketing, social media, and communication strategies.

JB: You got to choose the job you were interviewed for. Why did you choose the one you chose?

ALS: Okay, so long story short, I ran the Mosaic Instagram while we were performing with Josh Groban and while we were on tour in New York, and I really had a lot of fun. So I guess you could say I wanted to explore communications further.

JB: How do you think your first week went?

ALS: Personally, I think it went well. I’m having a lot of fun and learning a lot.

JB: Is this your first job?

ALS: No, this not my first job.

JB: What’s your favorite part of your job?

ALS: My favorite part of my job is being able to be creative.

JB:  If you could go back in time and choose a different position would you?

ALS: No, I wouldn’t. Not just because I enjoy my job, but also because I believe everything happens for a reason. I’m always where I’m supposed to be when I’m supposed to be there.

JB: How do you think your internship will help you with your further career plans?

ALS: I’m not sure how this internship will help me with my further career plans, but I am learning a lot about social media management, writing, marketing, and communications. All these skills will be tangible in any career I choose in the future.

JB: What are some of your hobbies?

ALS: I enjoy writing. I have a little journal where I write poems and short stories.  It’s really cathartic for me.

JB: Would you apply to work with Mosaic again?

ALS: Yes, I would.

Alise’s Favorites:

Favorite song: At the moment, its Issues/ Hold on by Teyana Taylor, but that could change. It changes every two weeks; I love music.

Favorite show: The Office

Favorite movie: Lion King 2

Favorite food: Nachos

Who is your role model: My parents. We may get on each other’s last nerve, but they are two of the most hard-working people I know. I aspire to be more like them.

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