Landon Hegedus '17
Since 2007, Northwestern’s Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) has provided grants to 942 students participating in unpaid summer experiences. Over the last two years, donors have contributed nearly $520,000 to the program. Landon Hegedus ’17, who received SIGP support in both 2015 and 2016, shared his thoughts about how the grants supported his learning and career exploration and made a difference in his life.
Landon is a jazz studies major and arts administration minor from Austin, Texas. To explore his interests in performance and public relations, Landon studied saxophone with top musicians in New York and interned at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He says both opportunities helped him gain “the kind of experience I believe I need to be a functioning freelance musician in the 21st century.”
His internships: “In 2015, I went to New York City and took private music lessons with teachers who are professionals at the top of their fields. My idea was, if jazz is a language, what better way to immerse myself than to be where it is predominant? In my effort to be a well-rounded musician, I declared a minor in arts administration and decided to pursue that further by working as a public relations intern at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where I handled press materials, wrote press releases, and compiled media lists and clippings.”
The impact: “As a high schooler, I had friends in music who went to art camps, but I never had the opportunity to do that because of my family’s financial status. Since coming to Northwestern and receiving SIGP support, I’ve been able to pursue all the different aspects of being a professional musician.”
To learn more about internships and other learning opportunities for students, visit wewill.northwestern.edu/supportSIGP or contact Jamie Strait, senior director of development for parent giving and student affairs, at 847-467-6912.