No one likes to see summer fun coming to an end, so to make the transition from beach-time to class-time a little easier; here are few ideas for fun events and things to do and see around New Orleans and on campus that will also give you a leg up for your professional pursuits!

Culture Collision is in its seventh year and is a personal can’t-miss event every year. Any and all interested performing arts organizations (think: the Saenger, the CAC, dance troupes, & theater groups) are invited to set up a table to advertise their programs, upcoming season, or sometimes even job openings. With FREE admission and great entertainment throughout the night, anyone and everyone involved in the New Orleans arts scene attends this event; making it an amazing place to practice your networking skills in a fun, zero-pressure environment.

If you’re looking to connect with peers involved in a wide array of amazing initiatives and accomplishments across the city, you will want to check out one of the events hosted by the New Orleans Young Leadership Council. The YLC has its thumb on the pulse of the rapidly evolving landscape of our city’s needs and regularly hosts open events to display their accomplishments, hear from new voices, and create goals as young leaders in the city. This is a great way to get to know a lot of New Orleans’ movers and shakers in a fun and social environment while contributing to the greater good!

If your summer has left you pining for the jazzy sounds of the city, you might want to consider not only attending some concerts featuring your favorite acts this semester, but working alongside them at many of New Orleans’ famed music venues. Tipitinas Uptown and Preservation Hall both offer internship opportunities throughout the year for students of any major who are looking to gain knowledge in music production, marketing, or booking. Check out their concert calendars as well as Employola (Loyola’s own job and internship site!) to find their internship postings!

Last but certainly not least, Loyola has endless on-campus opportunities to get involved at the beginning of the semester as well! Be on the lookout for social and professional groups to join – great bonds are made when students join groups of other students who are pursuing similar paths. And if you’re looking for a little extra cash to get you through all of these fun activities throughout the semester, please join the Career Development Center for our Part-Time Job & Internship Fair on August 27th, 2015! Over 50 employers will be coming to campus to discuss opportunities for students with their organization, so be sure to mark that down on your calendar and get set for another amazing year at Loyola University New Orleans.


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