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INTERN INSIGHT: Intern Experience

Written by Chamber Intern Britton Heim READ HIS BIO HERE

Britton HeimI recently ended my internship at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce as an entrepreneurship intern. One might ask, “what in the world does an entrepreneurship intern do?” Well, I’ll tell you! Basically I became a creative mind for the Chamber that researched various entrepreneurial and start-up communities and then devised ways in which the concepts used by other organizations could be altered and adapted to promote an entrepreneurial, start-up community right here in Wilkes-Barre.

I began to realize all of the great resources we have here in Wilkes-Barre. We have incredible academic capital coming out of Wilkes University, King’s College, and the other surrounding schools that have the potential to really drive the economy here. We also have prime transportation location as we are positioned right along I-81 and very close to I-80. There are also very many larger corporations in the area that have the ability to help small start-ups grow.

I started to realize these things through the research I was doing and this inspired me to begin to explore Wilkes-Barre a little more. As I walked around on different occasions I noticed all of the empty store fronts on Washington St., Northampton St., and many others, but with the knowledge I had gained at the Chamber I could see the big picture. I pictured what it would look like if these store fronts were filled with innovative little specialty shops and student start-ups. I could see the image of the college town I have heard so many local leaders talking about and it inspired me to become part of this future.

Wilkes-Barre is an amazing little city with great potential, and it’s getting there as we see more and more businesses pop up; Franklins on the Square, the Wilkes University Business Incubator in the Luzerne County Bank Building, and so many other small businesses that are up and coming. We just need more people to see the big picture. When you walk the streets and see those vacant shops don’t think it’s just a vacant building, think of all of the different businesses that would thrive with the store front and how great it is that that store front is there for the taking for that perfect store. Soon enough Wilkes-Barre will return to its former glory, but we need more people to see the potential this city has. Through my internship at the Chamber and all of the amazing people there I got to see a whole new side to Wilkes-Barre I never would have otherwise. My internship was an invaluable experience that gave me a whole new insight on this city and really motivated me and inspired me to stay in the area and help push this city in the right direction.

I would like to thank everyone at the Chamber for the experience they gave me and I look forward to working with you in the future.

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MEMBER IN-FOCUS: F.M. Kirby Center

Written by Chamber Intern Meghan Flanagan READ HER BIO HERE

CSC_0591F.M. Kirby Center Executive Director Will Beekman and Director of Operations Drew Taylor hosted a backstage tour and talk for the Chamber of Commerce Interns, contributing to the interns’ weekly experiential activity.

During the tour, Drew Taylor explained the history of the F.M. Kirby Center building, and guided the interns through the layout of the theater, explaining how it has evolved since its transition from a movie theater to a performing arts center.


Perhaps the most complicated and intriguing aspect of the F.M. Kirby Center is its various names. Drew Taylor explained that throughout the years, from its opening in 1938 present day, the theater has had three different titles. The F.M. Kirby Center was first known as the Comerford Theater.

It became the Paramount Theater in the late 40’s, when the government broke up Comerford’s chain of theaters. To complicate this further, another theater opened across the street from the Paramount, and took the name Comerford. The Paramount name changed again in the 70’s in honor of the Kirby Family, who donated a large amount of money in order to keep the theater open.

The tour included the main theater area, where Drew Taylor spoke about the changes that took place when the theater became the F.M. Kirby Center. The seats were replaced entirely by new, larger chairs, and a two stories were added to the top of the stage house because high ceilings were needed for the movement of scenery and lighting.


Despite these changes, many aspects of the theater are original, and maintain the building’s historical roots. All of the decorative plaster, brass doors, and some of the lighting, particularly the use of Lumaline bulbs, are original.


The interns were able to see the downstairs dressing rooms, where performers can stay and shower, and the laundry room, where travelling acts can care for their costumes. The tour ended in what is now the gallery area, used for catering and pre and post show receptions. Drew Taylor explained that this room was a nursery in 1938, a place where parents could leave their children to play while they watched a movie.


Executive Director Will Beekman spoke to the interns about the art of marketing and booking performers, and how that process is a delicate balance act between offering a price that agents will be excited about, while still being able to practically satisfy the needs of the business.

The F.M. Kirby Center invests $40,000-50,000 yearly in events that support its mission. Will Beekman says “We do a Classical Arts Series every year because that is part of our mission. I would like to say that is what makes us the Kirby Center, doing events like the opera, world music, modern dance, ballet.”

The F.M. Kirby Center supports this mission, as well as its overall operation, by the aid of donors, the recruitment of members, grants, and by booking popular performance acts.


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IMG_20150212_120751Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce interns had the outstanding opportunity to recently tour the WBRE-TV studio and watch a live newscast. The opportunity was very rewarding to say the least, and I learned a lot that day that I really wasn’t expecting. Going into the tour I had assumed we’d go through the studio, learn a little about how to put a news report together, and then watch a crew of people film it. To be fair, we did do those things but I would have never imagined what actually goes into just a thirty minute news update.

Whenever I imagined a news recording the scene from the movie Bruce Almighty always came into my head. A few anchors in front of the camera, sitting at a large desk with papers situated in front of them, a huge crew of people running the cameras and taking the shots, and a team of producers in another room controlling the stories and teleprompter, a little voice in the ear of the anchor. The basic set up of WBRE was akin to the movie scene, but maybe due to the fact that it is a smaller news show or maybe because the scene I always imagine is from a movie, there are not nearly as many people working behind the camera as in the movies.

Sure there are still a good amount of people contributing to the show, but the amount is far fewer and just makes the amazing show they put out that much more impressive. The anchors have a lot more say in the stories they present, and there was just one lone camera man controlling the shots. As opposed to my thought of about 50+ people working on the newscast, there was probably more like 15 to 20. I was astounded by how good these people were at their jobs and even though a breaking news bulletin came in and changed the line up everyone worked flawlessly and one would never notice that the set up was not the original plan.

It’s funny but one of the most exciting things to me that day was the green screen for reporting the weather.

It should not be all that exciting, it’s simply a panel made out of green material so that digital images can be projected with no complicated editing needed, but it still amazed me. Perhaps due to the fact I have never had a lot of experience with it. Watching the meteorologist bring up the weather reports and then show the forecast, pointing to things on the green screen by watching his reflection in the monitor, was the highlight of the show for me. The task probably should not be as interesting and mind-boggling to me, but it is.

Overall the tour was an amazing opportunity and made me realize that sometimes even when you think you know all about something, there’s so much more to it.

Adam Lubas (far left) on a Chamber Interns Tour of WBRE-TV's Studios

Alexis Maroney (center) on the Tour of WBRE-TV’s Studios

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Intern Insight: Adam Lubas

Adam Lubas Public Relations Intern

Adam Lubas-Public Relations Intern

Adam Lubas is a Junior Communications Major at Wilkes University focusing in Public Relations and Organizational Communication. He is obtaining minors in English and Women & Gender Studies. Adam is the Chamber of Commerce’s PR intern.

How would you describe yourself?

I have a passion for media and love every facet of it. I would describe myself as a media junkie. I enjoy exploring the outdoors, the beach in the summer, traveling, and experiencing different forms of the arts.

Where are you from?

I am from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. It is a great town outside of Morristown and about 45 minutes outside of New York City.

What should people know about you?

Some things you should know about me, I am very hard working and I plan on working for a branding agency or a Public Relations Firm after I graduate. I have a passion for new media and enjoy interpersonal communication. I currently work for Zebra Communications as Co-manager of the student run firm, helping local clients in the Wilkes Barre area with their public relations needs. I plan on graduating in Spring of 2016.

Why Wilkes-Barre?

I originally was looking at Kings College for school, but since I was already up in the area, I took a look at Wilkes University. After I looked at Wilkes, I knew it was the place for me. I chose NEPA because I wanted to be away from home, but at the same time, I wanted to be accessible to go back to New Jersey.

How did you choose your major?

I have strong interpersonal skills and I enjoy great conversations. I originally wanted to go into radio and television because growing up I was always told that I had a voice for radio. Once I discovered Wilkes Universities public relations program and how I can integrate myself into Zebra Communications I was hooked.

What are your impressions of Wilkes-Barre?

I love the beauty of the Susquehanna river. My freshman year my dorm room looked out onto the river. I feel that Wilkes-Barre has great environmental appeal. The Colleges in the community have made a great impact on the town but there still needs to be improvements.

What would keep you here in NEPA when you graduate?

I feel for young PR professionals, there needs to be more opportunities. I would love to stay in Wilkes-Barre if there were guaranteed job opportunities.

What do you hope your future looks like?

I would love to run my own branding agency, or strategy based PR agency. I want to travel the world working for different clients.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I would like to take some time to backpack through Europe and find a great job in communications, preferably in PR. If I keep up what I am doing I feel I am destined for success!

Adam Lubas (far left) on a Chamber Interns Tour of WBRE-TV's Studios

Adam Lubas (far left) on a Chamber Interns Tour of WBRE-TV’s Studios

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