During a UB Road Trip NYC, student Yu-Xi Liu walked up to Linda Gelman (BA '72), producer at Chicago City Limits (CCL), New York City’s longest-running improvisational comedy revue, and asked if she needed marketing help.
Gelman said yes, then arranged for an interview for Yu-Xi.
Gelman and her husband, Paul Zuckerman (BA '72), were part of a group of actors at Second City’s workshop program in Chicago when they founded Chicago City Limits in 1977. The group relocated to New York City, where it has enjoyed a continuous run of more than 8,500 performances.
The interview got Yu-Xi the job as CCL’s first UB intern and marketing assistant. Among her responsibilities, Yu-Xi worked on CCL’s website and expanding its social media presence “with the goal of increasing awareness of our brand, including shows, classes, corporate training and entertainment,” Gelman said.
One of Yu-Xi’s managers at CCL was impressed with the young woman.
“Working with Yu-Xi was such a pleasure,” says Rebecca Stevens, junior account manager at Blue Cherry Media Group. “Her collaborative mindset and positive attitude were contagious. And she was always the first to volunteer to help with a project and to follow through until the job was done. She's an incredible asset to any team, and an excellent hire.”
Yu-Xi graduated in May from the UB School of Management with a bachelor’s degree in business administration that includes a double concentration in finance and international business. She is now back in New York City, and has interviewed for several jobs. She says the internship helped her secure those interviews.
“I think definitely it helped to have that sort of experience,” she said.
Gelman, who also hosted a Networking Through Improv workshop for UB in 2014, said she has been happy to help UB students.
“I enjoy having the opportunity to keep UB in my life, as it has, in many ways, given me my life,” Gelman says.
Gelman reminds UB students that college graduation is just one stop in a life of learning.
“Don't think you have to have it all figured out at 18 or 22, or even later,” Gelman says. “Keep yourself open to new experiences. Your education doesn't end with any degree—it continues your whole life.”