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Two Stout students say yes to internship of a lifetime

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By: Megan Duellman

Menomonie (WQOW) - University of Wisconsin-Stout students Karli Courrier, a senior from St. Cloud, Minn., and Lindsay Frank, a sophomore from Ellendale, Minn., said "yes" to the internship of a lifetime working alongside cable television star Randy Fenoli.

This semester the girls have been traveling the country working as production assistants for the TLC reality show "Randy to the Rescue."

In the second season of "Randy to the Rescue," Fenoli hits the road and travels across the U.S. to help brides-to-be select the perfect wedding dress. The crew will make stops in 10 different cities, where four brides-to-be are chosen to meet with Fenoli for their dress consultation and filming. These lucky brides are chosen from a pool of up to 200 women that attend a salon set up at a hotel or convention center.

"You can hear people screaming like crazy when the truck shows up. When we were in Oklahoma City I'd never seen so many excited people," Frank said.

Courrier and Frank are majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism management with an emphasis on event planning.

"I'm getting to see the side of events I want to experience, such as setting up larger events for weddings or corporate," Courrier said.

Courrier's job is to help set up dress displays and change sets and dress extras for filming. Frank's job is to coordinate the appointments for brides-to-be, and assist the TLC camera crew. Working for a national show has taught the girls how to balance their studies with the time commitment and excitement of this job.

"From one city to the next, you never know what's going to happen, so be prepared for anything," Courrier said.

The girls landed this job through the Wedding Guys, a Twin Cities company that puts on major bridal shows around the U.S. The Wedding Guys has a history of hiring UW-Stout students, so they interviewed members of the Stout Events Society for the "Randy to the Rescue" positions.

Courrier and Frank have been Fenoli fans for a while, but after having worked with him they are even more inspired by his energy.

"On the eighth city of the tour, he still had the same enthusiasm he did on the first one. He gives every bride more than enough of his time," Frank said. "He's high energy. It's amazing to see. He couldn't be any more likable or down to earth."

"Randy to the Rescue" is scheduled to air this spring and summer, so be sure to watch for Courrier and Frank as TV extras, and in the show's credits.

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