Give three words that sum up your internship experience.
An amazing opportunity!
How did you learn about your internship?
“I learned about my internship through the Career Services webpage and through a personal networking connection.”
Describe your internship.
“I assist the education staff with the preparation and execution of lessons, projects, and art education events for children (and senior citizens, on occasion). This includes gathering and setting out supplies for teachers prior to the start of class, assisting teachers by being available for students in case they need further direction, supervising students at lunch, creating sample projects prior to lesson days, and helping make and set decorations for events. I have also been able to plan my own lessons, and have taught one of my lessons on my own thus far!”
What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?
“I love the fact that I am treated as part of the team, even though I still have plenty to learn! I feel like my input is valued. It is equally challenging and refreshing to be using a skill set that I do not normally use on a regular basis. I get to use my art making skills most every day for something other than my personal artistic practice. Another challenge was teaching my first class on my own, but it was such a rewarding experience! I love knowing that I can be a part of building the students’ (hopefully long-lasting) relationship with fine art!”
How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?
“Even though I would like to continue being a practicing artist, I have strong aspirations to own my own business designing and making art. I am learning through this internship that education is a huge part of why I love art as much as I do. I have been fortunate to have an amazing support system that includes my family, friends, and teachers over the course of my academic career that have reinforced that art is something that can be taken seriously. Art is a passion that can be a long-term career goal. Being a part of an education team that cares to make an impact on the community and on the children that come through the museum makes me feel that sharing the passion that I have for art, through education, is a great goal to have in mind.”
During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
“I aimed to communicate respectfully and professionally in every interaction I had with the staff at RAM. I also made sure that I was honest about my skill set and my intention to learn as much as possible. I have something to bring to the table, but also have room to grow. It was important to me to allow that to show through. My search for my internship was relatively short. I knew I wanted to intern at RAM; by checking Career Services to see what was available and through networking, I was able to get in contact with my site supervisor, Trish.”
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
“Partnering with Career Services was essential in making sure that I followed all the necessary processes to getting my internship. Also, it was great to have the support of my professors and advisor in my search for my internship.”
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
“Find an internship that opens the door for you to do what you love! Search for an opportunity or take it when it presents itself. Use the resources at your disposal at Carthage, talk to Career Services and build relationships with your professors and advisors. As much as you hear it, if you do what you love, it truly will not feel like work; and I am so happy to be experiencing that through my internship.”