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Student Bethany Fisher
Finance and Economics
Kokomo YMCA Internship
Graduation: May 2011

"After doing that Internship I found that I wanted to work more in accounting than financial planning. If I had not pursued that Internship, I would have ended up with a job I did not like."

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

"I chose to do an Internship to get experience in my field of study. I was not sure what I wanted to do when I graduated, so I thought some real-life experience would help solidify my future endeavors.

Finance is such a broad field of study. There is so much you can do with this degree. After doing that Internship I found that I wanted to work more in accounting than financial planning. If I had not pursued that Internship, I would have ended up with a job I did not like."

PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR INTERNSHIP DUTIES AND ANY CAREER-SPECIFIC ABILITIES YOU INCREASED DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"I was an Accounting/Finance intern at the Kokomo YMCA. I interned with the business manager. My duties included assisting in payroll, accounts payable, reconciling bank accounts, entering customer data into software and clerical work. I learned how to use QuickBooks and the ins and outs of an accountant's job."

DESCRIBE THE BEST AND THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"I loved what I did and am pursuing a job in that field. My biggest challenge was that I was the first intern the business manager had ever had, and this was my first Internship as well. Neither of us really knew what to expect. It was also challenging for me to step up and take the initiative."

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"I would advise every student to do an Internship. It is such a wonderful and valuable experience. It will definitely help them in deciding a career choice as well as getting experience in that career."

WHAT SKILLS AND CAREER-SPECIFIC ABILITIES DID YOU "POLISH" OR DEVELOP DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP?

"Oral and written communication skills (writing various letters), customer service skills (front desk), leadership skills (taking the initiative), teamwork skills (working in a small office) and organizational skills."


Student Austin Laughner
Finance and Economics
Howard Regional Health Internship
Graduation: May 2010

"I recommend an Internship because it gives you the opportunity to apply fundamentals learned in the classroom to real-world issues."

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

"I desired experience in my field of study. My Internship gave me the opportunity to apply financial principles learned within the classroom to real-world activity within the healthcare industry."

PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR INTERNSHIP DUTIES AND ANY CAREER-SPECIFIC ABILITIES YOU INCREASED DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"I assisted with developing and implementing Howard Regional Health System's (HRHS) FY2010 Budget."

DESCRIBE YOUR MOST CHALLENGING INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE.

"Transitioning my financial mindset from the automotive sector (the previous position I held before my Internship) to the healthcare environment."

WHAT WAS YOUR BEST INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE?

"Working with colleagues who have substantial experience within the healthcare industry."

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"I recommend an Internship because it gives you the opportunity to apply fundamentals learned in the classroom to real-world issues. It also gives you an in-depth analysis of what it is really like to work within your field of study. Lastly, an Internship gives you an 'edge' against competition when entering into the workforce."

WHAT SKILLS AND CAREER-SPECIFIC ABILITIES DID YOU "POLISH" OR DEVELOP DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP?

"Oral and written communication skills, customer service skills, leadership skills, teamwork skills, organizational skills and project management skills."


Student Aubrey Birden
Marketing and Advertising
Samaritan Caregivers
Graduation: 2010

"I believe by doing an Internship you can learn new skills, develop your professional interests, expand your personal network and gain valuable work experience."

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

"I felt that it would be a great opportunity to learn new objectives in the business world and to further my education outside of school. Plus, it would give me experience, and it would look great on my résumé!

The Internship benefited my career goals in that it helped raise my energy, enthusiasm and intellectual interest for situations that are often in need of a fresh perspective."

PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR INTERNSHIP DUTIES AND LIST SKILLS THAT YOU "POLISHED" DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"My Internship took place at Samaritan Caregivers. I worked with different computer programs such as Excel, Word, Publisher and PowerPoint (including a new presentation program called Prezi).

I assisted with their big event called 'The Duck Derby' by calling local business executives, including Presidents and Vice Presidents of Marketing, which was great for my networking. I learned communication skills, how to track information and how to sell to potential volunteers or contributors to help with the Duck Derby. I organized paperwork and boxes of toys and other items that were used for the Duck Derby itself. I also helped answer phones a few days, which taught me how to multi-task under pressure.

I learned how to manage my time effectively, and I learned innovative means of selling and promoting the products. I developed the means of testing and evaluating a given product or service as well as how to change and adapt techniques to suit the desired end goal of the business."

DESCRIBE THE BEST AND THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"The most challenging part of my Internship was the mundane task of counting over 1000 wrist bands for the Duck Derby, making sure that they were in order and that the numbers were correct. It was very boring, but I knew it was something very important for the event."

I had the opportunity to come up with the design for the Duck Derby t-shirt. I received a lot of positive feedback from the business as well as from people at the Duck Derby who purchased the shirts themselves!"

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"I believe by doing an Internship you can learn new skills, develop your professional interests, expand your personal network and gain valuable work experience."


Student David 'Blake' Granson
Marketing and International Business
Kokomo Downtown Association
Graduated: 2010

"Do not be hesitant, because this is something you will not ever regret, but instead will be grateful for the rest of your life."

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

"The reason I wanted to do an Internship with the ¬ is because I wanted to network with some of the local businesses and have the opportunity to learn the 'ins and outs' of working for a non-profit organization.

My Internship gave me the ability to work hands-on with important city officials and the heads of marketing for Howard Community Hospital, Ivy Tech and other institutions on projects that are currently going on behind-the-scenes to improve Kokomo's image. These people allowed me to understand how the things I have learned about marketing in classes can actually be implemented on a day-to-day basis in the real world. I feel that I have a better understanding of marketing after coordinating the beginning of a marketing campaign almost to the implementation stage. I cannot describe how grateful I am to have the experience of doing an Internship directly related to my major."

DESCRIBE THE BEST AND THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"I described my title on my updated résumé as a Marketing Communications Specialist. I worked on projects for community events held downtown, and I created marketing flyers and distributed them to every downtown business regarding some of these events. I also arranged a formal Associated Press interview with Chrysler's VP of the union regarding Kokomo's economic image prior to President Obama and Vice President Biden's visit. Lastly, I played a key role in preparing and launching downtown Kokomo's marketing campaign called "Experience Downtown Kokomo", for which I solicited several designers to create billboards, posters, postcards and a map of downtown Kokomo. This last experience was the best of my Internship, and I am still going to see the project off and continue to go to marketing meetings, because the idea of the project excites me to know I played a key role in the project.

My most challenging Internship experience would have to be trying to get 30 local businesses to donate $100 towards the New Year's Eve firework display. What initially started as calling businesses that have been most likely to donate in the past became a cold-calling, hard selling experience. After going through a list my boss put together of most-likely-to-donate businesses, I decided to take a look at all of the members of the Chamber of Commerce and 'wing it'. The more I contacted people, the better I felt my selling abilities were getting…and, the more I realized what worked. In the end I personally got companies that never batted an eye before at donating to donate for this event. This made me feel good because I felt the sense of accomplishment by exceeding the amount of money we needed for the event."

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"Overall the Internship system itself is set up to give a student convenience, flexibility and real world experience prior to graduation. Do not be hesitant, because this is something you will not ever regret, but instead will be grateful for the rest of your life."


Student Lindsay Cecil
Marketing and International Business
Graduation– May 2011

"I think this experience prepared me to better obtain a job in my career field and to succeed in that career."

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

"I chose to do an Internship to gain valuable work experience in the field of my major. I feel like my Internship most benefited my career goals by giving me experience in what a job in marketing would really be like. Also, I think this experience prepared me to better obtain a job in my career field and to succeed in that career."

WHAT SKILLS AND CAREER-SPECIFIC ABILITIES DID YOU "POLISH" OR DEVELOP DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP?

"I created and designed coupons and flyers, made spreadsheets and mailed out information on upcoming events, gathered marketing tools and brought them to vendor events and participated in meetings pertaining to the business and the planning of fundraising events.

I polished my oral and written communication skills, customer service skills, teamwork skills, organizational skills and various computer skills helpful in developing spreadsheets."

DESCRIBE THE BEST AND THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"My best Internship experience was when I was able to go out into the community and advertise and promote the company.

My most challenging Internship experience was when the business allowed me to have complete control over deciding how to design coupons and flyers for an event the business had planned. They let me decide on my own what would be most appealing to the target audience. I dealt with it by using the skills I learned in my advertising and promotion class, and my superiors loved the work that I did."

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"I believe that students should do an Internship to put the skills and information that they learned in their classes to practical use. Participating in an Internship is great practice for what beginning a real job in your career field will be like."


Student Rae Maus
Coding Technology CRT
Howard Regional Health System
Graduation: 2010

"Through the Internship you can gain actual on-the-job experience, new contacts, references…and, you could end up with a job in the end."

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

"I felt that it would help me gain valuable experience along with meeting new contacts that could be future job references.

My duties included working with all of the medical coders within the department and observing the various coding procedures. I polished my teamwork and organizational skills.

I believe the Internship benefited me in that I was able to see all the different areas of the coding department. Most of all I was able to make an impression on those who could be making hiring decisions, if a position would become available within that facility."

DESCRIBE THE BEST PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"The best part of my Internship was all of the people I was able to meet and work with. The entire experience was a positive one. This enabled me to see all the different areas of health information working together."

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"My advice to students thinking about doing an Internship is to definitely do it. Through the Internship you can gain actual on-the-job experience, new contacts, references…and, you could end up with a job in the end. There is no good reason not to do an Internship."


Student Paige Smith
Communications
Guardian Angel Hospice Foundation
Graduation: May 2011

"Develop other skills than those specific to what you want to do with your degree."

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

"Even with a degree, you won't be considered for employment without experience. I assisted in planning a golf outing fundraiser."

It gave me experience and an 'upper hand' on others without experience."

DESCRIBE THE BEST AND THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"[BEST]The satisfaction when the project was completed. [CHALLENGING] Getting the community involved."

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"Be open-minded. You may know what you want to do with your degree, but the position may not be available in the area. Develop other skills than those specific to what you want to do with your degree."

WHAT SKILLS AND CAREER-SPECIFIC ABILITIES DID YOU "POLISH" OR DEVELOP DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP?

"Oral and written communication skills, customer service skills, teamwork skills and organizational skills."


Student Alyx Arnett
English
Kokomo Perspective Newspaper
Graduation: 2011

"Résumé booster and life experience, here I come!"

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

"Throughout college, I had been hearing over and over again about how Internships were a great way to boost a résumé and gain valuable life experience. So in the fall semester of my junior year, I decided to visit the Office of Career Services to see if they could help me out—and they did. That spring, I was interning at the Kokomo Perspective."

DETAIL ANY CAREER-SPECIFIC ABILITIES YOU INCREASED DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"By the time I landed my Internship, I had quite a bit of experience behind me writing for IU Kokomo's student newspaper, The Correspondent. Right away I could see that working for a city newspaper was a little different. There'd be no interviewing of students or staff. There'd be no IU Kokomo events to cover. Oh no, I was about to get hands-on with the whole community.

Also, as an English major, we work mostly in MLA style, but newspapers are written in APA style. During this Internship I was able to work with a staff of very knowledgeable and experienced reporters and editors, and they were all very helpful. In the end, I felt like I came out with a better handle on the APA style. I learned other handy writing, reporting and editing tips as well."

DESCRIBE THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"On the Tuesday before my Internship started, I got an email with my first assignment. So, my most challenging Internship experience was that first day when I walked into the office not knowing what to expect. I had an important assignment to begin, and I was anxious to get started right away. I had three hours to get it done, and I had no idea how long an assignment like that would usually take. I'm the kind of person who prepares by allotting myself extra time to do everything and get everywhere. But that day, as I was meeting everyone in the office, I could practically feel my time ticking down. However, I stayed positive, worked hard, and, as it turns out, the assignment only took me a little over an hour and a half to complete."

DESCRIBE THE BEST PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"My best Internship experience was working on a Meals on Wheels assignment. As I started researching and making phone calls, I found out just how beneficial this service is and just how many people rely on it in Howard County. I arranged to meet the volunteers at St. Joseph Hospital and follow one of them on a route delivering donated food to people around the county who are unable to provide meals for themselves. It was here that I met Dianne Frawing, the president of the Board of Directors. She had been volunteering for Meals on Wheels since 1980, and it was meeting people like her that made for good experiences. As she told me about why this service is so important, I could tell just how passionate she was about helping others, and I was grateful to be a part of it."

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"I would recommend that every student should try to complete an Internship. It can help you get your foot in the door and help you decide whether something is right for you."


Student Megan McKinney
New Media Communications
From the Well House Internship
Graduation: May 2011

"Just do it. Don't think, 'I don't have time', because it'll be one of the most important experiences before entering the job market."

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

"I wanted real-world experience to supplement my academic education. From the Well House needed New Media help, and I had the skills to offer. It was a great exchange. I got experience to put on my résumé and they got a new website and promotional materials. I collaborated with a Web tech to redesign the Well House website as well as created promotional materials for upcoming fundraisers and submission requests for the next print issue.

I was able to gain valuable experience working in my field. The website design and graphic design materials have greatly benefited my design portfolio, and my work landed me a second Internship. I also gained knowledge of how to use and manipulate a CMS system."

DESCRIBE THE BEST AND THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"Launching the new site was greatly satisfying and rewarding. The most challenging experience I had was trying to convince the bureaucracy that we needed our own separate site outside the main system. I never knew how much red tape a university could have!"

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"Just do it. Don't think, 'I don't have time', because it'll be one of the most important experiences before entering the job market. Countless alumni have told me that they've been rejected from a job because they didn't have any real-life experience. I'm graduating May 2011 and am thrilled to say that I've already had over a year of real-world experience to bring to the table."

WHAT SKILLS AND CAREER-SPECIFIC ABILITIES DID YOU "POLISH" OR DEVELOP DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP?

"Diplomacy and persuasion. You could have the best idea in the world, but the challenge is to get everyone on board with it. So, as a result, I was able to increase my teamwork and organizational skills, and I learned how to work within an organization's limits."


Student Stephanie Calvert
Master in Liberal Studies
From the Well House Internship
Graduation: May 2011

"The leadership, teambuilding and communication skills that you will foster during an Internship will benefit you in any professional setting you may choose."

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

"In the spring of 2010 I was faced with several issues that led me to reevaluate my Masters of Liberal Studies program at Indiana University Kokomo. I spoke to my academic advisor about my options and learned that I could continue to move on toward graduation in May. It occurred to me that my financial aid would require that I take 4 credit hours, and my thesis work would only be 3 credit hours. It was then that the option to add a one credit Internship with From the Well House presented itself. Being interested in literature and the publication process, I jumped on the opportunity to join a student-led publication."

DESCRIBE THE BEST AND THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"This Internship has undoubtedly been a positive experience for me. I was given the chance to reconnect with people I had established relationships with, and I also created new relationships with both the faculty and the staff involved with From the Well House."

I am usually an 'all or nothing' person, but the Internship has made me learn how to find a sense of balance. Though I was tentative as to my place on the staff in the beginning, I quickly recognized the opportunity for a leadership role within the staff. Once I felt comfortable enough I began taking a larger leadership role in the meetings. I began my Internship with the title of Submissions Coordinator. Later I took the place of the Communications Officer and partial duties of the Public Relations Chair. As a result of balancing several roles, I was able to polish my communication, customer service, leadership, teamwork and organizational skills. One of the biggest strengths of my Internship was the communication between staff members. If there was ever a problem or an issue, other staff members were always available to help me through the process. This certainly eased any difficulties felt within the Internship.

By joining From the Well House when I did, I am able to say that I assisted in the first ever online issue. As a whole I have found my time with From the Well House to be incredibly rewarding. I feel as though I have been able to have my hands in something permanent. The memories and skills that I have acquired throughout my Internship experience will stay with me for the rest of my life."

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"Just do it. Don't think, 'I don't have time', because it'll be one of the most important experiences before entering the job market. Countless alumni have told me that they've been rejected from a job because they didn't have any real-life experience. I'm graduating May 2011 and am thrilled to say that I've already had over a year of real-world experience to bring to the table."

WHAT SKILLS AND CAREER-SPECIFIC ABILITIES DID YOU "POLISH" OR DEVELOP DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP?

"If you are toying with the idea of having an Internship become a part of your academic journey, I can honestly say that it is a great idea. While I was involved on campus with several activities in my undergraduate career, I have never felt the level of satisfaction that I have gotten through my work with From the Well House. To hold something tangible that you helped create is an amazing feeling. Also, the leadership, teambuilding and communication skills that you will foster during an Internship will benefit you in any professional setting you may choose."


Student Erica Godby
General Studies
PrimeLife Enrichment, Inc.
Graduation: May 2011

"Do an Internship in your career field to see if it's what you truly thought it would be."

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

"I chose to do an Internship because I love working with the elderly, and I wanted to do an Internship where I could do that.

It gave me a glimpse to see what it was like working with the elderly."

WHAT SKILLS AND CAREER-SPECIFIC ABILITIES DID YOU "POLISH" OR DEVELOP DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP?

"I assisted with the Second Helpings luncheon preparation and serving, presented information to personnel at Conseco for the United Way Fair, helped transport the elderly and wheelchair-bound persons to appointments and worked as a representative at the St. Vincent-PrimeLife Health Fair.

I gained confidence in speaking with other people about the agency."

DESCRIBE THE BEST PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"I had to do a project where I needed to pick out gifts for the volunteers. I had to get a map printed off for the different counties where the volunteers lived. It was a lot of fun, and I got it all done in three days! (I was told that it should have taken me two weeks to do it.) The agency was amazed and said they loved everything I did."

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"Do an Internship in your career field to see if it's what you truly thought it would be. It will benefit you as you will interact with people on a professional level and in a way that you would never have the opportunity to do in the classroom."


Student Stacey Aebi
General Studies (Social and Behavioral Studies)
Guardian Angel Hospice
Graduation: May 2011

"The best advice I can give any student seeking an Internship is to go for it! Not only does the experience enhance a résumé, but the experience can also provide the confidence to pursue your career."

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO AN INTERNSHIP, AND HOW DID IT BENEFIT YOUR CAREER GOALS?

""I chose to do an Internship to help me determine how I might best develop my current course of study to pursue a graduate degree.

My Internship benefited my career goal involving social work by helping me decide that the Master of Social Work degree would be a great fit for me. At my Internship, I especially enjoyed working with the bereavement coordinator. I feel this is a career that would best fit my personality and the passion I have for helping others."

WHAT SKILLS AND CAREER-SPECIFIC ABILITIES DID YOU "POLISH" OR DEVELOP DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP?

"My Internship was with Guardian Angel Hospice. My duties included observing direct visits with all disciplines and participating in monthly ethics committee meetings and weekly interdisciplinary team meetings. I also kept a weekly journal of activities and reflections as well as reporting skills gained and used during my Internship.

Out of all the general skills used during my Internship, including oral and written communication skills, accounting skills and organizational skills, being an active listener was the most important.

The most career-specific ability I increased was the confidence to pursue the MSW. There were several employees present at Guardian Angel that have their MSW. From many discussions with them about their experiences in the MSW program, I received much knowledge about the program and encouragement to pursue the degree."

DESCRIBE THE BEST AND THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP.

"My most challenging Internship experience was while I was in an Interdisciplinary Team Meeting going over a list of patients who had graduated (the term they use for "passed away"). When I recognized the name of a patient, my heart sank. However, I was able to reflect on the patient's life and be glad that his "end of life journey" was handled in such a way for his mother to have a sense of closure at the end of his long-term illness.

The best Internship experience I had was being able to participate in all aspects of the business. I visited the Guardian Angel Foundation where the business aspects of the Guardian Angel occur. I had a brief conversation with one of the founders on how Guardian Angel originated, the vision they have and their future goals. I attended a quarterly staff meeting and heard how they empower their employees to handle the sometimes difficult and emotional states that come with the job. I was also able to volunteer and sit with a patient throughout my Internship until the end of his life's journey."

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A STUDENT SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"The best advice I can give any student seeking an Internship is to go for it! Not only does the experience enhance a résumé, but the experience can also provide the confidence to pursue your career. In addition, some Internships may offer a job opening for the student after graduation."


Student Tarja Harney
Fine Arts
Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery
Expected Graduation: May 2012

"All the positive feedback that The Gallery and I received made the whole thing a great experience. However, the outcome of the Regional Juried Exhibition was the best. Having the whole show completed and the artists come to see their works was a great experience."

TELL HOW YOUR INTERNSHIP BENEFITTED YOUR CAREER GOALS.

"It benefitted my career goals by helping me see that I really would love to work in a gallery or museum setting after graduating."

PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR INTERNSHIP DUTIES.

"For my Internship, I took on the role as The Gallery manager here at IU Kokomo. I set up for exhibits and worked in the office during the business hours.

My supervisor wanted me to accomplish the following during my Internship: write a grant for the gallery budget, make the calendar of events for the entire year, help with marketing and design/supply postcards for the shows, and communicate with Food Service to order food for all show openings.

However, the major duty I had was to set up my own show from the ground up. I had to pick a theme or idea for what the show was going to display and then get artists to enter the show, and so on.

I chose to do a Regional Juried Exhibition, and artists in a 70-mile radius could enter the show. I later hired a couple of jurors, and they chose what pieces should be in the exhibit and ultimately what pieces won the awards."

WHAT WAS YOUR BEST INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE?

"All the positive feedback that The Gallery and I received made the whole thing a great experience. However, the outcome of the Regional Juried Exhibition was the best. Having the whole show completed and the artists come to see their works was a great experience."

WHAT SKILLS DID YOU “POLISH” DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP?

"I had to speak at openings and award ceremonies. I also had to communicate with the marketing department for the postcards and any news articles. So, at the end of the Internship, I believe I was better at these oral and written communications skills than when I first began.

There was a period that we were in-between hiring a director, so I was also helping the interim director with the gallery with my leadership skills. I had to be a person the other employees looked to when the director was not available.

The gallery assistants and I all worked together to have the gallery looking great for shows (hanging pieces, moving walls and pedestals, cleaning and painting). We had to communicate on what we had done for the day and work around our other schedules, and this increased my teamwork skills.

I had to keep track of handfuls of artists’ names, addresses and titles of their works, so organization was key to running The Gallery. I had to keep the gallery calendar in order and know when to order food or when I had a deadline on the postcards.

During the Internship I learned what is needed to be a manager for a gallery. It’s not just scheduling hours but assisting the director to make the shows approachable in a way to support the arts and to reach out to the campus and to local communities. I also learned basic curator skills to put together a show and make it aesthetically pleasing."

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STUDENTS SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP?

"I think doing any Internship furthers your learning in the field you are studying. Seek Internships that interest you or have something to do with your studies, and I think this will help you better understand what you want to do. You gain mentors, friends and networking abilities."

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