Give three words that sum up your internship experience.
networking, organizing, curating
How did you learn about your internship?
“For Gallery on 16th, I was invited in December to help with the “Get Behind the Arts” event at the Racine Business Center, and my professor mentioned they were looking for an intern so I kept checking in. They weren’t sure I would be able to work 20 hours/week so I found another local gallery that needed help, also recommended by my professor.”
Describe your internship.
“At Gallery on 16th, I talk to all of the artists that have a studio in the Racine Business Center and I find artwork that will look good in a show. the first show is meant to show the work by people who have a studio. the second show I will curate will have a theme that I choose. At Re:Vision Gallery I help the business owner organize everything in her space. I also help a little with sales, social media management, PR, marketing, and hanging the shows.”
What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?
“I love getting to know all the local artists. It’s really important to network with people who are in the profession that you want to be in. Meeting all of these artists can open up opportunities for my future. some of the challenges are working with a large number of people, each with their own opinion. I have to take everyone’s ideas and find a way to make it work with the gallery space that is provided.”
How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?
“I would definitely consider working in a gallery in my future. I’m gaining a lot of experience within the last year and I’m building my resume. meeting people who are in the artist profession helps me find more clarity in becoming an artist, and what I need to do to reach my goals.”
During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
“To be honest, I just asked and it was given. No one else was looking where I looked to find this internship. I did, however, get myself involved in the Racine Business Center on two separate occasions allowing people to know my name. As the curatorial assistant at Carthage, I think that allowed me to find more gallery jobs.”
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
“My professors support was a lot of help. they could help me with any question I had and they were extremely supportive and helpful. I almost feel they did more work than I did at getting the internships in the first place. Professors will do anything to get their students help with their careers.”
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
“Talk to your professors. They are there to help you and have been through this process, probably many times. get up and look for things that you want and work hard for them because nothing will fall into place without a strong work ethic.”