INTERNSHIP STORIES

Submitted by students, these are previous internship experiences told first-hand.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Green Pea Press Studio



My name is Cassandra O’Hara an I am a Graphic Design major with a focus in Printmaking and Book Arts. During the summer of 2017, I Interned at Green Pea Press Studio in Huntsville Alabama. I process of looking for an internship in Alabama when I found out that Andrew and I would be moving there over the summer after he graduated. I began the process by first looking up printmaking and design studio’s in both Huntsville, Nashville, and Birmingham. I found studio’s that focused in both printmaking, graphic design, and letter press, by looking through Linked-in, Instagram and just doing general google searching. After looking at many websites, and post I created a spread sheet with the address, emails, web pages, and a general rating of how much I liked the studio. I then prepared and send out over 13 cold call emails with a resume and portfolio doc, or whatever else had been asked of me to send.


A few weeks later I received a response from Green Pea Press. From there we set up a Skype interview, and the next day they let me know I had been chosen to be their new intern. I had known about Green Pea though Andrew’s family, and because they are a big part of the local art seance in Huntsville. I had visited their shop during Christmas, and love the work they created for their own Green Pea Brand.



However, I had no idea how much work, planning, and effort when into not only running your own small business but also hosting an artist collective, teaching community classes, and running a store front. Green Pea was originally created because the founder, Rachel Lackey had just graduated with a fine arts and printmaking degree and realized that that was nowhere other than school to print. So she started with a small artist space in Lowell Mill, a local artist space, made from a refurbished mill. She sold work, created a shop, and got other printers in the community to sell work on consistent with her. The bossiness grew and expanded into not only a store front and shop be also a Tee’s shirt press where other bossiness in the community could have things printed. Green Pea Press has recently explained to have a second shop a little up the road from Lowel Mill where I did more of my internship.


Some of the responsibilities I had during my internship were to print shirts, totes, cozies, tanks, and posters. From day one they treated me like a new employee rather than an intern. They thought me how to do everything from taking to clients, to set up appointments, to mixing colors for shirts. I think one of the biggest responsibility and one of the things that I am most proud of doing For Green Pea was setting up the there Campaign page on their website. Together, Martin, Kiely, and I worked from square one to set up the user flow, the look which keeps with the voice and looks of the company but enhanced it with a fresh new graphic that I got to create. During the end of my internship, I got to see it in full swing, as emails and campaign forms actually started coming in.

I believe the most important thing that I learned this summer at Green Press Press is when it comes to your career path everything you do is important. I learn to never under estimate any experience that you have in life and that everything you learn you can use in your career path.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sheree Hovsepian Studio


My name is Bao Nguyen and I'm a rising junior photography major. During the summer of 2017, I was an intern for artist/photographer Sheree Hovsepian in New York City. The Fall semester of my sophomore year was a real breakthrough for me as a have a chance to experiment with various darkroom techniques that I have not done before. However, at the same time, I found it a very difficult task for me to prove the work I do whether or not photography at all. The anxiety went with me throughout the spring until I decided to find a mentor who can give me some answer. I found out about Sheree Hovsepian through an exhibition catalog in the library called Photography is Magic, an Aperture exhibition that showed experimental and newer approach to the medium. Sheree's work interested me because of its sculptural elements and experimental darkroom prints. I decided to email her expressing my admiration and asking her if she needed an intern for the summer, luckily she replied my email with an opportunity.



One of the first assignments she gave me was to be free in the darkroom, doing whatever I want, anything, all experimental, no mistake. This was when I can confidently say that my photographic work does not have to have an image fixated. This was when I started to deconstruct the concept of photography as a medium and treat it as such.


I moved to Queens and met Sheree and her husband, renowned artist Rashid Johnson for the first time after the school end. I was surprised that they have a deep background in photography education and now their works totally take different forms and mediums (Sheree has been working with ceramics, bronze sculptures, and fabrics; Rashid has been working with large scale installations and wax paintings). However, the reference to photography as a medium still exists in all of their work.


I believe my internship with Sheree was very special to my education. It was not a job that I do tasks after tasks (though I learned a tremendous wood and ceramics fabrication skills for the major time) but rather an extended education, a residency of some sort where I had the opportunity to make my own work and received feedback from the artists. It really helps me to better understand the medium to advantage my work and leave me the bigger and more difficult question that what photography can be.


Friday, June 8, 2018

Latino Studio



This summer I was a studio assistant at Latiano Studio, the studio of Jonathan Latiano, a sculptor in Baltimore Maryland. I had worked with Jonathan last summer as his teaching assistant at MICA precollege. We were still in contact, so last semester when I asked if he knew any artists that needed studio assistants this summer, he told me that he himself did, and I got the job.

As a studio assistant, I mostly helped fabricate one of the projects that Jonathan is working on entitled “The Only Thing That’s the End of the World is The End of the World.” It’s a collection of hundreds of irregular spheres covered in thousands of mirrored shards. I did detail work with the mirrors, but also helped build some of the interior structures of the spheres, which have to bear a good amount of weight. Jonathan included me in planning his studio visits with curators for other projects he’s working on, as well as the grant writing and exhibition proposals he’s working on. I helped to prepare the model of a sculpture he’s proposing for a show at the Sculpture Center in New York, and got to visit the Peale Museum with him to plan an installation, as well as meet with the curator Lynn Park.


At the end of the summer, Jonathan took me and his other intern, Andrea, on a trip to New York City to visit his friend who works at DYAD, a design studio in Brooklyn. We learned a lot from her and her co-workers, and got to see some impressive galleries in Chelsea. This internship was so  informative to me about what it’s like to operate your own studio. I feel like I have a lot of in-depth knowledge that will inform me in my own practice in the future.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Knox Makers



My name is Grace Kwon, and I am a rising sophomore Fiber Major. During the Summer of 2017, I was an intern for Knox Makers, a makers space and studio in Knoxville, TN. I have always been interested in makers space particularly after visiting OpenWorks in Baltimore. Because of the growing interest and popularity of makers spaces around the country, I researched for these spaces in my hometown, Knoxville. After a couple of intensive internet research excursions and  communicating with artist professionals in Knoxville, I discovered the newly opened Knox Makers. Knox Makers was not openly looking for any hires or interns, so I contacted them requesting for a possible opportunity and also attached a resumé. Knox Makers replied fairly quickly, offering an opportunity although it would be their first time hiring an intern. For the next couple of months, we corresponded through email and through phone calls, trying to define what I would do as an intern in the space. Even though it was new experience for both Knox Makers and me, it was fulfilling experience to make internship that seemed impossible work.


Knox Makers is a workshop that features dedicated zones for woodworking, metalworking, 3D printing and scanning, electronics, arts and crafts, fabric arts, leather working, and laser cutting. It is based on the community of makers in Knoxville which is small but growing. My direct supervisor was Doug Laney, the president of the organization, but I also received a lot of help from other members and the community as a whole. I was responsible for making the space a more relatable and convenient space for the members. I was tasked with various types of jobs from fixing industrial sewing machines, to reorganizing space, to teaching my own class. As a nonprofit organization that emphasizes on community rather than profit, Knox Makers was truly made up from the ground by the members and the community. One of the largest projects I had was teaching a beginner screen-printing class. The space had never had a class for screen-printing so I got to experience starting a class from scratch by making the classes’ screens and researching material. From the class, I learned many technical skills such as different wood joints and more professional skills like how to conduct a productive classroom.


The biggest take-away from Knox Makers is the networking and the professional relationships. Although, the relationships are seemingly small scale in a small city like Knoxville. The space and community encouraged me to talk to new people and learn how to build a professional relationship. Since this internship, I have been more interested in the community side and the educational side of the arts, and how to inform the general public. I have also gained many technical skills that I believe I can incorporate into my work at MICA. Knox Makers made me consider the community side of the arts field that I did not think about before.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Chanel




My name is Aage Vetter and I’m a Senior Graphic Design major. During winter break of my Junior year, I went on a trip to New York where I met a design intern from Chanel. After asking him a few questions and chatting, he introduced me to his boss, who gave me a fairly informal interview and asked about school, my website, and other things. After thinking this was the end of the interactions with them, by the end of the school year, I received an email from who would become my supervisor, Antoinette, asking if I wanted to take a spot at the office as the summer intern for that year. They had found my resume and portfolio online and decided that I was the best candidate for the position.

Chanel is a world renowned design and fashion house specializing in a range of fashion, fragrance and beauty products, watches, and fine jewelry. They also host and sponsor a variety of events, dinners, and artists throughout the year. This includes artist Lucia Pica, The Tribeca Film Festival, and Through Her Lens.


My direct supervisor was Antoinette Wasylyk. She has been the Associate Director of Print Design at Chanel for the past two and a half years. Working with her, as well as the rest of the creative department (Loc Trinh - Manager & Print Designer, Dan Gardener - Manager & Print Designer, and Fanny Level - Executive Director of Print Design) I was given a broad range of assignments ranging in length and importance. I was able to be a large hand in the Through Her Lens and Tribeca Film Festival invitation designs and layouts, as well as creating posters for Chanel stores across the US and a book for a one time boutique in New York.



I’m most proud of myself for being unafraid this year to ask questions and voice my opinions to my superiors in meetings and during my process. I believe this lead them to trust me and what I had to say, and ended up with me having multiple pieces seen through to being fully produced and created by Chanel. The most important thing I learned through this process has gone hand-in-hand with the previous idea. Working hard, being detail oriented, and taking mistakes with grace and enthusiasm is the most important thing in making impressions. I’ve had great conversations with my co-workers and learned a tremendous amount about the industry, and what it takes to make it at a large corporation. All throughout my experience I picked up shortcuts in design programs, tips for creating simple and elegant work, as well as tips and advice for presenting to superiors.

This internship has accomplished more than I had hoped for defining my career goals. Now, after my last summer at Sid Lee I’ve experienced life a large advertising agency as well as at a large corporation with strict brand guidelines. I have a more well rounded view of the things I like and dislike about the ways companies and offices run. It has made me feel passionately excited to begin my last year at MICA and to continue using and exploring the new ways of thinking and strategies I’ve been shown this summer.




Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Nantucket Looms



My name is Andrea Barnes and I am a Junior Fiber major with a concentration in Experimental
Fashion. During the Summer of 2017, I maintained a three month long weaving and retailing internship for Nantucket Looms. A cottage living style store that offers hand made textiles, furnishing, and design services. The store is based on Nantucket, an island located off the cape of Massachusetts. For years I have visited family that live on the island and consider Nantucket as my second home. Almost two years ago I walked into the store with my family one Christmas and accidentally discovered the weaving studio hidden in the upstairs part of the Looms. There I had a long conversation with the head weaver, Rebecca Peraner, and expressed my interest to be a part of the commercial textile world. She recognized the Maryland Institute College of Art and asked me to send her some pictures of my work as well as my resume. Two weeks later she responded with an enthusiastic email about my work and asked for my summer schedule.


This is now my second summer at Nantucket Looms. The first summer I interned I had small and limiting tasks to complete from day to day. I cleaned the upstairs studio, answered costumer’s questions, and worked on small scale projects on the loom on a 35 hour work week schedule. This summer I was assigned more advanced projects on the loom and was asked to experiment with material to create new products for the Fall of 2017. I worked with cashmere, linen, and created large cotton throws that sold for an expensive price. I also got the chance to work on set for some for one of their commercials/ advertisements for the company. I feel this time I had a chance to gain closer relationships with not only the employees in the weaving studio, but as well as the people working floor of the store, packing station, and the graphic design studio. Ive also learned each employee has a small creative outlet whether that be knitting, sewing, painting, drawing, or photography. For a boy who works in packaging his mother years ago worked as a weaver in the studio and he also practices photography in his free time. I learned a lot about Island life in the summer vs. the winter and how family is an important part of the company and it’s values. Working at The Looms has helped me gain new insight on where I want to go with my career. I want to be in an inclusive studio space for artists, designers, and business people. A place that is commercial but emphasizes the importance of
tradition, craft, and community.

Having this extraordinary experience under my belt I feel less intimidated to apply for internships in competitive cities such as New York and San Francisco. I plan to direct my portfolio towards more fashion and less interior design/ fine arts for when I apply to internships for the Summer 2018. I also hope to continue to keep all the close relationships I have made within Nantucket Looms. I have gained many mentors and friendships from this experience that I will never forget.


Monday, June 4, 2018

Never Normal Records





My name is Xena Brar and I am a rising sophomore Graphic Design major. During the summer of 2017 I was a design intern for Never Normal Records based in New York City. Throughout high school, i’ve always designed album art, flyers, merchandise and posters for my friend’s bands and loved doing it. I wanted to keep doling this throughout college and while in school I searched on the MICA Jobs and Internships page on Facebook for anything relating to the music industry. I stumbled upon Never Normal and immediately knew I needed to pursue this! I immediately emailed Suzi Analogue, the founder and manager of Never Normal, with my resume, portfolio, and why I wanted this internship. It took a while but she finally emailed me back and told me she loved my work and wanted me to do more of it for her!


Never Normal is a record label that has no “labels” in a sense. They are open to anyone and everyone joining their team and the artists they currently have on the label are diverse and amazing people. Suzi Analogue is my direct supervisor and she was the founder of the label, she created the label at just 16 years old and watched it grow into something she never thought it would grow into!


My role throughout this label was to create flyers, posters, album art, weekly social media posts for the label as a whole and really anything design based that the musicians needed in order to release their music. It was exciting for me because I have creative liberty and was told to design everything in my own style, which really helped me develop and grow as an individual and an artist as well. I am most proud of the flyers I have made as well as my change in style, I never would of experimented with my designs if it wasn't for this internship.


My biggest take away from this internship is the new skill I acquired which is how to work with clients. In past years usually, I have designed or created something and someone would want to use it on their flyer or band t-shirt, I haven't had much experience dealing with clients and making mock-ups, multiple versions etc. But this internship has taught me that and I can take that into the future for my job after college. This internship has also made me realize that I love working with clients and others, I thought I wanted to work on my own but this experience has made me realize that I love working with a team it makes the whole experience a lot more manageable. Im incredibly lucky that Suzi reached out to me, and will forever be grateful for this amazing opportunity.

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Art Studio NY



I found about my internship through one of my father’s co-workers, who happens to know the owner, Rebecca Schweiger, of The Art Studio NY. I e-mailed Ms. Schweiger, who then gave me the contact information of the studio and sent my resume, a cover letter, and a link to my Behance. They invited me in for an interview shortly after. 

The Art Studio NY is a studio that offers art classes for all ages. Their goal is to get beginners feeling comfortable expressing themselves through art, and to be a resource for anyone who wants to make art. There are medium specific classes, teen classes, and children’s classes. For my internship, I was specifically involved with the children’s summer classes. My supervisor was Katiri Helmeid, who is a studio coordinator and adult and children’s art teacher. I was responsible for setting up the studio for the day’s activities, helping plan out daily projects, working hands-on with students, and cleaning the studio at the end of the day. Every so often, I would also be in charge of teaching a project myself. I was involved in projects that taught children about Van Gogh, Monet, O’Keefe, Homer, pointillism, and others. We discussed use of acrylic paint, watercolor, palette knives, pastels, and palette knives. 

I’m most proud of being able to get kids excited about art, of teaching them new ways to experiment and express themselves, and of making connections with so many interesting kids. My biggest take-away was that I actually do enjoy teaching. The most important thing I learned was how to be comfortable in a work environment that required near constant socializing. My interpersonal skills have greatly increased and I feel much more comfortable entering a work environment. I’ve also learned how to lead a room of students and command their attention. Beginning my internship, I wasn’t sure how I would like teaching or working so closely with students, but I’ve found both to be gratifying experiences. This opens up a whole new set of doors career-wise for me.




Thursday, May 31, 2018

Creative Capital Shanghai



My name is Hannah Meng and I am a sophomore Graphic Design major. During the summer of 2017, I was the Graphic Design intern for Creative Capital Shanghai. Creative Capital Shanghai provides everything from brand creation, storytelling, naming, visual identity to packaging design, retail design and short movie production, with a cultural twist. When I googled the design studio in Shanghai, I was attracted by their website, then I looked through all the projects and I decided to apply for the internship. Laura was my supervisor during the time I was in the design team at Creative Capital. She was a senior designer at Creative Capital.




During the internship, I have been given several projects, which include wine packaging, illustration for hair product, icon of sunglasses and baby wipes’ packaging. I will give one direction of every project, and if my design has been select from client, I will keep work on it. The thing I am most proud of is that I tried something new. After I did the illustration project, I found my interest on digital illustration. I have learned how to present your work in a professional way. It is important to show a professional and clear presentation for client, that's definitely helped a lot for my future career when I have to face my own client. Besides, I noticed sometimes it's important to listen others suggestion even he's not in the design position, cause the design have to accomplish clients and market’s needs. It's different form personal projects but I really appreciate the experience, because this internship experience makes me more clear that I want to do commercial design in a design company when I graduate, so the experience is really important for me to face the design task in the future.




Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Terrcycle


My name is Haven DeAnglis and I am currently a sophomore Fibers major. This summer I was a design intern at an up cycling company based in Trenton, New Jersey called Terracycle. I had previous knowledge about the company and its internships while I was in high school because my school participated in their recycling programs, and I attended an environmental awareness event with students from high schools where Terracycle advertised the company and its mission. While at this program, I immediately wanted to intern for this company because everything at the office was up cycled and there was art everywhere. I had forgotten about this dream of working at Terracycle, but while I was looking online for internships in New Jersey, I stumbled upon an ad for internships at Terracycle. After reading the description of a design team internship, I knew I had to apply. I emailed by resume, cover letter and my portfolio of up cycled and found object artwork, and received a responds the next day requesting I come into the office for an interview. The interview went well and a few months later I had the internship.

My internship at Terracycle lasted about 3 months and I worked 3 times a week. Each day I would work on and complete various projects that involved up cycling. Terracycle is an up cycling company, in that the company’s mission is to give a new life to products that cannot be normally recycled. Overall, Terracycle collects items that are deemed garbage and will break down the products into recycled plastic pellets, compost, scrap metal, etc. Terracycle is a company with many offices around the world and different departments. I was a part of the design team, which creates marketable products made out of non-recyclable material, designs the office spaces, and creates products designed to encourage recycling. The design team, which consists of three employees and multiple interns throughout the year, works in a large studio with tons of machinery and tools. My direct supervisor was Kelsey Moffitt, a Design Junkie, who oversaw all the interns’ work, while also designing products for the company and attending many meetings with other departments. The head of the design team, Tiffany Threadgould, and Darshan Alatar, another Design Junkie, would also assign projects for me to complete.


While at Terracycle, I completed many projects that involved sewing plastic packaging to create new products that were more valuable. I made tote bags from juice pouches, bibs from baby food packaging, gift bows from maps, and folders from toothpaste tubes. All of these products were given to the companies that had originally created the plastic packaging to be used as a promotional item. The tote bags, however, were a prototype for bags that will eventually be produced and sold to the public. I am most proud of this project because not only was the company pleased with the design, but the object that I created will someday be bought by consumers and will be promoting sustainability. I was also involved in renovating an office space known as the “courtroom” which had to be decorated with courtroom-themed furniture and objects. I was in charge of designing and sewing together a Terracycle logo flag, as well as creating a gold frame for the whiteboard. Sewing the flag was the longest project I worked on, having to start over and create several designs until I finally made a well-crafted patchwork flag. My biggest takeaway from the internship was that designing products takes time and that the first design is probably not the best design. I learned how to become more precise and accurate in creating art, which will definitely help me in the future when designing and sketching. My artwork tends to look free-handed and “messy”, so working at Terracycle taught me the importance of measurements and accuracy, even though it was a struggle at some points.

While many of my projects involved me using a sewing machine, I was able to learn how to use new machines, which will strengthen my work in sculpture and how I would create it. Some of the machines I learned to use were the miter saw, industrial serger, nail gun and welding. I have also become more precise in sewing as well as faster because of the amount of work I had to complete each day. I also learned how other department interact with each other. Many of my projects were photographed and documented by the graphic design team, or we would work together with the R&D team to create a container suitable for collecting a certain waste stream. Even though this internship was a great experience, it helped me narrow down a career path that I would want in the future and it would not be working as a product designer. While my artistic skills and sewing skills were valued at the company, I would not like to work as a designer creating products that are specific to what a company wants to buy. I enjoy the freedom of creating while not being bound to recreating a product that exists in the world in a different variation. After working at Terracycle I do feel inspired to create artwork and fashion out of sustainable and reusable materials because waste is a huge environmental problem in our world and so many of our resources go to waste because they are easily disposable. With my remaining years at MICA, I will definitely continue to create eco-friendly artwork, and hopefully a fashion collection out of up cycled materials.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lanning Smith Studios



I found out about Lanning Smith Studios in Spring semester of my junior year from a former classmate of mine, Katya Villano (Class of 2016, Painting). She described her work at a small fabrication company which primarily specialized in woodworking, in addition to a variety of larger construction and other processes. Overall she really enjoyed the work and spoke highly of the people, and mentioned that two current IS seniors had previously interned there in the summer of 2016. I became especially interested because it seemed this organization was open to people with relatively little experience so long as they had drive and interest. Soon after, I spoke with both Chelsea Lee and Jenna Staffieri (Class of 2017, IS) about their respective experiences. While the projects were often for big name clients, they were still able to enter the shop as a learning environment. I quickly sent out an email with my cover letter and resume. 

When I first met with Kyle, he explained that several years ago, after graduating from MICA, he and his partner Josh established Lanning Smith and have since worked out a split system. Josh lives in New York and primarily handles the business side of the operation-working through their small location in Brooklyn, meeting and negoatiting with clients. The Baltimore location is the fabrication shop, with a small office and shop space upstairs, and a much larger area in the basement for bigger construction and works. During my time there I was able to work fairly closely with everyone in the shop because of its small size. Kyle and I were the only ones in the shop on Mondays, which is when I was able to see a bit more of how Kyle manages the projects from design, client back and forth, shipping, etc. I mainly worked with two other coworkers in the shop; Sutton Demlong (Rhinehart ‘16) and Katya, both of whom were incredibly helpful and patient, while also trusting in my abilities. I always felt comfortable asking clarifying questions but never felt patronized for not knowing something. For the majority of my time there, we worked on a variety of retail displays and decorations for an imitation beach shop to be installed at their New York space. There were also bits and pieces of a trade show booth project for a client which we worked on progressively throughout my time there.


Over time, I found myself becoming faster and more exacting in the work I was doing, I felt more comfortable, had to ask fewer questions and trusted my own instincts. I even found that when it came to certain projects, my coworkers would ask me to complete tasks because they felt I might even do it a bit better than they would, which was really exciting and assuring. While I could see tangible improvement in my technical skills, I found that my interpersonal and communication skills also had to improve and adjust according to my environment so as to efficiently work as a team. At the close of my experience, I had discovered how much I really enjoy the shop environment, building things for the sake of building things and honing my skills. I definitely think that working in a fabrication studio is a viable career op on for me, and I plan on maintaining contact with Kyle and the crew at Lanning Smith Studios throughout the course of my senior year for occasional freelance work in the future.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Paperwhite Studio





I’m Reyna — a senior Graphic Design major at MICA. This summer, I spent 3 months working as a design intern at Paperwhite Studio, a branding studio based in Brooklyn, NYC. The New York office collaborates with food and hospitality brands, creating visual identities for cafés and restaurants as well as food product packaging for small businesses. They also have another office in Austria that specializes in tech-related projects.

Before the semester ended, I applied to a lot of companies and studios in NYC, understanding the competitive nature of NYC internship. I was open to different areas but my latest design works are related to food and cooking. I found Paperwhite on LinkedIn under the ‘Similar Company’ tab while doing my research. I checked out their website and recognized most of their restaurant projects. I reached out to the team and received positive feedback shortly. After some emails and phone calls, I was offered a summer intern position. Laureen Moyal was my supervisor and she is the partner & art director of the studio. I joined a team of 5 designers and we work everyday from 9 to 6 — some days busier than others depending on stages of projects. The nature of a small studio allowed me to get involved in every part of a design process, from concept to execution to production.


I helped gather ideas, developed mood-boards & brand personalities and execute design concepts for client presentation. I worked on a lot of typesetting and illustrations. Dipping my toes into various assignment types helped me see how a project evolves. I understood the creative struggle to come up with design solutions and effective ways to communicate your ideas to clients. Our team was able to divide tasks based on everybody's strengths which resulted a smooth and engaging process.


I’m proud to have worked directly and independently with the art director to execute a brand refresh for two different restaurants in NYC. The first one is 180 Tenth, a summer Italian restaurant located at The High Line Hotel, and Bobo, a high-end French country style restaurant. I appreciate the trust that Laureen has given me — I was corresponding with the clients through email so I could understand the briefs or their requests better as I move forward with the designs.

It’s my third design internship and this time I was able to recognize my strengths, interests and potentials as I consider about plans after graduation. In the future I hope to marry my love for design, business, culture and meaningful human interactions. All in all, it was a very productive and transformative summer!


Friday, May 25, 2018

Hearst Communications Inc.


My name is Mengxi Wei and I am a Graphic Design MFA student. During the 2017 Summer, I
was very excited to have a chance to take the Graphic Design Editorial Intern for O, the Oprah
Magazine. Before I started this intern, I was always paying attention to social issues and women
health. At the social design course, we used to collect female magazines, including O, for a collage activity among women living with HIV in Baltimore. Then this opportunity was recommended by my friend. I was very excited about this opportunity so I directly replied to Gillian, our deputy art director, with my resume and portfolio. Then everything went very well. We had a very good time during the interview and they loved my work. I got this intern right after that interview.

The magazine has two parts generally, editorial and advertising. Our art team is a part of the whole editorial team, including Copy team, Photo team, Fashion team, Health team, Food team and so on. The main work for art team is to participate in the coming up with a new concept for new issues, work on layout, and most importantly, communicate with other teams. The whole function of the editorial team is more complicated than I could image. Meanwhile, we need to start three months in advance. For example, from July 2017, we would start to work on the ideas for January 2018.

My work is relatively easy because all I could help is to work on the start for a new layout and update the photos and texts. Sometimes, I need to communicate with editors to balance the space between text and photo. Besides, printing content sheet, printing wall pages, sending published issues to our contributors and illustrators, managing files are also parts of my work here.

I learn a lot about office life and publication industry and so proud of my progress on InD and typesetting. The most important thing I have realized from my intern is the importance of communication. To communicate with different teams is essential for art work, let alone to express your idea and concept to your boss and team members.

All of the above helps me to learn how to be a good designer and it is my honor to have this opportunity to work here with those good people, who really take care of me a lot. I enjoy the free hot chocolate and the cookies on the take-away desk. I enjoy the casual talk during the lunch time after the wall meeting. I enjoy the wine and ice cream meeting. So happy to work in O, the Oprah Magazine at Hearst building.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Opera Gallery, Miami



My name is Carlos Enrique Rincon, and I am a senior GFA student. In the summer of 2017, I interned at the Miami location of Opera Gallery. I’ve always been interested in Opera Gallery and have visited multiple times. One day while visiting, I started a conversation with an employee (who then became my coworker) about the possibility of an internship. After that, it was a lot of emailing back and forth of information such as resume, cover letter, etc. until the date of the interview. Opera Gallery is a series of family-run galleries with a total of 12 locations all over the world, featuring some of the most historically popular artists, such as Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Yves Klein, and many more. The Miami work site is very personal and welcoming. Interacting with people was a big part of this internship, since the pieces didn’t have tags and we would engage in conversation and inform the visitor on pieces to create a one-on-one experience.



My supervisor was Dan Benchetrit, the very successful and passionate art director at Opera Gallery Miami. Working with him was a pleasure and I was able to build a good relationship with him. The assignments would vary daily; some days I would be working on creating a catalog for an exhibition or curating a floor plan (which is something I felt very proud of), and some days I would just be assisting visitors and informing them about our galleries or artists. While working, there were a few pieces on display right across from the desk by artists Joe Black, NOART, and Marc Sijan, which would always catch people’s eyes. Seeing people’s reaction to these pieces was an incredible experience that made me think, “This is what I want to do, I want to make work that will touch and impact people and leave them thinking about a certain subject.”

Interacting with my coworkers and getting to know them has taught me a lot this summer, and they each gave me valuable advice, both personal and professional. What I learned from the most, however, was interacting with visitors and buyers. Being someone who is very shy, this was my biggest challenge and it turned out to be what I enjoyed the most about the experience.