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

Thursday, January 16, 2020

NPR's Next Generation Radio

During my Sophomore year at MICA, I came across an opportunity to work with NPR as the in house illustrator. Back then, they selected 1 illustrator out of a pool of 280 applicants. I was rejected. Towards the end of the semester, I received an email about the possibility of working with NPR's Next Generation Radio on a project in Baltimore. I immediately said yes but was rejected again. Nevertheless, he suggested that I email him if I would be interested in the project in the future. During the Spring semester this year, I emailed him again which he immediately responded. He offered me the opportunity to work as the project illustrator for the next four consecutive projects. What I learned from this experience was to highlight emails from job opportunities we were interested in, and always email back with an updated portfolio.

The organization I worked in was an NPR sponsored journalism project called Next Generation Radio. We traveled across the United States to train and prepare journalism students for the industry through week-long projects. The common theme of the projects is “First Days in America.” My role was to create illustrated portraits for the student reporters a week before the project. During the weeks in Syracuse, Reno, Philadelphia, and Austin, I shadowed all the interviews on the first two days and create 3-6 illustrations each week for the published stories.

Working as the project illustrator for Next Generation Radio was a valuable experience. This was my first time turning in multiple projects in an extremely tight time frame. I gained the ability to work much more efficiently by creating original color palettes, concept designs, and compositions. I also developed two distinctly different styles for my work in editorial illustration, based on different deadlines and the various tone of the stories.

Before the projects, I would have never imagined myself illustrating an Iranian scientist who is interested in molecules, nor an Egyptian butcher who is making a positive impact in the community by operating a store for halal meat. Next Generation Radio offers an incredible platform to network with people who work in various industries. By shadowing the reporters’ interviews, I felt an immense connection with the stories that I was illustrating. There are no “subjects” in an interview, but people from different areas that share similar stories with us as immigrants.

As a visual solver and a storyteller, in every story, I always ask myself, “what is at stake.” The focus statements are extremely important in finding unique conceptual solutions. I am proud of my contribution to the team; I believe that my illustrations have elevated their stories, which also help them in gaining attention to the published articles. Moving forward, I want to continue my work as an editorial illustrator. The illustration is not just a decorative element in our lives, it serves a purpose in underlining the everyday stories that reflect contemporary social phenomenon. I want to help people tell their stories.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Make Studio

Make Studio is a nonprofit organization that serves as a supportive platform for artists with disabilities. Each of the artists essentially work for Make Studio and create work to be displayed either at the studio or at off site exhibitions. The studio also helps manage the sales of work. They provide critique when necessary and offer art therapy to those that need/want it. I had some background knowledge about Make Studio from my research in preparation for the internship fair at MICA, and spoke with their representative at the fair. After speaking with them, I sent a follow up email afterwards and through that correspondence was able to secure an interview. 

My responsibilities included a bit of studio upkeep, but my supervisors and I made sure my experience was more enriching than just that. I often assisted with pulling work for shows and was able to voice my opinion in the process. I installed and selected work for the Everything Else (A Market Space) exhibit featuring Nicole Dyer and Amanda Burnham. I searched for exhibition opportunities for the studio, archived artwork, and spent time with the program artists. I offered critique and guidance while the artists were working and documented their progress and behaviors in studio logs. 

I am most proud of the connections I have made with the people at Make Studio both program artists and supervisors. I am proud of the projects we’ve all completed together and the insightful conversations we’ve had. I am now able to more accurately install, document, store, sell, and archive artwork. This internship also allowed me see how exhibitions are organized and planned, including the artwork selection process for upcoming shows.

I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about curatorial work. As an artist, it is important for to understand how work is marketed, what type of work appeals to a space the best, etc. I was also able to learn more about art therapy, a career I had considered pursuing in the past, and what type of requirements would be needed to obtain an art therapy license. Most importantly, I learned what it takes to run an exhibit space efficiently and understand how to archive work within a gallery/studio. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Maryland Art Place

While exploring opportunities through the MICAnetwork, I came across a call for internship applications at the Maryland Art Place. The internship description included experience in a non - profit gallery setting which guides the intern the various activities the gallery conducts which immediately thrilled me. Using this description I drafted a cover letter and edited my resume accordingly and emailed them the same. After a few weeks, I was asked to partake in an interview over the phone where I was asked questions about my previous experience and what I value about working collaboratively and also individually. At the end of the call, I was offered a position as an intern for the summer and then coordinated further over email to secure a weekly schedule.

I learned early on in the internship that Maryland Art Place was first formed by the Maryland State Arts Council who granted funds to form an organization that promoted contemporary art. They prioritize living, emerging and mid-career artists with the understanding that the organization plays a critical role in providing a platform for artistic growth within the contemporary, visual, fine arts realm. They support this vision through annual programs including exhibitions and provide the promotion of artwork sales outside that of a commercial gallery. Maryland Art Places still works with Maryland State Arts Council to form a Maryland State Artist Registry and Resource Bulletin which aides in empowering local artists.

Throughout the internship, I worked under the Registry Coordinator and Program Manager at the organization. I was awarded a wide range of tasks such as installing and de -installing exhibitions, packing artwork, working on resource bulletin, aiding the Maryland State Art Council’s registry, facilitating open calls, visiting other galleries, handling social media, gaining insight into finances and donations and speaking to artists. Some of the open calls and exhibitions I was involved in include Out of Order, Baker Artist Exhibition, IMPACT Hotel Indigo, and the MSAC Juried Show.

I am extremely proud of the fact that I was able to shift and alter my skills to manage every project that was given to me and be able to reach many other organizations and people as a result. By shadowing my supervisor and taking on her advice, I have learned that it is vital to take on every opportunity you can and apply to many open calls. She taught me not to be afraid of getting a rejection and always allowing my determination to help me stand out from the rest. The most vital aspect of this internship for me was the access to resources, open calls and artists I gained and the opportunity to learn about how a gallery can aid in showcasing emerging artists.

I am now confidently able to handle a company’s social media account, post and find artist
opportunities and communicate with artists and other galleries. The internship has helped me solidify my dream of being an artist and one day having my gallery which advocates for emerging women in the arts. A thought which was shared with me by my supervisor and will stay with me is that persistence even in the lowest of times is what makes the difference and I hope to ensure my determination never falters.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Walters Art Museum

I had already worked with the Walters Art Museum through a previous fellowship, this summer internship gave me the opportunity to turn my idea into a pilot program. The Walters Art Museum is a cultural hub in the heart of Baltimore. Located in the city’s Mount Vernon neighborhood, the Walters is free for all. The museum’s collection spans more than seven millennia, from 5,000 BCE to the 21st century, and encompasses 36,000 objects from around the world. My supervisor was the amazing Dr. Julia Marciari-Alexander, Executive Director of The Walters Art Museum.

I created a pilot IGTV program that serves as both and educational and curatorial project; the show Women & Wondersis set to premiere in 2020 to educate The Walters public on their collection while celebrating women during “The Year of the Woman”. I am most proud of taking on a project that I had little to no experience with and making it into a production that both myself and the institution can be proud of. Taking on such a big task in such a short amount of time showed me my constant ability to rise to the occasion and do let my work speak for itself; the newest skill I acquired this summer is video editing and creating a full visual-audio production. The time I spent learning about this new talent I have been able to create short videos about my developmental process in my thesis and share it with potential funders and partners. This summer has been one of great chances and even greater results.

The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami is a privately funded museum that features established as well as up and coming contemporary artists. It is also one of the only museums in Miami that grant free admission. This summer, I interned in the education department of the museum. The education department at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami has many facets. The education department hosts Family Day on every third Sunday of the month, where families are encouraged to visit the museum and take part in curated educational art activities that relate to either a theme or a special exhibition at the museum. Although this is not solely what the department does or is responsible for, the overall aim of the education department in the museum is to make contemporary art more accessible to more students, whether it be through local education organizations, programs or schools.

I have worked with the Institute of Contemporary Art since I was a sophomore in high school. Once I graduated, I was asked to be brought in as a contractor to implement a portfolio prep program that I had already piloted on my own at a local library the summer before. By this point I had already met and established relationships with most of the staff and programmers at the museum, one of which was my direct supervisor, Morel Doucet, an alum of both my former high school and an alum of MICA. I reached out to Morel during the MICATalks event about taking up the portfolio prep teaching position again and also inquired about any other opportunities to work in the museum for the summer. He told me to speak to Lisa Fernandez who then offered me an internship position through the education department.

Since both my supervisors had different roles in the museum, my responsibilities were often broken up by scheduled tasks. One of my main responsibilities at the museum was assisting in the summer immersive tours. What makes these tours immersive is that they are taught through the inquiry method; this means that instead of lecturing, we prompt the students to investigate and we encourage curiosity by asking specific questions about the works and the intentions of the artist. This summer I took part in giving over 20 tours during the duration of my internship. Aside from touring, I worked alongside Morel to brainstorm and write out lesson plans for workshops and for immersive tours in the museum, writing and editing blurbs for programming and sending out confirmation emails from the 20+ sites we were hosting for the tours. Alongside Alyssa, I worked on Family Day event activities and prepping. In the weeks leading up to Family Day, I was in contact with the volunteers to make sure they knew where to go and what to do. On Family Day, I was in charge of directing the volunteers to their tasks and setting up the signage around the museum. Throughout the day I helped the families carry out the activities, alongside the volunteers and then help deinstall the room at the end of the day.

Another part of my internship was being aware and knowledgeable of the artists on exhibit at the museum. Upon my arrival, the Visitor service team sent me the powerpoint presentations that the tour guides use to study the work on exhibit and tour the public with. These gave me a base for the tours I took part in teaching, the lesson plans I wrote up, the presentations I had to create based on these artists and introducing these ideas to the students from the portfolio prep program. Towards the end of my internship, I had the pleasure of taking part in co-teaching the portfolio pre 2-week program for middle school students who aspire to apply to magnet art high schools. During the duration of the program, Jacob Marrero, Glysed Barboza and I partnered in creating a curriculum and lesson planning two weeks for these students. A few of the points we emphasized were the elements and principles of design, color theory, contour drawing, perspective, thumbnail sketching, self portraiture, personal narrative, critiquing and the theme of this year’s program was identity. Throughout the program, there are multiple mini-projects and lessons and then one personal project at the end for a final exhibition.

Working as an intern with ICA, everyday I learned something new. My supervisors guaranteed that either through experience or conversation, I would continuously learn about the museum, non-profits, being a practicing artist, outreach, teaching or knowledge on how to function as a working adult. Touring allowed me to understand the works of Ettore Sottsass, a very important designer, Paulo Nazareth, a very politically influential multi-media artist, Guadalupe Maravilla, a performance artist who combines the divine with the scientific and Eric Paul Reige, an influential performance artist. Being that I make wearable soft sculpture and also enjoy doing performance art, learning about these artists have allowed me to understand and consider how wearable sculpture and soft sculpture, specifically, can be considered of 
high-esteem and have served as an example of how I can showcase this kind of work in a museum. Working on the production and execution of Family Days was humbling: being so directly involved with children and their parents allowed me to have a direct line of impact in terms of the educational activities and opened my eyes, even more, to the power of outreach. Lesson planning alongside Morel has allowed me a crash course on not only the artists on exhibit, but also art history, science and politics. I feel as though I took a class this summer on political science and art matters. Working at the ICA has allowed me to regain confidence in the fact that art and artmaking is impactful and can transcend the white esteemed wall in a gallery. I have a more clear idea of what I want to do with my MAT degree once I graduate MICA: possibly work in the education department in a museum, where one would have more lee-way in terms of teaching non-traditional material in more innovative ways. As a result of this internship I have refined my public speaking skills, I have fine-tuned my writing skills, and have learned to work with younger children. 

I have learned a whirl-wind of information regarding how a non-profit, privately funded museum functions, how an education program within this kind of museum thrives, the logistics of making a project and how it gets carried out, how to give tours and give lessons based on the inquiry teaching method--which has proven to be more effective-- and understand more succinctly how I would like to move forward both as a creator, a student and an educator. I have also created a network of educators and artists that I feel have given me pools of advice that I can confidently take into my next steps as a student and creator.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Jay Hall Carpenter, Sculptor

I was granted the opportunity to work with Jay Hall Carpenter for my internship and I found out about him in my figure sculpture class, after talking to Robert Copskey and Joe Greene, one of our sculpture models. They both mentioned Jay's name to me a few times and told me to consider reaching out to him since I was very interested in figurative sculpture. I found his contact information through his website and sent him an email with my resume and images from my portfolio to express my interest in doing an internship at his studio. 

A few days later, he responded asking me to come into the studio for an interview. Jay agreed to take me on as an intern. I found out that he was working on a very large monument. He was making a sculpture of three life-size women. He was sculpting the women responsible for the cure for Whooping Cough for the University of Michigan State.

When I began working for Jay Hall Carpenter, the Whooping Cough project was just beginning. I was able to be a part of the entire process from making the armature, carving the understructure out of foam, adding the clay, refining the clay work, and even making the molds of the sculpture. I was incredibly excited when I was able to work on some of the more important features of the figures including the arms and legs. By being a part of not only the creation of the sculpture, but the mold making. I realized how important mold making can be.

I found that through this internship I was able to acquire knowledge in how a professional artist’s studio works. Through experiencing the entire process of making a significant monument, I found myself believing more and more that it is possible to have a successful career as a sculptor. This internship has opened my eyes to a few more sculptural career paths and I’ve greatly appreciated my time with Jay Hall Carpenter.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Wide Angle Youth Media

This semester, I had the pleasure an honor of working at Wide Angle Youth Media as a Video Apprentice. Wide Angle Youth Media is a non-profit organization that teaches Baltimore youth media production and graphic design. I had the pleasure of working under David Sloan, Production Manager, where I got hands on experience in their production studio sublet that specializes in documentary. 

My primary responsibilities were to operate the camera while interviewing subjects, filming B-Roll, and editing footage. As I started, we acquired an account from the Maryland Arts Council to document artists all over the state. I have sent the last month and a half traveling to different counties to film for 12 hour days at time and edit the footage during the week. 

My time at Wide Angle has taught extensively about documentary work. I now know how to get the best angle, the best shots, and right lighting in interviews. I know to how to guide interview subjects in their answers to get the best quotes. I have become a much more efficient editor with the critique of my supervisors. 

Upon completion of my internship, I discovered I would like to work full time as an editor and hone my skills. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture

I learned about FORCE through the chair of the Photo Department, Nate Larson. He introduced me to Hannah Brancato, the co-founder of FORCE and the Monument Quilt. We met at FORCE’s space and talked about what the internship looked like and what some options were for projects I could work on. I secured the internship by sending Hannah an internship proposal outlining my goals, objectives, and availability for the Spring semester.

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is a nationally-known creative activist group collaborating with survivors to upset the culture of rape and promote a culture of consent. They have produced large-scale public art projects including the Monument Quilt which has been exhibited nationwide. The Monument Quilt is shown in public spaces to create a safe space for survivors to share their stories and heal through community. FORCE is publicly supporting survivors of rape and abuse. The Monument Quilt will be displayed this summer in the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Hannah Brancato, my supervisor, is among FORCE’s leadership team and one of the company’s co-founders. She and others among the leadership team are working to get the quilt ready for display but are also working locally and nationally to create spaces of conversation, host trainings, and speak at art and media conferences to spread knowledge of sexual violence in America.

As an intern for FORCE, I have been working on preparing and making a series of videos about the Monument Quilt. The three-part series talks about the history of the monument quilt and how it has played a role in local and national communities, what FORCE is doing now to prepare for its culminating display at the national mall, and the future to come for the quilt after the display. These projects have enhanced my video editing skills immensely. Throughout this process I’ve gotten to meet and work with all types of people involved in the quilt, whether its volunteers, photographers, interns, or the leadership team. I’ve learned so much about non-profit workflow and what it really means to be involved in the community as an organization that strives to be inclusive to everyone. I’ve been able to witness the intersectionality between art and activism and how I see it playing a role in my future endeavors as an artist, or as Mora calls it, an “artivist.” I’m so proud to have been a part of these events leading up to this display and to have had the privilege to work with these strong individuals.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Mark Seliger Photography

My name is Janella Branch and I am a senior photography major. When looking for internships I knew I wanted to be part of a major company or work for a big photographer as I am interested in the commercial and editorial side of photography. During the summer of 2018 when I was looking for internships on Indeed, I came across one for Mark Seliger. Seliger Studios was looking for a studio intern for the summer. I was extremely excited because Mark Seliger is a huge name in photography and I couldn’t believe he was looking for interns. Mark Seliger has been a photographer for over thirty years, he used to be the chief photographer of Rolling Stone, has shot hundreds of editorials and campaigns for famous brands and celebrities. Some people he’s photographed include Obama, Kim and Kanye West, Steve Martin, Drew Barrymore, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Jimmy Carter, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, and many others. Most of his iconic images have been catalogued by the Library of Congress.

I applied through Indeed with my resume and cover letter. I got an email back from the studio manager asking me if I wanted to do a phone interview later in the week. We spoke on the phone about what I would be doing and some of my photography interests. It was a great phone call and she said she would get back to be with whether I got the position. It turned out that the position went to someone else for the summer. But in August she emailed me out of the blue and asked if I could intern for the fall semester, and I said of course.

The studio is in Greenwich Village, New York. My supervisor was Rachel, the Post- Production Manager and Archivist, who also managed the studio. She organized Mark’s prints, negatives, electronic image files, exhibition prints, and gallery contacts. On a regular day I pressed Mark’s darkroom prints, added images into a program that organized past shoots, scanned contact sheets and negatives, dusted images, wrapped frames for an exhibition, packaged and shipped prints to buyers and galleries. I also helped out on shoots that took place in the studio and on location in the city, including one for Italian Vogue and when Oprah came for a shoot. It was really amazing seeing what it was like on a big magazine shoot with fashion models and celebrities. I loved being on set but also doing some behind the scenes work on the paper work involved to get things going and organize all people and companies a part of it.

My biggest take away from this experience was learning about organization and communication. Now I know how to properly store and manage my physical files as well as digital scans of my photography. This really helped to clarify my career goals because I know now that I want to be signed to a photography agency. Mark had his own agent and other in-house employees to manage his work but I think being signed would be the best option for me. I am really glad I did this because it solidified a lot of ideas I had about what I want to do in my photographer but also told me some things I didn’t want to do. Doing an internship was a really great experience for me to learn more about myself and the photo industry.

JHU Applied Physics Lab

My name is Natalie Hawkins, I am a senior at Maryland Institute of Art studying Graphic Design. This semester I had the privilege to intern at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. The Applied Physics Lab is a lab of over 6,000 people. According to their website they “Solve complex research, engineering, and analytical problems that present critical challenges to our nation.”

When I applied to the Physics Lab I was not familiar with the company. I found the listing on the MICA network. Out of all of the internships I applied for, I was most qualified for this one. This internship, like any graphic design internship, required a healthy knowledge of the Adobe Suite. They were also looking for someone who was familiar with Blender which is a 3D modeling and animation program. I had taught myself how to use blender last year. I sent them a Resume, small cover letter, and a link to my online portfolio. After I applied I received an email response from them fairly quickly. I set up a phone interview with Andrew Rhine who would later become my supervisor. The phone interview went well. I learned more about the Lab and what kind of work they do. Andrew was kind to ask if I was alright working with the military and army, probably because had a lot of social change and activism work in my portfolio. I hesitated for a bit but once he mentioned what the pay was I ended up taking the job! Pay was very important to me regarding work and internships. I come from a middle income family and support myself by paying rent and my own expenses so I was really looking for an internship that would pay me. I was offered the job immediately after one phone interview.

The applied physics lab has over 6,000 full time employees spread over a campus with over 30 buildings. Everyone is strategically divided into sectors (there are maybe 7 or 8?), and then within each sector there are different groups. The groups can range from having 5 to 200 people per group. I work with a graphics team that makes graphics for ONE sector. Our team is comprised of 9 people including me. Everyone has their specialty, some are more skilled with powerpoint templates, some are more skilled with 3D modeling and animation, and some are experts with illustration & posters. Andrew Rhine is our section supervisor. There are some days where I don’t even see him at all because he is in so many meetings! He tries to balance his work between supervising and managing the team while still doing high level graphics work. I know he takes pride in his group and all of the work that the team produces.

I work in a very classified environment. I can’t really discuss all of the work I do. The applied physics lab is a high security place, and a lot of the work that is done for clients is confidential. I don't think that the work that I do is extremely sensitive but as a general rule of the physics lab we cannot discuss or talk about the work that we do outside of the Lab. I have to swipe my badge into a turnstile every morning and sometimes I have my bag searched.

I am most proud of my most recent evaluation. My supervisor took the time to go over the MICA evaluation he had to do with me. He had nothing negative to say! They all love me, my creativity, and my drive. I really appreciate that I am appreciated there. I have even been offered a full time position when I graduate!

The new skills that I’ve acquired are heavily related to customer service and generally how to act and work with others in a professional field. Working with 9 coworkers that all have been in the business is great. They are eager to answer all of my questions and educate me on how to interact with clients and other coworkers. I feel so much more confident now working with others in any professional setting. I’ve been told that a strength of mine is communication, I am good at communicating my availability. I’ve also learned a lot about time management and how to balance, school, work, and my other job! (+ free lance work) This has clarified my career goals in that I’ve realized that I would like to be challenged. I like the work that I do and I like working with graphic designers but I think that the work that I do is a bit dull and repetitive. I would be happiest with a job that will challenge me everyday and give me more of a variety of work. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work at the Applied Physics Lab, and appreciate all that I’ve learned there.

Neighborhood Fiber Co.

My name is Elena Echenique and I am a senior Fiber major. During the Fall of 2018, I was a Dye Assistant Intern for Neighborhood Fiber Co., a company based in Baltimore, Maryland. Before the beginning of the semester, I was on the hunt for an internship to gain experience and skills in the field of fiber arts. I was exploring the Career Development website in search for opportunities when I came across the internship opening at NFC. For some time now I have had a goal to someday own my own yarn business in which I harvest, spin, and dye my own yarn, so when I came across this opportunity, I figured it would teach me some very useful skills that would help me reach my goal.

The company itself is a locally based business that purchases the winded and un-dyed yarn from a nearby manufacturer and then produces its own colors through a variety of dye recipes. The yarn is then hand-dyed and sold in a single location. For this internship, I was part of the hand-dying process as an assistant to my supervisor, Jenelle, who is the Dye Technician at the company. Together, our daily tasks were to read through the "Dye List" which contained a list of the types of yarn, what colors they needed to be dye to, and the amount of each that needed to be completed each day. We would then rinse out the pots containing yarn from the previous day and hang them on the drying racks. Next, we would season the stove by oiling it and turning the burners to a low flame. After we did that, we would soak the yarn we needed to dye as we prepped the pots and mixed the dye we needed.

This was basically what we would do every day, but occasionally there would be some special projects and events I was able to be a part of such as Saturday classes in which customers would come in for private dye lessons. I was also able to be a part of the development of new colors that are now being sold. One of the most exciting events, however, was the Fiber Space event in which we had 50 customers arrive by bus from Virginia and Jenelle and I had 5 hours to custom dye yarn for each one of them. It was extremely hectic but it was so much fun to be able to work with the customers and mix the colors on the spot without any recipes.

I think my biggest take away from this experience is learning about and understanding the production process of hand-dying yarn. Due to this internship, I am now able to have a better grasp of the time and labor required to produce dyed yarn. I feel like I can now take the information and skills that I have learned and apply them to further myself in my career goals.

JHU Art as Applied to Science, Facial Prosthetics Clinic

My name is Anna Schwengel and I am a Junior General Fine Arts Major. Fall of 2018, I began my internship with the Art as Applied to Science Department as assistant for Anaplastologist and Director of the Facial Prosthetics clinic, Juan Garcia.

As of right now, I am very interested in pursuing Medical Illustration as a career path and am looking into the available graduate programs around North America. One of the most prestigious programs is Johns Hopkins Art as Applied to Medicine graduate program right here in Baltimore. I was presented this opportunity by my mom who is an anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins. Juan Garcia is an Anaplastologist, Associate professor in the Art as Applied to Medicine, Director of the Facial Prosthetics Clinic and manager of the 3D printing lab in the Carnegie Center.

Mr. Garcia works primarily with patients that are in need of a facial prosthetic, he uses a combination of 3D scanning of the patients face, 3D digital Modeling in programs like ZBrush and then 3D printing over in the Carnegie Center. As his assistant I first worked on cataloging the instruments into an excel spreadsheet that he used in the sculpting of the wax prosthetics and the 3D printed copies. The cataloging was in an effort to keep track of all the instruments he used and had to send in for sterilization. The next Big assignment tasked to me was scanning in old casts and molds of noses and ears with a program called Artec studios. After scanning the pieces in, I would transfer them over to the 3D sculpting program called Zbrush. In that program I learned how to tidy up the cast scans and then fit them to a certain orientation. This was Project was completed in order for Mr. Garcia to easily access his past casts and fit them to a current patient in need of said facial feature. I would like to say that one of the things I'm most proud of was being able to learn and adapt to using a system as complicated as ZBrush.

A big takeaway from this internship is a fuller and more in depth look at how art can advance medicine and the possible avenues that i can explore coming out of MICA. This experience definitely helped to clarify what is needed in order to pursue a career like this.

Thursday, November 8, 2018


My name is Haven DeAnglis and I am a junior Fibers major with concentrations in Sustainability and Social Practice and Experimental Fashion. During the summer of 2018, I was an intern at MamerSass Reinvented Fashions in Chincoteague, Virginia. The small business focuses on reducing textile waste, and the apparel that is sold in the store is either vintage or upcycled. I learned of the internship experience after the co-owner and designer of the business, Jamey Brittingham, reached out to the Students of Sustainability club to see if we would be interested in hosting them on their college tour. I was able to bring MamerSass to campus in the spring of 2018, and Jamey gave an inspiring artist talk about starting a small, sustainable business. They also brought along the mobile shop, so students could see the upcycled clothing creations. Before Jamey and her partner Derek came to MICA, I did research on the company and learned that they offered internships. I expressed my interested in interning with them, while communicating the plans for the artist talk, and after seeing my portfolio, I was offered the position.

MamerSass could not have been a better internship experience for my career goals. My dream after college would to have my own small business, in which I would design and make upcycled punk clothing and accessories. I was the only intern Jamey and Derek had at the time in May and June, so I was able to frequently ask questions about how to start and successfully run a business. I mainly worked with Jamey in designing and making upcycled clothing. The workroom is part of the store, so while we weren’t dealing with customers, we were busily making clothes. One of the most important takeaways I had was that working hard and being able to multi-task is key if you want your business to grow. Even though Jamey and I may spend hours making a shirt, it may only sell for $35 because customers want inexpensive clothing. The materials for upcycled fashion is free or very cheap but one has to love the labor they put into it for being your own boss means no one is giving you a steady wage. While it was a lot of work, I absolutely loved the internship and making the clothes and jewelry each day. One of the most fulfilling aspect was when a customer would buy an item I made and knew they would wearing something I created.

During most of my internship, Jamey and Derek were preparing for vending at Firefly Music Festival, which meant that a lot of clothes had to be made. Jamey and I created Festival Tops out of scrap pieces of fabric, Split Tees out of old, unwanted t-shirts, and many t-shirt shopping bags. I was also able to teach them how to screen print their logo onto t-shirts and sweatshirts, which sold well at the festival. It was cool to see that something I had learned in school was able to be implemented into another setting. After my internship was completed in June, they asked me if I would like to stay and work with them for another month and be paid! Not only was the internship an excellent learning experience, but I was able to receive a job from it, too.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Studio Rodrigo

My name is Morgan Smith, and I am a senior Graphic Design major. My previous professor, Hieu Tran, was an intern and designer at Studio Rodrigo in 2017. Knowing that I had taken on UI/UX in the past year, he mentioned that they were looking for design interns. Studio Rodrigo is primarily a product design studio, and I figured this would be a great way for me to test the UI/UX skills I’ve gathered. Hieu thankfully passed along my resume, and I even had the chance to interview with their team at the 2018 Career Fair. After going through this process and sending up a follow up email, I got to interview with other members of the team to review my work and goals as a designer. Later, I was accepted as an intern in late May of this year. 

Studio Rodrigo is a design studio located in New York that works in various fields of design including: product design, brand elements, and more. Studio Rodrigo does focus more on product design, but has a numerous amount of clients that work in different fields, and therefore need different things besides product design.

My direct supervisors were Khoi Uong and Ritik Dholakia, the founders of Studio Rodrigo. They provided me the background information on all the projects I would be working on, as well as working with me throughout completing these projects. Ritik works mostly behind the scenes and organizes what projects would be good for the Rodrigo team, and Khoi is mostly a designer at Studio Rodrigo as well.

My main responsibilities as an design intern was to work within the project’s needs. I’ve had the opportunity to work on three projects throughout my time here, all varying in different fields. One was working for Artfare, which allowed me to try UI/UX design for administrators of the app. Next, was working on social media campaigns for Democracy Works/Turbovote for this upcoming election. The last project I helped out on was working for Baby Goo Roo and trying different design directions for their next books on life as a new mom.

I am mostly proud of my work for Democracy Works/Turbovote. I had a lot of fun being the main designer for this project and creating work that was fun and exciting for something as daunting as the election. The clientele enjoyed the work as well which made me proud for creating work that an actual client enjoys.

My biggest take away from my experience is that designing takes a lot of time, and a lot of user thinking — especially in UI/UX. At MICA, I am very used to working for the screens and not for the person operating those screens. While working at Rodrigo, I’ve realized the way they work is backwards from what I’ve done at MICA. That being said, that’s one of the things I’ve learned the most, is working in that direction is crucial when it comes to product design.

New skills I’ve learned the most is that you have to think about the user and how they’re going to operate your product in the most simplest way possible. Don’t overthink the functions. Also, to speak up as an designer. Don’t be afraid to show your design decisions and stand up for them! 9 times out of 10 your supervisor and team will listen and add on how to make your decisions greater.

This internship was overall a great experience, and is one where I can say I’ve actually learned a lot. That being said, it really made me think about me as a designer and my future. I’d definitely love to try my hand at product design any chance I get (to build my skills), but I found myself wanting to do more branding related things. In the past, I was very focused on doing product design and making a career out of it. But, this experience has made me realize that I am good at product design, but excel better in other fields of design. For my career, I’d love if I was a designer that had the opportunity to work in as many fields as I can, including product design. But, I no longer choose to focus my career on product design and more on brand oriented design that has the possibility of including product design.

Paperwhite Studio

During the Summer of 2018, I was a graphic design intern for Paperwhite Studio, a design and branding company in Brooklyn, New York. As a Graphic Design MFA student at MICA, I have a strong interest in identity design and packaging, especially in the food industry. Thus, while searching for an internship for the summer, I specifically looked for studios that have done projects in this food-GD area.

Paperwhite is prestigious in the industry of restaurant/cafe branding and food packaging, and also famous for helping small restaurants explode in popularity thanks to a strong conceptual and carefully crafted design that connected with their audience. Jack╩╝s Wife Freda, by CHLOE, and The Sosta were three signature cases designed by Paperwhite.

To prepare for this experience, I have spoken personally with Laureen Moyal, the co-founder of Paperwhite Studio, about the job, and I also have contacted to one past intern and one current intern at Paperwhite to ask about their experience. Both of them gave me very positive feedback.

As an intern, I was given the same opportunities as the other designers in the studio. My job includes branding concepts for startups and new projects, designing deliveries for byChloe, and working on illustrations for other projects. For new projects, everyone will work on their own concept and Laureen will pick five to six versions to present to the clients. Two of my designs were chosen by the clients. The thing that I am most proud of is that my branding solution for Marmalade, a furniture brand by Bed Bath and Beyond, including logos, illustrations, and packaging, got chosen and I designed the brand guideline for this brand. Another major thing I worked on is the deliveries of byChloe, a vegan restaurant in NYC. I designed their chips bag, Apron, coloring book, freezer, ice-cream Cart, Water bottle design, etc.

The most important thing I have learned from this internship is the process of new branding projects. I got the chance to watch the kick-off meeting, participate in pitching and even see how the final photo shot was done for two projects. By interviewing Laureen and talking with the other designers, I learned how to she start this design studio. This internship was a great way for me to start figuring out what is like to work in a branding studio and I left with many new additions to my own portfolio.


I had an amazing summer at Gretel, a design studio in New York City. As I prepare for a career in graphic design, I am dedicated to gaining practical experience to complement my academics. I had always hoped to immerse myself in a studio culture and collaborate with creative people from different disciplines. After the spring break, I found Gretel on and looked through the works on their website. I loved the use of bold typography in their visual designs and their creative motion works. I emailed them immediately and inquired about summer internship opportunity.

The production coordinator emailed back within one week and asked me for an interview. I decided to visit their studio in NYC and meet them in person. I took the train on a Friday morning and made it to Union Square, where Gretel located. I met the coordinator and one of their designers, introduced some of my works on my portfolio website, and had a small studio tour. I got the offer next Tuesday. I knew that it would be a valuable opportunity for me, so I accepted the offer without hesitation. Gretel has a lot of experiences working for channels and medias like Viceland, Channel 5, and National Geography. Their work for Viceland wins top awards from the Clio Awards, D&AD Awards, ADC Awards, and TDC. My direct supervisor was the production coordination. She takes managerial responsibility in the studio and helped me fit in the working environment.

I became one of their design interns for three months, and worked on five different projects which were at different stages of production. I worked for a branding project and experimented with the font pairing, monogram design, and illustrations. I worked on the advertising project for The Daily, New York Time’s broadcast program, for over a month, finding and organizing tons of photography and video references. I read through articles about immigration, ISIS, North Korea, Trade War, and became familiar with names of NYT photographers. It was absolutely a great experience for me and was what I’m most proud of during my internship. I also worked on final files for a bakery shop they branded. I created printing files for coffee cups, takeaway bags, Tshirts, and tapes. I experienced what is it like to work in a creative studio in NYC, work on long-term projects, and work for big clients. I learned technical skill of building final files for packaging designs; I studied design and branding strategy from their projects; I also learned how to work with others efficiently. My intern experience has helped me clarified my career goals. I want to work in a medium size creative agency like Gretel, who does influencing and inspiring projects.

I’m so lucky to spent my three months at Gretel and met a bunch of amazing people. Thanks to the help from MICA career development and my internship supervisor, I had a memorable summer and a valuable experience.

Studio Rodrigo

I’m Juliette Wang, a rising senior Graphic Design student. For 2018’s summer, I was a Design Intern for Studio Rodrigo, a product design agency based in New York. They produce various work from products, marketing websites to branding; clients include Adobe, This American Life, Serial Podcast, Comcast, ABC News, xfinity, and more. Studio Rodrigo is most focused in helping companies identity and evaluate product opportunities, developing strategies, and designing and bringing new products and services to market. I became aware of Studio Rodrigo last summer so this summer I decided to apply for the internship. Hieu Tran, my professor and good friend, interned and worked at Studio Rodrigo last summer so he mentioned me to Rodrigo as they were looking for interns. I also met them in person at MICA Career Fair and after, I sent a carefully composed ‘cover letter’ email to Rodrigo with my resume and portfolio website. After a couple of days, I got an email back from the Creative Director for a call to meet more of the designers. I went through my projects, asked question and answered questions and they told me more about Studio Rodrigo. Then two weeks after, I got an email back about my offer and I accepted it a day after.

Depending on the various projects I worked on, my direct supervisor shifts depending on the Design Lead. But I worked closely with Jon Chonko where he lead my main project, Preferred Return and various different smaller projects. He is a senior designer and design director of Studio Rodrigo and gave me various tasks, projects and feedback. We also reported to Ritik, who manages the whole studio and reaches out to client directly and sits in meetings. For one of my main projects, Serial Season 3, I reported directly to Khoi Uong who was the creative director of Studio Rodrigo.

I worked on several projects in the three months that I was at Studio Rodrigo. The responsibilities and projects includes producing socials for TurboVote, designing various brand, web and products for Preferred Return, producing a banner and presentation PRX, redesigning the website and pages for Serial S3, designing and updating posters for 4 for 40 and creating concepts for Spell. The two main projects that I’ve worked and are most proud of is Serial Season 3 and Preferred Return, where a lot of my designs and concepts got approved and produced. Serial Season 3, I got to redesign all the different pages and various elements that is used on the website. For Preferred Return, I got to help produce their report, completely deliver their logo, brand styleguide and collateral, produce various of their web pages and helped out with elements of the product. I was proud of all the work I got to do and work on, especially those that are liked by the other designers, finalized and shown to the clients and sent into development.

The various skills that I’ve picked up includes technical skills such as compiling a deck for presentation, compiling a brand guideline, preparing final files to be sent out, as well as personal skills like thinking critically about the product and designing for functionality, talking to clients, listening for feedback to improve on work. I also learnt a lot about product design itself and how resizing it for screen works, the various screen resolutions, the specific spacing in pixels, and the rules and patterns that UI/UX is needed. I definitely learnt a lot about the process of producing a website and the little details we have to be aware of.

My biggest take-away from this internship is to experience various different companies, explore different jobs and have fun when I’m young. I also realize that I cant imagine myself not working digitally as I’m working so much on web and product and really enjoy it. An important thing I learnt was that I get excited about making products but I’m not sure about working in house but I’m excited to see what that would be like.


My name is Eun Young (Esther) Ko, an upcoming Senior majoring in Architecture Design in Maryland Institute College of Arts. During the summer of 2018, I worked as intern for TimHaahs located in Pennsylvania, USA. TimHaahs is a multi-disciplined engineering and architectural design firm that provides planning design services to create parking and mixed used facilities. The company specializes in developing unique and effective parking strategies to create attractive, vibrant and sustainable communities.

As a student who is wishing to have as much experience in different fields in architecture, I started looking for architectural firms specializing in something totally different than the companies I had worked for before. Fortunately, I was able to watch a documentary about TimHaahs that mainly designed parking structure that I never thought of. For this reason, I decided to apply for TimHaahs internship during summer 2018. After doing some research and visiting the company’s website, I contacted the Human Resource team. After a couple of days, TimHaahs quickly gave a response asking to submit a resume and a portfolio. After exchanging emails and submitting the required works, I was told to come in the Pennsylvania office for an interview. Exactly after a week, I was accepted to work as an intern for 11 weeks.

While I worked as an intern, I was able to experience working in an architectural firm in the United States when I have only previously worked in South Korea. During the internship program that was a little over two months, I was able to work on more than 5 projects that were presented to the real clients that is also planned to be built in real life. As an undergrad student, it was a great opportunity to learn and experience working on varies projects in a short period of time. The company trained me on ways of thinking
of different design ideas for a parking structure and what realistic facts we should have in mind to make the design come true. Through the experience, I was able to know the traits of doing coordination of a project as a leader and now I feel confident on bringing people together and organizing a project.

I feel fortunate that I had another opportunity to work as an intern before senior year of college. I believe the summer before senior year is a very important period where I should be thinking more deeply about what I want to do in the future. The working experience successfully helped me to think more in depth and I plan to continuously think until the end the year. In MICA, I wish to finish the last year strong and create projects that talk about my architectural passion.