Friday, June 13, 2014

Baltimore City Paper

My name is Helgi Olgeirsson and I am a Photography major. Being the media addict that I am, I first got wind of the CityPaper when reading and comparing papers shortly after moving here, it was there for no wonder that I jumped at the first opportunity to see a MICA talk by its staff photographers Joe Giordano. After his talk I approached him and asked him about Internship opportunities this coming semester and stated my interested, I must have typed his email in wrong for he never responded to my first email and 2 weeks later Nate, my photo teacher forwards me an email where Joe had been asking to get in touch with me regarding an Internship.

Everything got Ironed out and I started my internship in February, then the paper was operating in the
old building, a cozy townhouse where every corner and closet had been turned into an office or and I
could have sworn that one office still had the bathroom tiles and mirror on the wall.

The City Paper is a small but tight knitted organization and everything is extremely personal, the close working quarters make for interesting employ conversations and email memos were nowhere as
frequently used as one would assume.

It was there for a strange feeling when one morning I walked in to learn that we had been bought out by Tribune, the owners of the Baltimore Sun and we were leaving the building moving to the Sun building within two weeks. But now the entire CityPaper was fitted within one newsroom and people were even closer and working even more efficiently then before and after having it confirmed that the new owners would not try to influence our content this buyout turned out to be a great thing.

My Boss was Joe Giordano, the staff photographer; his unique style is from my perspective as important to the paper as anything else. He also oversees the online media galleries and has taught me that a photographer cannot just be a photographer anymore, we need to be multitasking media machines capable of working audio, video and photo and preferably write and edit as well.

I am proud of my work for the paper and every picture published be it online or in print with my name as a “byline” brings a smile to my face, having had the privilege of working side by side with great writers and editors to create a full page story with a large image by me is even better, there is just something about being allowed to be a part of the entire process.

My time at the CityPaper has been great and it’s only confirmed what I knew already about my future that I want to work as a photojournalist and I believe the connections and the skills I acquired there have and will help me in my future.

The Monument Quilt

My name is Karyn Lao and I am a Junior Fiber Major with Concentrations in both Interactive Arts and Sustainability & Social Practice. This spring, I had the opportunity to intern for The Monument Quilt. The Monument Quilt is a public healing space by and for survivors of rape and abuse. Stories of survivors are stitched together to not only create a platform to share, but to create a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. In 2016, the thousands of quilt squares that are collected will blanket over one mile of the National Mall to spell “NOT ALONE”. I learned about internship and volunteer opportunities for The Monument Quilt after I backed their Kickstarter in the summer of 2013. Prior to the Kickstarter, I knew about the project from co-founder, Hannah Brancato who was also my Art Matters teacher when I was a Foundation student. I submitted a cover letter and resume to Hannah and had a phone interview scheduled a week after before I was assigned as a Studio Intern and Volunteer Coordinator.

Throughout the internship, my responsibilities at The Monument Quilt developed as the studio began to take shape and breathe a life of its own. At the beginning stages, I, along with other volunteers, helped clean, paint, and furnish what
was once the old Station North Thrift Store. I helped figure out the layout of the studio as well as come up with systems for the quilts to be backed, grommet, and ready for display. It was busy during the first 2 months as we were preparing for the One Billion Rising event in DC. For that event, we had to present the first 25 quilts, as well as sew other components that would accompany the stories submitted. I was in charge of sewing three interactive blankets that people could sit, write and reflect when the quilts were displayed. After OBR, most of the time in the studio was spent organizing materials in the space by building shelves, assembling boxes, and storing the blankets. Now that the studio is presentable, I have spent more time coming up with ways to recruit volunteers into the space. For the month of April, we hosted Saturday workshops where people can come in and make their own quilt squares.

It is amazing to think how far the project has come! At the start of the internship, I was painting the walls of an old thrift store and now we are holding workshops for groups to come together to share, heal, and support. This experience has taught me the importance of unity and the people-power it takes to run a completely volunteer, non-profit project. I cherish the relationships that I have built over the past 5 months. I thank Hannah for our discussions for they have helped me articulate my practice as community artist and growth as an individual. I proudly continue to volunteer for The Monument Quilt to fight for safe spaces and to remind
individuals that they are not alone.


           My name is Chris Fortney and I am a Senior Painting Major. I found out about the internship opportunity with GKV through my Dad. He manages at a manufacturing plant in Baltimore, and the guy who used to own the place is friends with the CEO of GKV, Robert Grey. They communicated with each other on my behalf, and then an interview was set with one of the head Creative Directors. I met Roger after the interview, and he offered me the internship with GKV.

GKV is a full-on advertising firm that handles everything for their clients, from the conception of an idea to it’s completion in any media. My direct supervisors were the digital art directors, and I worked closest with Brent Williams. His role is to translate the ad campaigns into digital advertisements for web and smartphone application. I was responsible for a lot of leg work, because much of the digital side of design happens in multiples. There may be a single ad that says the same thing, but it needs to be built five different times at different sizes, resolutions and with slight variations. I was given creative freedom where I could take it, and mostly worked at the computer with Photoshop creating or editing designs.
I’m proud of a lot of the work that I did at GKV! I think I was able to complete my end of the projects quickly enough, and I became close with Brent in the process. I’ve taken a lot away from GKV, and have learned through discussions with Brent a lot of creative strategies to finding a job as a graphic designer. In a way, it really has clarified my goals for a career outside of fine art. 

Nathan’s Forge

My name is Caroline Kable and I am a Senior Environmental Design Major with an emphasis in object design. Over the winter/spring months I worked for Nick Vincent at Nathan’s Forge in Westminster, Maryland blacksmithing. Last year I took a year off and took a community college course where I became interested in metal work. I did some bronze casting and welding which was more of an introduction to metal as a medium than a thorough understanding of it. I decided to further my knowledge in the field and heard about Nick who has a shop near my parents. He was interested in taking an intern so we very quickly got to work.

We worked every day starting at 8am over my winter break until 3 or 4 pm typically. Nick works alone so everything I learned he taught me. Starting off I had to learn the basics. I began by hand forging hooks which turned out to be a lot tougher than it looks. Working with a hammer and hot metal takes a great amount of practice to build up the strength and muscle memory to have consistent strong hits where you want them to be. Learning to use the forge and heat the metal was really interesting. I learned about properties of steel and part of the processes it goes through before we would purchase it. Nick doesn’t do too much of the traditional forging work but put me in touch with some that do at the Farm Museum in Westminster.

It turned out that I quickly got better at welding than Nick, so I did a lot of welding work which I was very excited about. I got to use both a TIG and MIG welder. It worked out well since I am only slightly interested in hand forging and more interested in larger metal fabrication such as furniture and functional objects that don’t really utilize hand forging other than for decoration/ornament. I learned to make parts for a large variety of objects such as lamps to napkin holders to a large variety of hooks and hinges. I learned a great deal about how to manipulate metal and have become very comfortable with it as a medium. Nick has asked me to come back and work for him as an employee this summer.

Overall it was a great experience and I hope to further my skills with metal. I also am excited to be able to have time to create my own work since Nick allows me access to the shop.

Current Space Darkroom

My name is Emily Mason and I am a Senior Photography Major. For the past year I have been working as an assistant for the founder of the Current Space Darkroom, Ginevra Shay, in
Baltimore. I first heard of the position at Current Space from my teacher’s assistant in a photography class who was also involved with the Current Space darkroom. Through speaking to
him I was able to set up an interview with Ginevra to discuss my interest. Shortly after meeting with Ginevra she asked me my availability and started working the next week.

At Current Space I was responsible for finalizing the building of the darkroom, emailing Kickstarter donators, attending show opening, installing/de-intalling shows, acting as dark room tech/assistant, acting as curatorial assistant, and designing T-shirts for kickstarter donors. Through out this year long internship there were a lot of bumps in the road that prevented us from opening up the darkroom on time. Though the wait was long, I am most proud of my time spent assisting Ginevra in teaching the first darkroom class. It was very inspiring to see strangers learn and create a final product using the medium of photography.

Interning at Current Space was a very important experience. I most valued my time becoming a part of a community space that encourages art making. It was inspiring to see the studios of the local artists making work constantly even after graduating. In helping our community thrive, art must be apart of the growth. Working at Current Space has made me realize the reward of making the creation of art possible amongst a supportive art community.

Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI)

My name is Shelby Norton and I am an Interdisciplinary Sculpture. During my freshman year I took a class called Community Arts Partnership (CAP): Finding Baltimore. An advocate for restorative justice came to talk to the class with a psychologist from the city jail. He liked what we were doing in the class and arranged for us to meet with the art group at Patuxent Institution in Jessup, MD. It was a pivotal moment for the way I view art and my career path. To this day, Dr. McCamant is a dear friend and mentor. I worked with him for a year through the CAP program at the Baltimore City Detention Center in the ward of psychiatric health as an art therapy intern building community. The jail was in unrest with Big Gorilla Family (BGF) scandals, and Dr. McCamant had been petitioning against some of the warden’s unjust decisions when he was asked to resign from that position. He continued to work for the state at JCI, but I didn’t work with him for a full year. I was interested in getting back into the line of work, but was out of touch with Dr. McCamant. I heard that a MICA professor, Mikita Brottman, was doing groups at JCI, so I contacted her and asked to be her intern. After it was approved, I invited both Dr. McCamant and Mikita to an art opening at Gallery 405 where they met and discussed working together.

JCI was a very different experience. The security at the front gate, similar to BCDC, was as tight or as loose as the guard felt necessary. The security on the tier was much more safe. Though it was aggravating to have Sgt. Lynn breathing down my neck about bringing nothing in and taking nothing out (including art materials), I felt safe knowing she was down the hall and paying attention. Only on one occasion when Sgt. Lynn wasn’t in and Sgt. Moore was assigned to the tier did I leave the classroom to realize there wasn’t a guard anywhere nearby, and by this time I felt 110% safe with the men. It was my job, if I wanted it, to run the Art Group with Renaissance Ren. For these groups it took me a few days to figure out what exactly the men wanted me to contribute to the pre-existing weekly meeting, but I quickly realized that they wanted to be exposed to some of the institutional education I have been privileged to have. I was hesitant to go in and take over when they already had a good thing going, but they like the structure and the pace of the lessons and critiques modeled after some of my professors at MICA.  We did quick figure drawing, gesture, and portrait lessons to try to break down some of the photo-realistic habits in the room. We created two zines as a group to be distributed in the library and at the Alloverstreet event at the Copycat building in Station North. We also conducted group critiques at the end of the semester to discuss the personal directions of each artist. At the literature group on Tuesdays I act as Mikita’s intern, taking notes from the group, facilitating discussions about the readings, and transcribing recordings from Clifton Perkins Forensic Hospital which I do not have clearance to attend. I had the perfect balance of observing by being an intern for one group and putting into practice my leadership skills in the other
I am the most proud of the ways in which I have grown and adapted to a new group of men with very different needs than the detention center. The men in this group are artists, just as I am. They all have very different interests and needs, which was a challenge to accommodate in each lesson, but by the end of the semester I think I was able to be of some value to each student in the room, if nothing else as a resource with access to the MICA library. I am proud every time one of the guys thanks me and tells me that they hadn’t seen the guys this energetic about their art in years.

I love this work. I can see myself continuing to volunteer in this line of work throughout my career. I don’t think I will ever work for the institution as an employee after seeing what an uphill battle it has been for Dr. McCamant. I have seen from the detention center that I love the therapeutic potential of art in a group, and at JCI I have learned to value the therapeutic benefits as an individual process for the artist that may take the form of any other kind of expression for a different individual. As a therapist I hope to be able to relate to all forms of expression rather than burrowing myself in the niche that is art therapy. Art therapy is something the men were doing at JCI long before I arrived on the scene. 


Herman Maril Foundation

My name is Peter Favinger and I am a junior Drawing Major. During the spring of 2014 I
have had the opportunity to be an intern at the Herman Maril Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the life work of Baltimore native and MICA alumni Herman Maril. The foundation is run by Herman’s son, David Maril. The foundation appeared at the the internship fair in the spring of 2013. Upon seeing the internship listed on the MICA website, I knew I wanted to work at the foundation. Dressing in a suit and tie, I presented myself in the most professional manner as I possibly could to David, gave him my resume, card, and a cd of my artwork and conversed with him at his booth for several minutes. Before leaving to view other internship booths I was offered a chance to meet again with David discussing the internship in more depth at his home in Mt. Washington, Baltimore. The home is also the location of Herman Maril’s studio, and
former winter and spring home in the city.

David has been my direct supervisor within the Herman Maril Foundation, as he is the head of the Foundation. Each day I come to the work site, David and I recap what we had done the previous day and continue to work on what wasn’t completed prior. For a large part of the internship I had been documenting Herman’s artwork that wasn’t logged in the personal database for record purposes. Currently David and I are cleaning up the estate, organizing book shelves according to those related to Herman Maril, and others that he had interest in reading that are related to the art world.

Through working at the Herman Maril Foundation I have had the opportunity to help set up a solo exhibition of Herman’s work at the University of Maryland University College with the help of a curator from the David Findlay Jr. Gallery in New York City. The gallery represents Herman and they sent their gallery manager down to UMUC to curate the show, and I was fortunate enough to help choose some pieces and hang up some of Herman’s work.

This internship has given me a chance to take a step into the fine art world, to see how an artists estate is run, and how artwork is appraised. I have enjoyed working at the foundation having the chance to help categorize and organize an artists entire life work. I am very fortunate to have had this opportunity, and I’m very proud to say David Maril has offered me a part-time job working as an employee working at the Herman Maril Foundation, starting immediately once the internship has ended. This internship has helped shape what career path I want to pursue. The gallery world and the life of a practicing artist is a very exciting concept to me, and it is something I wish to become.

Jimmy Joe Roche

 My name is Will Schorre and I am an Interdisciplinary Sculpture major. I completed an internship MICA so we were acquainted but the way I got this internship was by way of a Facebook post that Jimmy Joe Roche made. In his post he was asking for an intern with a certain set of skills, most all of which were skill that I have. I contacted him and told him that I have most all of the skills that he listed in his post and that I would like to work with him. We planned to meet for lunch and talk about what the internship would require and it seemed like a good fit.
  Jimmy Joe Roche is a multidisciplinary artist working mainly in Film and Video and Sculpture. His sculptures are usually large wall hanging cut paper pieces with many layers woven together creating a mandala type forms. I have been helping Jimmy with making some new sculptures using wood. We have been creating vector files of the designs for the sculptures and cutting the designs on a CNC router. The pieces that have been cut then will be assembled to create three dimensional forms, some free standing, and some that hang on a wall. One of the main things I have been involved in working on as a part of this project has been how to join the pieces of this sculpture together. I am really interested in CNC joinery, and figuring out the most efficient ways to join things, so this has been a fun task for me

I think working with Jimmy I have learned a lot about what it means to make work using technology like the CNC router. I have learned especially of what a complex way of thinking and working these digital fabrication techniques require. I have enjoyed also to be able to talk with Jimmy about the things were making and things that I have been working on in some of my other classes.

Smithsonian Natural History Museum (NMNH)

My name is Addie Rodger and I am an Illustration with a Biology minor. Over my winter and spring semester of my senior year at MICA, I interned and eventually was given freelance projects at the Natural History Museum (NMNH). I regularly check the Smithsonian website to see what upcoming exhibits they have, which is how I found out about this opportunity. Having gotten into natural science illustration over the past couple of years, Iʼm always on the lookout for opportunities, mostly within museums, where I can express that. After doing some digging and sending out about a million emails, I was finally contacted by Matt Buffington, a research scientist in the Entomology Lab at NMNH. He called me in for an interview, and I got to meet most of the staff and tour the different floors of this department. The National Insect Collection is among the largest in the world, so most of their job centers around the research of the nature, inter-relationships, origin, and evolution of the insects. Some scientists in this department focus mainly on specimens that have an agricultural impact on our world.

I didnʼt necessarily have just one direct supervisor, I had many. Matt Buffington was only one of many research scientists that I worked with. Among others were Conrad Labandeira, Dale Greenwalt, David Adamski, and Alex Konstantinov, all of which were extremely helpful and informative figures throughout my internship. Both Conrad Labdndeira and Alex Konstantinov were two figures that practiced artistic techniques along with their research, mainly through drawings.

My responsibilities began with insect fossil drawings, which was probably the most challenging. Most of the specimens I worked with were on an extremely small scale, so there was very extensive microscope use. I later moved on to tracings of drawings done by Conrad Labandeira of insect/plant parasitic reactions. This task was more or less busy work, but still enjoyed the subject matter and getting to express my attention to detail. Finally, I worked with Alex Konstantinov doing beetle drawings of various species from India. This was the longest and most intensive task, but extremely rewarding. At the end, I was most proud of the work I had done overall, especially when I was asked to do a freelance project for Dr. Adamski.

The most important thing I have learned from this experience is to always keep making connections and keeping in touch with those around you. Itʼs very important to always meet new people because you never know how they will impact your life down the road. This internship helped clarify my career goals by making me positive that I want to practice natural science illustration with a good team of researchers who are always focusing on something new.

Maryland SPCA

My name is Leigh Rogers and I am a Photography major. I saw this internship opportunity on the Maryland SPCA’s website, under their volunteer section. I am an active foster kitten parent with the Maryland SPCA since September 2012, and I started volunteering at the shelter in January. I emailed my resume and cover letter to the Foster and Volunteer Coordinator, Rae Borsetti. Rae is whom I’m in contact with when I have foster kittens; it’s important to tell her what the kittens’ weights are and track their progress and alert any concerns I have about the kittens’ health. I already knew Rae really well, and she knows me. I emailed her my materials and within 30 minutes she responds giving me the position! We already knew each other so well that I didn’t even have an interview for the position! She has seen my photography before so she was even just as excited as me to have me intern there.

The Maryland SPCA is located in the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore. Founded in 1869, they are a privately funded no-kill animal shelter that supports dogs
and cats. They receive no money from the government or from the ASPCA. Donations are extremely important to their success. They are dedicated to helping the community and the animals. The Maryland SPCA is a shelter for animals while they wait to be adopted, but also offer low-cost spay and neuter procedures for the community’s pets and also multiple types of dog (and even cat!) training and behavior classes.

I was the photography and media intern. Photographs of adoptable animals on the website are done by volunteers, but I did the retakes of those animals if the initial images weren’t the best or if that animal needs an extra boost of attention to get adopted. I also created videos of long-timer animals to get more attention for them and also to inform potential adopters more about this animal’s personality. These videos were shared on the Maryland SPCA Facebook page. Rae Borsetti was my supervisor, but I also collaborated with Tina Regester and Bailey Deacon, the Communications Director and Creative Director respectively. Tina and Bailey are responsible for all things visual, so I’d often answer to them with projects that need to be photographed. For example, Tina would ask me to “go to exam and photograph three kittens with an eye infection for a ‘before’ picture before they are treated.” (Before and after photos are useful to show to donors how their contributions directly helped the animals.) Publications are a very important part of my internship as well. Whenever there’s a new newsletter or new event to promote, Bailey uses animal photos taken by me or other volunteers to incorporate them into the graphic design. The highlight of my internship was when I photographed a lovely, sweet eight-year-old pit bull named Kush, and then my image of her was used on their quarterly newsletter! I’ve also seen my images on the PawTalk monthly newsletter and on the banner on the front page of the website. I also add my animal photos directly to the website myself and I always have a great sense of accomplishment and pride in seeing them there.

The biggest take away from this experience was seeing how non-artist people and this company view photography and what use it has to them. I already know how to photograph. I learned that from practice and from being at MICA, but to see the “real world” application of how my skills can be utilized is really important for me to see. This internship is the answer to how I can use photography to do something I really love. It
was interesting to see how the Maryland SPCA responds to images versus how MICA responds. Last semester I documented and photographed my foster kittens’ lives and classmates warned me to not get “too cute.” At the Maryland SPCA, cute is really, really embraced because cute is what gets attention and it’s universal for their audience. The most important thing that I learned is how photography saves their lives. It’s so much fun to go out on a walk with a dog to take pictures, but there’s an intense seriousness about the subject as well. On numerous occasions now, I photographed dogs that in the next following days got adopted and the adopter mentions how they “fell in love with the dog from the picture.” It honestly brings tears to my eyes that I connected an adopter to their new best friend; someone they wouldn’t have made the trip to the shelter if it weren’t for the photograph I took. I have adopted two cats from animal shelters so I
know how it feels. Granted, the Maryland SPCA is a no-kill shelter so the dogs stay until
they are adopted, but it means the world to that dog that gets to go home.

This internship solidified my career goals. I want to do something like this, somewhere and anywhere. I was talking to Tina (Communications Director) about pushing the promotions further and new ideas such as starting an Instagram account, and she said she simply doesn’t have the man power to do things like that. It is not the Maryland SPCA’s funds to hire someone like me to do this. I was really disappointed but one of the women I talked to for my informational interview said “if they don’t have the funds, they just don’t. “ But it’s important to still volunteer there and help out in any way you can.” It takes a lot of money to run a shelter and even though photography is
incredibly important, they’ll typically tap into their volunteer base before paying anyone
so the money can go to somewhere else. So like I said, I want to do this somewhere that will hire me to do it. I also want to have my own animal photography business to give my services to non-shelter animals as well. This internship was beyond amazing for me and I am so grateful that I could be a part of it. Even though my internship is
over, I’ll be there at the Maryland SPCA photographing at every opportunity I have.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Drawing Zoo

My name is Trenton Jung and I am an Illustration major. This past semester I completed an enriching and exciting internship at The Drawing Zoo in Baltimore. I first found out about The Drawing Zoo last semester when I saw postcards around campus and poster advertising an open drawing class that was being offered. Over winter break, I emailed the owner/founder, Brittany Roger, asked if she had any volunteer or internship opportunities, and sent her a copy of my resume and link to my portfolio. Brittany decided to
take me in as her intern because I shared her passion for animals, animal education, and my enthusiasm to be part of The Drawing Zoo.

Once I received confirmation of my internship, Brittany invited my to her home office to do an orientation and have me meet the animals involved in the business. The Drawing Zoo is a small business started in 2013 by Brittany Roger, a recent MICA alumni, that brings animals into art classes to supplement a preexisting art curriculum. One goal of The Drawing Zoo is to encourage students to draw live animal models in a controlled setting, allowing students of all ages to benefit from life drawing. Another goal that is important to Brittany is educating the students about the animals involved in the business, because many of the animal models are less appreciated and understood by the general public. I was also introduced to Kerri Litz, partner and assistant animal handler to Brittany. Both Kerri and Brittany have been very helpful by encouraging me to pursue my interests in scientific illustration and animal education, providing feedback and critique on art, and sharing their wealth of knowledge of post-college careers.

I had some “unique” intern tasks as well as typical tasks while at the Drawing Zoo. For example I was responsible for the basic husbandry for the animals, which included cleaning and watering cages, and feeding the numerous snakes and other creatures. More typical tasks that I was responsible for included sketching, designing, and photographing various themed ads published online and in print. In the classroom, I was an assistant teacher and animal handler to Brittany. I helped to set-up the animals for modeling, monitored their status throughout the class, and answered student’s questions about the animals. Some of the schools that Drawing Zoo classes have taken place at include MICA, Towson, The Washington School of Photography, the Legacy School, and the Celebree Learning Center. I was also assigned two independent projects that correlated with my interests in scientific illustration, one was to paint a traditional scientific poster of hissing cockroaches, and the second to design a full page fish illustration with environment and page layout in mind.

The past three and a half months at The Drawing Zoo have been full of many great experiences including getting to work with a variety of amazing animals, educating artists of all ages about our animals, and learning the ins-and-outs of running a small art based business after art school. I am proud to have contributed to The Drawing Zoo by advancing their mission as well as defining my personal goals. These experiences collectively have all helped me understand the rigors and joys that a self-employed artist faces after graduation. Everything I  have learned, the experiences I have had, and the connections I made, have helped define my goals going into my senior year at MICA.

Globe Collection & Press

My name is Richelle Vargas and I am a junior Interactive Arts major as well as an  MAT student. During the 2014 spring semester, I interned with the Globe Collection & Press at MICA. The initial driving motivation to apply to the internship was to have it count as my printmaking pre-requisite for the MAT program, and I thought what better way to learn letterpress than to learn it from a historical company. In 2011, MICA bought the Globe Poster Printing Corporation’s Collection, which was established in 1929, after it closed its doors in 2010. Globe represents an important piece of Baltimore’s entertainment history as they printed posters for drag races, burlesque shows, carnivals, go-go acts, and R&B, soul, and jazz performers. The Collection is now housed in the letterpress studio in the Dolphin Building. Globe Collection & Press at MICA aims to preserve the collection and have Globe’s style and name live on.

I discovered the internship opportunity early in the fall semester after seeing the brightly colored and bold type posters displayed around campus. I attended the info session and discovered more reasons I wanted to be a part of Globe, such as learning a tactile form of graphic design and helping in the preservation of a historical company.

My direct supervisor was Allison Fisher. As a part of the Friends of Globe, a group of MICA students fighting for Globe’s preservation, Allison directly helped persuade MICA to acquire Globe’s collection in her senior year. As well as being used for letterpress classes, the collection lives on as an active press. Globe Collection & Press continues to make posters for events and for private clients too.

During my internship I worked on several client projects like the Lazarus Legacy poster, the Exhibition Development Seminar’s Workin’ The Tease Burlesque posters, a wedding invitation poster, and a poster for the Neighborhood Design Center. In addition, I also worked on projects for Globe such as Globe style Valentine’s Day cards and Globe style recipe cards. My role in each of these projects varied but I was able to experience the whole process of making posters for a client from beginning to end. A few things I had a hand in, for example, were setting type, preparing a form
for printing, working the presses, and screenprinting.

I am most proud of the collaborative project my partner, Hana, and I completed as well as the keen eye for quality I developed. We designed eight recipe card designs with accompanying food category cards and then screenprinted and letterpressed them. These will now be sold on Globe’s Etsy. It is so great to see the cards outside of the computer screen and finally completed after all the hours and physical labor we invested into them. There is also a sense of pride in being able to say that we made them with our own hands and made a high quality product. The sense of graphic design that I gained from this experience will benefit any interactive arts I make, especially my web based works. I also developed a more disciplined work style that I can bring into my teaching practice. As an intern, I was working as part of a team to make work that represented a whole company, so the quality and amount of work I helped produced needed to be top notch. As a teacher, I will work with a team
within my department to provide a rich education for our students.

Exit 10

I’ve actually wanted to intern at Exit10 a year or two ago but the timing never worked out. I kept them at the back of my mind though because I liked their work. I knew I wanted to do at least one more internship in my last semester of college, so I decided to apply in December. Coincidentally, before sending anything off, I looked on MICAnetwork and saw Exit10’s posting for an intern position. I was really excited to see that they were actually searching and I contacted Liz. I didn’t hear back for a while, so I was pleasantly surprised when Liz called me one evening to schedule an interview.

Although they are called an “advertising agency,”” Exit10 felt more like a studio than I expected. They receive a wide variety of clients and range of projects, from print to web to video, which makes work quite fun and interesting. I noticed that have a lot of branding (and rebranding) work too, either for new businesses or campaigns for existing clients. It was very interesting for me to be able to jump into some of their ongoing projects to help with updates or edits, all while observing how files are created and organized, and simply absorbing the visual vocabulary as well. I’ve learned a lot simply by noticing things and watching the agency run itself.

What I loved most about working there is the people. Michelle (Ghiotti, MICA class of 2011), while she was still a designer there, was such a friendly and helpful ‘unofficial’ supervisor. She has such inspiring work, and she always took the time to show me things, be it something she had been working on or something like Exit10’s newly acquired typefaces. They do some amazing work, and that motivates me to learn and improve my own design. Everybody in the office is also super welcoming. I loved that it was small, that everybody knew each other and were friends.

Liz (also a MICA alum!) is my direct supervisor and she is the best. She is a senior designer, but I feel that the title doesn’t quite capture all that she does. She art directs quite a lot, and while Scott is the Creative Director who is officially responsible for approving work, I think Liz manages a lot of that too, at least finalizing work for preapproval for efficiency. Depending on the projects she’s in charge of, she’s the one who briefs and works with the junior designers and interns.

Some of the projects I worked on while at Exit10 include event logo designs, as well as bike jersey designs for their client World Team Sports. I also helped design proposals for a whiskey bottle label for a distillery. In between those projects, I basically helped out with job updates, such as flyers, slicing images for websites, designing a menu iteration, and other minor jobs that a project manager or junior designer needed help with.

I think I’m proud that I was able to be helpful to them. It’s nice to have my time and effort valued, and even nicer to hear that out loud when Liz tells me they want me to stay and work for them postgraduation. That offered me a small sense of security. Throughout the semester, I felt like I was working at Exit10 instead of interning there. Everybody treated me like I was a designer, not simply an intern.

This internship experience is the best I’ve had so far, and I think I’ve learned what kind of ideal working environment I’d like to be in. I like having a wide variety of projects in medium and in content. I also like working with other creative people in a close and supportive setting. I’ve learned that iteration is important, and that your idea of the best design may not be what the client wants, and that is fine. I’ve learned to push myself to create more, even when it seems that I have run out of all possible ideas.

I definitely realize that ‘clicking’ with the people you work with is important in your career and directly affects your life. Your colleagues are the people you face and work with on a daily basis, and I think getting along with everyone really matters. I know for certain that my ideal job is to work with a small to midsized, close group of talented, creative people, who are supportive and passionate about doing great work. (Something minor, but this internship was also the first instance I felt comfortable disclosing my orientation in a working environment, which may not be a big deal to some people, but to me, it really set me at ease knowing that the people around me were completely open and accepting, that I don’t have to hide a part of my life at work.)

Paperwhite Studios

My name is Kirsten Young and I am currently a senior graphic design major. Over the
course of the summer I was lucky enough to interned at Paperwhite Studios in New York
City. During the Spring semester I took Isaac Gertman’s Graphic Design 4 class where
we had a whole semester assignment dedicated to Branding. The class showed me how
much I enjoyed branding and its systematic approaches. It definitely opened my eyes
more to career options in the branding field. During one of our last ‘One on One’
critiques Isaac mentioned an internship at his design studio, Paperwhite, which also
focuses on branding. Without any hesitation I told Isaac that I was interested and within
that day sent him an email regarding the position with my resume and website. The next
day I received an email back from Laureen, Principal of Paperwhite, whom Isaac had
forward my email to, saying that I was hired! On the last day of class Isaac told me
“Don’t worry, it’ll be fun” and with that I knew he wasn’t going to let me down.

Entering Paperwhite Studio for the first time, I was definitely nervous. A lot of people are
nervous on their first day of work at a new job but I was super nervous because I really
admired Isaac as a professor and didn’t want to let him down as a intern. I mostly worked
along Laureen on various projects, but from time to time I would get other projects from
Isaac too. My task would change from day to day. My task included thing such as looking
up companies that would print our products in bulk for a good price, to extending a brand’s merchandise to designing a whole book. One of the bigger projects I worked on was for the branding of A.B. Biagi (a gelato store) where I created various ways to extend their brand onto their product. This internship was really a hands on experience, not only did I directly deal with some clients, but I got to see how it was to deal with printers and manufactures of the products. This internship made me feel confident in what I was

Working at Paperwhite was definitely an experience that I gained a lot from. I made
mistakes from time to time but all of those mistakes and first time attempts made me
learn so much more. Not only did I work on some interesting projects, but I was working
alongside some pretty awesome teachers that were able to show me little tips and tricks
around designing. My last internship at Hearst Magazines showed me what I wasn’t
interested in as a career, but working at Paperwhite really secured my idea of what my
ideal future career would be.