Thursday, January 22, 2015

Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Company

My name is Danqing Guo and I am a Junior Architecture Design major. I was an architect assistant for Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Company in Beiing during the 2014 summer internship. After one-year architecture design study, I realized that I need an opportunity to convert my knowledge into practice. I began searching online and tried to contact architecture company via phone. At the beginning, I refused by many companies since they only offer position for two-year architecture study students and who can stay at least three-month internship. I cannot fulfill their requirements. Suddenly, there was a position about Italian architecture assistant pop out. I called the supervisor immediately about my aspiration to work with them and make sure that my second language English can help me get into this position. They asked me portfolio and resume. Few days later, I got accepted by the company. I am so lucky that I can get an internship that related to my major.
During the internship, I worked on three different projects. I work on a landscape design with an Italian architect and I was responsible for brainstorming; sketch design and language translate for the first one. In the first experience, I got a chance to show my personal ideas and finally my ideas were accepted by the architect. From the first design experience, I got familiar with the design process and I came up with an idea for project two in a short time. 

I am proud of myself because my ideas were approved by the Project Party and they will become reality in years. This is the reason why I chose to be architecture major because of the sense of achievement. In the third project, I went to another city for field research about Chinese heritage residential buildings. Before the field research, I did a lot reading about Chinese residential buildings and took notes about the particular names for the components in the buildings. During the field research I documented the houses and did the damage survey everyday. The third experience is quite different from the first two, which offered me a chance to get to more about traditional Chinese building and I should be proud of myself as a


This experience clarifies my future plan, which makes me eager to have two-year working experience before I get into graduate school. I feel practice is more important than studying. The internship helps me get to know what I am lack of and I can make it up in later study.

The Third Line Gallery

My name is Amanda Almarshoud and I am a Junior GFA major. In Summer 2014, I completed an internship at The Third Line Gallery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. My own Arab background influences me to explore the art that is being produced in the Middle East. This summer I had plans of going home to Kuwait, and I thought it would my trip to the Middle East worthwhile if I also worked in Dubai. Dubai is a successful, thriving, and growing art and business center in the Middle East, and an extremely international community for the world to gather in.

I started to research and contact galleries during my Freshmen year hoping to have an internship in Dubai during Summer 2013.I contacted almost all of the art galleries in Dubai. Three galleries accepted my resume and cover letter, and notified me that I was allowed be their intern. Due to unexpected circumstances, I was unable to go to Dubai that summer, so I contacted the galleries back apologizing for my decline of the internship offer. I felt so bad! But I knew 100% that I was going to the Middle East this summer so I contacted the Third Line Gallery back during winter break of my Sophomore year, hoping they wouldn’t forget about me and let me still be an intern. I did extensive research on the galleries in Dubai. Out of all the galleries, The Third Line seemed like the most interesting and aligned with my career. I found that The Third Line Gallery is one of the oldest and most prominent galleries in Dubai, one of the most acclaimed galleries in the whole Middle East.

This internship was to purely understand how a gallery runs and to understand and observe how Middle Eastern artists express themselves artistically. I worked with almost all the members of The Third Line team to assist them with their projects, complete quick tasks, research institutions and clients, look through art publications, digitally file documents on the server, and be a secretary frequently throughout the week. I also participated in helping open their Summer 2014 show and hold weekly film screenings. I learned so much about event setup, public relations, management, pricing, selling, buying, organization, finances, and communication between artist and gallery, just from being present in the office for all the conversations and events that occurred. The tasks I was given and the people I met within the gallery, and in the city helped me understand how a gallery functions internally and externally, locally and in the global community. Since the Third Line is a gallery for Middle Eastern contemporary art, I was highly active in observing, researching, and participating in displaying Middle Eastern art.

 Working in an office setting was a refreshing change from art making. We always had fun while working as The Third Line team is one big family. Everyday was a pleasure to work in a fun atmosphere where I could contribute to the growth of Middle Eastern contemporary art and understand the art world through a gallery’s perspective.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

My name is Kelly Johnson and I am a Curatorial Practice MFA candidate graduating in 2015. This summer i did my internship at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I found out about this internship as an undergraduate, while doing a general online search for paid museum internships. I bookmarked the link for future reference, and when I decided to move to Baltimore, I sent an inquiry email to the intern coordinator asking about expectations, then applied for it ahead of the deadline.

Founded in 1987, NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing
women’s creative contributions. By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while
also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the

gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women
artists a place of honor now and into the future. The museum organizes exhibitions and
programming related to women artists, contemporary and past; coordinates traveling exhibitions;
maintains a research library dedicated to women artists, specializing in artists’ books; and works
with committees across the world to develop special events related to the collection and
upcoming exhibitions.

My direct supervisors were Elizabeth Lynch, Editor and Director of Publications, and Amy
Mannarino, Director of Marketing and Communications. Elizabeth develops all the printed
materials for the museum including brochures, catalogs, fliers, etc. Amy handles public relations
and develops marketing materials and official communications for press outlets.

My responsibilities included researching and compiling online articles for weekly “Women in the
Arts” newsletters to the museum staff and other museum affiliated persons. For marketing/communications projects, I tracked museum press in print and through an online database, researched pitch contacts for upcoming exhibitions, reviewed and edited press materials and images, and uploaded event content to online calendars. For publications, I researched and wrote 6 blog posts featuring contemporary artists in their current video exhibition, researched image sources for an upcoming online exhibition, and researched and wrote content for the fall magazine, including exhibition listings, and a book review. I also assisted in reviewing and editing the forthcoming Picturing Mary catalog.

I am most proud of the blog posts I wrote for the museum , developing my networking skills with arts
professionals at the museum and beyond, and learning new tips and tricks for writing/editing,
marketing, and professional communication skills.

The most important thing I have learned from my internship is the importance of communication
styles and attention to details. The opportunity to ask questions about how to relate to other
professionals as an editor and as a curator have been invaluable. I have also picked up some
PR and writing tips from my supervisors which I will carry with me into future projects. Overall, it
has been a big confidence builder, which I really needed!

This experience has reminded me that I thrive on structure. While my program focuses a lot oncurating outside of an institution, ideally I would like to work in a small museum or gallery similar to NMWA, because it is small enough so that people have to work between departments to accomplish their goals, but large enough that funding and press are not a struggle. It has also reminded me of my passion for writing, which I hope to pursue more seriously following this internship, perhaps as a freelance writer or perhaps at an arts publication. After speaking with several coworkers, I realize I am in the right place educationally and professionally, and that if I continue to pursue the path I am on—leaning toward contemporary art, community engagement, and writing—I should be able to find my niche. Additionally: these small assignments required to receive academic credit have been great for reflecting on my time here and encouraging me to track what I’m learning and to ask for informational with other professionals. I might not have done many of those things on my own.