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

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Globe Collection and Press

Hello! I’m Iris Lee and I am currently a sophomore Graphic Design major working at Globe Collection and Press at MICA during the fall semester of 2015.  The Globe Collection and Press is located, as the title would suggest, within MICA – specifically in the second floor of the Dolphin Building. Globe is a letterpress business and shop that had previously closed, but has now been restored to welcome MICA students. Globe, along with its interns, continue to take on advertising jobs, creating posters and other merchandise.

While I was in high school, I was introduced to screen-printing and soon was making a lucrative business from selling hand printed t-shirts out of my backpack. Interestingly, I found out about Globe before I had become a student at MICA. I had been checking out their Instagram and had actually contacted Allison Fisher, the coordinator of Globe Press to receive more information as to how I could intern with them. She emailed the application to me and I also had the chance to sit down and have a chat with her during the MICA Internship + Career Fair. I even went up to the Globe booth at Art Market to pick up some notebooks. Hunting Allison down so many times proved to be beneficial as I was accepted as an intern for the fall of 2015.

As a studio intern, I am usually at the printing press printing whatever needs to be done, assembling merchandise, designing, or cleaning up. I would say that out of all the projects we have undertaken at my time at Globe, printing the Sun Ra Arkestra posters was most rewarding. The end product was lovely and I was proud to have taken a part in the process.

Something to take away from this internship was how seeing through tasks was very important. It can be easy to not take unpaid internships easily, but I regarded it as a job that, of course, I wanted to succeed in.

That being said, while I do want to steer towards a more digital direction in my career path, I still would love to be able to get physical with my work whenever I can.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Baltimore Magazine

My name is Emily Hunter and I am a senior Illustration major. During Fall of 2015, I was an Editorial/Art Intern at Baltimore Magazine. I had always wanted to see what it’s like to work at a publication, as my previous internship was more of an experience of working with comics. Towards the end of Spring Semester of my junior year, I had been emailing and applying to internships constantly. After consulting with Career Development, I established a contact at the magazine (Stephanie Shafer) who is the Editorial Design Assistant at Baltimore Magazine. After checking out her website, I sent as email asking about a possible internship. She later gave me Amanda White-Iseli’s information (the magazine’s art director), and I was able to snag an interview with her over the summer.

The internship itself wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be, but I still learned a lot about magazine layout and typography which are very important things to know as an illustrator planning on going into editorial work. I created numerous mood boards for new issues, as well as worked on my own feature for my own portfolio. Towards the end of the internship I was presented with an awesome opportunity to do spot illustrations for the January issue of the magazine, in which my own illustrations will be published for the first time ever! Overall, I’m really happy with the outcome of this internship as it helped me clarify that I really enjoy editorial work.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Shine Creative Studio LLC

My name is Cass Lubberts and I am a Senior Film Video and Humanistic Studies major. During the summer of 2015, I was a Production Assistant Intern for Shine Creative Studio, a company based in Baltimore, Maryland. I wanted to be in Baltimore whilst doing my internship so that I could continue to support myself over the summer through independent freelance video work like I had done in previous years. During the spring semester, while I was still abroad in Prague, CZ, I started looking for internships both in Baltimore and even abroad. While reaching out to my teachers and friends, I remembered that I had met Drury a year earlier on a shoot I had helped PA for MICA Graduate, Hilton Carter. During the downtime I had as a PA for Hilton, I began talking to Drurywho I immediately likeand was interested in working with. I contacted him to see if he was available to speak about my interning at his studio.

Drury responded, asking for my resume, portfolio, and cover letter to see if I was talented enough to work for his company. After a few email exchanges, meeting with him a couple times, and once I was Stateside, we started working together. I was to be the intern for Shine Creative Studio for the summer, and he promised me some additional work for money after my internship hours were fulfilled.

This experience included a lot of shooting. During the days I worked with him and his team, we went on shoots at various locations, but sometimes we just turned his studio into a set using their movable walls and lights. We have since become friends and we understand how each other work. It was fun to spend time around people who share my interests and meet his co-workers who are both a jovial and hard working bunch. Working with Shine Creative gave me insight into the world of commercial videography, and let me imagine a world outside of freelance commercial work that I am already accustomed to so far in my professional career. I also left with many new possibilities for my portfolio, in addition to another person who can recommend me for when shomy resume to other companies in the near future.

However, about two-thirds of the way done with my internship, Drury informed me that future projects, similar to those that we had been working on, werent scheduled for a while, and he suggested that I start looking elsewhere for a place to wrap up my internship hours.

I looked at the Maryland Film Festival, and after talking and confirming with Rahne Alexander that they could definitely use me; I decided to switch and finish my hours there. I had hoped to learn more about the ins and outs of how people organize and structure Film Festivals. Obviously, that is extremely important to me, seeing as I hope to one day be in many festivals, so I thought it would be a perfect match for me.

Although it wasnt always glamorous, I definitely got a better understanding of the work being done behind the scenes at the Maryland Film Festival. If I were to remain interning there I would be able to get to view a lot of incoming films and possibly meet with more filmmakers, which is a really exciting prospect.

I hope to volunteer for more events similar to those like the Parkway Theatre celebration, and definitely plan on working at the festival so that I can be around as many films and filmmakers as possible while I am still in Baltimore.