Tonight, Monday January 28th, concludes my first official week (10hrs of work) at my new internship at the Museum of Art Deland! So far I’m loving every minute of working there. Technically I started on the 16th of January but my supervisor who coordinated my schedule told me that I was starting at the busiest time of their year and that the week of January 14th and 21st would be unique because the museum was having several special events going on in which I would observe and take part in. So week one and two was a little unusual because my work times were so scattered. During this time, I attended an orientation for the museum, a WordPress orientation, was able to see the new exhibition being put up, and went on runs with my supervisor to destinations such as banner delivery, the flier printer, and the museums downtown location. They have been keeping me super busy, which is great, and I’m getting to know everyone I work with. During this time, I have already gotten to utilize my photography and graphic design skills. I developed flyers to promote their upcoming Harlem Renaissance Film Festival Series coming January 31st, social media platforms, and museum cards. I was also able to attend their fundraiser gala event this past weekend and take photos to promote their Facebook. This was such a fun event and I was able to meet the museum director, the collector for their new exhibition, and some board members. Now that some of the events have past I have a set work schedule and know that in the upcoming weeks I will probably be working on some fliers, the museum website and some of the social media platforms. So far so good!!!
This week I started my internship on Monday. I was a bit nervous coming to intern for the agency, but my supervisor was very welcoming and had some tasks ready for me to do. This week I was doing some filing of paperwork, but also I was able to work with Photoshop and edit some images for the models’ composite cards. I was also asked to organize a little bit and make sure everything was in order, so that when people come in for the interviews, the office space would look neat and organized. I was also sending out emails and talking to different people to resolve any issues they had or answer any questions they had regarding this agency. At some point during my internship, my supervisor had to leave for a short time, and left me to keep doing my tasks, but then somebody who had an interview came in early for their appointment, and I didn’t really know what to do, but I was able to manage this situation and called my supervisor who told me to speak with them, make them feel comfortable and provide any paperwork that they would have to fill out. Surprisingly, I was very communicable and confident, which for me is not always true and sometimes it’s hard for me to talk to people, since I am a little shy. I also got to be a part of a photo shoot and observe what really happens. I was able to see what type of styles are used for the comp cards, and also I witnessed how photographers work with babies and how they make them smile for pictures, in order to get a good shot. I was able to recall some skills I learned last semester from my DIGA 101 class and how lighting plays a big role in photographing as well as how photo editing should be done. This experience was rewarding, and I am glad that I could utilize skills learned in class towards this internship week. I liked that supervisor needed my input in editing and I also got a confidence boost from communicating with others. I hope after this internship, I would be more confident and comfortable with myself and this would be a big improvement for me.