I’ve been in Internship-land for the past year. Internships are pretty common among art students. Junior Synthesis is a class that prepares art students for the real world. And applying for internships is one of the requirements. Internships are a sure-fire way to gain experience and knowledge without all the pressure of a full-time job (although you might be surprised! They can be just as much work sometimes.)
Most importantly, they are a learning experience. You’re not supposed to know everything right away. Since I’ve applied to quite a few now, I thought it would be handy to share some tips with you!
- ALWAYS write and attach a cover letter, unless they specifically don’t ask for one or there is no place to attach it. Some internship applications will say you can add one “if desired”. You absolutely should!
- Don’t be afraid of the Big Bad Cover Letter. Cover letters get easier with each one you make. You can also use parts of your previous cover letters and tailor them for the next one. But remember to be authentic–don’t copy your old cover letter entirely! Also, you might seem like you’re getting a bit redundant. That’s natural, especially if you’re just starting out. Work on it until it feels right and real it aloud, maybe to some friends, to get some feedback.
- Don’t sell yourself short. It might feel awkward, but you have to emphasize your skills and strengths. If you think something is worthwhile, then it probably is! Mention it!
- Keep applying. There’s no rule that says you can only apply for one internship. Apply for as many as you can. If you get accepted to more than one, pick which one you think is the best fit.
- Have patience. This is what all your friends and family will tell you. And when they stop telling you, you have to tell yourself! You will get something. And besides, with every application it gets easier to write the next. The experience of just applying is worth it.
I just finished my last exam of the semester! I thought this would be a great opportunity to blog a little about summer and what I plan to do.
I actually have a very long list of things I want to do this summer. It doubles as a to-do list and a bucket list. I’ve been adding to it probably since Spring Break. I am going to jam-pack these upcoming months with activities.
Probably the two biggest summer goals: work on art and get an internship. A lot of art students will agree–part of the struggle is applying non-stop for internships. This past year I’ve been applying like crazy and I will continue to do so until I get something! At least, that’s the plan. In the meantime, I plan to spend most of the summer creating. Aside from pieces for the senior thesis show, I have some projects of my own that I can finally work on, as well as some more crafty enterprises I want to do with my family (tie-dye and silkscreening for example). I also want to make a zine! A zine is a handy magazine that you make yourself. It’s super easy and I hope to blog about the process (so you, too, can make one!)
My friend and I are also brainstorming ideas for a podcast. That, in itself, is a rather large project.
Lastly, my sister and I are hosting a small film festival in our own backyard! Our projector arrived in the mail a few weeks ago and now we just need to have a test-run. My sister studied film in college and I’ve always been a movie buff. This is a small dream of ours and it will be fantastic to see it become a reality.
So those are some of the things I am looking forward to!
Good luck to those of you who still have exams and congrats to those who are done. Summer will be here in no time 😉
This past weekend on Friday night I had the pleasure and privilege of witnessing an absolutely amazing Senior Thesis show at Fontbonne’s Art Gallery. Some of my close friends’ work was displayed and even though I had a sneak peek of their work prior to the show, seeing it opening night was an amazing experience.
And it was jam-packed! What a successful turn-out. The work itself included a wide variety of styles and mediums from painting to photography to graphic design to ceramics and really everything in-between. Each senior is expected to compile a body of work for the show that showcases their skills and really gives viewers insight into what their art is about. It’s really an expression of that artist as a person. Each piece has its own meaning for each artist–be it aesthetic, political, or emotional.
It really got me excited for my senior show next year. Photography teacher Denise gave me some great advice: don’t wait. There are always some complications when it comes to hanging/printing/framing/matting your work. With my Junior Synthesis show I was pretty down to the wire. It helped me realize the sooner I frame my pieces the better–which means that the work needs to be completed (or at least tangible) in order to frame it.
My advice for artists who might be in my position is this–don’t wait on an idea! This semester has really been a time of enlightenment for me. When I have an idea, I write it down or draw it out right away. Now I have a whole collection of ideas and somewhere to start. And, when it comes time to apply for internships + jobs, you’ll be ready with a portfolio full of creative and different ideas.
Fellow blogger Demarcus and I went on a spontaneous trip to the art museum. I was more than happy to go as the St. Louis Art Museum is the perfect way to relax, destress and get out of your own head. Especially as the weeks dwindle down and the semester nears its end, a little reprieve is much needed. And bonus! The art museum is a great place to find inspiration.
There were a lot of great things about the adventure. We stopped at the Ancient Egyptian wing and strolled around the “new” contemporary building. We also watched an art film titled Blow Away by artist Andréa Stanislav. Since it was Friday, we got to tour the exhibit the Carpet and the Connoisseur which featured a collection of oriental rugs. It also included two beautiful, intricate Persian pleasure tents which were used for outdoor gatherings and as respite from the hot midday sun. (It also included a hands-on activity, which we gladly participated in: making our own carpet bookmarks!)
But maybe my favorite part was the installation by Andréa Stanislav called Convergence Infinité. The focus of the installation was St.Louis and its evolution–particularly the Mississippi River. It was very organic and geological, with elements of steel (a reference to the Arch) and allusions to both mortality and life.
A glimpse at the installation. Footage of old St.Louis in the background.
On Fridays the main exhibition is free so do yourself a favor and stop by the St.Louis Art Museum! You won’t regret it.