Nathaniel, High School internship – Art and Design

Nat is currently the Creative Director at Overtone Studios, a cross-platform, gaming communications app for voice and chat technology. In high school, Nat was a talented artist and wanted to learn about potential art careers. We established an internship for him at Mystic Scenic Studios, a set design company whose clients included Walt Disney Studios and the Boston Ballet.

After Newton South High School, Nat went on to Cornell majoring in art with a BFA and continued on for his Masters Degree at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts graduate program in Interactive Telecommunications.
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Jessica B. – Brookline, MA

Jessica B. – Brookline, MA – Freshman at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols
Jessica is a talented artist. In order to expose Jessica to a wide variety of arts fields, she was placed at an arts non-profit, the largest provider of arts outreach programs in Massachusetts’s schools.

A partial list of her responsibilities included updating the performance requirements for 33 performers, making updates to their website, and working on a marketing project that involved uploading artist information and photos onto an Artist directory. Her most challenging project was creating curriculum support materials for classroom workshops.

In her journal entries, Jessica described her experience “The internship gave me my first real work experience, interacting with office members, working on projects. I also learned how to take the train by myself. I gained a lot of confidence and independence. I also felt self-satisfied because the work I did made a difference and it was acknowledged. I discovered that there are different aspects of art- the creation, the business side, and art education. I gained office and computer skills, especially using Quark, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Working on my projects taught me to be resourceful, meticulous, proactive and organized.”

In her glowing letter of recommendation, the program coordinator writes, “Jessica was our first high school intern, however, she quickly demonstrated skills and a level of maturity that outstripped many college interns we have employed. She has been a valuable asset to this organization and we are sorry to see her go.”

Jessica’s mother said, “I just want to thank you for finding Jessica this wonderful summer internship opportunity. All the folks there were fabulously nice to Jessica and made her summer experience very rewarding.”

Ali S.- Sudbury, MA

Ali S.- Sudbury, MA – Junior at The Rivers School
Ali enjoys both art and children. She has experience as a babysitter and camp counselor and enjoyed a previous summer experience in the arts. Ali thought that she might be interested in a teaching career. IC placed Ali at a well-known arts center in Brookline that provides arts education for both children and adults. Her mentor, the Assistant Director, is a young woman with a Masters Degree in Arts Administration who told us about her own positive experiences as an intern.

Ali enjoyed her experience as an assistant teacher. When we visited, Ali said, “A new class comes in every week with different kids. I’m able to observe a different dynamic in each class. We’ve been working on drawings, paper mache, clay and painting. I’ve been able to observe how teachers give demonstrations and I’m learning about classroom management. The art center is next to the T stop which is so convenient.”

Ali’s mentor was so pleased with her enthusiasm and work ethic that she offered her a part-time paid position during the year to help out at birthday art parties.

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