Educational Internship for a High School Student in the Arts

Jessica was a talented artist and freshman at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols. In order to expose Jessica to a wide variety of arts fields, we placed her 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 wrote,

“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.”

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