At the time that I am writing this, my internship is coming to an end. Saying that is actually making me very sad. My internship was such a great experience for me. I met so many new people and got to connect to people like I never have before anywhere else. It did not feel like a month at all, it still feels like I am barely starting. The staff at my internship site is very small, so I have been able to build my own relationship with each person there. It is now all over. During the duration of my internship, I feel and I have been told by my colleagues that I have made a huge impact at the San Diego Art Institute in many ways. The team at the institute is very small (it is a team of five people) so I have been a real help for them. They always like to remind me that if I wasn’t there, they would be doing all of these task all alone. Since internship is over, they are back to doing all the task on their own. Luckily during my time at internship, I was able to cut through a lot of task for them and make things a bit easier for the people working there. The staff looks sad watching the interns have to go. Once we are gone, they we be on low staff again. At my time at my internship, I was able to make a screening room, and develop a teen program for the institute which is something that would have taken a while for just one person there to be doing. All the work I did at the institute has been greatly appreciated.
My internship has become more interesting. I have developed closer relationships with my mentor and those who I am working around. We have all become more comfortable sharing jokes with each other (even some inappropriate ones) and from it all, I am learning more about everyone around me. At my internship, I have been very busy doing a range of task from working the front desk, to delivering mail, and even participating in meetings. I have been all over the place there. A recent thing that happened that was fun was during our free tuesday. The institute was filled with people the whole entire day. Something funny but weird and nasty about that experience was that someone who completely stunk came in and stunk up the whole entire Institute. It really made a lot of people leave an took some time for the smell to clear up, but when it was cleared, crowds of people fled back in. Another fun but more serious time at my internship was our first meeting we had. I thought that the interns were just shadowing in on the meeting and seeing how they work at the institute, but we were asked to please share our ideas and to participate during the meeting. I spoke a lot during this meeting and had all my ideas heard and praised upon. One last thing that has happen is an event that we had after hours at the institute. It was my first time working an event. This event was a screening of a short film made by one of the artist. The event was a members only event, so I got to meet most of the members of SDAI. It went very smooth and just as we
The people around me are all interesting. I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. They are all interesting because they are all really themselves and each of them has their own uniqueness that they carry. They are all very generous and kind. One of my colleagues even took me to randomly go get coffee on him. These people also all have a cool bond with each other. They all like to talk and laugh while working so they could make things more fun at work. Every morning we all play a game to get ready for the day. A couple colleagues of mine didn’t talk to the interns much at first but they have began opening up more and talking to us just how everyone else does. There are also lots of people who do not work at my internship site but are often their collaborating with us which I like because it reminds me of some of the projects we do at High Tech. These people are very friendly and motivated to get our collaborations working. As for the people I work with, they have many characteristics and qualities that I myself would like to develop. They are all very motivated. They each come in to work each morning full of energy and with a big smile on their faces. That is something that I sort of already carry, but sometimes I am just too tired to express it. Also, I want to be able to have the fun they have at work while also taking it seriously to finish what they are working on. Another thing is how they are never different to anyone. They always are the same person and it doesn’t matter who they are talking
My workplace is very interesting. It is nothing how I imagined it to be. The staff is very small where I am interning so each person that works there is sort of manager of their own departments. There are only five staff members. There is Jake who is the gallery manager and who I work with the most, Karla the manager of education, Jacqueline M. who is the membership director, Jacqueline S. who is the executive director and then Sarah who is the deputy director. The place itself is also fairly small. Although the place is not what I thought it to be, it is a very fun work place. Every morning the teams play a little warm up game to get the day started which is something I really enjoy. Something that strikes me is how involved the interns are at the workplace. We are treated just as employees. During our first meeting, interns were invited to share in in about what they thought the team should do for an upcoming event. My ideas became highly praised during the meeting and were immediately put to work. I am so far really enjoying my internship.
My internship is going to be at the San Diego Art Institute. I am a person that is very into art. I feel because of this, I will enjoy what I am doing and be able to offer a lot of skills to whatever I am doing. Since this is a real job site and not a school site like I am used to, I will have to apply non-academic skills. Some of these skills that I have include photoshop which I know is needed at my site, talking skills, and more. I bring up talking skills because I at my site I will be meeting lots of new people and building relationships with them. Photoshop is a skill that I have but that I can improve on. I know a lot about it but can sometimes still struggle on it. I know at my site I will be able to improve this. Also with my talking skill, I plan to build relationships like I said. I want to be able to build relationships that could get me a letter of recommendation in the future. During the duration of them time that I will be at my internship, I have to do a project. Since I want to better myself at photoshop, I plan to do my project along something with that. I don’t have any specific idea as of this moment because I don’t know exactly what I will be doing at my site yet, but once I know, then I will figure out what I could do for my project. In my interview, my mentor talked about an application that they use called “InDesign”. I have heard of it before but have never looked at it or touched it. This is an application that they will be having me use quite often. In my interview I said that I have never used it but that I am fast learner. So I am going to have to teach myself how to use InDesign and most likely create a project out of that rather than photoshop. Right now I know absolutely nothing about what it is, so my plan is to learn everything I can about it by myself and then create something out of it. Other than that, I just want to build relationships with the people working there around me so I can possibly get a letter of recommendation in the future.
As of this moment right now, I am interested in pursuing a career in fashion in the future. It has always been my dream to be a big fashion designer ever since I can remember. I want to be known in the industry and by the world. I want to push fashion forward in a more innovative way. I would like to live in New York City in the future. I want to attend college that at one of the top fashion design schools there. If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. I want to be able to give to people, to help the world. I want to be able to make a difference in people's life. I want to be able to inspire people and have people look up to me. The fashion industry is able to make it all happen if I can make it. Right now I have a lot to work on to get there. I need to stop my stubborness and learn to take advice from people. I need to get things done and not give myself my made up excuses on why I have not done something. I need to stop trying to always be the right one. I need to let other people take leadership in some situations. My internship is going to be a new learning experience. I am going to learn skills that I can take into the future in starting my own brand. How I can grow. I am going to learn how to handle tough situations. Going into my internship, I am very excited. I am excited because I am going to feel and be treated like an adult even though I am not one yet. I get to know meet new people and make new connections.
This week we all juniors went up to northern California to see the different types of colleges they have to offer up there. We visited Cal Poly SLO, UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State, and Berkeley. After visiting each college, nothing at each of them stood out. The only one that I liked a little was Cal Poly SLO because of the campus. It was more modern which I liked and didn’t seem so dead like the other campuses felt to me. Also none of the schools had the programs that I am interested in. They were all more for business or engineering. I want to go to an art school so these schools are from from that. I am also more of a city person and these schools to me felt like they were in the middle of nowhere. I forgot to talk about the way up there. We took a bus all the way up to Berkeley overnight which took nine hours. We were supposed to get sleep on the bus ride, but for me it seemed to be impossible. I listened to music for about thirty minutes when we left our High Tech campus and then started watching mean girls which lasted about two hours since they played it on the bus. After it ended I decided to try to sleep. As I said it was impossible. I spent the rest of the seven hours just trying to get in a comfortable position. I finally decided to just keep my eyes shut for the remaining time to hope to get at least some sleep but when it opened my eyes about ten minutes later, the sun was rising. The ride back was about the same way. Overall the trip without the bus was enjoyable. I got to bond more with lot’s of people I usually don’t talk with.
This week, we prepared a lot for our Interview Day at the end of the week. I was interviewing with The San Diego Center for International Trade Development. I knew absolutely nothing about who or what they were. I imagined that they had to be related in some way to business which I was right on. I didn’t do much to prepare for the interview other than looking a little into the company and adjusting my resume and cover letter for the interview. Other than that I did nothing. When interview day came around, I was nervous as hell. My interview was at 9:00 AM with Monica Rosas. I went to sleep the day before interview day at midnight which was a bad idea. When I woke up, I needed more sleep but had to get up. I got ready a bit late and went downstairs for breakfast the I always assume is made but this day was not made. So I had to hurry up and grab snacks, not eat breakfast, accidentally leave my meal prep (lunch) due to the rush, and rush to school which was completely horrible. I got to school in my suit that didn’t fit me anymore and nervously waited until it was my time to interview. I finally got called to get to my interview spot and ended up getting more nervous, I was watching all the interviewers walking by wondering which one was going to be Monica Rosas. She finally revealed herself when she called me in. While doing the interview, I realized I had nothing to worry about, it was such a relieving and comfortable experience.
This week, we went on another field trip at the end of the week. This time, we went to the place where our final exhibition will be for our project. We went here to finally actually launch our project. When we got there, I realized that it was at a church. I found it a bit odd that our exhibition is going to be at a church. After going inside and looking around, it seemed to be more than just a church. There was a cafe inside where coffee was served. The place where we our having our exhibition is a cafe on the side of the church. One of the people that worked there was a activist himself. We did lot’s of activities throughout the day like exploring different types of zines and looking more into the historical topics we had. During lunch, everyone got to go eat their tacos that were being served while I did not because I randomly got a horrible stomach ache and just felt horrible. I decided to get a coffee which was actually really good and “not the cheap stuff” like the guy who made it said. Although the coffee was good, it ended up not being the best idea since my stomach ache got much worse after. After lunch, we had a group of five very passionate advocates. My favorite out of them was the first one. She was an artist which I was able to relate too. She talked about how she expresses herself through her passion in art.
This week, we went to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego for the second time. Art is something that I am very interested in and need to gain more knowledge of because of the career path I am choosing to go down. Seeing all the types of art was very interesting. It gave me many new ideas of the types of media that I can make as art. The types of art ranged from posters, to studies of woman. Seeing all of these began to give me new ideas of the type of work I want to put into my art portfolio for college. The colleges I want to apply to have said that they want to see the type of artwork that I was sort of seeing in the museum. At the museum, we did an activity where we made zines from magazines about our topics. My topic is the issues in the fashion industry such as child labor, environmental degradation, etc. Luckily, the majority of the magazines were from fashion editors like Vogue, Marie Claire and much more, so I was pretty much set as far as looking for things related to fashion in my zine. The first thing I looked for was a background. I wanted something black. I found a very deep black that had a shine to it and chose it. I then continued to look for big things in the fashion industry that can be connected to the issues in it. I did not get to finish my zine unfortunately but it was okay. The little things I put had a lot of meaning to me.