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Jose Narvaez – National Internship Awareness Day

Major – Studio Art with a Concentration in Photography and a Minor in Art History

What is the organization you’re interning with?
Kinfolk House

What was your favorite part of the internship?
My favorite part of the internship was how at home I felt, not only was everyone extremely welcoming and friendly but I wasn’t just an intern, I became part of a family that supported me throughout the school year and continues to support me after my internship.

Something that surprised you about your internship/field?
How many people I would be able to be connected and how much networking goes on at gallery events or openings.

The most important thing you’ve realized/learned during this internship?
The most important thing I learned was that

Do you feel like choosing your major has been helpful in preparation for this internship and your future career in the field?
The choosing of my major did help me to be prepared as I had a small background in the art world and had some knowledge of different artists. Yet it was something that was very new to me and took a lot of extra researching about local artists and different mediums to be able to fully give it my all and be successful in helping around the gallery.

Did the Career Center or your Career Coach provide you with resources for obtaining this internship?

My career coach (Marcy Bishop) more than anything helped me in seeing the resources that were already around me and helped me use those resources to be able to obtain this internship. As prior to having met with her, I had no clue where to start or who to ask about interning anywhere

Any advice you’d give to others searching for an internship?

The advice I have for others is to email people, a majority of the internships aren’t going to be on a poster somewhere. Email the people you want to intern, let them know you are a student, and if they’re open to having interns or what is the process they have to acquire interns. If you want it, you’re going to have to go look for it.

By Jules Guab
Jules Guab