Internships that Matter

Pit & Peak: Best Moment and Greatest Regret...

My internship this semester at the Elmwood Village Association was most likely the single most valuable part of my college experience. I am so grateful to both of my supervisors for taking the time and effort to teach me valuable new skills, to assist me in making networking connections, and maintaining an environment of open communication in the office. I learned real-world communications skills that I felt I should have learned in school – like Hootsuite and Constant Contact, both pillars of digital marketing – and they proved to be far more useful than any theory class I’ve taken. I highly recommend that those skills be taught to undergraduates, at least in addition to the research courses we take now. My only regret with this internship was that it ended before the EVA summer event season really kicked in to high gear, with summer concerts and the farmers’ market starting after the end of the semester. Fortunately, the Elmwood Village Association is a not-for-profit organization and is always in need of volunteers. I hope to maintain my connection with them in the future and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have worked with...

It’s Not Goodbye

I have had an incredible experience at Lemur Studios. Not only is this a confirmation that I belong in the Digital Media Arts field. I feel blessed by the opportunities that Canisius has given me the past four years. Working with Jordan was learning experience in almost every possible way, from do’s and do not’s to how to operate a camera. It was demanding but invigorating even though some days were sitting at a desk and some were on the road at shoots. As an aspiring director I plan to start out doing freelance work and eventually become a successful independent screenwriter and director. The skills that I have learned at Lemur Studios, including how to communicate and negotiate with clients and being resourceful will help me tremendously with my future endeavors. I do think I have become a lot more confident on shoots and with my own projects due to the 5 months of experience that I have gained here. I feel more like a filmmaker everyday. I am grateful to be able to continue my work after this course as an intern, I know there is a lot left to...

It’s Something

I attended the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival as a networking event. I felt it was appropriate since I was the editor of a documentary that was accepted and screened on April 14th. When I arrived at the Riviera Theater I found that a total of 9 individuals (including myself) were in the theater. The film is called “Forest Secrets: Science and Soul” an adventure through the world’s forest in the company of a Canisius College student narrator, Elizabeth George. It was actually hard for me to sit through the entire 50 minute film because it was created while I was learning to edit. If anyone has experience in film making, they can identify with wishing they could go back or redo something it in order fix mistakes. So, anyway the film ends and I found a few young guys and introduced myself. They were part of a team that also submitted to the festival:  Sam, the lead actor and Evan, a musician who did the score. We talked for a few hours about film-related topics and exchanged information. They invited me to watch the screening of their short film, “Enough to be Dangerous.” After seeing the movie they had talked up, it wasn’t as good as I anticipated, but there was quality cinematography. Overall...

Much more than an Internship Class

Finishing up my classes, getting ready for graduation, and looking back on the classes I have taken, I think that the internship seminar class has been one of my favorites as well as one of the most helpful classes. Not only did this class help me with the stress of finding an internship, but it also helped me prepare for finding a job in the “real world.” Before the internship seminar class I had a resume but that was about it. Through this class I was able to update and fix my resume, I learned how to write a cover letter, perform an elevator speech, and it gave me the push I  needed to finally make a Linkedin account. With all of these small new experiences, I have become so much more prepared for finding a job. I wouldn’t have been able to do all of these things in preparation if I never took this class. For that very reason I am beyond grateful and ready for the real...

Knowing Your Strengths and weaknesses...

At the Serious Game Competition I was overwhelmed with the number of high profile Buffalo business men and women. As the only one with decent handwriting in the room earlier that day, I was forced to write the name tags for the judges and under their names I wrote their job titles. Holy cow, if I wasn’t nervous enough already…president 43 North, Buffalo Niagara Partnerships, head of Creative IT Fisher-Price, President of Technology at M&T bank, lead attorneys, city majority leader, head of technology of Buffalo public schools…the list went on. I tried my best to make eye contact with each of them as I was presenting. The one women who was the head of Buffalo Niagara Partnership asked a bunch of direct questions at the conclusion of our presentation. She seemed to be quite the idea woman. I like to think I have knack for listening to people and responding appropriately. Anyway, I felt like I was able to respond fully to all her questions very politely and she finally cracked a smile. After the competition she spoke with my mom for a little while and was impressed by my responses. The event was so crowded but she congratulated me later that day and said she thinks I...

Scramble to the End

It was strange having my internship end because as we got closer and closer to the end, it seems like things just got more and more busy. Since Field 2 is a company like any other, they don’t have an “end of semester,” so the projects just kept going on instead of getting wrapped up and I was scrambling to get things done until the very last day. But that is something that goes along with a career like web design. Often times there will be periods of endless, immediate work, and other times (though, not as frequently) it seems like there is none. In my internship I learned a lot about communication, time management, design and programming. With design and programming I was able to add a lot of good design work to my portfolio and work that is now featured on live websites, which is great. I also achieved my goal of designing and creating a website mockup. On the programming end, I honed certain coding practices and learned some new tricks on WordPress that I will be able to use in many other cases. I think my skills were really tested at this internship because my supervisor would tell me whether something was good to go...

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