Internships that Matter

Moving Away From My Desk

The first few weeks of my internship at WNED have been really very slow.  I hadn’t done much other than meet people, organize a few closets, and update some emails.  Until now. WNED just received an education grant to do a project based on problems that high school students face.  They”ve called the project Student Voices for now, and it’s going to be an hour long television program.  I’m really excited about this project because it’s just started now and will be airing right at the end of the semester, so I’ll get to see the entire process from beginning to end!  Last week, I got to help out with the project a lot.  Tuesday and Thursday, WNED had students from various high schools in the area come in and talk about the problems they face.  It was cool because the station is going to base the program on the research done on these focus groups.  It was also very interesting to hear about the types of things that high school students are worried about today.  Since I was in high school only three years ago, I was able to relate to a lot of the problems since I experienced them when I was in high school too.  I think this...

First Day at the Internship

Yesterday was my first day at my internship at the Canisius College Creative Department. My first day I was able to go on a Photoshoot and was able to take some Candid photographs hopefully for the Canisius website. Also I took some landscape photographs from the second floor of Old Main that were used on the Canisius College instagram page. This was all after my first day! I have attached a Screenshot of the Instagram post with my photo. My days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and I have another Photoshoot to do tomorrow I can already say how awesome this internship will be and also how busy. Until next time this is Nicole Ratajczak signing...

Exploring the HarborCenter: Becoming a Part of Buffalo’s Rebirth...

When I first heard that the HarborCenter was interested in bringing in interns for its inaugural season, I knew that if I had a chance to be a part of that it would be an opportunity that wouldn’t be easy to pass up. The first time I worked there was for the IIHF tournament – one of the biggest events to take place at the venue thus far – featuring teams from countries all around the world. I saw teams from Russia, Canada and Finland and all the cultural diversity reminded me of my time in Italy where I experienced things like this on a daily basis. My first shift didn’t require anything too challenging; I was charged with opening the penalty box for one game and ushering another but I was still a little bit nervous. I had to ask one of my fellow interns how to open the penalty box so I didn’t look foolish when it was time to open it and even then I had anxiety that I was going to screw that up. What was cool about the experience was that I was able to come home with a souvenir game puck from it given to me be a gentleman working in the box...

First Week at the AK!

My first week at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery was most definitely a success! I was nervous upon the arrival of my first day, but those fears dissipated almost immediately. I was given a tour of the beautiful building and was introduced to my coworkers, all of whom were very friendly and welcoming. My first day was spent trying to familiarize myself with the gallery. I took an audio tour and took in all of the paintings, sculptures, and media pieces that the gallery displays. I learned that not only are the exterior and interior of the gallery stunning, but that there is a lot of history. Established in 1862, the museum has undergone multiple transformations and has become a leading contemporary art gallery in the country. I was quite impressed with everything that I had learned and I was excited to start my internship. Once I was through with familiarizing myself with the organization, it was time to work and I was given an assignment right away. I sat down with an editorial assistant in the Publications Department and the Director of Videography to edit a video that we were going to publish on the gallery’s YouTube page. It turned out to be quite the challenge because the video...

Being new is all kinds of awkward

Four months ago when I was approved for an internship, I was really excited to start doing “real people work.”  I spent the next month doing research on places I would want to be an intern at. I made a list of about five and gave it to Dr. Irwin, our internship advisor.  A couple weeks later I scored an interview with Abbey Mecca & Company, an advertising agency that was not even on my list.  Two weeks go by and I finally am at my interview! I was really excited. As I got ready to go to my interview, I transformed into an awkward and nervous human. When I opened the door, I was surprised with how small the agency was. One of the workers there, who I later learned was named Paul, turned around. I was so nervous that I barely mumbled the words “I am here to meet with Daniel Mecca.” The interview itself was great.  As soon as I sat down and he asked me when I could start. Best interview I have ever had. Since the two weeks have passed, I have had many awkward moments. On the first day, I felt guilty about having to leave. My supervisor knew when I had to...

Doug, The Super-Intern

Is anyone else getting this?!   “You remind me so much of So-and-So!” or “Oh, wow, Boss! He is just like So-and-So!”   Unlike many of you, I am still in my first week at this spring’s new internship at the NFTA in their Marketing and Communications Department. The work itself is going great as I have hit the ground running, and already have multiple projects to complete.   However, as we begin our internships, wherever they may be, we are all meeting many new people. On a more-often-than-not basis, when I am introduced to somebody at the NFTA, they will proceed to compliment me about how much I remind them of a previous intern, Doug (his name’s not really Doug).   Now, make no mistake about it, they definitely mean it as a compliment. This Doug… he’s quite a guy! (I know first-hand). But, more about that later.   You see, Doug was an intern for my supervisor a few semesters ago, and he made quite the impression there. Everyone on her team loved him, and he worked hard for her and others. Many people hype him to be a super-intern, and as for me, they see me as the second coming.   I don’t word it that...

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