Hello everyone! My name is Elaine, I’m a senior Digital Media Arts & Communications dual major. On January 14th, I started my internship at Arts Services Initiative (ASI) in the Tri-Main building and have enjoyed working there thus far. Over the summer, I had met and talked to two of their previous employees that both highly recommended their internship program, so I was excited to start!

ASI is a non-profit organization that aims to promote local artists by connecting them to funding, learning opportunities, and community access to the arts. They describe their organization as a resource hub for the WNY arts and cultural sector. Holly Grant, my internship supervisor and the Grants & Programming Director (no pun intended) introduced me to the four other current staff members. Because the organization is run by a small group of people, they are all incredibly friendly and keep the work environment organized and well-managed.

My job as their Communications & Marketing intern is to help with media-related research projects, maintain media lists, develop new pages on their website, learn the steps on how to write grants, learn about social media analytics and creating blog posts, and ultimately create a 2-minute promotional video for their Spark Awards ceremony (which I’m very excited to help them with). On my first day, they had me work on researching and putting together a document of organizations that offer workshops geared towards the arts in Buffalo to be listed on their website, some of which were entirely new to me and I may consider looking into myself!

Last Thursday, ASI hosted a networking event for their Decentralization (DEC) Grant recipients. While everyone was chatting, Rachelle, the Communications & Development Manager, and I asked some of the attendees if they wouldn’t mind providing a short testimonial on camera of how the DEC grant has benefited them and their organization. I was able to put my filmmaking skills to use, as well as learn more about the different organizations that ASI is connected with! Overall, I’m incredibly excited to see what this internship has in store for me and I hope my work this semester will benefit them!