Internship Employer: The Visual Arts Department of Eastern Connecticut State University
Internship Title: Marketing Intern
Melissa is a Visual Arts major completing an internship this semester here at Eastern Connecticut State University's Visual Arts Department. Though her major does not require an internship, Melissa knew an internship will help her get a job after graduating.
Her responsibilities at her co-op include promoting the Visual Arts Department of ECSU to high school teachers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. She will be going to college fairs to speak to students interested in studying art history, game design, digital art, sculpture, costuming and fashion design, painting and drawing, and printmaking. Melissa also updates the Visual Arts department's website and makes promotional flyers.
Melissa's internship has helped her gain the skills to conduct thorough research, reach out to community leaders, interact and work with industry professionals and advertising skills using advanced software. Melissa's internship relates to her career goals because she would someday like a career in advertising, designing promotional materials for companies, small businesses, and organizations.
The advice Melissa would give to students is to try and build amicable, professional relationships with faculty members and professors on campus. She says that not only do they have experience but they have a network that can help open doors for you. "If you have a good bond with a professor, and they see you have good work ethic in your field, they will be more inclined to notify you of internships and job opportunities."
Story by: Morgan Gerardi