How to Find an Internship During the Pandemic

November 22, 2021

All Montserrat students complete one creative industry internship before graduation.  Through this experience, they network and gain skills that prepare them for employment.  Finding an internship these days may present unique challenges, but Montserrat believes an internship requirement for our students may be even more important now than before the pandemic.  In a job market that’s fluctuating, having professional experience in your field is an edge that our students need.

Yueling Zhou, Montserrat’s new Internship Advisor, knows intimately the challenges of completing an internship during the pandemic.  Yueling graduated from Boston University with a Master’s in Arts Administration in May 2021.  She completed two internships during the pandemic: at the Griffin Museum of Photography and Fuller Craft Museum.

Yueling is excited to help students navigate the internship search and application process.  “Although the pandemic has caused many places, this does not mean the loss of internships,” Yueling says. “Many organizations continue to operate in ways we can’t imagine and they may need the help of interns more than other times.  There are many opportunities, as long as you ask for them.”

How do students find an internship?  First, they should sign up for 1:1 internship advising with Yueling!  Career Design Studio staff are always available to help students search and prepare application materials.

Also, keep in mind these three tips:

 

  1. Remote Internships Open Up Big Opportunities

 

Disney, Dreamworks, and Sony used to require that interns relocate to California for their internship programs.  Now, they offer remote internships, open to applicants from around the world.  Boston-area companies like Fablevision Studios and Candlewick Press did the same, eliminating interns’ commutes. We encourage students to take advantage of this and apply!

Studybreaks Magazine regularly hires Montserrat students as remote Illustration Interns.  During the internship, they create two editorial illustrations per week, gaining publishing credits while developing their portfolios.  Kris Lentz, the Editor-In-Chief of StudyBreaks, wrote to us after Illustration student Roden Odendahl’s internship:  “I always enjoy getting to work with students from Montserrat. Roden was an incredible joy to work with, and I was consistently impressed with their work week after week.”  

  1. Local Small Businesses and Creative Nonprofits Need Interns’ Support

 

During the pandemic, small businesses and arts nonprofits have relied on Montserrat interns to support their transitions to new ways of connecting with people and engaging with the creative economy.

Over the summer, students returned to their home cities and plugged in to local arts nonprofits.  Interdisciplinary student Mikayla Glenn was an Education Program Intern at Syracuse University’s Community Folk Art Center, which provides a platform for artists of the African Diaspora. There, she supported COVID protocols for in-person gallery exhibitions and workshops, and helped set up virtual classes.  She also taught youth printmaking classes and designed marketing materials for the Center. Mikayla writes, “My time at CFAC was a reassuring experience for me. I was able to find a place in the wild that could utilize my interdisciplinary skill set and my personality. The most beneficial thing I received with the internship was a potential job in the future and a network of people I can call on.”

 

  1. Create the Opportunity You Want to Find

 

Interdisciplinary student Zee Morrell’s dream is to become a forensic artist, but they couldn’t find any internship opportunities available in that field.  A search for forensic artists in New England turned up one name: Detective Ian Spencer of the Lincoln Town Police Department–the only forensic artist in Massachusetts, and the last one trained in Quantico.  Zee contacted Detective Spencer and asked for an internship.  Spencer was developing a forensic arts curriculum for high school students at the time, and needed some help. The rest was history. Detective Spencer writes, “Zee is awesome. Two weeks ago, they dropped everything and were able to join me on an interview and composite creation in Wayland.”

No matter how specific and off the beaten path students’ career interests are, it’s possible to find an internship, even during a pandemic. When an internship doesn’t exist, our creative students can build their own opportunities with a little imagination and a lot of guts.

                                      

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