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We’re celebrating our incredible interns without whom this year’s Summer Programming would not have been possible. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, we’ve been able to gain insight as to AFH’s overall impact and community reach. Plus, they’ve each brought their unique perspective and experiences to the AFH Family. Get to know our four interns: Grace (Programs), Taylor (Exhibitions), Jane (Programs) and David (Communications), here.
I chose to work at AFH because it was an internship that I was genuinely interested in. When I was applying for placements with my fellowship, I tried to choose ones that were more catered to my Political Science major but AFH was the one that I really wanted. I connected to it a lot because A) AFH benefits communities similar to the one I grew up in B) my parents are artists so I felt really comfortable in this space and C) I love art myself and wanted to experience it in a professional setting.
This summer, I've been working on 'impact storytelling,’ which means I've been interviewing alumni and getting in-depth stories on their AFH experience and how AFH has impacted their futures. I've also been really involved with the alumni database, so basically sifting through the surveys/data and compiling them.
Overall, my goals are to contribute to AFH to the fullest extent that I can; learn more about art as a business process, learn how to carry myself in a professional space, while learning how to network and connect with others.
My favorite thing about AFH has been the workspace and the people. Everyone is so dedicated and hardworking but also it's a really welcoming place at the same time. Also I just really like AFH as a concept in general, with the teens being so involved in each project.
During my time here, I've learned a lot about how nonprofits function. I've also learned how to improve at interviewing people and navigating that. One thing that surprised me but also makes a lot of sense is something that Claudia said: “The teens are the consumers but also the product.” It's interesting to see how they fit into the process. Another thing that surprised me was how relaxed everything is while also being really professional.
I chose to work with AFH because I was drawn to the inspiring mission and the positive, energetic environment that is cultivated in the workplace. Every day I work surrounded by the teens, and can see the impact that AFH is having on their lives.
Although I haven't been here long, I've been analyzing AFH's social media posts for what works well and what could use improvement. I will also be identifying content for sharing, pitching ideas for original articles, finding ways for the teens to have hands-on involvement in our channels, and, eventually, helping to revamp our YouTube page.
While I'm at AFH, I will gain hands-on experience with social media marketing and learn what requirements and constraints the nonprofit status places on that. I'm also excited to develop original content, which will almost always involve working directly with the teens. And lastly, I want to meet many of the great people involved with AFH, and learn about their experiences in and outside of AFH.
So far, my favorite thing about AFH has been the wonderful and welcoming people I get to see everyday — I'm not the best at learning names, but it seems that most everybody has already learned mine! I'm amazed every day at the incredible talent that the teens have, and the skills that they are gaining and developing.
I chose to work at AFH because I was drawn to the mission at Artists For Humanity along with its creative environment.
This summer, I have been cataloguing the painting inventory, preparing art proposals for clients and curating the walls for the third floor painting studio. Ideally, by the end of my time here at AFH I'd like to have improved my teamwork skills, build lasting connections and relationships and gather more insight into a future career path for myself.
My favorite thing about working at AFH has been the friendly, welcoming, creative environment and working with the wonderful artwork being produced here. As a result of working at AFH, I've learned a lot about presenting artwork to clients, gained insight into the curation process and gathered a variety of technical skills in design software. The most surprising aspect of AFH – and something I really appreciate – is the amount of diversity present here.
I chose to intern at AFH because I was looking for a summer internship that pertained to my upcoming senior thesis, which has to do with art and community engagement. I was also looking for nonprofit experience before I'm unleashed into the ‘real world’ after graduation, as I have a strong interest in the sector.
During my time at AFH, I've been working with Grace on an Alumni Impact Storytelling Project. We've been interviewing alumni, transcribing their interviews, and then writing stories about the impact AFH has had on their lives after the program. It's safe to say that the impact is immeasurable.
My goals for the summer are to gain experience in the nonprofit sector, build my professional network, and soak in as much of this amazing place as I can!!! My favorite thing about working at AFH is the energy... this place radiates positivity and good vibes. Never in my life have I been so excited to come to work!!! Whether you're sitting in the office or walking through the studios, people are constantly collaborating and working together on a million different projects. There’s always jokes and chatter and lots of coffee.
Looking around, you see the teens creating unbelievable artwork and the staff working incredibly hard to improve the lives and experiences of hundreds of Boston teens a year. To work with such selfless, motivated, and successful people is really a tremendous feeling. Everyone wants to help you in some way, whether it's in the professional or personal sense and it makes you feel really valued and understood. This place is really amazing, there's truly nowhere else like it.
I've learned so much here! First and foremost, I've seen first hand (through talking to alumni) the impact that art can have on not only an individual, but a community as well. It really has the ability to empower teens and rejuvenate a neighborhood, among all the other tremendous benefits. Another thing I've learned the importance of collaboration – things always turn out better when you work together. Lastly, I've seen how a small group of diverse people can come together under a common cause and create something absolutely incredible.
In terms of surprises? Every day is a surprise. I was surprised when Lauren came over to me last week to read me my horoscope, I was surprised when Claudia offered to connect me to her partner to talk about post graduate options, I was surprised when Lorraine could relate to living abroad, and most of all, I was surprised when I realized I have been surrounded by AFH artwork for most of my life — in the Airport, along the freeway, in the offices of my parent's friends. AFH's art is everywhere, and so is their impact.