Looking for a rewarding internship? Former ArtCorps Intern and Harvard University Student, Angela Wu, shares her experience at ArtCorps:
I was an intern with ArtCorps for over seven months, supporting a variety of projects, including marketing, database maintenance and initiating ArtCorps’ online social presence. There were many times when I was encouraged to take my own initiative, and experienced the satisfaction of beginning and finishing a project on my own. Working at a smaller nonprofit definitely has its perks, and I worked closely with the ArtCorps management. Throughout all this, I definitely felt like I was an important part of a team, working together to further a worthy cause.
The most amazing part of the internship, however, was visiting ArtCorps’ partners and projects in Guatemala. I helped to plan the trip, and then flew to Antigua for a week with a group of ArtCorps donors, going from project to project. We saw the work of our ArtCorps artists, including Elena Rodriguez who was teaching children how to create papier-mache pottery and other crafts from found and recycled objects. We also witnessed artist Alayna Wool as she trained staff from an ArtCorps partner organization on how to be better facilitators and educators.
Finishing the internship and returning from the trip, I feel like I had a truly unique opportunity to see the workings of a nonprofit from top to bottom. Not only did I learn about the management of a nonprofit, I also learned a lot about ArtCorps’ fieldwork in community building and the arts. The internship became more than I ever hoped for, and I strongly encourage any student to apply who is seeking more experience in management and international development.
I love ArtCorps!