There are a number of classes that I believe helped me through the process of this internship. The three most important classes that I feel helped me the most are Principles of Page and Digital Design, the Fundamentals of Public Relations, and Interpersonal Communication.
In Principles of Page and Digital Design, I learned about how to create my own personal website and how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to make newsletters, posters, and flyers in order to use them for advertising purposes. A major part of my internship and one of the main responsibilities I have is making and sending out newsletters for Red Door 104. In these newsletters, I talk about new classes and workshops going on during the month, and any big events that Audrey wants to emphasize. Although I don’t use Photoshop and Illustrator to make these newsletters because I don’t have access to them, I still use the visual aspects I learned in Digital Design to create the best newsletters I can to help Red Door 104 grow. Another responsibility I have is being in charge of Red Door 104’s website. I am in charge of editing web pages, and the web-developing aspects that I learned in Digital Design have definitely helped me with this responsibility.
The Fundamentals of Public Relations helped me prepare for this internship because I learned what I should expect in a Public Relations position, such as what typical responsibilities are expected. From this class, I expected to help Audrey advertise for her studio and for any events and classes she wants to emphasize on. Thanks to that class, I was able to go into my internship having an idea of what Audrey was expecting from me.
Interpersonal Communication helped me understand how to communicate better with different kinds of people of all ages and cultures. Being able to interact with customers, either on the phone or in person, is an occasional responsibility that I am given in my internship. Having taken Interpersonal Communication, I now feel like my confidence has grown and developed, and I am able to communicate effectively and efficiently with customers and answer their questions to the best of my ability.
Some challenges that I faced were taking care of the studio for Audrey while she was sick or running errands. She had me come in a little earlier than I usually do and open the gallery on time, she told me if anyone came in I should help them out as best I can, and answer the phone whenever it rang. I have also had a number of responsibilities in the process of preparing for an art competition Audrey and Bart Kendrick are hosting in September, and some challenges I faced were creating a Call to Artists and a Press Release, and emailing them to a list of editors from different news and media outlets.
As mentioned above, my responsibilities grew significantly from the beginning of my internship. When I first started at Red Door 104, my main responsibility was entering names and emails into a list for sending out newsletters. From there, I was placed in charge of creating the newsletters to send out, as well as creating corresponding classes and events on the Red Door 104 website. Towards the end, my responsibilities grew significantly, and I was in charge of sending out a call to artists and press release, which was a major part of the process of preparing for the upcoming art competition.
This internship has affected my career search by helping me realize what responsibilities are typical in a Public Relations field. It has also affected my career search by helping me keep my options open when it comes to what kind of job I could look for.
I definitely believe I have gained the knowledge and experience I will need when starting to look for a career in the real world. I have learned how to help Audrey build her brand and have helped her manage her website, which I think is a skill that is important in the public relations field. This internship has also helped me practice my skills as someone in the public relations concentration, and it has helped me practice working well with other people. Some of the projects I did for Audrey, especially in the beginning, involved group work and collaboration with others. I have also gained more skills in interacting with customers and helping them to the best of my ability.
I would suggest Red Door 104 as a potential internship for future students. Audrey is very outgoing while still being a good mentor and boss, and she is open to helping you when you ask for it. She is also very easy to collaborate with, and welcomes all different suggestions and ideas for a number of projects, such as creating newsletters and working on the layouts of her website pages. This internship has taught me a good amount about what it is like to work for a real business, and it was easy for me to implement a number of skills I learned in my classes to my responsibilities in this internship.
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