"...I had never had to fend for myself in terms of paying rent, et cetera, so it was really hard. Also, I knew I was going into a very prominent, fully functional production company, and they expected their interns to be a big part of their work, so they expected a lot from me."
Program of Study: Theatre, Communications
Career Interest: Director, Film or television
Internship: Redtree Productions
Location: Boston, MA
Briefly describe your internship and your responsibilities as an intern.
I worked for a production company in Boston that produced television commercials. I did a lot of the preparatory work like pitches, the paperwork, research and general office work. After working there a while, I was able to go out and do field work with the crews who shot the commercials.
How did you find your internship?
I had applied for internships at other production companies in Boston, and many of their positions were filled. It was actually a rival company that gave me the contact information for Redtree, and told me to give them a call.
What resources did you find particularly helpful in your internship search?
Well, Minda at the CDO really helped me with the search process since I was searching for an internship that was unlike many that Goucher students, even in the same intended field, often did. She connected me to a lot of the search engines on the CDO website.
Why did you choose your internship? What factored into your search and applying?
I basically just liked the nature of the internship. It was a dimension of film production that Goucher didn’t offer. The company’s reputation was also very solid in the communications field, so I knew I would be working for a legit company. I also knew that I wanted to get out of Baltimore City. I had grown up here and lived here all my life.
What were you most apprehensive about going into your internship?
Everything; especially being in a different city, having to meet new people. At that time, I had never had to fend for myself in terms of paying rent, et cetera, so it was really hard. Also, I knew I was going into a very prominent, fully functional production company, and they expected their interns to be a big part of their work, so they expected a lot from me.
What did you hope to gain from your internship experience?
I wanted to get to know the inner workings of the industry, and gain networks and connections. Just the supplementary experience in general.
How did your internship experience influence your academic and career interests/goals/plans?
It really solidified what I wanted to do. The television and film industry isn’t as glamorous as it appears. There are grueling days and hours involved. I really got a taste of that during my internship, but it just gave me a feel for what I would be doing in my career. It didn’t scare me away.
What were the most challenging aspects of your internship?
Just getting acclimated quickly, and learning new things, like new software and technologies that I was not familiar with from my production classes at Goucher.
What were the most rewarding aspects of your internship?
All of it. I guess the most rewarding thing is seeing a commercial and being able to point to the television and say, “I made that” or, “I helped make that.”
Any funny/ embarrassing things happen during your internship?
I got a chance to work on a commercial for McDonalds when they were promoting their new cheesesteaks. The lead in the commercial had to eat cheesesteaks all day, I mean a 16 hour day. My job was to hold the spit bucket for him, for the entire 16 hours.
How do you feel your internship prepared you for the real world?
Mainly, just having confidence. You have to meet new people and adjust to new situations all the time, and you really need confidence to just keep networking, adapting, and knowing that you can meet the demands of all situations.
What advice would you give to students to help them make the most of their internship experience?
Just do everything that you can. The more time you can devote to it, the better. You may be short on money, short on fun, or a combination of the two—but just like college, you’re going to get out of it what you put into it. Not only do I think it will go a long way in the eyes of whoever you’re interning for, but also for the rest of your career.
How do you utilize the skills you developed in your internship experience in your job now?
Well, one of the unique things about my job is that I do a lot of different things. Though I’m an editor, I take on a lot of other jobs, just because of the knowledge I was able to acquire from my internship in different areas of production. Especially in the film world, it’s very useful to have a wide array of skills to draw from, whether it’s knowing technicalities like software or the intangibles like the research and creative process.