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Professional internships give our students an edge
6/19/2013 3:53:00 PM by PCA&D


Students enrolled  in all majors at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design are required to successfully complete a professional-level internship as a requirement for graduation. Typically, students complete an internship in the summer between their junior and senior years, and go on to graduate as strong thinkers, strong makers and strong communicators.

Take a look at what a few PCA&Ders have done during the summer of 2013.


Visit the PCA&D blog, too, where we post stories about what students are doing, as well as our news page about students creating custom shoe designs for the TOMS "one for one" movement" at the Firefly Music Festival.



Kate Frese '14 is a photo major interning at Independence Sports, a print and online magazine based in Philadelphia, where she's a photographer at sporting events. Kate is shown (below) shooting the Philadelphia Soul's championship game on August 3, and covered the Major League Lacrosse Championship in Philadelphia this past week.



Illustration major Mike Yakovlev '14 had two internships and two mentorships during this very busy summer. He created preliminary sketch and comp work for comic/concept artist Mike Hawthorne (who also teaches at PCA&D); created digital concept art and paintings for Second Fiction Game Studio, a division of Lancaster-based The Fictory and PostageFX; worked with New York SciFi illustrator Donato Giancola and fantasy illustrator Matthew Stewart.


Mike is shown below working this past year with faculty member and professional illustrator Christina Hess.


Chalkley Matlack '14 and Eric Schreiber '14, Fine Art majors, interned at the Kevin Lehman Pottery studio, located in Lancaster, Pa. They helped prepare for shows and classes, and learned "behind the scenes" of ceramic making and glass blowing. In the photo below, Chalkley is shown to the left.



Graphic design major Jordan Heisey '14 experienced the client side of graphic design. At his internship at the Manheim, Pa. Brethren in Christ Church, Jordan learned "...about working with clients, and the relationship between artist and consumer." Jordan reflected that his internship gave him "...insight into [his] future as a graphic designer, and given me new strategies when looking at upcoming projects."Jordan was also one of two students pictured in PCA&D's ad in the summer issue of figLancaster magazine, which promotes the college's new Digital Media major. See a detail from the ad below (ad courtesy of figLancaster/Moxie House).



More internships of our Illustration majors:

Tristan Chace '14 worked with Lancaster's North Museum to design a car wrap that promotes the exhibits, events and mission of the Museum. Tristan's love is scientific illustration and illustrating animals and plants.


Victoria Poole '14 illustrated two book covers for Jody Lee: one science fiction and one fantasy of classics of each genre, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne, and "The Hero and the Crown" by Robin McKinley.


More internships of our Graphic Design majors:
Samantha Heller '14 worked with OperaLancaster, where she helped brand and design products to promote the 2013-2014 season: posters, postcards, advertisements, web banners, and their season brochure. She also created a new logo for the upcoming Keystone Summer Opera event.


The in-house design group for a custom jewelry maker is where Courtney Lynn '14 worked this summer. Sorrelli is a family-owned jewelry design company based in Kutztown, Pa. Besides design projects promoting the business, she helped create print advertisements and materials used during sales at the store.


Graphic design major Ashley Hill '14 worked with The Infantree, a Lancaster-based agency. She was involved with clients on projects ranging from logo design to web design. About working at Infantree, Ashley wrotes that "It's such an inspirational and motivational experience. Everyone is so talented and helpful...I genuinely feel like I'm learning so much."


Ashley was also one of several PCA&D students who created custom shoe designs for the TOMS event at Firefly Music Festival in June. Read about it.


More internships of our Photography majors:

Leawna Burek '14 worked with Maniac Magazine, located in Pittsburgh. She edited video for the magazine's social media presence and website, took photographs at events and designed ads. Leawna is shown, below, as photographer at a recent photo shoot.



Chelsea Crossett '14 did a little bit of everything for the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. She  assisted with research for upcoming shows, installed gallery exhibits, photographed events and  receptions, dusted and color-corrected images from artists, and helped artists who use the facilities at PPAC. Chelsea is shown in the foreground, below.



Maggie Rudisill '14 worked with renowned Washington, D.C.-based documentary photographer Jared Soares. She was a capture session assistant, and Jared helped her develop one of her photo projects, mentored her, and advised on her online presence.


More internships of our Fine Art majors:

Kyle Timberman '14 worked with PCA&D faculty member/artist Tedd Pettibon on the construction and installation of a sculpture project.


Robert Graham '14 is worked with artist Theodore Leung in New York City. There, he helped with set up and maintenance in the studio, prepared colors for painting, photographed artwork, edited digital files in PhotoShop, and absorbed the gallery scene that can only be found in New York City.


Rachel Yinger '14 was the gallery assistant at Market View Gallery in York, Pa.


Meredith Griffin '14 was at the Mount Gretna School of Art. She served as teacher's assistant, set up and tore down art events, worked in the studio and, when time permited, made her own art in a professional setting.


Katharine Kelly '14 and Samantha Campbell '14 attended the Rome Art Program.
















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