What our students say about the Arts Internship program
Feedback from past interns has indicated that they have found their placements in the Arts Internship to be extremely rewarding and, occasionally, they have led to summer or full-time jobs. We believe this to be an exceptional opportunity for students in the Faculty of Arts and a valuable complement to a variety of degree programs.
(Jordan, her supervisor, Ruth, and "Coleman the Frog")
"I had the great pleasure of working as an intern for the Fredericton Region Museum. The experience provided me with more tools for my future than I could have imagined. I was tasked with the responsibility of curating a new participatory exhibit for the museum that focuses on the stories of those affected by cancer. It was certainly fairly challenging yet also extremely rewarding. Working for the museum gave me real experience that I can use to better myself going forward, both in personal and professional environments. It also had the added bonus of knowing that my work was truly being put toward a good cause as a way to both involve and give back to the local community...
I encourage anyone who is considering participating in an internship through the Arts Department at UNB to apply for a position with the museum; you will not regret it."
-Jordan, 2015 Intern with the Fredericton Region Museum
"I came to University to learn, create memories, and challenge myself. Landing this internship made all of these possible. I am constantly learning, overcoming challenges, and creating an experience I will never forget. This has been very valuable to me and I am so glad to be working here at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre. Not only does an internship look great on an application, it gives you experience that you won't find anywhere else. Wouldn't you love to be involved in meetings, completing assigned projects, and interacting with others? If this is what you are looking for, I highly recommend applying for an internship position. You will gain so much knowledge, and have so much fun while studying in the field that you are hoping to have a career in!"
—Student Interning with the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (2015)
“My internship at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery allowed me to employ the knowledge and skills I’ve been acquiring in my degree in Applied Arts. It has also incorporated tasks, assignments and experiences that will be useful to my future career in arts education.”
—Jessica Pattinson, 4th-year Bachelor of Applied Arts student
My experience with the Arts 3000 internship program gave me the opportunity to learn in a more 'hands-on-style'. My position at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery allowed me to better understand art and art history because I have been able to develop a more direct relationship with the arts community. During my internship, I have had the chance to work with some of the artworks, the artists in the BAG collection, and many employees at the gallery. By working in collections I gained an understanding of the organizational system of galleries. The internship also enabled me to take a break from traditional university class-room style learning and learn in a more autonomous style. I found this very refreshing and constantly changing, which made it very enjoyable and rewarding. I gained a better understanding and appreciation for art. I highly recommend the Arts 3000 program to students that have the opportunity!
—Serena Smith, 4th-year History Honours student
...The Liberal Arts impart a vast amount of knowledge to students that are not necessarily applicable to any job and yet very useful for virtually all workplace positions. The ability to conduct effective research, write well, think critically, and understand difficult abstract concepts is invaluable and any professional position will require these skills. Yet inevitably more will be needed.
As an undergraduate Arts student at UNB I participated in a two-term internship related to one of my disciplines. For the first time in all my years as a student I have had an opportunity to apply the skills I have acquired through my education to a workplace environment. As a history student participating in an internship at a museum the knowledge I have of history and how to properly perform historical research is helpful, but what I utilize the most is my ability to write clearly and effectively and my ability to analyze problems, think strategically, and to designate and achieve goals.
An important observation that I made as an intern is how there seems to be many minor skills and abilities that one is expected to have but that one is rarely told about. From how to properly write an e-mail or make a phone call, to how to fold a letter and address an envelope, to how to request funding or discuss costs, to how to constructively discuss different strategies and know how to effectively deal with circumstances that threaten to undermine your work—students are not told about many of these seemingly minor details and it is unlikely that one could be taught the many and varied skills needed to survive and thrive in challenging workplace environments. Workplace experience, such as that gained through internships, allows students to learn the individual skills and skill-sets that are best learned, and sometimes only learned, through repetition, trial-and-error, and having the opportunity to observe experienced professionals. Intangible skills and abilities such as social skills, time-management skills, organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure are essential to professional success and although students will inevitably develop these skill in the classroom, workplace experience will enable students to develop them much more fully.
Another experience with a different type of writing that was valuable for me was the grant application I filled out in order to receive the government funding required for the project I was working on. The ability to write excellent grant applications is vital for success in many professional academic positions. Graduate students, researchers, professors, and non-profit institutions all rely heavily on grants to be able to do their work. Undergraduate students have little opportunity to practice writing successful grant applications and the stakes are usually high. I have not only learned about how to write grant applications, I now can say that I have experience with writing a grant application that resulted in successfully receiving the funding applied for.
An internship offers a student a rare opportunity to learn new skills, further develop skills learned in the classroom, and integrate these skills to see how they are used in the professional workplace. Internships are a great way to increase confidence, adaptability, and perseverance. I am grateful I have had the opportunity to apply what I have learned in the classroom to the workplace in a supportive environment and to have experienced some of what the professional workplace is like and what it will demand to be successful.
—James Kitchen, 4th-year History Honours student.
Updated May 15th, 2015