- Interning at the Worcester Art Museum
Name: Julia Brough
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Graphic Design
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Art Museum (WAM)
I am the marketing and graphic design support intern in the Marketing and Publication Department. My technical tasks include: designing posters, signage, ads, and invitations using Quark. I am also involved in specific marketing campaigns and attend hosted events.
I have been able to connect my major in Organizational Communication and minor in Graphic Design through my work at the Worcester Art Museum. Design projects allow freedom for layout and typography, which are two concepts that I have worked heavily with in design classes. I have updated the Worcester Art Museum Facebook account, uploaded videos, taken numerous walks around the museum for inspiration and gone to interesting events. An example of a technical skill is learning the importance of word hierarchy when composing flyers and how it affects where the eye looks and how well the message is conveyed to the targeted audience.
Sitting in on interviews and meetings have given me experience in observing the internal communication of a non-profit organization. The event planning meetings are interesting. There is a lot of communication that goes on with professionals who do not see all of the labor that goes into the marketing and publications projects. These conversations are different from the ones with the professionals who are aware of the labor and hard work.
The three wonderful women I work with, Kim, Kate, and Aly, are knowledgeable and very interested in my multitude of questions. I pick their brains about post-grad ideas and current design projects. I play my Pandora.com station for them and sometimes we even sing along out loud. No one seems to mind. I love working with this organization. It is a welcoming, educational, and eclectic environment – and has made my senior year richer.