April 21, 2015

Advice on Empowerment and Success

On January 23rd I had the opportunity to attend a community lecture at SVA entitled Empowerment and Success for the Art Therapist. The talk was led by Rhonda Schaller, the Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development. She spoke about what it takes to be successful and had the audience practice visualization meditation exercises. According to Rhonda, in order to be successful as an art therapist you must consider the market, the population and the role you play in those two areas.
Rhonda had us ask ourselves questions like “What does success mean to you” and “What does it look like”. We had a five minute period of self-exploration and then we spoke with our neighbors (who generally were strangers) about each other’s practices and goals.
We spent time doing creative visualization meditation exercises, where we were asked to consider some questions to help us imagine working with different populations such as:
Does success mean making a difference for children at schools?
Do you see yourself working with children at schools?
Does success mean working with elderly?
Do you see yourself working in a senior care?
Does success mean working with substance abusers using step programs? Inmates? Inpatients?

Rhonda discussed five tools you can use to help you know what matters most as an art therapist (although they are applicable to all careers).
First - Know what you want. Where do you see yourself? Do you have the right support network? What matters most and how does that connect to the market place?
Second -  Confirm your own nature and wiring. Do you fit somewhere where you’ll be very really active? Or somewhere quiet? Somewhere with lots of people?
Third - What would you do if you couldn’t fail?
Fourth - Turn your dreams into action steps by creating a vision board.
Fifth - Make conscious choices.

By using these tools and doing this self-exploration process you can start to think about your future and where you want to go as an art therapist. I found this to be helpful personally as they are important questions I don’t normally take the time to ask myself during meditation, as being in relaxing state helps to clear my mind; I think that many people would agree with this statement and not only art therapists.  

Written by: Jazz Seijii Hernandez

April 17, 2015

Inside Track Into Industry: Media

On November 4th, 2014 I had the opportunity to attend Inside Track into Industry: Media at Pratt’s Brooklyn campus. This series of events are thrown by the Center for Career & Professional Development, and exist to provide an opportunity to gain knowledge about the inside processes of an industry.

In the Engineering building there was an auditorium filled with bright students from different departments and our awesome Pratt alumni, and all were ready to learn about digital channels and digital design. The format of the event was a panel where professionals discussed and compared their ideas about New Media.

A key point from the discussion focused around the existence of new mediums and ways to use technology (such as motion programs).. The use of marketing in social media via programs like Facebook was also a hot topic since it plays a big role in this new platform.

The professionals were asked how they ended up in their positions, and their responses were quite varied. One person realized they they wanted to do something related to technology and design and explained how technology is a passion that drives his work. Another mentioned that the idea of becoming a storyteller is what drove her to develop an interest in New Media.

The Inside Track into Industry series has ended for the spring semester but will be back with new ideas and fresh faces in the Fall 2015 semester. To find out when events like this and other great offerings are happening, connect with us on social media via Facebook and Twitter.

Written by: Jazz Seijii Hernandez

March 25, 2015

Internship Access: March 2015

March 5, 2015 was an awesome day at the Internship Access event held by the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD). Pratt students had a chance to hear from seven recruiters who shared information about their respective companies’ internship programs and answered questions from the crowd.

Bija KidsFirst up was Bija Kids - we heard from Lauren Maples (Director) and Mitch Epeneter (Assistant Director). They are not searching for a specific major in their intern. Instead, they are looking for someone interested in a work environment that encourages you to find your own answers [Googling it is okay] and has a drive to develop their own professional skills as a creative.
To apply, email Mitch (mitch@bijakids.com) with a statement about who you are, a list of your five-year goals/plans, and why you are a good fit for Bija Kids.

FUN FACTS: the company name Bija means seed in Sanskrit // there is a Pratt alum working there currently

Gallim Dance
Next we got to hear from Gallim Dance - Matthew Martine (Operations Manager) shared some background about the company and what they are seeking in an intern. They are looking for fresh and new designers to collaborate and create an exciting feel for the brand.

Calling all graphic designers, writers, videographers, creative writers, and advertising personnel -- there may be a spot here for you! Gallim Dance is looking for self-starters who ask questions and are autonomous workers.

Go to http://www.gallimdance.com/jobs-and-internships/ to see what positions are available and follow the instructions listed there to apply.

Izaskun Zabala
Third on the list was Izaskun Zabala - the founder Izaskun spoke to the crowd and shared her entrepreneurial background and what she is looking for in an intern. She frames the experience that the intern has around her own experiences and expectations - you have the opportunity to be involved in every step of the process from sourcing jewels and metals to helping create jewelery.

She is flexible with interns and understands that you don’t necessarily enter the internship with all the knowledge of a process. As long as you are willing to learn and take it seriously, she is willing to work with you and help you gain said knowledge.

To apply, email Izaskun at izaskun@izaskunzabala.com with your resume and a cover letter.

Uprise Art
We heard from Uprise Art - Whitney Shaw (Gallery Director) spoke to the group. The company looks to connect artist with collectors and has an online storefront. They are a small team with people who are wearing multiple hats. Their office is looking for someone with curatorial skills, digital marketing, and photography (although not necessarily altogether). An intern should be resourceful, asking him/herself how you can further this project; creative; aware of the need for timeliness; have good communication skills; and have the desire to have fun. They are looking for experience and how you communicate your ideas -- both visually and in your language.

To apply, send an email to Whitney for the application information. In your application you will submit a small writing sample and portfolio of past projects.

Worry Free Labs
Next up was Worry Free Labs - Micah Heiselt (Director of UX) shared some information. They are app designers and have more designers than developers on their team. The company is selective in its growth and looking for people who will be a good fit for the team.

Expectations for interns include being proactive and being a person who learns how to figure out how to do things (as a hint, Google is a good place to start), as well as a solid portfolio coming into their program. Their key word is “it depends” -- their knowledge base and flexibility are integral aspects of their business. 

To apply, email hello@worryfreelabs.com. According to Micah, they are more portfolio focused than resume focused. In the portfolio they are looking for type, polished design work, finding out more about your role in group projects, and learning more about what is your process.

FUN FACT: Worry Free Labs just hired their first Pratt alum!

Satya Jewelry
We got to hear from Satya Jewelry - Emily Petersen (Marketing Coordinator) spoke to the group. They have a team of people who wear multiple hats, with two stores in Manhattan and a third opening in the coming weeks. 

E-commerce is a major platform for them as well. The intern will get a portfolio building experience working here, and they are searching for graphic designers, photographers and videographers. They want a self-starter who thinks about the end goal and what the plan is to get to that point, and a person who can closely work with their Art Director.

To apply, send an email to Emily with a cover letter and your resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The MP Shift
Last but not least we were introduced to The MP Shift - Amy Morris (Co-founder) and Anna Polonsky (Co-founder). Amy and Anna do it all - branding, concept and launch - which is a unique concept. As they are both design and business driven, you would benefit from having access to both of these perspectives. The intern will be working on actual projects and developing opportunities, along with enriching their database. They are looking for thinkers, people who are resourceful and people who are involved in the New York community.

To apply, send an email to hello@thempshift.com. Provide a cover letter and your resume and try to keep in mind some of the above information to enhance your application.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Internship Access event on March 5th, check out the CCPD Issuu for more information on the companies and what they are looking for in their interns. To find out what other events are being held by the CCPD, check out the home page of your Pratt Pro account.
Written by:
Emilie Buse
Images from individual company websites, not for reuse.