After a successful internship during the summer of 2012 at the University of Delaware, I decided that I wanted to gain a different perspective and try a different internship for the summer of 2013. I wanted an internship that was completely unlike the ones I knew I was comfortable with. Keeping this thought in mind, I went ahead and searched for all different types of photography internships. I serendipitously found United By Blue, and was intrigued by not only their awesome products, but also their interesting and unique mission statement which states that they’ll pick up a pound of trash for every product they sold. So after applying and receiving an offer to intern with the photographer at United By Blue, I decided to spend my summer with UBB.
Looking back on my two months at UBB, I learned how I could use skills that I learned at school, Ringling College of Art and Design, and really incorporate them into a business setting. For instance, I worked with other interns to create a visual representation of the amount of trash that has built up in our oceans and waterways since the 1950s. One of the problems that arose centered on a display of trash inside mason jars; how would we keep the trash pinned into the containers if we needed to empty them? After receiving this problem, I did some research and thought back to different installations that I learned about and came up with the perfect solution! If we used mesh with small enough holes, then only the water would come out, leaving the trash in. This project, along with the overall experience of working a UBB gave me new insights into working with the photography as a career.
After the two months that I interned at UBB, I now see the importance of my creativity as a photographer within a business. It’s not just about the way I think outside the box, but it’s also having confidence within myself as an artist that benefits UBB. Having these two skills helped me in the creation an informative display which ultimately helps conveys the mission statement of UBB to potential customers and clients. Taking all these experiences, I feel like I can go to my next internship, or even job, confidently applying these perspectives in real world situations.