We asked our Summer Interns a few questions regarding their time at Art Feeds HQ. We told them not to lie, so we’re pretty sure these accounts are accurate. Turns out- they like it here at HQ. Which is great, because we think they are the bees knees.
Meet the Art Feeds Summer Interns:
Lydia & Lindsey
1. What drew you to the Art Feeds internship?
Allie: I believe that art is the glue that holds people and pieces of the world together in an incredibly unique way. A few years ago I discovered Art Feeds and worked with them as a campus rep then continued to watch Art Feeds bloom as a fantastic organization. One snowy evening during winter break, I decided I needed to experience this program in person. I browsed the website to find out how I could continue to get involved and discovered interning was an option! The rest is history.
Lindsey: I first heard of Art Feeds while I was at Warped Tour with another nonprofit organization in the summer of 2010. When first hearing about Meg’s passion with making a difference in the lives of these children, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I wanted to do something to get involved and stay up to date with everything that was going on… When it came time to apply for an internship for my Minor in Nonprofit Leadership, the only organization that came to my mind and stuck there was Art Feeds. Art Feeds was the only place I applied to intern. I didn’t even think about twice about applying elsewhere. My heart had been set on Art Feeds. I just felt so passionate about their programs and what they were doing with the children in the Joplin community, and I felt that I was being called to be a part of Art Feeds. So, I applied and I was happily accepted.
2. In what ways have you experienced growth during your time as an Art Feeds intern?
Allie: Interning with Art Feeds has given me the opportunity to directly witness how creative healing really truly helps these children express what he or she is going through at the moment. Art Feeds has helped me grow in my ability to use art as a medium to reach out to others that need a little extra love.
Lindsey: I’ve been learning about both my strengths and weaknesses in the workplace, which has allowed me to improve upon those which are my weaknesses. Being able to learn these things about myself has allowed me to see what I can do better in the workplace and with those whom I work with. I’ve been able to learn a bit more about the inner-workings of a nonprofit. I’ve also have been able to grow more independently as an adult. This is my first time living on my own, so being a part of an intern house has allowed me to start learning how to manage my personal life as well as my work life.
Lydia: Art Feeds has been a great learning and growing experience. It has met all of my expectations and gone way beyond. Interning for Art Feeds is an awesome family-like environment to learn about the ins and outs of a not for profit. On top of that, working with the kiddos is such a character developer. Even in just the last month I see the impact the kids, teachers, and volunteers I work with have had in my own life.
3. What has been your all-time favorite moment or part of your Art Feeds internship thus far?
Allie: Definitely getting paid in cupcakes, ice cream, and sweet tea!!!
But more so getting to know the brilliant minds behind Art Feeds. The Art Feeds staff goes above and beyond the call of duty by all putting their heart and soul into the children and programs at Art Feeds. My favorite part of interning is being constantly inspired by everyone involved with Art Feeds to Love Naively, Give Generously, and Be Foolishly Compassionate.
Lydia:It’s so hard to choose! Every memory so far has been great, from the day we moved in to a balloon filled intern house to the day we scrubbed down the art mobile. But above everything, I’d say my best experience here so far has been working with the kids at St Paul’s preschool. It’s such an amazing gift to me to be able to work alongside the same kids all summer long, getting to know them, and sharing fun and crazy times together. The impact that Art Feeds has made in the lives of some of the kids I’ve gotten to know there is the most amazing encouragement, and their creativity and eagerness to learn is an inspiration.
4. What would you say to someone interested in applying for an Art Feeds internship?
Allie: Be daring, take a risk! You will not regret it! Interning at Art Feeds will teach you valuable lessons for any direction you choose to take in life. Unlike other internships, you will not be spending all day fetching coffee for a grumpy CEO or filing papers in a dreary office. You will paint, dance, create, inspire, heal, teach, learn, love, grow, laugh. You will see your hard work directly pay off in a powerful way. Everyday is a new and exciting adventure that can only happen at Art Feeds, why would you want to miss out on that?
Lindsey: Do not hesitate for a second because it is one of the greatest experiences that you will have in your life. You get to work with amazing people and children as well as work in place that allows you to grow and learn without fear of being persecuted, judged, or thought of as useless. Every intern has a valuable place in the Art Feeds family: You will do simple, busy work-like tasks (like vacuuming or organizing supplies. haha), but you will also do tasks that are essential to the success of Art Feeds programs. You are treated as though you are a valuable member of the team, and your opinion, ideas, and contributions are equally important amongst everyone else’s. You will have the opportunity to be assigned tasks or other important things that you can completely take ownership of allowing you to learn through experience and practice. Everyone is very welcoming at Art Feeds, so you will never feel left out. It really is a great place and environment to work in.
Lydia: DO IT! Interning for Art Feeds is seriously the most awesome experience. It’s challenging and fun! The Art Feeds family is great and anyone who is thinking about applying for an internship should stop hesitating and just go for it! What do you have to lose?
Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.