As the sun sets a little bit earlier every day and the wind develops a surprising chill, the summer finally ends, and so do our internships at FableVision Studios.
It's been a wonderful and unique journey for the six of us. Three art interns sat at the center work table, hunched over their Macs, diligently working on Peter H. Reynolds' upcoming animation, The Testing Camera. With styluses gripped and eyes focused, the art interns learned more about animation, various kinds of software, and the media production industry.
Meanwhile, three marketing interns occupied the front desks with their laptops, greeting employees and visitors with a grin. We learned about all of FableVision's projects, the children's media industry, and important marketing concepts. We blogged, tweeted, Facebooked, Googled -- and wrote, a lot -- all summer long.
In the bittersweet end, each of us leaves FableVision with new knowledge, new perspective, and new ideas. Some of us did not come in with a lot of marketing skills or software knowledge or even a complete understanding of how FableVision works. But after four months, we've learned about these things in a hands-on, real life way which cannot be replicated in the classroom.
Jazmine, one of the art interns, shares about her invaluable experiences she had during her internship:
Interning at FableVision has been a blast. I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to intern here for the summer. I really enjoyed working on Peter H. Reynolds' The Testing Camera. It was both challenging and rewarding. Peter has a very unique style that can sometimes be tough to recreate with my own hand, but it was a valuable learning experience and great to be part of making something with such a powerful message.
The best advice I can give to future interns is to always ask questions, no matter how silly you may think they are. I came to FableVision not having as much knowledge in Flash as I would have liked, and I had to ask a lot of questions. From those questions, I learned something new every day. Now, at the end of my internship, I have a lot more Flash knowledge under my belt and real work experience in the art/animation industry.
Griffin chimes in with a reflection on his marketing internship:
As I look back on my summer, I try to remember all of the things that have happened in the past three months. After all, one of the most important parts of an internship is what you get out of it. It's the memories and connections that are made throughout the course of one summer. And wow, I made so many memories at FableVision. From the Creative Juices Art Show to the weekly lunch time adventure (in which I learned that you are never too old to play on a playground), FableVision is not a place I will soon forget.
It's always such a strange transition from internship to classroom, but hopefully my time and experience gained here at FableVision will help to shape and inform my decisions in the future. I also wanted to say thank you to Sarah, Andrea, and the whole FableVision team for making this summer so great!
In addition to gaining industry experience, we all gained a little something extra by interning at FableVision: we learned how to embrace the creative, childish side of ourselves. FableVision taught us how to be ourselves, have fun, and let our imaginations wander freely.
Working for the marketing department of a media production company was not my first thought when applying for internships. But, because I expanded my horizons a little bit and took a chance, I ended up having an incredible experience. So, my advice to all the internship-hunters out there would be to take a chance. Don't limit your options. Keep an open mind. You never know -- you might end up exactly where you're supposed to be.
Don't worry, InternVision isn't leaving forever! A big reason we created this blog is to pass it down to future interns so we can build on each of our unique internship stories. FableVision is accepting applications for their fall internships, you can get more details about applying here. Watch out for more posts by the incoming fall interns!