This spring semester I interned at 621 Gallery, a non-profit located in Tallahassee’s Railroad Square. When I started my internship in January I was under the leadership of Haley Lauw and Elise Thompson. Along with four other interns, we were responsible for ensuring the daily tasks were completed during our open desk hours. These tasks ranged from properly opening the gallery, checking exhibition works and partaking in social media posts. We were encouraged to share ideas for gallery enhancement as well as engage with ongoing events that were hosted via 621. One of the events we hosted on a regular basis included the Hip Hop Events, a partnership with Submersive Sounds and Dr. Lisa, a sociology professor at FSU known for her popular Sociology of Hip-Hop course.
The challenging part of my internship this semester was undergoing the transitionary period under the selection of a new director for 621. It was important to me to communicate my goals for this semester while working at the internship to our new director. After talking with Jan Decosmo, the new director of 621, I am confident that the gallery is in good hands. Working with Mrs. Decosmo has provided me with a wider skillset. Under her leadership, I have learned more about the operations of working in a non-profit space including networking for sponsors, marketing events and creating detailed spreadsheets.
Ultimately, my experience at 621 Gallery has taught me to be more flexible with changing circumstances. I have worked on building connections via networking and I have improved my focus by setting clear objectives. Currently, I am in the process of securing a summer internship and I have recently peaked an interest in marketing. Upon graduating in Fall 2017, I plan to continue my education in the pursuit of my Master’s degree in the hopes of becoming a creative director.