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FSU Art BFA '14 Whitney Borkowski Interning with CFA

Published October 20, 2013
Dave Gussak Book Signing, Photo by Whitney Borkowski

Dave Gussak Book Signing, Photo by Whitney Borkowski

In this fall semester I was looking for a way to gain more experience with my medium of art while also earning credit hours and, upon receiving an email from Sara Howard, FSU Art Advisor, I realized an internship was exactly what I was looking for. I found a post stating an intern needed to do photography for the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, & Dance and I immediately emailed the author of the post. The idea of getting to work with the college sounded convenient and exciting. I met with the Media Specialist of the college, Anna Prentiss, after finishing a small trial assignment of photographing an exhibit at a local museum. She was pleased with my work, and we decided on a weekly schedule that would allow me to accrue fifteen hours over the course of three in office days in combination with various hours spent working outside the office.

In this internship I also began being trained on how to help keep up to date all of the various departmental websites and blogs associated with the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, & Dance. This meant learning programs such as eZ Publish and WordPress. As a part of my internship, once I have taken photos at an event of some sort, I then write a short informal article and decide on the arrangement and layout of the page to be posted onto one or many of the sites we are in charge of. I also sometimes have to pull articles and stories from other department sites in order to post them on other sites where they are also relevant.

Classroom stock photo for CFA, Photo by Whitney Borkowski

Classroom stock photo for CFA, Photo by Whitney Borkowski

Through this internship I have already been able to take a great deal of photographs. Earlier in the semester I went around to various classrooms within the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, & Dance and took stock photos of students learning, instructors teaching, and the interaction between the two. I’ve also photographed events such as an exhibition at the Working Method Contemporary gallery and David Gussak’s book signing at Barnes and Noble for his book Art on Trial.
In this internship I hope to be able to further the image of the college by providing interesting and well executed photographs. I also hope to obtain a better understanding of my camera, formal elements of photography, editing, as well as further my knowledge on web design and improve my writing skills. I also am excited to grasp a better understanding on how I can apply my photographic knowledge to the real world in a practical manner.
This internship, to me, is the practical, real world application of my photography. It, coupled with work I do both in and out of classes in the BFA program, will allow me to explore all aspects of photography, help me reach my potential, and give me an extra edge when it comes to finding a job suited enough for me to be my career.