In this series, we profile our interns. Phillips interns are an integral part of the museum and work that we do in several different departments: curatorial, education, music, communications and marketing, and more. Our incredible interns also help with our Sunday Concerts, Phillips after 5, and other special events. This semester welcomed our first group of paid interns, part of our institutional values and commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.
Which department are you interning for? Marketing and Communications.
What is your internship project? Press kits, marketing outreach, social media, and editorial/publications. This includes working on various tasks for The Phillips Collection’s press releases, mailing lists, pitch lists, social media content calendars, exhibition publications, and researching/archiving The Phillips Collection’s media features.
What do you do when you’re not at The Phillips Collection? When I am not at the Phillips, I fill my time with my second job, doing graphic design for Brentwood Arts Exchange and many other side art projects—including Soul Series, a webshow about local DMV artists/creatives. I created the series last year, but I am still developing it and I occasionally have different photography gigs. In the near future, I hope to start writing more about art and culture through a blog but still aligned with my webshow, Soul Series.
What is your favorite space/painting here? I admire a lot of pieces in The Phillips Collection, but one of my favorite pieces would be Sunday by Edward Hopper. I wrote a research paper on this particular painting so when I saw it in person, my appreciation for the painting naturally went up.
If you were to describe The Phillips Collection in one word, what would that word be? I think Duncan Phillips described it best—”experimental.”
What is a fun fact about you? I am usually the free-spirited and open-minded one out of the bunch. I grew up in a very rural part of Maryland, that you probably never heard of until now, named Trappe. I believe the location of my upbringing allowed me to really stay in touch with myself and helped me to develop an understanding behind multiple point-of-views about life and other various subjects.
Why did you want to intern at a museum? Last year, I was lucky enough to explore The Phillips Collection behind-the-scenes, through the University of Maryland’s Intern-For-A-Day Program. So when I learned of the opportunity to intern here, I jumped on it. The Phillips Collection represents the type of institution and environment that I am aiming to continue to work for: an arts museum that not only collects and presents modern art in conversation with more traditional or historical art, but one that serves its staff, community, and youth with growth opportunities and professional development. During my internship for a day, I got the chance to check out the George Condo installation and immediately knew that if his artwork was showing here, this was probably a place where I would feel very comfortable– one that does not judge but rather examines and pushes for examination.
Anything else you’d like to share? I’m bringing back Soul Series, after a brief hiatus, and turning it into a podcast. I am super happy to announce that the new series will be sponsored by Steadfast Supply so please stay on the lookout for new artists, interviews, and unique artistry. I am always researching local artists to interview as well so if you would like to be on the podcast or know of anyone that could benefit, please get in contact with me through email: email@example.com.