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K-State Student Interns With the American Jazz Museum

K-State Student Interns With the American Jazz Museum

Pictured above Cameron Story, supervisor (left) and Kenneth Wilson, intern (right).

by Kenneth Wilson Jr. on July 17, 2018

In my final year at Kansas State University studying Digital and Experimental Media, I aspire to either work as a web designer, graphic designer, or work in creative marketing and have begun to seek both professional and freelance design opportunities. Hire KC’s student internship with the American Jazz Museum gave me hands-on graphic design experience.

Five years ago in high school, a newsletter introduced me to Hire KC Youth. Over the last several years I have worked in a variety of departments, and these opportunities helped me zero in on my current career path. This summer I intern in Marketing and Communications within the Health Department. I’m so glad to be working for Cameron Story, Creative Market and this is my story.

Public Health and Marketing

In all my previous internships, I was only able to do one or two small projects which did not always strengthen or diversify my portfolio. At the Hire KC Job Fair in March 2018, I met with the Health Department and learned they needed a creative marketing intern; I told them about my creative background and prior City of KCMO work, applied online, crossed my fingers for the interview, and waited for the call.

As I write this, I feel that I could not have a more incredible internship experience. I have met colleagues, begun building my office network, and grown through their considerate and constructive feedback and criticism. It is a great work environment, too, and in terms of projects, when I am committed, I will always go the extra mile.

One time, I worked on a video project with Cameron, my supervisor, and it related to a project where you had to make a creative video regarding the dangers of statistics and how many businesses tend to make these stats more “scary” than usual. My job was to help with the storyboard and set up the scene(s). Close to the end of the business day and with time running out on the project, my supervisor expressed worry about some scenes and their real-life effects. Volunteering, I came forward and suggested that I have knowledge of video editing to make it look real. Working past my regular shift to get it done, I wanted to make sure my supervisor had an easier week editing.

From this experience, I learned about planning large scale projects and time management and pushed my limits learning new video editing techniques, too. Lesson: going beyond your limits builds competencies and tests your resourcefulness.

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