Art Student Internships


Maria Munoz '15 gives a presentation on her internship this summer.

Corinne Watson ’14  received hands-on training this summer through an internship in the graphic design department at Redlands-based Esri, doing everything from creating signage for the company’s user conference in San Diego to learning how to load ink cartridges in industrial printers.

“It was great, real-world experience,” she said. “It was good to be in a professional environment. It helped me learn what to expect when I graduate.”

Watson and two other students–Maria Munoz ’15 and Krystal Shipley ’14–were able to have internships this summer because of a significant donation by Rick and Linda Johnson Roesch ’62 that funded stipends to help with living expenses.

“This is the first year of the internship in art design,” Raul Acero, professor of art, said. “The Roesch’s were generous enough to give us money so students could do different internships. Usually they get to work for nothing, and have to come up with money for gas and rent. We thought we would do something different, giving them money so they would be covered.”

To receive their funding, the students agreed to give a presentation on their internship to art faculty members, and to create journals documenting their experience.

“I expect we’ll learn a lot of things from this,” Acero said.

Munoz spent her summer in Los Angeles, working at Voila! Gallery. She sketched and mapped out her ideas, used software including Photoshop and Illustrator, worked on panels for a New York fashion show room and created metal letters for a restaurant.

“I love sculpture and using multimedia, so it was amazing to do metal work,” she said. “I’ve never done that before.”

Munoz also appreciated the support she received from the gallery’s employees.

“They were like family, helping me however they could,” she said. “They didn’t see me as someone who couldn’t do it; they trusted me.”

Shipley was also in Los Angeles, interning at KIPP, a network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools. One of her main duties was to create a marketing strategy for a silent auction benefit KIPP holds annually.

“This summer was a huge learning experience for me,” she said. “I wanted to get a head start on where I wanted to focus my energy during my last year in college.”

All of the students agreed their summer internships helped them grow personally and professionally.

“I learned how to become an adult,” Watson said.

If you would like to donate to the art department, please contact Gabrielle Singh at

Posted: Oct. 30, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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