During the 2022 Summer Intersession, recent 2022 graduate Kelsea Levrault completed an internship with the Flickers` Rhode Island International Film Festival. Read on to learn about her experience!
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What was your internship? This summer, my internship was at Flickers` Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Why were you initially interested in this internship? I was interested in this internship because I was already familiar with the festival and the process due to a class, I took for my undergraduate program. I thought it would be a great opportunity to focus in and gain more experience in the communications field.
How did you find your internship? Conveniently, I found the internship listed on Handshake.
What did you do as part of your internship? I completed a lot of tasks such as watching and reviewing films. There was also an element of promoting the films that won and got accepted and showcased on social media. There was a wide array of other tasks that I completed to help ensure that the festival would run smoothly.
Has this internship helped you work towards your future career goals? If so, how? This internship helped me recognize the qualities of what makes a successful film. Directly, this skillset will help me with filmmaking in the future to ensure that I am designing and producing successful media to all viewers.
What was your biggest lesson/takeaway from the internship? One thing that I would take away from this experience is that to orchestrate a film festival in particular is a lot of background work that may often times go unnoticed. Additionally, I learned that teamwork is very important is ensure a successful outcome. A skill such as working well with others is a great skill to have in life and I am happy this internship provided me the experience to truly see that.
What advice would you give to someone interested in a similar internship opportunity? My advice would be to prepare and be ready to put on a critical lens when watching and review a lot of films and be observant with details. Also, be prepared for a complete hands-on experience. Try your best and don`t beat yourself up and enjoy the ride!