Internships - Meet the Spring 2018 Work Scholars!

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Erin Law, Publicity & Events

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I studied studio art (photography) and computer science at Lewis and Clark College. I am a practicing photographer and video artist. Before Aperture I worked as a communications intern and events photographer at two residency/gallery spaces in NYC.

What are some of your daily activities as the Communications Work Scholar?
Right now, I am helping my supervisors to build potential press lists for upcoming spring titles, as well as pitching to outlets myself. I also correspond with writers to give interested publications press assets for features and reviews. The staff has been welcoming and engaging, and so have the other Work Scholars.

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Michelle Kim, Digital Media

Why did you apply to the Work Scholar Program?
When I heard about Aperture’s Work Scholar Program, I was taken with the idea of being able to get real, hands-on experience in a field that I would like to work in, at an institution that has always been a leading voice in contemporary photography. As a recent graduate, life after graduation has been a little foggy in terms of getting a grasp on what it is exactly that I want to spend the rest of my life doing. I applied because I knew that I would be able to learn so much more about photography and hopefully a little bit about myself and what I could do in the future.

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Julia Martin, Editorial (Books)

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I received my bachelor of arts in photography from Montana State University in 2015. I spent the next two years working as a course coordinator at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I assisted over twenty renowned photographers and educators. At Aperture, I’ve already done a lot of research for various things, and the people here are wonderful to work with.

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Andreea Preda, Editorial (Books)

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
After graduating with a degree in French and Spanish literature in Madrid, I completed an MA in cultural studies/art administration in Paris and interned for several arts non-profits. I discovered Aperture while interning at Les Rencontres d’Arles festival in France. A couple years later I arrived in New York with a grant from the Spanish government.

What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I am helping with an artist book and an engrossing compilation of interviews published in Aperture magazine since 1985. It’s been a great learning experience and I am inspired daily by great work I have access to.

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Madison Reid, Editorial (Books)

Why did you apply to the Work Scholar Program?
I was encouraged to apply by my photography professor. He showed me “Vision & Justice,” which was the very first issue of Aperture that I read. I was inspired by the magazine’s focus on contemporary social issues through diverse work and great writing on photography.

How has your experience as a Work Scholar been so far?
It’s been so informative to work closely with the editorial and production departments; I’m constantly looking at inspiring work and asking questions. There’s always an opportunity to learn from the Aperture staff and my fellow Work Scholars.

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Izzy Leung, Editorial (Magazine)

How has your experience as a Work Scholar been so far?
It’s been great! I’ve been researching artists and writers for the Spring 2018 issue, I’m writing introductions for interviews that will be featured in a book that Managing Editor Brendan Wattenberg is working on, and I’m helping out with web content by transcribing interviews, proofreading, and getting image permissions.

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Jesse Dritz, Education & Public Programs

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I was a student at Colby College, where I studied photography and American studies. After graduating, I wanted to keep learning about photography and see what it was like to work in the professional art world in New York; the Work Scholar Program seemed like a great way to get involved!

What projects are you currently working on?
For the past few months I’ve been working on a variety of different projects, from giving tours of Aperture’s exhibitions to assisting with programming around the “Prison Nation” issue of Aperture magazine, which have been some of my favorite events to help out with!

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Katelyn White, Education & Public Programs

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I attended the College of Visual Arts, where I completed my teaching artist residency and practicum. Later, I attended and graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in photography in 2014.

How has your experience as a Work Scholar been so far?
My experience thus far as a Work Scholar has been incredibly rewarding and invigorating. Learning the nuts and bolts of a renowned photo foundation, as well as collectively looking forward toward the future of photography as a medium, both pushes me and allows me to work in an innovative fashion in the realm of education.

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Echo Wang, Elaine Goldman and John Benis Intern

How has your experience as a Work Scholar been so far?
So far, being a Work Scholar has been a great experience in which I have been exposed to the production process of exhibitions, publications, and special events. I also appreciate the opportunity to get hands-on experience in fundraising and managing memberships.

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V Jie, Finance & Operations

What do you think about the program?
My experience at Aperture has been fun and rewarding so far. I not only get to participate in financial activities—like preparing for the annual audit and monthly sales reports, and learning how Aperture plans budgets—but also am able to review the portfolios entered for Aperture’s annual Portfolio Prize and attend editorial workshops.

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Israel Moreno, Finance & Operations

How has your experience as a Work Scholar been so far?
I really don’t know much about photography, to me it’s a completely new field, and it’s been quite interesting learning from everyone who’s here and so dedicated and passionate about it. So far, my experience has been quite intensive. I’ve been exposed to many aspects and functions of the finance department.

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Mary Harrison, Institutional Funding

Where were you before starting the Work Scholar Program?
I studied business management and art history at the University of Hartford and I am currently in graduate school at Sotheby’s.

What projects are you currently working on?
I have been researching grants for the Photography Workshop Series. It’s been amazing! I love it here!

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Chen Xiang, Magazine Circulation

Why did you apply to the Work Scholar Program?
I studied art history and math at NYU. When I found the Aperture Work Scholar Program, I was inspired to apply because of my interest in marketing and the publication process. The program has been great so far; I have been working on many projects, including managing online advertising and updating the magazine digital archive for the new issue.

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Lauren Harper, Production

What are some of your daily activities as the Production Work Scholar?
In production, I’m busy archiving the materials for projects coming to a close, completing press image requests for publicity, and helping to prepare our Fall 2018 catalogue of our backlist, new, and upcoming titles.

What do you think about the program?
Being a Work Scholar at Aperture has taught me much about many things—from the work I’ve done in my individual department, to witnessing how the many departments at Aperture work in tandem to make our non-profit function.

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