Angier worked at the 100thMonkey Studio in Portland, OR as an art therapy intern.
Details: Specifically, she taught youth summer workshops to children 7-15 years old, taught art to a group of adults with developmental disabilities, and assisted her supervisor, Beth Ann Short in group art therapy sessions for youth in juvenile justice on probation.
From June through August, Angier worked at the 100th Monkey Studio in Portland, OR as an art therapy intern. She taught youth summer workshops to children 7-15 years old, taught art to a group of adults with developmental disabilities, and assisted her supervisor, Beth Ann Short in group art therapy sessions for youth in juvenile justice on probation. Additionally, she led open studio sessions, occasional Saturday classes, and participated in group supervisions and adult insight oriented workshops.
Throughout her internship Angier was able to apply classes she has taken in both Art and Art History and Psychology. From her art classes, she was able to apply technical skill and gather creative ideas for projects that she then taught. From her psychology classes, she was well prepared to effectively communicate and interact with people of all ages, personalities, and developmental stages.
Who I Met that Made a Difference
Beth Ann Short, my supervisor is had a wonderful impact on my internship experience. Aside from in general being a well-rounded, independent, and inspirational woman, she was so open and helpful in sharing her experiences as an artist, art therapist and art educator.
From this internship experience, I have solidified my passion for art therapy and plan to attend graduate school for art therapy in the future.
The Coolest Part of the Experience
The coolest part of my internship was working with the youth in juvenile justice on probation. It was a population I had never worked with before and through it I learned the most about myself and about how art therapy is applied. Additionally, living in Portland, OR, a city I knew nothing about upon my arrival was also a great experience. In attempt to delve into the unique culture the city fosters, I found myself hiking or trying out vegan cafes with friends I made, and even started practicing partner acrobatics.
My advice would be to find an internship you are passionate about and take the chance. I was worried about sending myself across the United States just to experience a potential career I was interested in. In deed it was more work to figure out transportation, housing, and other logistics but by placing myself outside of my comfort zone, I not only gained invaluable insight into art therapy in a non-hospital setting but also learned a lot myself and how I might go about navigating the world post graduation.