I think this set of interns at PATTERN have had a different experience and story to be told because our internship was undoubtedly impacted by COVID-19. We were robbed of a traditional finish to our internship at no fault of anyone here. But I think I can speak for all of us when I say that the experience hasn’t been for nothing.
I can say, before our traditional face-to-face office visits ended, that I had fun. I had never touched studio equipment and had lost my passion for photography until I came to PATTERN. As a photography intern, I watched, not only my skills grow, but the other interns’ as well. I know we all had fun in the studio because we talked so much about missing it after we left. We made such a great team that there was never a fuss about putting up or tearing down equipment, and even those who weren’t into photography, helped. We all combined our creative minds to make the best of our internship—whether it was helping out with test shoots or styling shoots for us, I am thankful for all the help from everyone. I wish I could have spent more time in the studio with my friends, but nevertheless, I am still grateful for the time we had.
I met some pretty cool people through PATTERN, including some of the models who we collaborated with and the other interns themselves. The internship wasn’t short of making new friends. All of us interns are friends because of PATTERN and plan to continue to hangout after all of this is done and over.
My advice to future interns is to take every opportunity that you can, whether that be an extra article, taking over a test shoot for someone or helping them tear down a set. There’s an opportunity in every step you take. Build your portfolio, step out of your comfort zone and go get ’em.