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Karina Grossman '13
Theatre and arts administration major Karina Grossman '13 has shined on Albright's stage with the Domino Players throughout her college career. This summer, however, she was "totally bitten by the TV bug."
As a production assistant/program intern for Sprout's "The Sunny Side Up Show," a show geared to preschoolers that airs live from 9 a.m. to noon, Grossman was on set every day for the performance. She was responsible for arranging props, birthday crawls and messages. When she was not assisting with the live show, she worked in the production team creative suite, where she
Kristofer Updike '99, senior manager of original production and development at Sprout, recommended Grossman for the position. But, Updike says, "she had to get the job through her interview. In a sense I opened a door for her," he says, "but she had to walk through it."
According to Ashley Beecher, senior production coordinator, Grossman ran through it.
"Karina learned quickly, was willing to take on any project that we assigned to her, and was always thorough with her work," Beecher says. "Most importantly, she was a team player and really connected with the people that work here. Live television and production takes a lot of trust, and she really earned that."
Although Grossman says she "was terrified" her first day on set, she eased into the position, learned to ask a lot of questions and discovered that her liberal arts education has served her well. "I haven't just learned a skill set at Albright," she says. "Being able to communicate and work with people is far more beneficial. I could adapt to what they needed me to be."
Now, she feels more ready than ever to graduate. "I'm looking at job ads in 'Senior Seminar' and I'm realizing that because of the program [arts administration], coupled with my Sprout internship, I'm qualified for these jobs," she says. "I can actually say that I've worked on a live show."
Sesily Resch '13
Shirk Scholar Sesily Resch '13 never ventured far from Reading, Pa., the hometown she knew and loved. That is, until she got the news that she was accepted as an intern by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Resch, a history/Holocaust studies major, spent summer 2012 working with the archival staff at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark.
She expected to learn the process of preserving presidential documents, deed of gift collections and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on both digital and textual documents, as well as how to preserve photographs, negatives, and VHS, cassette and Beta tapes—and she did.
She didn't expect to actually meet the Clintons. However, as a guest at the opening of the Grandmothers exhibit that Chelsea Clinton helped to create in honor of her grandmothers Virginia Kelley and Dorothy Rodham, Resch spoke with Chelsea, former President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For Resch, it was an evening she will never forget.
Resch says she thought to herself, "Wow, I'm just a kid from a one-parent home in Reading, Pa., and I just met the secretary of state and the former president—this is so crazy!"
Dana Simmons, supervisory archivist at the Clinton Library, says Resch"did an excellent job absorbing a large amount of information and taking that information and using it in practical applications in all of her rotations in the archival department." Simmons also notes that in addition to having the once-in-a-lifetime experience of meeting the Clintons, she hopes that Resch was able to take away the unique nature and differences of a modern presidential library archives compared to a traditional historic manuscript archival repository.
Having previously interned with the Berks County Historical Society, Resch did learn that there are many differences, particularly when dealing with confidential information. "We joked that we had to sign our life away in order to work at the library," she says.
Excited to get up and go to work every morning, Resch says she has fallen in love with working as an archivist. "The fact that you get a box and you have no idea what's in it, good or bad, you know it's going to be interesting no matter what," she says.
Resch didn't learn just about archival preservation; she also learned about herself. It was a chance to prove to herself that she could live on her own. "It was a toughening experience," she says, "but I'm glad I had it. I learned I can do it on my own; I really can do this!"
André T. Jackson '13
André T. Jackson '13 is known in Albright's fashion department for his unique and creative women's wear designs. So when the fashion design major chose to work as a product development intern at Majestic Athletic, a maker of licensed athletic gear, he found himself a little bit out of his comfort zone. But not for long.
"Design is design," Jackson says. "The skills should translate, and they did." Whether it's a handbag, an evening gown or an athletics jersey, it's always the same design process, he says. Jackson worked in three areas of product development—art, design and tech design.
Art manager Matthew Robinson says Jackson worked on an array of projects that included performing basic print revisions to a series of production art files, assisting in setting up licensing sheets for approvals and setting up fabric and color reference materials. He also participated in art reviews comparing sizing and placement, revising technical packs based on fit notes and prototype measurements and conducting extensive photo research and preparing trend boards for upcoming seasonal development.
"We look for someone with a strong foundation of apparel skills and creative talent," says Robinson. "We also look at personality, professionalism and work ethic. Licensed sports is a very fast-paced, demanding business. It's important to fit well within the team framework to ensure that projects are completed efficiently. We felt like we found all of those abilities with André."
Designing locker tags, which are the tags sporting the company or team logo that are sewn onto the sleeve or bottom of a shirt, was one of Jackson's favorite assignments, one that taught him that virtually every piece of a garment is part of the design process.
He also had the opportunity to participate in an outside immersion exercise as part of a cross-functional team of associates. In an exercise aimed at encouraging new and innovative thinking, the team looked at how two different types of stores—Disney and Hot Topic—handled licensing. "André provided incredible insight with such an abstract marketing problem," says Robinson. "I was impressed with his contribution, especially for someone with limited professional experience."
Having that professional experience affirmed for Jackson that design is the road he wants to take, and "I proved I can do it!" he says proudly. "Being in the real world taught me that I can be in the real world."
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