It’s that time of year again, when days at the swimming pool turn into days in the cold (unless you live in LA), when leaves change color (again, except here), when sweaters are reintroduced into our regular wardrobe and pumpkin lattes make their return to cafes. Some call it autumn, others Fall, but here at ICI, we know it as the beginning of a new internship cycle.
This time around, we are seeking three potential interns – an Archivist/Librarian intern, a Curatorial intern, and a Social Media intern. These three positions will be working in the coming months on some of ICI’s most pressing priorities: digitizing the library, organizing events around World Aids Day on December 1st, and maintaining and developing ICI’s dynamic website. With so much to do, we are looking for interns who are not only self-starters, detail-oriented, and enthusiastic, but also for those who seem to “get” what ICI is all about, as elusive as it may be.
I am especially excited about this round of interns because, for the first time since me working here, I will be overseeing the Archivist intern’s digitization of the library. I remember it was not too long ago when I first walked into ICI for my own internship interview. I clearly remember arriving a half-hour early and walking through the neighborhood, exploring the streets that would later be so familiar to me. Then, moments after arriving at ICI’s front gate, I was greeted by a smiling Lise Patt. Little did I realize how significant this day would actually be in my career path; I met who would become two significant mentors to me (Lise and longtime ICI Associate Antoinette LaFarge) and started down a new path, hand in hand with ICI, which would lead me to realize my future goals of being more involved in culture production and preservation.
With interviews for this round of interns winding down, I am grateful to have met so many interesting applicants, all of who seem to share in ICI’s mission of examining “the terrain and limits of visuality in forming, perpetrating and imagining the intangible and ever-changing phenomenon known as ‘culture’.”
“…There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet; There will be time to murder and create, And time for all the works and days of hands That lift and drop a question on your plate; Time for you and time for me, And time yet for a hundred indecisions And for a hundred visions and revisions, Before the taking of a toast and tea…”
– T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock