Interning at the WAG

Authored by: WAG Staff on September 9, 2013

Alessia Guzzi helping out with the WAG's summer youth programs.

Interning at The WAG over the summer has been absolutely amazing. I cannot believe that my time in the office is coming to an end. Thanks go out to The Winnipeg Foundation for this opportunity! I have learned a great deal over these past two months from the staff and volunteers of The WAG, especially from the wonderful staff in the Education Department. Looking back on the time I spent here, I realize that I have gained a variety of skills and knowledge that will most likely help me in my future endeavours.

I had so much fun helping out the summer camps, spending some Mondays with them, setting up the end of the week exhibition, and I especially enjoyed going on the field trips! The staff and volunteers of the camps were wonderful to work with as well. I don’t know how they do it week after week! Working in the office was quite different than the summer camps. As in any office, there is a lot of work to be done. Everyone is busy most of the time, and I was given lots of projects to keep me just as busy! I scanned many slides of photos from up North that were absolutely beautiful, created some activity cards for a few pieces in the permanent collection, and I also frequented the print room to do a lot of printing. Lucky for me, I observed and helped with a number of youth tours that came to The WAG. I loved seeing the kids get involved and express their ideas about the pieces of art. Not only were the kids learning, but I also had the chance to learn more about the pieces, and look at them in a different way thanks to all the wonderful ideas that were coming up in the conversations!   

In the beginning, I was not too excited about working a full-time job all summer, but since that first day I have looked forward to come to work everyday. I have been exposed to different work settings, art forms, and people. I love working behind the scenes at The Winnipeg Art Gallery! It is a beautiful building to work in, with great staff and volunteers, especially my mentors, Rachel and Sophie. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity. What a summer!

Alessia Guzzi is a recent high school graduate and will be pursuing a degree in environmental science at the University of Manitoba. She spent her summer as an intern from the Winnipeg Foundation's Summer Internship Program at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

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