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PDN Magazine Writes on Process From Student to Professional Photographer, Highlighting MICA Alumni

PDN Article Shows Importance of Persistence, Trial-and-Error in Internship Search

Posted 03.01.10 by mica communications

Rafael Soldi '09

From Student to Intern to Photographer, in the spring 2010 issue of PDNedu, profiles MICA alumni Lindsay MacDonald '08 (photography) and Rafael Soldi '09 (photography), and their successes in the real world because of experiences they had while in college and through internships. The article also includes quotes from Courtney A. Resnick, career counselor and internship coordinator at MICA's Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development.

"There is no wrong internship," Resnick said. "Students put pressure on themselves to find the 'perfect' internship, but that doesn't exist. Plus, it's just as valuable, if not more, to learn what you don't want to do as it is to learn what you do want to do."

"Internships are a great way to get real work experience to put on your résumé, and they also provide a broad network of contacts in the photography world," MacDonald told the magazine. "Now that I'm freelancing full-time, I always return to the commercial studios where I interned to ask advice about contracts, pricing, dealing with clients--everything!"

For more from PDN, click here.

Photo caption: Rafael Soldi '09 photographed a friend on the run in Central Park after a job interview.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.