Interns

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Staffed by university Interns, all of American INSIGHT projects have been created and developed to showcase their emerging talents. Interns are paid on an hourly basis, or receive academic credit per semester.

American INSIGHT’s Internships fill a critical need in our nation’s television production industry, and serve the Greater Philadelphia cultural community in the creation and dissemination of historical stories from their digital archives.

Candidates for American INSIGHT Internships must be passionate about the use of media for educational purposes, knowledgeable about history, and seriously committed to maintaining high standards of excellence in film production. See Intern Testimonials below …

American INSIGHT Interns 2000-2012

Waldo Aguirre – University of the Arts

Gina Angelo – Temple University

Saba Aregai – Temple University

Michael Bellizzi – University of the Arts

Joanna Benjamin – Haverford College

Steven Bogda – Art Institute of Philadelphia

Lauren Collins – Carnegie Mellon University

Angelina Conti – Haverford College

Dayton Charles Cooper IV – Drexel University

Christopher Cowperthwait – Syracuse University

Emilie Dunphy – University of the Arts

Luke Fentres – Rome, Italy

Courtney Fusselman – Temple University

Carla Gentile – Villanova University

Jennifer Gilbert – Villanova University

Colleen Gillon – Villanova University

Bill Hilferty – Temple University

Alana Hoffman – University of the Arts

Latia Johnson – Art Institute of Philadelphia

Rachel Koper – Temple University

Courtney Kreiser – Temple University

Nicole Leo – Temple University

Kelsey Levenick – Temple University

Jennae Luecke – Clarion College

Chelsea Lynch – Temple University

Theresa McCaffery – Art Institute of Philadelphia

Clare Murray – Villanova University

Kaycee Osadolor – Drexel University

Jake Paine – Drexel University

Patricia Perez – Villanova University

Janine Rabb – Temple University

Chris Rorer – Trinity College

James T Rowland – Art Institute of Philadelphia

Laura Ann Rugarber – University of Pennsylvania

Mary Rush – Temple University

Yulia Sakovich – LaSalle University

Madeline Schaefer – Carlton College

Lindsay Shoff – Villanova University

Gabriel Siegal – Tish School of the Arts, New York University

Shilpa Soundar – Temple University

Victoria Vargas – Haverford College

Aditi Vora – Villanova University

Molly Wasser – Wellesley College

Victoria Winterhalter -Villanova University

Palmer Yale – University  of Pennsylvania

Carl Yungmann – Drexel University

Wally Zielinski – Art Institute of Philadelphia

Intern Testimonials

“Preparing for the Free Speech Film Festival these past few months has been quite an adventure, to say the least. However, through the struggles and the sacrifices I have learned so much about working in the real world. As a Web Designer, I was able to fully revamp and expand the reach of American INSIGHT’s web presence. This accomplishment has filled me with pride, and will provide strong roots for my future, as I continue my career. As a person, I have evolved to adapt to the many different kinds of people I may encounter in my life. And finally, as an Artist, I can take all the skills I have learned to truly blossom. I could not have come so far without the support of this amazing organization.”

Wally Zielinski, Art Institute of Philadelphia

“Working as a festival intern at AmericanINSIGHT was a unique experience. The flexibility and small working place provided me with a canvas for my interests and research skills. I was able to build a modern and creative website dedicated to Sojourner Truth and Black feminism. Allowing me to contribute to American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Storyline while having something take away from this unique opportunity. AmericanINSIGHT welcomed, encouraged, and valued my ideas and perspectives, which made the experience even better.”

Kaycee Osadolor, Drexel University

“My work at American INSIGHT helped me see how the skills I was learning at Drexel in my Master of Library and Information Science program could be applied to a working environment. I researched information that was used for both advertisements for the Free Speech Film Festival and a project centered on colonial lawyer Andrew Hamilton, most famous for his pro bono defense in the John Peter Zenger Libel Case of 1735. I was also learning other important aspects of working in a real world setting such as using social media to advertise our film festival, the needs of how to organize and store data on computers in a more non-individualized fashion to save time and effort, and taking research and using it effectively in other areas outside of pure academic use. Interning at American INSIGHT was rewarding and taught me many lessons that I know I will be using in the future.”

Dayton Charles Cooper IV, Drexel University

“Working at American INSIGHT for the summer has helped me make great progress in my personal abilities.  I have been given the chance to start a major project from start to finish, within a certain time frame.  I was able to take what I learned from school, and apply it to what I was doing at American INSIGHT.  Now, I will be taking the things I have learned during my internship such as shooting in the field, time management and editing under a time limit; and applying them to any jobs I will have in the future.  American INSIGHT has helped me grow as a videographer, and as a person.”

Steven Bogda, The Art Institute of Philadelphia

“The collective, collaborative environment at American INSIGHT is rare and important for young people with limited career experience. I would recommend this job based largely on that dynamic and the emphasis on creativity and inspiration.”

Angelina Conti, Haverford College

“Although I only came to American INSIGHT for a summer internship,I ended up staying for an entire year because I learned so much more than I expected to learn from a typical internship. The office was open and hands on, my superiors listened to and took into consideration my opinions, and the experience that I gained in the past year proved immeasurable. In addition to learning the daily life of an office, I gained experience in film festival submission, public relation duties, rights and reproductions work with local and national museums, creating documentary credits, expanding American INSIGHT’s Internship Program, and independent distribution.”

Jennifer Gilbert, Villanova University

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working at American INSIGHT and know I have learned much through the experience. I worked primarily on research for an upcoming documentary, A Sacred Challenge. My job was to research and compile information pertaining to William Penn, while another intern focused on Violet Oakley… By working at American INSIGHT, I was able to learn about nonprofit organizations, business, presentations of an idea and even about filmmaking.”

Victoria Winterhalter, Villanova University

“Inspiring artist Jean-Michel Basquiat once said, “I know one day I’ll turn the corner, and I won’t be ready for it.” His profound statement certainly could be applied to my experience with American Insight. If you want something more than getting coffee, answering phones, and wrapping AV chords, I recommend this experience to you. This job has boosted my spirit, my rolodex, and my resume.”

Jake Paine, Drexel University

“I came to American INSIGHT when Arthur B. Carles: Philadelphia Artist was being edited, and I was responsible for organizing the legal paperwork to finish editing the film… At American INSIGHT I found something I enjoyed doing. In the fall, I will start law school and specialize in copyright law.”

Patricia Perez, Villanova University

“At American INSIGHT, the world of filmmaking and historical documentaries becomes reality rather than the theory espoused by my professors in my film classes. In school, I never get to learn about the business side of film production, which just as important as the artistic side. In order to achieve my current aspiration to be a filmmaker, I need to know the invaluable business and fundraising skills that I learned at American INSIGHT.”

Molly Wasser, Wellesley College

“At American INSIGHT I was able to develop my fundraising skills; specifically, I researched the online Foundation Center Directory and compiled a database of local and national foundations that would be good candidates for providing support… My involvement in American INSIGHT gave me valuable marketable skills and experience and I now have the confidence to take my first steps into the career world.”

Colleen Gillon, Villanova University

“At American INSIGHT I have acquired knowledge of the nonprofit sector, film production, and office management and developed the abilities to multitask and work under deadline. Additionally, because of American INSIGHT’s small size, I feel I have been able to have significant input at a higher level than I would in a larger organization.”

Carla Gentile, Villanova University